Beauty is not just skin deep; to have good skin you must be healthy on the inside. If the nutrients you are receiving from the food you are eating are reaching all the way to the skin, you know that the nutrients have made their way through out your body for nourishment. You are truly what you eat, but you are also how you eat. If you are eating in stressful situations, it will be hard for your body to assimilate the nutrients to gain the most nutrition from your food. This includes eating while you are upset, or angry.
We notice when people have that dewy glow vs congested skin. Our skin allows us to see a reflection of what is going on within and a healthy diet along with a healthy lifestyle will help you retain radiant skin. Taking time to prepare my own meals with fresh food is a guarantee for me to achieve a pick-me-up in my skin appearance. Not to mention a mood enhancer.
Hot water + lemon
This is totally a new suggestion that I know no one has heard before.
Starting your day off by hydrating every cell in your body is a sure way to get things moving within and to wake up. With the addition of freshly squeezed lemon juice, you will be starting a digestive fire from within. Feel free to use lime, or even an orange to change it up.
Plain yogurt + fruit + nut
Protein is made up of strands of amino acids and amino acids are the building blocks of your body. If you have a dairy allergy there are many alternatives out there like coconut yogurt. My absolute favorite brands are Anita's Yogurt.
By providing your body with a source of protein for your first meal will allow you to stay full, preventing sugary treats like donuts from the nearby bakery from sneaking into your body. As a reminder, sugar accelerates the aging process. Choose your labels!
Feed your brain with toppings like almonds, walnuts or pine nuts. Nuts are full of good fats and provide our brains with its primary source of energy. Because you bought "plain" yogurt with absolutely zero sweetener added, add some fresh berries like blueberries, strawberries, or blackberries. Try to buy local or organic berries for an antioxidant boost.
Zoodles + Protein + Homemade Basil Pesto Sauce
Zoodles are noodles made from zucchini and a great way to get extra fiber in while feeling like you are eating spaghetti. Add spinach for an extra dose of vitamin E because vitamin E strengthens and protects our cell membranes from free radical damage. Protein sources like chicken can provide your body with zinc. Zinc plays an important role in skin health by regulation cell production and turnover. If you are vegetarian, throw in some of your favorite lentils.
Adding healthy fats like olive oil can prevent those mid-afternoon sugar cravings. Embrace healthy fats and avoid hydrogenated fats as much as possible. Hydrogenated fats clog up your liver. Our toxic environment already clogs up our liver enough, so give your liver a break. Your body will thank you.
Stir fry vegetables
LOAD up on the veggies. Carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, and snow peas are all great additions. Saute some of these veggies in fats like coconut oil, or drizzle them with EVOO. If you are meat eater, look for sources that are grass-fed. Protein sources like grass-fed beef can provide your body with skin health nutrients like sulphur which aids in detoxification. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are also good sources of sulphur.
Celery sticks & Pumpkin butter or Cucumbers & Hummus
Not only is celery high in silica which is a vital part to all of our connective tissues, but it has a high water content. As we know how important water is for our internal health, it is also very important for our skin health. Our skin is made up of 70% water so adding foods like celery, or cucumbers can provide your skin with hydration and the ability to remove waste products from your cells. It's important to eat your water as well as drink it.