You don’t have to look far and wide today to know there is a big push on looking younger and all kinds of ways people are trying to accomplish that.
Botox and plastic surgery, magic creams and treatments the list is long…..
Aging is just a fact of natural life. I get that. At classic “middle aged” status I do get it. Wear and tear on your body is pretty normal and to be expected. All I want to do is age gracefully and take the best care of myself that I can.
I do not want to do things that make me start to not look like myself, or plastic and stretched or whatever you want to call it.
I will say this though. I don’t know why people overlook what I think is, the most important thing to looking healthy and keeping a younger appearance.
Are you ready?
Food. You know that old adage “you are what you eat”? holds a lot of truth.
A diet that is high in sugars, processed, refined or fast foods and alcohol will take a toll on you leaving you not only puffy and sluggish but it can overall affect your appearance.
A diet that is high in fruits, veggies, and lean protein will not only keep you lean but change your outer appearance too. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and tons of good nutrients our bodies need these foods. It makes logical and natural sense to eat them…. they were created for us to eat!
I guess the most relevant illustration I can share with you is a couple months ago I was in a department store at the make up counter talking to a young girl about doing my makeup for my sons wedding. When I shared my age with her she said ” I don’t believe you” I laughed and told her I wasn’t lying.
Her next words? ” Can I please ask what you use on your skin?”
My response? I eat lots of healthy foods and drink a lot of water.
She went on to tell me she didn’t eat that great and maybe she needed to try that… I encouraged her to give it a try. It’s certainly not an overnight treatment program, but more like a lifelong treatment program that with consistency and time, you will get results.
Not only that with improved healthy eating it will change your body composition ( lose fat), give you energy, and internally you’ll get better lab results.
Gosh this sounds like an ad for one of those “health” products 😉
Ok so here’s my pick for top 5 foods for looking fresh….
Blueberries…. antioxidants banish free radicals keeping skin cells healthier
Salmon…. a 4 oz filet has a few days worth of omega-3’s. They’re found only in the oily part of the fish but actually help clear pores
Avocados … my fav….. are a good source of Vitamin E so they help block UV rays and prevent dry skin. Halve an avocado and it mash on toast or fill with fresh salsa. I’ll pretty much eat it any way possible 😉
Carrots… your mom was on to something. Say yes to them for smoother skin. This veggies Vitamin A helps fight off wrinkles.
Spinach…. another daily fav on mine…. it’s packed with Vitamin C which helps produce skin firming collagen. Not only that you can eat vast amounts of this super food for virtually no calories =) It is now what I use for “lettuce” in salads and it’s a regular in my morning sautéed veggie mix =)
of course, there many more great foods to enhance your health…. strawberries, black berries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, all dark leafy greens, squash…the list goes on… and again… you can eat lots of these things for minimal calories…. win/win 😉
Try incorporating more of these great foods into your daily diet… you’ve got nothing to lose.
What about you ? Have you seen a visible health improvement in how you eat ?