We all know the saying, “you are what you eat”. But did you know that you can correct flaws in your skin by eating a healthy diet? You may ask, “What is a healthy diet”? These days, it can be confusing, with all the fad diets out there, telling you what you can and can’t eat.
Don’t sweat it. Some realistic guidelines can help you not only feel healthy, but making the right choices when it comes to food can boost your energy level and make your skin look amazing.
1)Avoid the aisles in the grocery store. Have you ever noticed that when you walk into the grocery store, the fresh food is either far to the left, far to the right, and hardly ever in the center? That’s because all of those aisles in the middle are filled with processed foods that don’t need to be refrigerated. The exceptions would be: whole grains, olive oil, spices, nuts, honey, and baking essentials.
2) Plan Ahead. It’s easier to make good food choices when you plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. If you’re a 9-5er, bring tasty leftovers from last night’s dinner, instead of running out for fast food at lunch. If you know you’re going to be gone all day, bring enough healthy snacks with you to tide you over. Some great snack choices: cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, grapes, dried apricots, almonds, hard-boiled eggs, edamame.
3) H2O. It’s an obvious one, but many people forget to drink enough water throughout the day. Water not only helps to flush out toxins, but it keeps the skin hydrated. Hydrated skin looks more supple and refreshed, and even feels softer to the touch! Try to stick with non-carbonated water. Also, many fruits and veggies have a high water content: just another reason to eat more of them!
4) Take Vitamins. If you’re a busy person, it can be easy to forget to take vitamins during the day. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you, and stash a few in your briefcase or handbag, in case you’re not at home when your alarm goes off.
5) Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants will help to re-build thinning skin, will fight free radicals that cause cancer, and will brighten skin tone. Foods rich in antioxidants include: berries (all kinds), grapes, oranges, Brussels sprouts, kidney beans, artichokes, apples, plums, pecans, kale, ginger, and beets. Drinking green tea is another great way to get your antioxidants.
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