When we traditionally think of the old saying "eat, drink and be merry" it may conjure up thoughts of gorging endlessly on naughty snacks like fries, chocolates and drinking some fuity mixed martini. A recipe for picture perfect health and skin...think again. Here's a list of some of our favorites to eat and drink... to BE PRETTY!
Fruit- Put quite simply, fruit is packed with antioxidants, fiber and pure vitamins. Think of Blueberries, Raspberries, Pomegranates, Papayas, Goji Berries, Purple Grapes, Strawberries and Apples...the list goes on and on. The more deeply colored the fruits the BETTER! Try to get your fruit Certified Organic to avoid pesticides,Wash well and enjoy!
Nuts- Nuts provide Omega III fatty acids, Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamin E, Antioxidants and Protein. These all help to keep your skin healthy, resilient, hydrated and strong. Look for RAW nuts, that are not roasted or salted. If they have to be salted look for nuts lightly dusted with Sea Salt. The best nuts are Almonds, Walnuts, and Macadamia nuts.
Coconut Water- Coconut water is great because of it's purity. It provides great levels of potassium and magnesium without tons of added sugar. It is great for keeping your body properly hydrated. When you're hydrated your skin looks better and you FEEL your best. It is low in far and calories and is a great alternative to chemical laden, sweet sports drinks.
Raw Greek Yogurt- Raw Greek yogurt has incredibly high levels or Probiotics (good bacteria for our GI tract). As many of us know, many diseases form in the colon. Having a healthy balance of good bacteria in the colon helps to keep sickness at bay. For people who have taken regular rounds of antibiotics, raw yogurt is great for them to rebalance the intestinal flora in the GI tract. Raw yogurt also is known to help acne sufferers when they incorporate this wonder food into their diet. Mixing Greek yogurt with a tiny bit of Raw honey makes it much more palatable.
Greens- Arugula, Spinach, Wheatgrass, Barley Grass, Dandelion. Green mixes and pure Green Drinks are a great way to keep your body and system in an Alkaline state. This benefits your skin, your digestion, your energy and SO much more. Green drinks look REVOLTING but their benefits are endless. One green drink a day provides your body with wonderful live active enzymes. Greens are good for purifying the blood and the liver, keeping everything functioning at it's very best. You can get Green's powder at your local health food store or freshly juice your greens at home. I reccomend the ease of the powder.
So these are personal, tried and true favorites of mine. You may not notice the beauty benefits immediately but you will notice that you start "feeling" less sluggish rather quickly when you eat this way. Your skin and body are so closely connected that you will them start to notice that your skin has an undeniable internal radiance from all the wonderful things you are feeding it. So here's to "Eating - Drinking - and being PRETTY...but above all HEALTHY!"