When you’re constantly on the go like me, you could tow a slew of beauty care products around, but it really doesn’t make sense. What does make sense is getting your glow on from the inside out by nurturing yourself with nutritious foods.
I focus on taking in healthy foods that nourish my skin, keep the balance of good gut bacteria, make me focused and happy and energize my body. While you’re prepping for travel and the season ahead, it’s best to also prepare your body to look and feel amazing.
Focus on Eating Seasonal Fare
Spring and summer are abundant with nourishing greens, from herbs to vegetables. If you’ve a patch of chickweed that’s far away from the road and untouched by pesticides, this little wild weed makes a delicious chickweed pesto.
What’s in season? Hit up local farmer’s markets and area farms for seasonal fare to tune your body to the seasons. Artichokes help to cleanse the liver, and cilantro and parsley help to remove toxins in the body. Strolling the farmer’s market keeps me in touch with nature, healthy and well within my budget.
Tip: Search for a local honey to help keep your allergies under control and to use for its skin healing and rejuvenating properties in masks and more.
Love Your Gut With Fermented Foods
Sometimes you can’t help but go on a junk food binge. To recover and make your gut happy, introduce more fermented foods into your diet, such as sauerkraut, yogurt and kombucha. Fermented foods help to restore and maintain the balance of good to bad bacteria in your gut, improving your digestion and overall health.
A friend told me about ways to grow my own kombucha and I haven’t looked back, though sometimes it sits too long and becomes vinegar. When that happens, I use my kombucha vinegar on my salads or as an astringent (watered down) to keep my pores tight.
I’m Nuts for Nuts
I’m not a big fan of taking fish oil for omega fatty acids. I try to introduce as much seafood into my diet as possible, but I’ve always had a weak spot for nuts – specifically walnuts. They’re easy and satisfying to crack and take with you, while providing those omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid benefits your body loves.
Omega fatty acids give your hair a beautiful shine, without any product, and they help your body to hold in moisture, especially on those hot summer days. For fuller and stronger hair, give walnuts a crack.
Green Tea is Life
I believe green tea is the secret to long life, and it has a ton of benefits for your mind and body, helping to improve focus and ease Alzheimer’s symptoms for the elderly. Matcha green tea improves the elasticity of the skin and reduces sun damage.
The antioxidants in the green tea are known to boost oxygen levels to the skin and blood flow, helping you feel healthy and amazing. I make an infusion overnight and drink it throughout the day, giving me a major energy and mood boost.
Eat Those Leafy Greens Like Your Mama Told You
Eat your leafy greens, like your mama told you! Leafy greens will help keep your bones and teeth strong, and my favorites are kale and spinach.
Kale is an amazing crunchy source of zeaxanthin and lutein, which absorb free radicals that are formed via UV light, including those that penetrate sunscreen. This prevents harmful conductions, including skin cancer. Kale chips are tasty with sea salt and olive oil!
Spinach is a big anti-ager, since it has a heavy concentration of vitamin A and keeps your skin moist. It also helps to remove your dead skin cells and stop wrinkles from forming. Got to love that amazing source of blood healthy iron, too. I basically eat spinach like a rabbit — I’m not going to lie — on sandwiches, in salads, in smoothies. Pretty much anyway possible.
These foods keep me glowing and growing strong, whether I’m between travels or on the go. Planning my weekly meals around trips to the farmer’s market and eating seasonal foods helps me to maintain my inner and outer beauty, while staying in budget.
I focus on fermented foods, leafy greens and walnuts to maintain a healthy mix of nutrition in a balanced diet and keep my gut happy.
The right foods go a long way to improving and maintaining your mental and physical health. Start with one small change, and you’ll definitely notice your body adjust in a way that’s positively glowing.