Lee Holmes knows good food
Lee Holmes is on a mission to change the way we eat, one buckwheat pancake at a time! Her goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals are difficult, complicated and time consuming. And you can trust you're in good hands. She is a Certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York, a Hatha Yoga Teacher, wholefoods chef and author of Supercharged Food (Murdoch Books).
Passing up her former qualifications in food and nutrition, she worked for 15 years in high-level positions in the music and television industries but her career came to a screeching halt after being diagnosed with a crippling autoimmune disease in 2006. Lee embarked on a journey of self-discovery and her love of food and cooking and keen researching skills enabled her come full circle and successfully heal her body using food as medicine.
Lee travelled the world discovering foods which could be used heal the body at a cellular level. After discovering many nutrient-rich foods and changing her diet, Lee successfully recovered. Her mind alive with ideas for new recipes, she wanted to share her creations and www.superchargedfood.com was born.
After the blog, came her best-selling recipe book, Supercharged Food. And in February this year, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful arrived featuring secret recipes for juices, snacks and meals using key nutrient-rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients and every day foods for longevity.
To give you a taster (if you've not already given it a try), Lee reveals her top ten ingredients for eating yourself beautiful - and explains why they are so beneficial...
When it comes to hair, no one wants to look like Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. To keep your hair glossy and shiny and your scalp healthy, include a variety of vitamins and minerals in your diet. Eat foods high in folic acid which is found in asparagus. . Asparagus contains high levels of skin-clearing zinc and potassium, assisting the removal of excess fluids from the body. It has also been used to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism.
Blotchy and pigmented skin has a bad habit of catching the light in the most inappropriate and awkward places making you appear splodgy and older than your years. If you were to scour the ingredients lists of everyday skin creams to help pigmentation you’ll notice that many of them contain Vitamin A. Our bodies convert beta-carotene into this skin-brightening vitamin which helps prevent cell damage and premature aging. For a gentler and more wallet-friendly pigmentation prevention method which will see you go from patchy to perfect in a flash, load up on orange vegies, such carrots.
'This Indian spiced vegetable porridge is amazing. It contains three kinds of vegetables, spinach, carrot and zucchini.'
Eating too much salt can contribute to water retention and create dark, puffy eyes. To counteract this, load up on natural diuretics to help flush your system. Foods such as cucumber and celery can help
Kale is loaded with lutein which keeps your eyes sparkling (and healthy) as well as vitamin C which is vital for skin health. For an antioxidant rich snack place kale chips in the oven and then sprinkle them with a touch of chilli.
'I love simple salmon and kale with turmeric and nutritional yeast'
Although not as well-known as their famous counter-parts onions and garlic, leeks are significant vegetables for fighting against chronic low-level inflammatory states. These states include diabetes, obesity and rheumatoid arthritis. Leeks can decrease the risk for these conditions by virtue of their polyphenol and kaempferol contents.
Two of the foods that contain the highest concentration of silica include radishes and cucumbers. Red radishes contain the highest concentration of the mineral, and if you want to obtain it from your cucumber, then you must eat the skin, as this is where the silica is located.
The insufficient production and breakdown of collagen is one of the primary contributors to the development of skin ageing. Increasing your intake of sulfur rich foods is a wise investment into the quality of your skin, and you can find this complexion perfecting mineral in plant foods such as rocket, which also has a cleansing effect on the liver and the skin.
Eating, blending, and juicing your greens is a top notch way to fill your body with the enzymes, vitamins, minerals and phytontrients required for glowing, flawesome skin. Vegetables like my favourite spinach, receives its vibrant green colour from chlorophyll; a nutrient rich pigment that is highly detoxifying. Chlorophyll cleans the body of harmful toxins that would otherwise cause hormone imbalances and skin problems. It also oxygenates the blood, alkalises the body and improves circulation to increase nutrient supply to the skin cells. Try this spinach bread recipe.
Basil is packed with iron and magnesium, which helps improve the blood circulation in the body and the essential oil eugenol provides anti-inflammatory effects similar to that of aspirin or Ibuprofen.
'Scrambled eggs and crispy basil and oven baked tomatoes'
When you are making your green juice adding herbs such as parsley and coriander will really supercharge your juice’s detoxification capabilities. Coriander binds with heavy metals; releasing them from the body and parsley contains potent amounts of chlorophyll which is known for cleansing the entire system, including the skin. I like to base my green juice on less bitter greens like cucumber and celery, and then add a little lemon or lime to the juice or add coconut water will help give you a sweeter flavour.
Read more from Lee Holmes on her website www.superchargedfood.com or in her new book, Eat Yourself Beautiful (£14.99).