Did you know the food you eat directly affects your appearance? Let me sum up years of research for you in this one sentence: To improve bad skin, avoid sugar! Sugar is the worst thing for your skin. Every doughnut, candy bar and soda adds to a toxic excess of blood sugar or glucose that shows up on your face. Frequent consumption of refined carbohydrates (any white food such as potato chips, white rice, white bread, pasta, etc) which show up everywhere in the American diet, can bump up cortisol levels. This can interfere with hormone balance and increase inflammation.
Another toxic food to avoid is alcohol because it causes the skin above and under your eyes to puff up. Puffiness is also increased if you aren’t drinking enough water.
As you begin to exorcise these toxic foods, why don’t you go ahead and exorcise those toxic people out of your life as well. Toxic people, like toxic food, can take a toll on your emotional well-being. If you don’t know the signs for a toxic person-here are a few:
1) Is always complaining
2) Is always negative
3) Talks badly about people, especially behind their back
4) Never reciprocates a good deed
5) Takes advantage of you or what you might have
6) Definitely is the opposite of the saying, “A breath of fresh air”
…You get the idea.
How do you stop those toxic people from remaining in your life? Well, you gotta get some courage and get a little feisty with your own boundaries. You can still be polite and cordial, but you don’t have to let them in past that first gate. Talk about the weather, remain polite and MOVE ON. If they start inquiring as to why you’ve backed off simply let them know that you are on a toxic diet – and the diet specifically states that you must avoid any temptations, including food, drinks, cats, dogs and humans, that may lead you astray from your goals :).
Inner Beauty Thoughts: Put your emotional well-being on a toxic diet. Put up a polite boundary with toxic people in your life. Make sure that boundary is strong and clear so the feisty doesn’t have to come out! This will empower you to create healthier and stronger relationships!
Outer Beauty Tips:
Avoid toxins and drastically improve your skin’s appearance with this ‘non-toxic list:
- increase your intake of lean protein
- increase your intake of foods high in omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 oils (fish, nuts, seeds, dark green vegetables, olive, flax and hemp oils)
- use only the highest quality (and darkest) of oils when cooking
- include antioxidants in your diet: these free-radical fighters help keep sugar from attaching to proteins, so replenishing their supply by eating more antioxidant-rich fruits, nuts, and vegetables (i.e. cranberries, walnuts, and red bell peppers) and having antioxidants in your nutritional supplements is the correct route toward younger looking skin.
- keep added sugar to no more than 10% of total calories
- control stress – stress can also lead to elevated cortisol levels, so controlling oxidative stress is also crucial in reducing skin wrinkling and puffiness.