Thinking about a diet around the holidays is probably a laughing matter for some. But there are ways to incorporate healthy foods while still enjoying the holiday treats. As many of you may know, you are what you eat and for great skin this holds the most truth! Try these useful tips within your eating routine and your skin will thank you for it!
Dr. Fiona Wright’s Tip:
There’s nothing better than enjoying the holidays with loved ones, which usually involves lots of food. While it may be about two months of not watching your diet, you may want to strategically include foods that will not only be healthy, but promote great skin.
Eat more Protein. Eating proteins such as nuts, seeds, fish, grass-fed chicken or beef, will help balance your blood sugar levels and help cut out those sugar cravings.
Incorporate Good Fats. Extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocados and omegas found in fish, work the same way as proteins as it makes your stomach feeling full and balances your blood sugar as well as promoting healthy and radiant skin!
Avoid Liquid Sugars. Since high sugar intake is also one of the culprits for breakouts and dull skin, you can start off by avoiding liquid sugar, in other words, sodas and fizzy and fancy drinks. Recent studies have also shown that by drinking a 12 ounce can of sugar-laced soda a day could actually be adding 15 pounds more on the scale a year! You can see why sugars not only trigger problematic acne-prone skin, it also adds on unnecessary weight.
Try Dark Chocolate. To satisfy your sugar cravings while benefiting your skin, try dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao. It’s high in flavonoids and anti-oxidants which help your body and skin draw our toxins and promotes repair.
Enjoy Fresh Fruit. A healthy amount of fruits will also cut those cravings as well as build great skin! All you need is about a cup and a half to two cups daily. The color of the fruit indicates what your skin might need. Red Fruits like pomegranates, cherries, tomatoes, and strawberries are said to have certain types of minerals which help to make your skin glow and reduce blemishes and skin sensitivities. Blue and Purple Fruits like blueberries, concord grapes, plums etc. have the highest concentrations of antioxidants in the plant kingdom. Orange Fruits like tangerines, mangoes, apricots etc. have lots of beta-carotene, vitamin C which promotes and protects collagen.
So this enjoy this holiday season with some great and healthy foods!