I am always fascinated by stories about how people have transformed their lives by changing their diet. Some even won the battle with a disease as bad as cancer.
I don’t know about you, but I believe every single detail. ALL of it.
When people share the miracles that appear in their lives when they start consuming whole natural foods, I sit there with my eyes wide open, not blinking even just once and whispering “Tell me more”.
Maybe I am naive and I believe everything people tell me. Yes, I definitely at the age of 27 years and 52 months still believe Santa Claus exists. In fact, I think I saw him on the subway last week.
But I also believe in science and in nature. And sometimes nature does things science cannot explain. That is why some scientists are still scratching their heads and wondering whether or not eating more fruits and vegetables is actually healthy. There is never enough EVIDENCE!!!
I personally am convinced that diet can change your health, your mood, your productivity level and it can change the way you look. Let’s start with looks – not because we’re shallow, but because looking good is the first step to being confident and feeling good in your body. But also because the name of this blog is Beauty Bites.
Here are five things eating whole natural foods can do for your appearance.
1. CLEAR SKIN
Skin that’s clearer than a teardrop of a baby unicorn is all we’ve ever wanted, isn’t it? And a diet rich in fiber, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory foods can give us just that – clear skin with a healthy glow.
It will not happen overnight, but if you stay on track for more than a week and clear out the crap out of your diet COMPLETELY – refined, processed foods like sweets, pastries, skim milk and anything with sugar you should already be noticing a difference.
When I say anti-inflammatory and antioxidant foods, it’s just a fancier way to say herbs, fruits, vegetables, spices, seeds and nuts – they should be the main part of your diet for that one week. And if you like what you see in the mirror at the end of the week – FOREVER!
2. WRINKLE-FREE FACE
One of the most fascinating things I’ve ever learned is that food can actually slow down, stop and even somewhat reverse the formation of wrinkles! Isn’t that amazing?
It turns out even I with my dry skin can moisturize and keep my skin wrinkle free from the inside out! Wish I knew that 10 years ago – I would’ve been sipping on smoothies bursting with Vitamin C, E and A all my life instead of stuffing donuts and croissants down my throat.
These vitamins make a powerful antioxidant combo and not only stop free radicals from destroying precious cell structures, but vitamin C also increases the formation of collagen – and collagen is all we want. You’ve got collagen, you’re wrinkle free.
You can easily get enough of these vitamins from food by adding more fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds to your diet.
3. STRONG NAILS LIKE WOLVERINE
Ok, we all know Wolverine has knives for nails and I don’t think they look good, but hey – better knives than brittle nails. If you’re looking for strong nails, that don’t break and shine bright like a diamond – you need to get enough Biotin.
Biotin is a B-Vitamin and is found in many foods, but only a few have lots of it – avocado, peanuts, bananas, dark leafy greens. Those are some of my favorite foods, wonder why I almost always only look at them and never actually eat them. This is changing now. Because Biotin is a magical beauty nutrient and is important for the metabolism of fatty acids, amino acids and glucose. Biotin is believed to make not only nails but also skin and hair look great.
4. LONG SHINY HAIR
You think long, healthy, shiny hair is only for the majestic creatures from My little pony? I used to think the same, but now I know long shiny hair is not just for ponys. You can’t, of course, change your genetics, but by eating right you can do a lot. For example, if you’re not getting enough nutrients like iron and biotin from your diet, then your hair might be dry, brittle, spliced and be 60 shades of gray.
By the way, I just pretty much described my own hair. And I did have some iron deficiency last year, even though I’ve been eating pretty good. The problem was I also have been drinking coffee like crazy and have probably not absorbed any iron from my diet. Breakfast – coffee, after lunch – coffee, 8 in the evening – coffee. coffeecoffeecoffee. I didn’t give iron a chance to get absorbed. Well, it showed in the results of my blood test. And iron deficiency also causes hair loss. Like gray hair at 31 wasn’t enough.
For those of you who might have these same problems – maybe it’s iron, so make sure you eat lots of dark green vegetables, nuts, whole grains like millet and bulgur (if you’re not gluten-sensitive) from time to time red meat if you’re not vegetarian, and whatever you do – don’t drink coffee right before or after that – it inhibits iron absorption. You should instead combine these foods with vitamin C rich foods. This way you can absorb some more plant-iron and on top produce yourself some collagen. Long silky hair and a young face – sounds good to me!
5. LEAN AND SLIM
BAM! Diet can help you lose weight and get a lean, slim body. Brand new information. Yes, soak it all up. I’m sure your mind is blown right now, but try to collect it and read further.
Losing weight and more importantly losing fat is one of the main reasons people would change the way they eat (including me, my whole family, friends and random people I see in the streets and start interviewing out of nowhere). It is because we’re all sick of those double chins that make us look like Jabba from Star Wars. No offense, Jabba, but in this star you’re not exactly model material.
Diet is the most important factor when it comes to losing weight and fat. You can try losing weight by optimizing your training, sleeping, meditating, staring at the stars and drawing butterflies, but the only thing that will help you actually lose that soft, jiggly and playful belly that’s slowly starting to hang next to your knees is eating right and not eating all the time.
A balanced diet that has enough protein, and is rich in fruits and vegetables can help you not simply lose weight, but also build lean muscles. And what do you think looks better – skinny fat, just skinny, toned or just fat?
Some people would change their diet to put on weight, but I cannot sympathize with them. To me, it’s just a pretentious way to tell somebody who’s struggling with weight loss that he/she’s fat and you just stay slim even if I don’t move your eyelid.
6. A BONUS – GET YOUR ORANGE TAN NATURALLY– FINALLY!
This would be a very natural and SAFE way to finally get the orange glow we ALL really want. No more spending time and money on the sun bank, no more spray tanning, no more sun bathing – that’s all dangerous and in the past.
It’s time for the new thing – carotenemia. Sounds like a disease? Well kinda, it’s a condition you get when you eat too many carotenoid rich foods like carrots, tomatoes, spinach and all that good stuff. It doesn’t bear any risks and it makes your skin perfectly orange, which is everyone’s dream.
The reason why the skin becomes orange when we eat too many carotenoid-rich foods is that the carotenoids are not only antioxidants but also pigments in the plant and they work similarly in the human body: they dye your skin as if it was an Easter egg.
This condition will not affect your health and is completely safe and reversible. If you don’t like the orange look then you can simply stop eating tons of carrots – you’ll go back to normal. But until then you’ll look like you went to the sun and back. Like the warm version of an avatar. And you wouldn’t even have burned one skin cell. Isn’t that amazing? I now understand why they say orange is the new black. Smart.
So there you have it – these were just some examples of how eating whole foods can affect your appearance. For more information about which foods are good for you and which are not – stick around, I’ll be talking about that soon.
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