When we were younger, many of us ate what we liked, when we liked and did not give too much consideration to the nutritional value of what we were eating or the potential health consequences for the future of our dietary choices! Now we have had a few more birthdays, looking in the mirror makes us want to turn the clock back to those days!
With our skin being the largest single organ of our bodies – and the thing that holds it all together (quite literally!), many of us of the over 40s generation, wish that we had taken better care of it in our youth.
Nowadays of course, just about everyone is more aware of how to take good care of skin, protecting against sun damage, quitting smoking, not drinking too much alcohol and eating a nutritionally balanced diet.
However, just because people know what to do, it does not mean that many of us are actually doing something right now – many are putting it off because they look great and feel great – but if this applies to you, beware! None of us are invincible and it will catch up with you just as it did with me!
Healthy Eating Is The Key To Healthy Skin
Protecting our skin with an anti aging diet to help the reflection we see in the mirror each morning, reflect how we feel on the inside can start really simply, just by including more fruits and vegetables. These are rich in the nutrients that help our skin (as well as the rest of our bodies) to repair, replenish and heal.
Healthy skin is not just a question of finding the ‘magic bullet’ of anti aging supplements or even, the ‘miracle’ anti aging skin care preparation, it is about eating nutritious foods that are packed with the antioxidants that protect against free radical damage and the vitamins and minerals essential for the healthy functioning of all our organs.
A good balanced diet should include vegetables and fruits, whole grains and nuts and a good source of protein – poultry and fish if you are not vegetarian and alternative sources such as soy and tofu if you are.
Because our lifestyles are so busy, it is more difficult to plan to eat healthy each day and it does require some planning to get the maximum nutritional benefit from each meal we eat. A good first step is to actively reduce consumption of ‘bad’ fats by this, I mean the trans-fats found in refined baked goods, like pastries and cakes. Also look at ways to reduce consumption of refined sugars in processed foods and return to a more healthy source of sweetness in fruits and honey.
For example, think about what you eat in the morning, a bowl of cereal is the typical start to the day or even a sandwich or bagel grabbed on the way to work. It would be very easy to replace this with a healthy alternative that takes no longer to prepare than a bowl of cereal.
For example, just take a portion of plain yogurt, mix in a little fresh fruit and sprinkle on some granola or, take 30 grams of oatmeal and mix with around 180 mls of liquid (either all milk or milk and water mixed) and microwave this in a suitable container, for around two minutes (depending on the power of your machine) and just top with fresh fruits – these ideas are both delicious and nutritious.
Learning to eat more healthily can be fun for all the family. Healthy foods do not have to be bland and boring, nor do healthy recipes need to be time-consuming and difficult. There are many excellent books on the market that can help you to get started and I promise you that provided you make a gradual change, giving your body time to adjust to the new way of things, within a few weeks your skin will look better, you will have more energy and start feeling much healthier. In fact, you will never want to return to your old way of eating again!