BERRIES FOR BEAUTY: Blueberries, strawberries & blackberries are all super high in antioxidants. The beauty of antioxidants is they can protect your skin from the inside out by guarding your cells from damage. Eat them as a snack, blend them in a smoothie or add to you morning.
GREEN BEANS-Wind back the clock and stock up on foods like spinach, kale, broccoli and romaine. All of these contain vitamin B, E and C, as well as antioxidants that help fight off free radicals. They’re also one of the top sources of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps repair and renew your skin to give it a youthful glow.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS – Fish like Salmon, Tuna and Trout are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which are essential ingredients to baby soft skin. Omega 3 fatty acids are widely known to help soften dry skin by holding in moisture, which helps decrease the look of wrinkles and plumps up skin.
EGGS – Eggs are widely recognized as a great source of protein, however it is also an important component for clear skin. Eggs are a good source of zinc which acts by controlling the production of oil in the skin, and can also help control some of the hormones that cause breakouts.
AVOCADO– Avocado contains ‘good’ fats which are essential to a healthy diet and a smooth complexion. The monounsaturated fats and Vitamin E help soothe red, irritated skin, whilst Vitamin C helps fight inflammation.
WATER – It’s no secret that water is the holy grail of health. Our body weight is made up of 70% water, so in order keep healthy, we need to stay hydrated. When the skin is properly hydrated, it looks fresh and radiant. Drink at least eight glasses of h20 a day and notice the difference in your energy levels and complexion.
GREEN TEA – When we aren’t drinking our eight glasses of water a day, we should be having a cup of tea. Green tea is full of antioxidants and contains polyphenols which help to reduce the signs of aging like wrinkles and lost of skin elasticity.
Tonight a guy friend came over and we ended up watching a movie. We snuggled up a little bit, which isn’t all that odd because in the past, over the years, we have had our drunken make out/snuggle sessions. I would probably have a crush on him because he’s the whole package: good looking, in shape, about to graduate from PT school, sweet, down to earth, basically just adorable.
He is a flirt, and I know his flirtations are just a part of his personality. I also know he was attracted to me when we first met…when I was 30-40 lbs lighter. I can’t even imagine that I would deserve a guy like him or a guy like him would like me, mostly because of my weight.
I see weight, in my case, as a reflection of my inner state. When I feel good about myself, am motivated and on track, it is reflected in everything I do…especially eating and working out. I’m not happy and I think it is both a direct result and a direct cause of my current weight.
I need this time to be completely single and concentrate on myself. I have always been seeking acceptance and love from other people (always “talking to” or dating guys…not often meaningful relationships) when it needs to come from myself.
But isn’t having to look good for someone great motivation? Knowing you have to go that extra mile to look good for the weekend or a date? I guess I need to look good for myself. I’ve been slacking. Always have been a glamour girl—obsessed with hair and makeup, nail polish, etc. Recently I wear makeup only when I absolutely MUST, never blow dry or style my hair—air dry and ponytails. I don’t feel good about my appearance at all.