A Beauty Diet for a Beautiful You: 5 Superfoods to Incorporate this Year
Dieting may be the first thing on your mind after all the holiday indulgences (but weren’t they oh-so-worth-it?), so why not up your New Years’ resolution with dieting to enhance your skin? Gorgeous hair and glowing skin are more a product of your eating habits than they are of the products you use. Make these five changes to your diet and see just how beautiful you will look in 2014!
Wild Fish and Seafood
Wild fish (meaning not mass-bred in a fish farm) is very high in many of the essential nutrients for healthy hair and skin. Omega-3 fatty acids keep your skin moisturized and supple, while selenium protects it from sun damage. Vitamin D is known for being the vitamin our bodies produce in sunlight, but it is also found in fish meat. Apart from being a natural mood enhancer, Vitamin D promotes healthy teeth for that stunning smile. Wild fish such as salmon and tilapia can be grilled, stir-fried in healthy oils, or baked, turning them into healthy and versatile sources of these nutrients.
Eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables is a long-standing recommendation, but to make the most out of your beauty diet, make one of those fruits blueberries. Blueberries are some of the highest fruits in antioxidant levels and prevents premature aging. Apart from sweet treats and snacks, try tossing some blueberries on a mixed greens salad with feta cheese, walnuts, and a tangy vinaigrette.
Spinach and tomatoes are to vegetables what blueberries are to fruits. Spinach is a great source of lutien, an antioxidant, as well as omega-3s and essential minerals. Tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene, which prevents premature aging also. Some studies show that cooking tomatoes increases the release of their lycopene into the bloodstream; try slow-roasting tomato halves on a baking sheet then topping with melting mozzarella cheese for an almost pizza-like appetizer or side dish.
All nuts, but especially walnuts and almonds, are great sources of essential fatty acids and oils that help maintain your skin’s moisture. Dried out skin is one of the leading causes of premature aging and an ashy complexion, so toss some nuts on a salad or grab a handful for your afternoon snack.
Everyone deserves a little indulgence, so why not make double action of your indulgence with the anti-aging benefits of cocoa? An ounce of 60% or more dark chocolate will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but will also keep your skin looking luscious and youthful.
A beauty diet is the perfect modification to your standard diet-and-exercise resolution. Combining these superfoods with a lifestyle of rest and physical activity—and the best beauty secret of proper hydration!—will show you stunning results in as little as two weeks.