It’s been said a million times, but the message of this blog post is as simple as the title; you are what you eat, and eating the right things can pay off in so many ways. I’m going to talk about what to eat to get glowing, healthy skin – with the help of top tips from nutritionist Fiona Hunter. Fiona is incredibly successful as a nutritionist in her own right, but is also a member of the Simple Advisory Board. I’ve based this post on the tips Fiona has posted on the Simple website, so full credit goes to her!
I’m going to be cheeky and take this paragraph from Fiona’s profile on the Simple website – she introduces what I’m talking about in much more of a concise way than I could manage:
“Diet is the most important contributing factor to health – a balanced diet not only impacts our weight and internal organ function, but also our mental health, all of which are reflected in our skin condition. Poor diet can result in poor skin health, shown through dull, flaky skin, tiredness and dark circles under our eyes, as well break-outs of spots and inevitably weight gain.”
It’s amazing to think that what we eat can seriously impact on out skin in such a way, but many of us will have experienced some of these symptoms at some point or other.
I’m going to relay Fiona’s skin-perfect tips in meal order; this will make it easier to think about nutrition in the scenario of your everyday life. Let’s go!
Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to start the day right by filling up on skin-loving ingredients. Based on Fiona’s advice, I would recommend:
- Experimenting with different combinations of fruits and berries
- Smoothies contain around 2 portions of fruit and are filling in the morning
- Fluids are important to keep skin hydrated and looking radiant – start as you mean to go on with breakfast
- Balance your skin-loving foods with food that is going to fill you up and kick start your metabolism. Cereal with fruit on top will tick both boxes.
Again, here is some advice based on Fiona’s top tips on the Simple website:
- Aim to incorporate some ‘good fats’ such as oil rich fish, seeds, nuts and avocado pears. I friend of mine loves eating half an avocado stuffed with prawns for lunch!
- Keep your fluids up all day – I drink a lot of water, and my skin is mostly super clear
- Keep adding in fruits and veg where you can – I like to have fruit as a ‘dessert’ after my lunch, which also makes me feel like I’m having a treat!
- Foods rich in Vitamin B will help to keep your lips healthy – think wholegrain cereals, beans and pulses. It’s easy to incorporate the latter two into something like a salad.
I’ve had to consciously call this section ‘dinner’ rather than the very Northern ‘tea’ – here’s a few top skin tips!
- Try to eat at least one portion of oily fish a week – this includes things like salmon, mackral and fresh tuna. If you don’t eat fish, you can get some omega 3 supplements to help (this is not Fiona’s advice, but my own research)
- Tomatoes are great for helping the skin to appear plumper and firmer due to them containing lycopene
- Fast food and takeaways contain lots of salt which will take its toll on your skin – try to avoid them as much as you can
- Keep some frozen vegetables in your freezer so that you can add them to your meal with minimal effort!
- Red meat is rich in zinc, which is good for your skin – if you’re a vegetarian like me, try wheatgerm, sesame seeds and roasted pumpkin seeds for your zinc intake.
On top of this advice, don’t forget that you need to maintain a good skincare routine to have gorgeous skin – it might seem like a lot of effort, but it will be worth it!