If the saying goes ‘you are what you eat’ then the question should be, ‘am I eating the right things?’ Any beauty guru knows that what you fuel that beautiful face with, or lack there of, is worth it’s weight in gold. You can’t expect to achieve glowing skin or enough energy to sweat it out for 30 mins (also recommended to keep complexion perfection) if you are loading up on all of the wrong things.
One of the most basic things within our control is what we eat. While eating healthy, without getting bored or eating the same thing over and over again, can be a little more work the benefits outweigh the extra effort put forth. I like to eat in color….it keeps me from trying to guess an entire meal before I actually know what it is I want to eat.
RED: TOMATOES, RED PEPPERS, BEETS, STRAWBERRIES, GRAPES, WINE, RASPBERRIES, WATERMELON, CHERRIES
INTERNAL BENEFIT: LYCOPENE – CAROTENOID THAT IS A POTENT FREE RADICAL SCAVENGER
ORANGE : CANTALOUPE, ORANGES, MANGOES, PAPAYAS, APRICOTS, GRAPEFRUIT, CARROTS, ORANGE PEPPERS, SWEET POTATOES
INTERNAL BENEFIT: ALPHA-CAROTENE & BETA – CAROTENE, WHICH PROTECT THE SKIN FROM UV FREE RADICAL & DNA DAMAGE
GREEN: SPINACH, AVOCADOS, KALE, BROCCOLI, BRUSSELS SPROUTS, PEARS, APPLES, GRAPES, GREEN TEA
INTERNAL BENEFIT: VITAMIN E, NECESSARY FOR THE GROWTH OF HUMAN TISSUE. CAROTENOIDS & FLAVONOIDS WHICH PROVIDE ANTIOXIDANT BENEFITS
YELLOW: CORN, SQUASH, YELLOW PEPPERS, BANANAS, NECTARINES
INTERNAL BENEFIT: BETA CRYPTOTHANXIN, WHICH HELPS INTRACELLULAR COMMUNICATION
PURPLE: EGGPLANT, PLUMS, GRAPES, BLUEBERRIES
INTERNAL BENEFIT: ANTHOCYANINS, WHICH DELAY CELLULAR AGING
This is just a tidbit of what you can have on your beauty foods list. I use mine when I go shopping for produce & plan around what I’m in the mood for. Change it up according to season. It really is a time saver & alleviates the stress of ‘blindly’ digging for recipes. Pick some of your favorite foods from your list & combine them with fresh (or dried herbs), whole wheat pastas and/or whole wheat pita breads. I also recommend using natural sweetners like honey and raw sugar.
One of my favorite quick snacks is a handful of blueberries with a 1/4 cup of whole (or sliced) almonds drizzled in 1 tbsp honey (minimally processed or raw and bought from a local apiary that provides selections based on the region supply).