Book Review: ‘The Healthy Skin Diet’ By Karen Fischer (Plus An Adapted Recipe)

by Michelle on October 28, 2010 · 4 comments

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Today I’m reviewing a book that I’ve been reading lately (and trying recipes from) called The Healthy Skin Diet: Your Complete Guide to Beautiful Skin in Only 8 Weeks! by Australian Nutritionist Karen Fischer (BHSc. Dip. Nut.). You may recognize Karen’s name from my review and giveaway of her Children’s health book called ‘Don’t Tell Them It’s Healthy’ or Karen’s guest post here on Health Food Lover when she told us some tips for better skin!

About The Healthy Skin Diet

The The Healthy Skin Diet contains specialized programs to treat different skin conditions (such as cellulite, acne, roscea and more) through diet and lifestyle changes. Karen has thoroughly researched the different skin conditions and provides easy, practical and scientifically-backed treatments to help eliminate and improve those conditions

Karen’s Approach

Karen has a great approach to healthy skin and lifestyle.  She definitely encourages a holistic approach with not only the food she recommends but also suggesting topical and lifestyle treatments to encourage the growth and maintenance of healthy skin. Karen also helps to empower the reader by letting you know how & why certain foods and supplements are required/helpful for healthy skin (and why certain foods can exasperate certain skin conditions). I also love that Karen has extensively researched her book (and included references at the back).

Recipes & Food

Karen puts an emphasis on whole foods and using nutrient-dense foods (both in the diet and when the diet is over) in order to be healthy in general and obtain healthy skin. Karen does recommend some supplements where necessary depending on the plan you choose and your needs.

The recipes in Karen’s book are dairy-free (except for butter which may be eaten on occasion) and seems to be mostly low in grains (apart from oats and buckwheat and rice) although for me the diet may have still been lower in grains (as I do not eat very many grains). The diet also has some gluten-free options.

Overall I find the diet very easy to follow as the recipes are delicious and I love the healthful effects from eating the foods she recommends!

I wanted  to share with you a recipe I’ve adapted (below) from Karen’s book which contains three of the ingredients she suggests to use in smoothies and throughout the diet: flaxseed oil, almond milk & (non-GMO) lecithin granules. These ingredients are used as according to The Healthy Skin Diet, they help to moisture the body from the inside out (flaxseed oil), help to decrease inflammation (by replacing dairy milk with almond milk) and to help your body digest fat (lecithin granules). Please see The Healthy Skin Diet for more information.

Macadamia, Banana and Mesquite Smoothie

Inspired by The Healthy Skin Diet by Karen Fischer


  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1/2 banana, cut up and frozen
  • 1 T. macadamia butter
  • 1 t. mesquite powder
  • 1 T. flaxseed oil (cold-pressed)
  • 1 T. lecithin granules
  • ice (optional)
  • water, extra if needed

How to: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add water or ice to thin or thicken the smoothie, respectively.

Would I Recommend This Book & If So Who To?

I would definitely recommend this book! It’s basically great for anyone who wants to achieve better skin! The diet is pretty easy to follow. And for any mother’s out there wishing to help their children improve their skin, there is even a Children’s Clear Skin program!

Where can you get The Healthy Skin Diet By Karen Fischer?

Click below to purchase the healthy skin diet:

The Healthy Skin Diet: Your Complete Guide to Beautiful Skin in Only 8 Weeks!

The Healthy Skin Diet: Your Complete Guide to Beautiful Skin in Only 8 Weeks!


Full disclosure: Thanks to Exisle Publishers for the copy of The Healthy Skin Diet. Please note I was not paid or influenced in anyway to give a good review, my review as genuine. This blog post does contain affiliate links- if you buy the book using the link listed you are helping to support Health Food Lover. Thanks!

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Health Food Lover is Michelle Robson-Garth. Michelle is a degree-qualified Naturopath (BHSc) and Massage Therapist. She is also a passionate writer, recipe-creator and all-round foodie from Melbourne, Australia. © Copyright: 2009-2012 Michelle Robson-Garth. Please ask permission first when using any text or images on Read the disclaimer here. Have a look at the recipe index for more health food lovin’ recipes. Join the Facebook page & follow Health Food Lover on twitter.

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Melodie October 30, 2010 at 2:30 am

That smoothie should win a prize for the most intriguing name or something. I was so curious about this one when I saw your post linked up earlier but didn’t have time to check on it. Wow! Where can I buy mesquite powder by the way?


Michelle October 30, 2010 at 4:37 am

Haha thanks Mel! I think Nativa Naturals might have it. The brand I used is Loving Earth. It’s a pretty tasty powder…it tastes a lot like caramel which is lovely!


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