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Fashion Flash Book review: Glow by Christina Pirello
Glow is a unique beauty book that offers a fascinating description of the impact of chinese medicine on skin, hair and nails. In addition, it offers over 100 original recipes that deonstrate how to put theory into practice. Because the author links the basic principles to actual examples it was the first time I was astually able to understand the philosophy behind chinese medicine and how I could integrate these ideas into routinue health care.
The foundation of the school of medicine is the balance of opposing energies. Called yin and yang, a healthy balance will keep you young and fit. Imbalance triggers beauty problems like dandruff, dark under eye circles, and brittle nails. Glow is very detailed and specific on solutions. For examples, dark skin around the eyes can be caused by eating too much dry salty foods, while reddish eye lids are linked to excessive intake of sugar and medications.
Glow details how to balance the five tastes eg sweet, salty, bitter and then provides recipes and menus to make it happen. The optimum diet in Glow is pretty severe– no red meat, no dairy, no eggs, no poultry, no refined sugar and no refined flour. Her meal plan is definate a big change from the standard western diet. Breakfast is miso soup with a side of sauteed greens; lunch is a dish of grilled tofu and grilled vegetables; dinner is the big meal with soup, grains, roast veegetables and fruit.
The recipes often call for unusual ingredients including Kombu, daikon, kuzu, wakame and brown rice syrup. I tried out a pasta with roasted vegetables that was a blend of the author’s own italian heritage and chinese health principles. It was a wonderful combination of olive oil, soy sauce, kale, and black olives over traditional penne. The vegetables are roasted with seasonings, pureed, poured over pasta and topped with chopped kale and olives. Perfect.
My favorite recipes were the low-fat dairy and egg free desserts. Using ingredients like whole wheat flour, soy milk, and brown rice syrup, Glow provides more than 15 sweets that are perfectly balanced for beautiful skin and hair. Its a well thought out book on a difficult subject and definately a keeper.