On-the-Go Food That’s Good For Your Skin

What you eat matters when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and vibrant. Because of our busy lifestyles we sometimes grab whatever is convenient to appease our appetite. Here are some on-the-go foods that contain properties known to nurture the skin. These whole, natural foods and beverages are good choices when you find yourself hungry and in a hurry. If you don’t have time to sit in a restaurant or prepare food, choose convenient food that’s good for your skin.

Greek yogurt
Pick up a single serving of Greek yogurt at the grocery store to support a smooth complexion. Greek yogurt contains more protein, vitamins and nutrients that are good for your skin than regular yogurt. Make sure you are picking up more authentic Greek yogurt- it should be thick!

Walnuts
A handful of walnuts is a good snack that delivers skin nurturing Omega 3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid to improve skin elasticity.

Sunflower seeds
Sunflower seeds contain vitamin E and other anti-oxidants that help fight off inflammation that may cause acne. They help protect against damage from the sun. The essential fatty acid content of sunflower seeds is also beneficial to the skin.

Olives
Olive oil contains mono-saturated fatty acids, antioxidants including Vitamin E, and polyphenols such as oleic acid that are known to reduce cell damage caused by free radicals. You can increase your consumption by choosing an olive oil based dressing at a salad bar or select appetizers that contain olive oil such as spreads, dips, or sauces. You can buy a jar of olives and eat them as a snack. Add an olive to your drink.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal breakfast and snack bars are readily available in most convenient stores. Oatmeal contains protein and fiber and helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Some bars are better than others. Read the nutrition label for sugar content, number of calories, and grams of protein and fiber.

Dark chocolate
Dark chocolate contains flavonols that help protect your skin from UV light damage. Flavonols also battle free radicals and increase blood flow. Look for dark chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cacao. When calories are a concern, limit consumption to one ounce per day.

BEVERAGES

Water
Drinking a bottle of water will help you stay hydrated and avoid sugary drinks. Drop a lemon or orange peel inside to add flavor and limonene, which is an oil in the peel that can help protect the skin from UV light.

Green tea
Order a cup of green tea or purchase it by the bottle to get the polyphenols known to support more elastic skin and a smooth complexion. They also can reduce damage caused by the sun. Catechins in green tea deliver nutrients to skin cells.

Coffee
A research study with women showed that coffee drinkers had a lower incidence of non-melanoma skin cancer. Caffeine also has anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce redness in skin.

When you find yourself in a hurry choose convenient, natural foods to satisfy your hunger as well as your skin. Let us know if you have any good for your skin convenient foods we should add to the list.

In our next post we will be sharing our Five Best Do-It-Yourself all natural recipes to help cleanse the skin.

A Positive Approach to Healthy Eating and Skin Beauty

What you eat and how you eat are important to maintaining good health and beautiful skin. One approach to reaching this goal is to make a list of foods that nurture the skin – from green tea to salmon to colorful vegetables and Greek yogurt. Or you may make a list of foods to avoid – sugar and refined carbohydrates. Limiting your self to only “good” foods and denying yourself any alternatives, may be too narrow of an approach to meet your wellness goals.

Before embarking on a wellness quest Elyse Wagner first wants to know what your beliefs are. She partners with clients to understand their personal goals and helps them achieve them. We talked to Elyse to get her take on how food and our beliefs about food can nurture or disrupt our path to wellness. She is a certified nutritionist and positive psychology professional. As a wellness coach, she incorporates both science and what she calls “body wisdom.“

YASOU: Where do you begin with a new client who wants to make healthier choices?

EW: People may say they want to lose weight or improve their skin. I ask ‘Why?’ to understand what it means to them. What is the motivating factor – is it health, beauty, wellness or something else?

YASOU: What role does food play in maintaining health, beauty, and wellness?

EW: “Food feeds us physically, emotionally and spiritually. It also contains little pieces of information for the body. Does this food contain vitamins, fats, proteins, carbohydrates? High quality food honors the body.”

YASOU: Modern nutrition science is uncovering insights about what we eat and how we look. What do you think?

EW: Our cells are meant to multiply and rejuvenate. Telomeres are strands of DNA at the ends of each of our chromosomes. They make it possible for cells to divide. The longer your telomeres, the better indicator it is for aging well. Fried, processed food decreases the length of telomeres and can speed up aging. Studies show that foods high in vitamins and anti-oxidants are strongly related to longer telomeres. Exercise and stress reduction are also cited for rebuilding telomeres.

YASOU: What are the biggest barriers that you see people confronting when trying to reach their wellness goals?

EW: They usually come to me with a surface complaint such as losing weight or looking younger. They don’t yet have the skills, strategy or self-confidence to make the necessary decisions that lead to a meaningful, sustainable lifestyle change.

YASOU: It’s hard to change, isn’t it?

EW: It is. I try to help people establish a mindset around their own value system. For example, if they are environmentally aware organic food choices may work well because it’s a part of what they value. The same goes for what they put on their skin.

YASOU: Why do you dislike the word “diet” so much?

EW: Healthy food choices are a lifestyle whereas diets are short-term and not sustainable.

YASOU: Why do you refer to how you eat rather than just what you eat?

EW: The digestive and nervous systems react to our state of being. If we are stressed, certain hormones are released. The nervous system goes into fight or flight mode, temporarily suppressing appetite. But if the stress continues cortisol is released and that increases appetite. Stress also seems to affect food choices with those high in fat and sugar being preferred. When we are joyful and surrounded by friends or family while eating that stress effect is countered.

YASOU: How important is being true to one’s self when on a wellness path?

EW: It’s so important to live your own truth. Life brings a lot of wear and tear to our bodies and minds. We need to give ourselves permission to move forward. What do you like? What makes you feel good? It differs for every person.

Thank you Elyse Wagner, you certainly offered us a positive perspective on reaching wellness goals. You can learn more about Elyse at www.MyKitchenShrink.com.