An Interview: How to Improve Your Skin and Self-Esteem

how to Improve Your Skin and Self-Esteem

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For the second part of the well-rounded health series we will look at how what you eat affects your skin, and ultimately how you feel inside. Meet Tracy Duhs, founder of The Santuary day spa. In this interview, she filled me in on the benefits of a raw food diet, and how she sees food as being essentially linked to skin care and feeling better. She even shared her favorite recipe!


What inspired you to open your spa? What inspired you to start Raw cooking?

I have a passion for women and their health, and I have become increasingly frustrated with food and skin care labels that claim to be “natural” but are realistically caustic or toxic in their content. These toxic ingredients are affecting women’s overall health, hormone balance, appearance, digestion,  and cognitive function. I’m here to educate so that women can make an informed choice with the ability to filter through the propaganda.

How do you think taking care of your skin and body helps you feel better internally?

When we look good we often feel more confident and ready to take on the world. We all want to feel beautiful and radiant. We can greatly affect our “glow”  by eating radiant, live, colorful, and nutrient rich foods. Our skin is our largest organ and those cells are fed by what you eat, think and drink.

How does what I eat affect my appearance?

When you’re dehydrated your skin is not as supple, and when you eat garbage you can break out. Keep a journal of what you eat each day in great detail, and then journal the next morning what your skin looks like: bags under the eyes? Break out? Loss of elasticity? Melasma? Fine lines? What do you see? How does it correlate with the image below?


Journal what you see in the mirror and what you’ve eaten for 28 days straight. You will begin to see an amazing connection between certain foods you are ingesting and how they are being mapped out along your face. It’s interesting how we miss this gradual change unless we take record of it.

How has eating healthy/raw foods helped transform your life and wellness or the life of someone you know?

My life has been transformed by eating a clean, live and colorful diet. I no longer have chronic fatigue, dizzy spells, or low blood sugar. My system is much more balanced in every way. The wisdom and knowledge I’ve gained through classes and life practice over the last 5 years has not only changed my life but my family and the clients I am blessed to meet with. There is nothing better than seeing someone who has suffered from chronic migraines, excess weight, or depression have all of these symptoms wiped out just by being educated on food.

What are the self-esteem benefits of eating right and exercising?

When people know the truth about food they are empowered by it, and it is no longer the enemy but a friend and a tool for healing. When you understand what eating right really is, there are freedom and your life begins to blossom in many aspects. I’ve seen clients find love, escape depression, lose that weight, finally feel well again. I love it!

What do you recommend as the first step for getting on track in health and wellness?

The first step is education: understanding the truth about food and getting back to the basics. Take a week experimenting with food that is NOT out of a package. Make it a fun game. Here’s a challenge:

Take a trip to your local health food grocery store with your significant other. Have each partner choose any unprocessed items from the produce department), any whole grains, herbs and spices, and any unrefined cold processed oil. Go home and create something unique and flavorful with your ingredients. Cook together, bless your food, and enjoy your bounty!

How can eating healthy/raw food help emotional health?

There is a very strong gut/brain connection. Dr. Michael Gershon explains the gastrointestinal system as the body’s second nervous system. “The brain is not the only place in the body that’s full of neurotransmitters,” says Dr. Gershon. “A hundred million neurotransmitters line the length of the gut, approximately the same number that is found in the brain…” Nearly every chemical that controls the brain in the head has been identified in the gut, including hormones and neurotransmitters. If your gut is not healthy most likely your brain will not be either. This is an important key in holistic care that I believe is being overlooked in western medicine.

Could you share your favorite recipe?

Radiant Morning Hot Cereal (A great alternative to oatmeal)

Benefits: Colon cleansing, blood cleansing, Omega 3’s, metabolism boosting, youth preserving, blood sugar balancing, enhanced endurance. Try it and see the difference.

Put the following ingredients in a blender:

  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 3 TBLS of hemp seeds
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 TSP cinnamon
  • 1 cup of hot filtered water
  • 2 TSP-1TBLS of raw coconut oil
  • fresh vanilla bean (if you have it)
  • 1 TBLS of Really Raw honey or 1 dropperful of Sweet Leaf vanilla stevia

Blend until creamy smooth. Pour into a bowl and garnish with fresh berries and chopped nuts.

*Make sure to eat immediately. The chia is very mucilaginous and will begin to get gelatinous if you let it cool. It’s great for pudding though if you let it cool. I like to cool my leftover cereal in the fridge and whip it up with coconut yogurt as a dessert later in the evening. Great way to get your fiber!

This interview was from Tracy Duhs, owner of The Sanctuary Day Spa in San Diego.

About Jennine Estes, MFT

Think of me as your relationship consultant, I'm your neutral third party that can help you untangle the emotions and help you figure out what's really going on. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego, CA. Certified in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples. Supervisor. I write relationship and self growth advice for my column Relationships in the Raw. Creator of #BeingLOVEDIs campaign. MFC#47653