Long before plant-based eating was the major lifestyle trend it is today, David Wolfe was touting the benefits of a vegan diet, using food to heal and detox. Recently, the natural-foods expert released The Beauty Diet, a guide to looking your best by consuming the most nutritionally amped-up superfoods and vitamin supplements, removing toxins, avoiding inflammatory foods, balancing your hormones, and de-stressing. (Spoiler alert: you’ll be downward-dogging)
The globe-trotting expert says he was inspired to write his new book after “twenty-plus years of being in the beauty field helping actors, actresses, and models to look more beautiful naturally and seeing that my suggestions worked,” says Wolfe.
But what exactly does a beauty diet entail? The one-week beauty “jump start” includes lots of avocado, cocoa, chia, and quinoa. (So, actually pretty yummy.) Wolfe strongly advocates for so-called superherbs (schizandra, tulsi, and white peony root), hot and cold therapy, and outdoor adventuring “to cultivate natural beauty.”
To stay glow-y, Wolfe says we should consume plenty of olive, coconut, and sea buckthorn oil, plus aloe vera, pearl powder, avocado, and turmeric. (Yes, he really loves avocado.) “These contain superior oils and antioxidants that protect our skin from premature aging,” he says.
While antioxidant-rich foods usually get all the attention when it comes to skin-boosting benefits, Wolfe says we shouldn’t forget the importance of consuming certain minerals to maintain optimum health. “Magnesium is an important mineral because it controls processes of detoxification and promotes healthy alkaline tissues,” says Wolfe.
Another important beauty mineral: silica. “It’s an underrated anti-fungal mineral that promotes shiny skin, hair and nails, and healthy blood vessels,” Wolfe explains, adding that cucumbers, bell peppers, and tomatoes are all good silica sources.
The third mineral he calls out is sulfur, which he says promotes flexible tissue, reduces scar tissue, and has anti-aging qualities. Beauty foodie pro tip: eggs, spirulina, and hemp seeds are all high in the nutrient.
To prove that his beauty diet is actually delish, Wolfe’s book is full of recipes—including the marinated mushroom salad below. Keep reading to check it out.
Prep Time15 minutes
In a bowl, combine the tamari, olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, honey, and salt.
Add the mushrooms to the mixture and let marinate at room temperature for a couple of hours.
Toss together the mixed greens, tomatoes, avocado, and pine nuts with the mushrooms and marinade, and enjoy the salad immediately.
The marinade will store well in the fridge for several days.
Excerpted from The Beauty Diet by David Wolfe. Reprinted with permission by
HarperOne/HarperCollins Publishers. Copyright 2018.
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