By now you’ve more than likely heard that what we eat affects how we feel, perform, think, and even look! Our bodies are reflective of how we treat them, and when it comes to looking and feeling good – it’s not just about what you wear!
I’ve teamed up with my bestie Janette from A Statement Life, she is a stylist, designer and digital influencer who knows all things fashion, style and beauty. We have joined forces and developed a post that brings together both our expertise and passions – looking and feeling good, and eating well.
We know that eating a diet rich in whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and varied meats and proteins is the best way to ensure optimal health. However, there are some specific foods and nutrients that can help you on your way to achieving that gorgeous, youthful glow. Not to mention you’re going to feel AMAZING on the inside, and feel less bloated and sluggish.
There is more and more evidence around the benefits of having a diet rich in probiotics. Probiotics are living microorganisms such as bacteria, yeasts and fungi. Don’t let the sound of ‘microorganisms’ put you off though, when consumed in adequate amounts they can help relieve indigestion, bloating, constipation, allergies, ulcers, reduce lactose intolerance, and even be protective against colon cancer! Having good gut health has also been linked to mental health benefits – when you feel good, you feel more comfortable in your skin. Probiotics can be found in yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha teas, Kefir, and wait for it… dark chocolate!!
Sometimes it can seem like prebiotics are the ugly sister of the always talked about – probiotics. But that cannot be further from the truth! There also tends to be more confusion around what exactly prebiotics are. Prebiotics are a form of fibre and to put it simply – they act as the food to probiotics. Eating a diet rich in prebiotics and probiotics means you’re getting the most out of your food, and maximising the benefits you get from a healthy belly such as not feeling bloated and sluggish. Bananas are naturally rich in prebiotics, so are onions, leeks, asparagus and wholegrains such as rye, barley and oats.
It’s a given, right? You’ve heard it before? Even so, did you know that unless you make a conscious effort every day to add more vegetables to your diet – you probably aren’t reaching your recommended daily intake. Vegetables are full of fibre and are fantastic for bulking up meals without adding too many additional calories. Among the many other vitamins and minerals found in vegetables, many are jam packed full of vitamins A, B and C – all known for their benefits to healthy, glowing skin. In addition, antioxidants such as lycopene which are found in red coloured vegetables, help in the production of collagen. Botox? Who needs it when you have vegetables! Up your intake by adding a handful of shredded spinach or kale to your breakfast eggs, diced carrots and greens to your spaghetti Bolognese, you can even grate vegetables, and include them in your morning porridge (sounds weird, but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it). Your skin will glow and you’ll feel lighter, healthier and more confident!
Fruit can sometimes get a bad rap by people who follow fad diets that claim fruits are too high in sugars. Fruit contains sugar – yes, however unlike that candy that comes with empty calories through sugar, fruit comes full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Berries are lower in sugar than other fruits and did you know that strawberries contain more vitamin C than oranges? There is sound evidence around the benefits of consuming foods that are full of antioxidants and phytochemicals for disease prevention which are abundant in berries. Not to mention they are delicious and a fantastic snack when you’re on the go. They will certainly make you shine from the inside out. If you want a nutrient rich, rejuvenating face mask, mash a few berries together with some honey and lather it over your skin, leave for 10 minutes and you will feel like a movie star. That’s if there are any left after snacking of course!
Essential Fatty Acids
Fatty acids are amazing for our insides, for brain health, and especially for our skin! Fatty acids can improve the texture and smoothness of our skin, they improve hydration and reduce inflammation. Not to mention, they help keep us full! Essential fatty acids can be found in nuts, seed oils, berries, and of course they are abundant in avocados! Want to take the above face mask to new heights of awesome for your skin? Add some avocado… not only will it smell amazing, it will add a nice creamy texture to the mask, and will make it extra hydrating.
What are you waiting for? Looking and feeling good has never been easier.
A big thank you to Janette Lenk from A Statement Life it was tres fun creating this post with you and laughing through our content development and Sunday afternoon photography session.
Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram for her chic lifestyle and fashion advice @janette_lenk.