My Recipe for a Healthy, Vibrant, Radiant Appearance

We want the vibrant glow of health in our skin and appearance, right? That beautiful radiance comes from inside – be it your disposition and thoughts, and physical health, together with a relaxed style life. All of these are affected by what we choose to eat. No, this is not another post about a new diet, cleanse or fast. Today, I would like to chat with you about seeing your physical self as the home of your “joie de vivre” spirit, personality, and character.

I would like to encourage you to take care of your bodily home. To nourish it with fresh, colorful nutrients and minerals so that it looks pristine, and functions optimally, in which you can put your very best self forward every single day to your family, friends, colleagues and the world!

Beginning about eight weeks ago, I began to eliminate foods known to be the commonly identified allergens, which can cause us to gain weight. My post “Which Hidden Food Allergies Might be Making You Gain Weight?” identifies food with gluten, dairy, corn, chocolate, tomatoes, eggs, soy, peanuts, beef, processed or cured meats, seafood, citrus, yeast, bell peppers, eggplant, potatoes, sugar, and caffeine as common culprits.

My every-few-day-headaches are gone, I’ve shed 8 pounds, have more energy, clarity of thought and feel much happier. Twenty seven more pounds to go!

I’ve found a great protein bar by RISE – ingredients are almonds, honey and whey isolates (most easily digested), am sweetening things with local honey, apples and almond butter make a great afternoon snack, and love colorful, seasonal fruits and veggies.

Here’s something I’ve been doing for my “brown bag” lunches I bring to work – my Layered Salad.

Step 1:
Layer protein, and veggies together with salad dressing – I use Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar. This one has broiled chicken, asparagus and garlic.


Step 2:
Add the next layer of veggies. I add shredded carrots, peas, radishes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, shredded broccoli stems, garbanzo or black beans, and any others the look “pretty.” I’ll dd a little seasoning to this layer.


Step 3:
Final topping of lettuce. Right now I’m craving iceburg lettuce, so I pile it on!


When lunchtime comes, I just mix it all together. The lettuce stays super crispy, the protein is marinated in the oil and vinegar, and seasonings are mixed throughout. It is beautifully colorful, easy to make, nourishing, and filling.

Lately, I’ve found a delicious Curried Chicken Salad for my protein, mixing that all together without additional dressing. So flavorful!!

What about you? .I’d love to hear what you’re mixing together for your layered salad!

About Candace

Candy Dye is a Nurse Practitioner and teacher that loves everything about health, wellness, looking beautiful, and being with people who enjoy life and love to have fun!

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