Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Eat Your Way To GF Gorgeous

Grabbed out of one of my fashion magazines, InStyle to be exact, I tore out an article that inspired me.  I keep it taped to my fridge for inspiration.  Healthy options that are good for you and taste good at the same time.

Top 10

1. Lobster
Why it makes you pretty: In addition to offereing a good, low-fat source of protein (key for healthy hair growth), shellfish contains high amounts of zinc, a mineral which may help prevent acne and boost your immune function, says NYC nutritionist Keri Glassman, author of The Oz Diet.  Shellfish also has pantothenic acid, a B vitamin that makes hair look shinier.  Also try Oysters, clams and mussels.

2. Chia Seeds
Why it makes you pretty: These antioxidant-rich seeds are great sources of vitamin E and omega-3s, essential fatty acids that make skin glow and hair shine.  And unlike their cousins, flaxseeds, they don't need to be ground up for their beneficial oils to be absorbed.  Also try Flax, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

3. Artichokes
Why it makes you pretty: Anything with lots of fiber-and one artichoke supplies 25 percent of an adult's daily quota--is detoxifying because it helps rid the body of waste.  The result? Clearer, more radiant skin.  Artichokes also contain rutin, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation throughout the body, so skin appears plumper and less red.

4. Strawberries
Why they make you pretty: This sweet fruit is loaded with vitamin C, an immune-boosting antioxidant that stimulates collagen production and reduces damage from free radicals, those nasty molecules that cause skin to age prematurely.  Strawberries also contain malic acid, a natural astringent that can help removc discoloration from teeth.  Also try Blueberries, kiwis and oranges.

5. Sweet Potato
Why it make you pretty: Full of fiber, this tasty, orange complex carb is also high in vitamin A, an antioxidant that keeps skin fresh, smooth and clear.  (This topical version of vitamin A-a derivative known as tretinoin-is the main ingredient in many prescription acne and anti-wrinkle creams).  Also try Carrots and tomatoes.

6. Acai
Why it makes you pretty: Known as a super fruit, this reddish purple brazilian berry is full of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants (a couple of ounces have more free-radical fighting power then a glass of red wine).  Though it's difficult to find the real fruit outside of Brazil, many companies like Sambazon sell acai capsules, sorbet and other products.

7. Kale
Why it makes you pretty: This dark green, leafy veggie offers lots of fiber (for clear skin) and plenty of vitamin A and C (take that, wrinkles and discoloration!).  kale also has lutein, a nutrient that makes the whites of your eyes look brighter.  Also try Spinach.

8.  Wild Salmon
Why it makes you pretty: One of the best-known sources of skin-beautifying omega fatty acids, salmon reduces inflammation more effectively then almost any other food.  "It enhances radiance and reduces wrinkles and puffiness" says a Connecticut Dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, who is so enaored with the fatty fish that he created a beauty diet based on it called The Wrinkle Cure.  Also try: Sardines and Mackerel.

9.  Quinoa
Hell yeah!  A Gluten-Free grain makes the Top Ten list in InStyle Magazine!! Woo Hoo!!

Why it makes you pretty: B-Complex vitamins in this nutty grain help skin glow and hair feel less dry.  Unlike many starches, quinoa does not contain gluten, a common but often overlooked source of food allergies.

10.  Kefir
Why it makes you pretty:  Probiotics in this tangy drink cleanse the digestive tract, so the skin appears clearer and more luminous.  Studies also show faster weight loss among people who drink kefir or eat yogurt, says Perricone.


xoxo Julie

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