I’m a big believer in the importance of food and its impact on our mind and body.
Trying to steer clear of processed food and refined sugars is my main aim, as this avoids that sluggish feeling and those hideous energy spikes. Not to mention the damage they can have on our skin and insides. Also focussing on plenty of ‘good fats’, just because you skimp on the sugar doesn’t mean you need to go hungry. Upping the amount of green smoothies I have has definitely also made a difference to my skin and energy levels.
The hardest part does seem to be getting organised, as if you’re hungry and only have rubbish to hand, it’s inevitable you’ll eat it. We are bombarded with so much information about what to eat and what not to eat, sometimes it’s impossible to know the right way to turn. Passionate about talking about nutrition, I’ve grabbed some top tips from Nutritionist Christine Bailey, on behalf of The Harley Street Medical Group, finding out which snacks are best for your skin health:
Beauty-Boosting Bites – Avocado on Rye
“Avocados are rich in anti-inflammatory monounsaturated fats and plenty of vitamin E to keep the skin looking glowing and fresh. A good source of vitamin C which supports the production of collagen helping to improve the texture of your skin. Add in some olives too – another good source of monounsaturated fats.”
Anti-Ageing Snacks – Blueberries
“Berries are loaded with antioxidants to protect our skin and lower inflammation plus vitamin C which is essential for collagen production and gives our skin a fresh glow. Berries are also packed with soluble fibre which helps support our digestive health and feed beneficial bacteria keeping our gut healthy.”
Acne-Fighting Mouthfuls – Pumpkin Seeds
“Zinc is a mineral with several properties that may help relieve acne. It is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions and antibacterial effects against acne. It also helps balance hormones and reduces the production of sebum. Good sources of zinc include seafood, nuts and seeds especially pumpkin seeds and mushrooms. Zinc is also effective when added to topical solutions for acne.”
Spot-Suppressing Nibbles – Peanuts
“Niacinamide is a compound derived from niacin (vitamin B3). It is known for its anti-inflammatory action within the skin and appears to reduce spots as well as improve healing. Niacin rich foods include fish, seafood, poultry, peanuts and beef.”
And what about a mid-afternoon chocolate bar…?
“There doesn’t seem to be an association between chocolate (in its most unprocessed form) and spots and acne. In fact raw cacao and dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants and may actually be protective. But be warned! You still need to avoid processed, sugary confectionary!”