The Beauty of Eating Well: my cookbook for an eczema-friendly diet27 November 2019
In my HOPE principles, E is for eating well. And I’m so excited about my new cookbook, The Beauty of Eating Well, as it approaches food from a place of joy.
Why the Beauty of Eating Well?
It has taken me a while to get to the very good place I’m in now, and I can appreciate how eating well for optimum health truly is a thing of beauty. For a very long time, food and me weren’t friends. I was so desperate to keep my eczema at bay that I became obsessed with what I was eating and had a very long list of ‘bad’ foods that I avoided at all costs. It was restrictive, antisocial and unpleasant. So often I’d eat my dish of peas alone in my room at uni, while everyone else was enjoying pizza. I took it so far I developed a condition called orthorexia, which is an obsession with healthy eating.
Here’s what I used to eat. A banana or juice for breakfast, a tiny amount of chicken or fish with vegetables for lunch, and some gluten-free cereal in the evening. Boring! And clearly not enough to live healthily on.
A healthier path
Fortunately, on my journey to live a life beyond eczema, I’ve moved from ‘avoid’ to ‘nourish’ and from ‘can’t’ to ‘can’. Which is why I wanted to share my love of food with you in my cookbook. I’m a qualified Natural Chef, and I’ve created 54 delicious recipes for you. Inside, you’ll find ideas for drinks, juices, smoothies, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts, all designed to nourish you from the inside out and promote glowing, gorgeous skin.
There are still some foods I know will make my skin flare up, so all my recipes are free from dairy, eggs, gluten and refined sugar. But believe me lovelies, they’re packed full of tasty, wholesome, healthy ingredients that put the fun back into food. Nobody should be sitting miserably eating alone when there are so many wonderful foods out there that can nourish our skin.
Eating well is a joyous thing, and it’s made such a difference to the way I feel. I think I tried every food fad going: alkaline only, nightshade-free, paleo, fruitarian, juicing... it’s actually pretty exhausting seeing it now in black and white. Did it make a difference to my skin? Sometimes. But I was afraid of food. I’d spent my childhood enjoying picking fruit from the trees in our French garden and al fresco dinners with my family. And then I didn’t want to do any of that any more, I couldn’t eat out, I couldn’t socialise.
I’m so grateful to everyone who helped me turn my life around, and proud of myself that I decided to take positive steps to manage my eczema but enjoy my life at the same time.
Lots of my tribe ask me how I learned to fall in love with food again. Which is why I decided to write this book. It’s about eating with joy for glowing skin. About understanding how junk food might give us temporary pleasure, but that flavoursome, nutritious, nourishing foods can fuel us, energise us and keep us radiant.
I hope you enjoy my book lovelies, don’t forget to let me know what you think @camilleknowles
I’d love you to join my tribe. If you’re ready to start living a life beyond eczema, start your free membership today. You’ll get loads of tips and advice to help keep your skin healthy and glowing.
Lots of love and positive vibes, Camille xx