Beauty Foods

Eating a healthful diet is important not only for maintaining a healthy weight and increasing your body’s energy and vitality, but also for enhancing your natural beauty. You don’t have to buy expensive lotions and creams that promise beauty and a better life in a bottle; all you have to do is open your fridge!

Eating foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E are essential to maintaining a healthy complexion, shiny hair, and strong nails.

  • Antioxidants “remove the free radicals from your skin and body that cause you to age prematurely.” Simply put, they protect cells from damage and heal damaged cells. There are many types of antioxidants, and they all serve a specific purpose. For example, lycopene, which can be found in brightly colored red and orange foods, protects the skin from UV rays that “causes sunspots, dryness and wrinkles.” Pink grapefruits, cooked tomatoes, and watermelon are all excellent sources of lycopene. Other foods rich in antioxidants include berries, prunes, artichokes, butternut squash, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cooked spinach, legumes, nuts, green tea, and even red wine! The darker the food’s pigment, the higher the amount of nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Vitamin A “helps revitalize skin by increasing cell turnover and encouraging new skin cell growth” by eliminating dry, scaly, rough skin. Vitamin A can be found in bright yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, but are highest in sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens (like kale and spinach), carrots, butternut squash, and apricots.
  • Vitamin C is a powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidant that “boosts collagen production to smooth skin.” It helps firm the skin and improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration. Foods rich in Vitamin C are often red, orange, or green. Guava, red bell peppers, kale, broccoli, papaya, kiwi, and strawberries are all excellent sources of Vitamin C.
  • Vitamin E keeps skin soft and moisturized by “promoting oil production.” This vitamin can be found in: seeds (especially sunflower seeds), nuts (such as almonds, pine nuts, and peanuts), plant oils like safflower oil, wheat germ, and avocados.

Consuming plenty of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and water also play a key role in maintaining a youthful, healthy appearance. A healthy, happy digestive system = a healthy, glowing complexion.

  • Fiber detoxifies the body regularly. Without a strong digestive system, the body isn’t able to absorb essential nutrients and properly eliminate waste, resulting in breakouts and a dull complexion.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish, chia and flaxseeds, and nuts) act as a natural moisturizer for dry skin and help brighten the complexion, reducing wrinkles and acne. They also promote growth and shine in hair and nails.
  • Water keeps the skin hydrated with a youthful appearance by maintaining the skin’s elasticity.

Here’s a bonus: No matter what you eat or drink, you won’t fully reap the benefits unless you’re getting adequate sleep (7-8 hours daily) to refuel and rejuvenate the body. So rest up and be ready to wake up to healthier, glowing skin. Hey, they don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing! 😉

Anneris

Source: Doctor Oz

More Than Just a Food Blog

I had a difficult time deciding whether to relaunch this blog or start something brand new; something that incorporates more of who I am: an artist, a social entrepreneur, an advocate for women, a compulsive [insert anything that needs planning] planner – you get the picture. Coincidentally, during a recent OCD organizing fit, I came across all my old emails from the era when I was better known as “Ms. Healthy Weight Loss.” That’s when I realized this was more than just a food blog…

Before starting this blog, I lost 45lbs by eating better quality food and exercising regularly. Having grown tired of giving my long-winded speech when friends, family, and complete strangers asked me how I did it, I wrote it all down (with the help of my brilliant younger sister) and sent it around. It contained basic health guidelines, healthy living tips, and sample meals I loved. This soon grew into an e-mail list, which served as an online support network and resource for those interested in living healthier lives.

Eventually Fit Foods For Thought came about because, even through all of those channels, I still had way too much to say about food! It was a huge undertaking: writing weekly blog posts, keeping up with food news, tweeting, being everyone’s “it girl” for healthy living, and basically trying to save the world one conventionally grown apple at a time. Nonetheless, it was rewarding – in and of itself – to have the opportunity to share my thoughts with an audience I built during my weight loss transformation and with everyone out there in cyber land who evidently wanted to hear what I had to say (yes, that’s you!).

I am back here today, nearly three years later, still filled with so much gratitude but more importantly insight on what really matters in my life: food matters. I am happy to relaunch my blog and I am excited for what’s in store for all of us in this journey. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve this time around but for now I’ll leave you with these inspiring words taken from an old blog post…

I do what I do because I want to help people. I want everyone to have the opportunity to make the best choices in order to live their best lives. It is truly reassuring to know that my words do touch people and that I do motivate people because it makes me feel one step closer to impacting the world at large.

Sasha