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Many people have some issues with their skin. It’s frustrating and life-affecting. Hanna Sillitoe suffered from psoriasis and eczema. Her doctors tried the usual remedies then told her the next step was chemotherapy.

Hanna took charge of her own life, did her homework [lots of homework], and has produced this serious, but delicious book. Hanna found that diet is the key to resolving many skin problems. This book suggests you follow a lifestyle with substantial changes.

She determined a list of things to be avoided:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Processed and junk food
  • Nightshades [tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and peppers]
  • Dairy
  • Wheat
  • Strawberries, peanuts and oranges
  • And: smoking and stress

Now, that’s a list that might be life-changing for you. Giving up strawberries is something, for example, that I would find very hard. Progress sometimes means a little sacrifice.

But, Hanna has followed this routine. Her skin conditions have been totally resolved and she appears in this book in truly radiant fashion. She’s happier and she’s well fed.

There are chapters here that cover your day and give you options that will be leaving you feeling satisfied — and NOT feeling deprived. Here’s a tour of the book with some of the best ideas.

Drinks: Summer Raspberry Spritzer; Pineapple Mint Mojito [no booze!]

Water Infusions: Watermelon, Cucumber and Mint; Rhubarb, Pear and Cinnamon

Breakfast: Sweet Potato Rosti and Poached Eggs; Shiitake and Spinach Turmeric Omelet

Soups: Squash and Cumin Soup; Spiced Red Lentil and Carrot Soup

Sauces and Dips: Brazil Nut Pesto; Fragrant Mango Chutney [garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cloves, cinnamon]

Greens, Snacks and Sides: Cumin and Coriander Kale Crisps; Cumin-Spiced Sweet Potato Wedges

Mains: Garden Pea Frittata;  Layered Zucchini Lasagna; Lentil and Mushroom Meatballs [see the great picture at the end of this post]

Desserts and Sweets: Cranberry Cookies;  Raw Carrot Cake [frozen, not baked, then topped with a cinnamon cashew cream]

And, there is a closing chapter devoted to Skin Care offering Soothing Vanilla Lip Balm, Honey and Cinnamon Face Mask and in impressive Dead Sea Salt, Lemon and Rosemary Sports Scrub

You’ll find Radiant to be a vibrant book, stocked with clever ideas you’ll want to try. Clever and healthy. That’s a radiant combination.