Outside of the brownies I made Monday night I’ve been pretty strict with my new diet. I eat a salad each day either for lunch or dinner, start my morning off with a fresh green juice and oatmeal and get my run in usually mid-afternoon. My skin is loving me and my hair has never been more moisturized. Although I feel pretty healthy, I often feel the need to remind myself to stay on top of my nutrition game for truly healthy body and even better hair and skin.
Discover below the best foods for keeping your hair and skin aglow as the summer gets off to a great start…
I’m a Northwest girl who grew up on seafood so getting salmon in regularly isn’t a task for me. It’s a delectable weekly treat. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, this protein is also filled with vitamin B-12 (great for maintaining energy) and iron. If you’re a vegetarian or simply not a seafood lover you can also get your omega-3s via flax seeds. Your skin and hair will glow and shine with energy and life. Stick to wild Alaskan and Pacific salmon which contain the lowest amount of Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) — a neurotoxic, hormone-disrupting chemical.
2. Dark Leafy Veggies
Whip out those collards, spinach, broccoli, and swiss chard for a great source of vitamins A and C, both of which your body needs to produce sebum (your natural oils). These veggies help to keep your hormones leveled (I had to eat a lot of them as prescribed by my acupuncturist when I was being treated for polycystic ovarian syndrome) not to mention a great natural internal beauty fix to keep hair and skin naturally moisturized. Skip out on adding too much salt or bacon to the mix and opt for steaming or gently sauteed to keep the nutrients. If you’re brave enough you can also juice these and add ginger and lemon for a health drink. Be sure to get all of these veggies organic!
3. Citrus fruits
Black doesn’t typically crack but it is possible. And because anything is possible we should all step up our antioxidant game with Vitamin C from kiwifruit, oranges, lemons and lemons. And because these fruits are the least contaminated by pesticides (see the Environmental Working Group’s list for the clean 15) you don’t have to dish out the extra cash on going organic.
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It should be noted that because of mercury levels, the amount of salmon eaten in one week should be limited.
Thanks for all of the winter exercise tips!!!:) I'll definately try to some of them out!
I love all citrus fruits. If they are good for hairs its again good news for me.
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I've been trying to up my work out game. It's hard when you work all day and have a 18 month old at home. I feel guilty that I don't spend enough time with her. So this week my goal is to work out 3 times this week. I've started watching what I eat. So this comes at the right time. Thanks!
For those of you who wanted salmon that doesn't… taste… like… salmon? lol Well, here's a recipe I use that's pretty delish!
Spinning classes are also a great indoor cardio workout for winter months.
Kale, not listed among the dark leafy greens, is the green with highest nutritional value. It comes in at least 3 varieties! It's great in salads, green juices and as kale chips!
1st comment – i always use workout dvds and mix things up so i am excited to exercise no matter the weather and don't get bored…you could take a zumba class, it's really fun.
I love Salmon! And I also really like lemons! Good to know that they both are healthy for my hair as well as my over all health. 🙂
Yes winter time can be difficult to get a work out in. I like to join a few workout or dance classes even something like Zumba. At home workout dvds are also perfect for those winter months. But what helps the most is having a buddy to hold you accountable.
Katrina: the best thing to do to cook your Salmon without that "fishy" taste is to marinate it the night before. i love to marinate mine in spices along with olive oil and lemon. Then cook it the next day covered in aluminum foil. I'm sure you can also find some really great recipes.
Hope this helps!
I do enjoy a dark leafy green, but I struggle with finding ways to cook salmon so that it doesn't taste fishy.
Well, what's nice is that I already incorporate most of the healthy foods mentioned above! And my "green drink" of choice is Green Magma (Love the stuff! and of course WATER,WATER,WATER!!!) I do slip here and there ;but like trying to quit smoking I always try again!:)
PS. Smoke free for 3 years now! Yea boy!
I digress, generally during warmer months, I tend to automatically pick up on my exercise. However, the one thing that I haven't achieved is staying active during the colder months. Can't seem to stay motivated!:( Any suggestions?