Elisa suffered a severe case of adult acne. She decided to transition to a mostly plant-based diet, which proved to be a turning point for her skin and overall health. Inspired by her experience, she created a blog to share her skin-friendly recipes. We caught up with Elisa to find out a bit more about her.
“I’m Italian so food has always been a big part of my life – growing up I’ve always loved cooking and preparing meals. It was later that I really began understood the impact food has on our bodies and overall health. That journey started after I moved to London and developed hormonal acne. I never really had acne or spots, not even when I was a teenager, so it really affected my confidence and happiness. After trying medication and various creams, I started to research whether food could help me find a permanent and more natural solution. I started experimenting, cutting out certain foods and gradually transitioning to a mostly plant based diet, which I feel helped my skin improve without the need for continuous medication. I must say that I was inspired by so many amazing foodbloggers out there! My skin may still not be perfect and maybe it will never be, but that’s ok! Part of my journey was to accept myself and my skin for what it is.” - Elisa
What's your hustle?
To inspire people to focus on their nutrition, eat more healthily and show that it doesn’t have to be difficult, time consuming or expensive.
What do you do to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
I'm a strong believer in “you are what you eat”. What I eat massively affects how I feel and how my skin looks. I try to incorporate between 8-10 portions of fruit and veggies into my daily routine - the more the merrier! Working out regularly is also really important to keep me feeling vibrant and my hormones balanced. I also like to do a yoga class 1-2 times a week. Keeps me bendy and feeling good!
What does #liveinnermost mean to you?
To be happy in your own skin, making peace with your flaws and imperfections, life is too short and too beautiful to worry about those kind of things.
A giant smoothie bowl topped with lots of fresh fruits, nuts and seeds or a hot steamy bowl of chia seeds and oats porridge topped with nut butter and fruit. I'll always pick a sweet breakfast over a savoury one!
Biggest health vice?
Always chocolate! I just can’t say no to it.
Your last workout?
My BBG by Kayla Itsines. I prefer exercising before work as I find it gives me energy for the day ahead.
What's on your bucket list?
I'd love to visit Bali and Bora Bora. They look like idyllic, paradise on earth kinds of places and I can’t resist a white beach and palm trees. I also would like to do a food photography course as I really enjoying styling and shooting my recipes.
Favourite inspirational quote/words?
“She believed she could, so she did.” - R.S. Grey. Always believe you can achieve your dreams, it’s never too late to start.
You can find Elisa on Instagram (@happyskinkitchen) and her website (www.happyskinkitchen.com).