Even though this post is brought to you as part of my role as a Brand Ambassador for Simple Skincare, the opinions expressed within are strictly my own.
Many of you have watched me lose a bit of weight on this site, so you know that I’ve really tried hard to treat my body well and get to a healthy body weight. I’m excited to report that I’m SO CLOSE on that goal (18 lbs to go and counting, will be 93 lbs total lost at goal.) But it’s more than just working out like a training athlete, I have to eat right.
Hence, this shot of my refrigerator, taken this week. See all those fruits and vegetables in there? I’m totally practicing what I preach and not only do I look better, my skin is positively glowing. I also recognize that I have a takeout container of brown rice in there from getting steamed chicken and broccoli.
Sometimes, you have to cheat, but if you do, cheat like THAT, know what I mean? Something that feels naughty but is actually nice.
I don’t have to tell you how processed food and other “sometime” foods like extra cheese, sausage, white flour and white sugar can wreak havoc on your waistline and your complexion. Let’s talk about a quick grocery list that can help balance your body and help you save face:
- Cruciferous vegetables – Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, cress, bok choy, broccoli, etc.) help eradicate free radicals and environmental damage on the body, helping it repair itself faster. Think of eating them as a line of defense against aging and sagging skin.
- Water-based vegetables – Your body needs water to survive and your skin needs water to maintain its balance. When you’re dehydrated or your body has other things in place of water (a pitcher of margaritas or a 6 can of diet soda a day habit) it becomes dehydrated and irritated. Water-based fruits and vegetables like watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes and zucchini help you cheat on your eight glasses a day because you’re “eating your water.”
- Prebiotics and Probiotics – Those yogurt commercials may make you giggle, but probiotics help keep the stomach stable so it doesn’t results in acid flare up that can result in stomach issues as well as wrinkles, dryness, rosacea, eczema and acne. Among other foods, you can find them in yogurt, kefir, buttermilk and miso. Prebiotics, which are undigestable nutrients that stay in the gut to incite the growth of good bacteria for a healthy balance, can be found in foods like garlic, onions, bananas and whole grains.
- Omega-3s – Found in fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines as well as flaxseeds and chia seeds (for those who don’t dig fish,) these essential powerhouses add moisture to the skin to keep it balanced, hydrated and nourished. Think of them as doses of youth.
- Spice it up – Certain spices can actually help your skin and digestive tract. Curry contains turmeric, which can reduce skin irritation, while ginger and cinnamon are filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that can reduce puffy skin, bloating and redness. If you’ve not sipped ground ginger in hot water as a relaxation therapy or sprinkled cinnamon on Greek yogurt as a snack, you’re missing out.
And honestly, there are tons of other things you can eat to help your body and help you save your face, but remember that what you put ON your face is actually digested by your skin (it “eats” whatever you put on it.) So make sure that it’s the healthiest, kindest skincare with the best ingredients, like my beloved Simple Skincare. With ingredients found in nature, formulas that are kind to skin and with amazing ingredients that will feed your skin well, it’s a great addition to this healthy regimen.
Because, it’s time to take better care of yourself. It’s just that simple.