'We all want to look, and feel, our very best. In our quest to do so we often fall prey to the claims of beauty experts, inviting us to "try this" and "smooth that' with various creams and treatments. This book is my antidote to those beauty myths, inspired by what I learnt in recent years on my own journey.'
In 2006, Lee Holmes was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and from there began her quest to heal herself through her diet. Ms Holmes, a certified holistic health coach, hatha yoga teacher, wholefoods chef and author of Supercharged Food and Supercharged Food for Kids, used nutrient rich food as medicine and successfully recovered from the crippling autoimmune disease.
'Inflammation is the immune system's self-protection mechanism,' she writes. 'It aims to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells and irritants, from the body. It is initially beneficial, but prolonged inflammation causes a raft of problems and is one of the precursors to ageing and disease.'
Eat Yourself Beautiful features recipes for juices, snacks and meals using key anti-inflammatory ingredients and everyday foods to boost longevity and promote vitality. The recipes contain everything from the skin-boosting power of plant collagen to the most potent antioxidants on the planet.
The philosophy here is sensible and quite practical too. The recipes are inspiring and delicious... and there are more than 100 to choose from. Many are free from gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar. Ms Holmes offers a guide to creating flavourful meals to help jump start your immune system, boost your energy levels, and maintain long term beauty, health and wellbeing. Sounds good to me!
'Edible beauty is the key to a healthy life, so get ready to eat, drink and be beautiful,' she says.
Eat Yourself Beautiful by Lee Holmes, Murdoch Books, $35.00. Thank you to Ms Holmes and the publicity team at Murdoch Books for giving me the opportunity to review this title.
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