Try These 5 Healthy Habits To Achieve A More Balanced Diet
Kate McCabe is a nutritionist, yoga teacher, plant-based chef and holistic lifestyle blogger based in Palm Beach who specializes in helping others find more energy, mental clarity and happiness through diet and lifestyle modifications. Each of her seasonally inspired, plant-based recipes are designed to heal and nourish the mind and body. McCabe is the founder and editor in chief of Solful Health, a nutrition and wellness blog, and coaching practice. Here, she breaks down the link between food and beauty, plus she provides a tasty recipe and her go-to yoga pose. Connect with McCabe at solfulhealth.com.
On Beauty Foods
Beauty is an inside job, but perhaps not in the way that you’d expect. It all starts with diet. The foods we consume have a profound and quite noticeable effect on our skin, hair, weight and overall appearance, and are often the only thing separating us from achieving that inside-out glow we all hope to attain. What we’re putting in our bodies is just as important (if not more so) than what we’re putting on it, so in lieu of the latest skincare product or procedure, try giving your diet a beautifying update with the following four tips.
Refined, processed sugars deplete our bodies of vitamins, minerals and water, causing our skin to dull. Sugar also creates inflammation and physical stress within the body, which in turn can lead to hormonal skin breakouts, redness and irritation. Try swapping out refined sugar for more natural, skin-nourishing alternatives such as raw honey, pure maple syrup and fresh fruit.
Eat your veggies, and make sure they’re green.
Dark, leafy green vegetables are by far the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet, and increasing your consumption of these humble “super foods” is my No. 1 beauty tip. Greens are extremely detoxifying and soothing on our systems, providing our skin with an array of vitamins and minerals for a clear, glowing complexion.
Increase your fat intake.
Healthy fats are absolutely essential for soft, supple and wrinkle-free skin. Avocados, coconut oil, raw nuts and seeds, pasture-raised eggs and extra virgin olive oil are all high quality options that I recommend eating daily for more radiant skin and all-around better health.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Dry, dehydrated and lackluster skin is your body’s way of telling you it’s seriously thirsty. Aim to drink three liters of water each day to flush out breakout-causing toxins and to hydrate skin from the inside out. I love adding a squeeze of fresh lemon to mine for an extra dose of skin-nourishing vitamins and detoxification.
This smoothie contains the healthy fats, mineral-rich leafy greens and antioxidant-filled fruits your skin needs to stay hydrated and healthy. Blend, sip and glow.
1 cup pineapple
1/2 cup mango
1 cup packed spinach
1 cup packed watercress
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more to blend Juice from 1 lime
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth. You may need to add more liquid to create desired consistency. Enjoy!