You Are What You Eat
|February 19th, 2013||Advice, Food|
Good morning. I would normally do my weekend recap on Monday, but since it was a holiday, I took the day off. Overall the weekend was pretty busy. We toured two wedding venues, had dinner with Bryan’s parents, I went to brunch and a bridal show with my bridesmaids, and relaxed all day Monday. Monday was pretty fantastic. We napped in the afternoon for a few hours. Boy, I miss afternoon naps. I remember in college when my classes were spread out, I would come home and nap for a few hours before heading back out. Perfection.
You’ve heard the saying a millions times… you are what you eat. What you put into your body can help determine how you look on the outside as well as how you feel on the inside. When I go grocery shopping now, I don’t just use my When to Buy Organic resource, I also think about the vitamins and nutrients I need for a balanced lifestyle (I would have said ‘balanced diet’, but I hate that word). When I buy groceries, these items almost always end up in my cart. *Please note, that I am not a nutritionist, nor a medical doctor. The information below I’ve learned from hours of research both online and in print.
1. Avocados. I just started liking avocados. I don’t know whether the texture freaked me out before or just inexperience using it, but I love avocados now. Avocados are full of vitamins A, E and B and biotin. They assist with keeping your skin hydrated and your hair and nails strong.
2. Cucumbers. I LOVE cucumbers, but only with the skin on. Cucumbers help support skin and nails also. They contain silicon which helps fight wrinkles.
3. Tomatoes. Tomatoes are another food that I used to hate as a child. I remember my sister used to eat tomatoes like apples – it used to gross me out. Good thing I love them now. Tomatoes contain high amounts of lycopene, an antioxidant that helps prevent oxidative damage to your skin and internal organs.
4. Greens. Clearly, greens would be on this list. Spinach, kale, romaine and the likes contain great amounts of essential vitamins C and E. These vitamins are antioxidants that are known to help protect your skin from aging and sun damage. All of you tanning bed addicts, please up your greens at least!
5. Sweet potatoes. If you’re looking for a starch, reach for the sweet potato over the white potato to get more potassium and beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A (retinol) by the body and is needed for good vision, a strong immune system and for healthy skin and mucus membranes.
Talk to Me
- What items always end up in your grocery cart?
- How many times per month do you go grocery shopping?
- What is your favorite fruit and vegetable?