It’s the middle of 2014 and many of us have forgotten about our New Year’s resolutions. Thankfully, one of the things that I always try hard to do is eat well (and by “well” I mean “healthy,” not “over-indulging!”). As most of you know, not only does eating well make our bodies healthy – it contributes to our overall appearance (in a positive way, of course)!
Take a look at this list of “do’s” to contribute to your gorgeous self!
Do add omega-3s. Healthy fats help the skin keep it’s moisture. When people don’t get enough good dietary fat, their skin gets dry and flaky, especially on the arms and abdomen. Excellent sources of omega-3s include cold-water fish (salmon!), walnuts and almonds.
Do go easy on the alcohol. Being mindful of how much you drink can help keep the liver, the body’s main detoxifying organ, in excellent shape, therefore brightening eyes and evening out skin tone. (Say goodbye to dark circles and under eye bags!) Doctors say that a little wine (about 4 ounces) with dinner is fine, but don’t overdo it — and try to avoid hard liquor altogether.
Do eat foods rich in vitamin A. Your hair, skin and nails depend on vitamin A to stay strong and healthy. To increase your intake, consume more sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens and broccoli.
Do prioritize fiber. The more veggies, fruits, and beans you eat, the more efficiently your body will eliminate waste. The fiber in these foods helps reduce inflammation throughout the body. And the antioxidants lower skin’s oxidative stress levels, staving off wrinkles and sun damage.
Do cut back on sugar. A high-sugar diet can feed bad bacteria in the belly and cause inflammation that can lead to skin problems, such as breakouts. Instead, try a (truly) natural sweetener that doesn’t spike your blood sugar (i.e. organic stevia).
Don’t forget you are beautiful inside and out! Maybe you just really don’t like veggies; maybe you absolutely do love sugar (who doesn’t?!)? Always remember that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL just the way God made you! =)
Stay healthy my friends!