Top Five Foods For Better Skin – A Guest Post by Jordan

Ideally, everyone would have beautiful, blemish free skin. But, unfortunately, blemishes are not a made up myth. Bad Skin is something everyone has had to deal with at some point in their life. There are many tips to achieving better skin, like drinking lots of water and getting plenty of beauty sleep. However, no one talks about the different types of food that can result in a spotless complexion. It’s a known fact that greasy foods are terrible for the skin and junk food is to be avoided at all costs. But, what kind of foods improve skin? What foods should you be eating in order to achieve that glowing complexion?

  1. Salmon- Salmon is one of those foods that seems to work wonders for everything, including the skin. Because it is a high fat fish, it also contains omega-3 fatty acids, which keeps skin firm and moisturized. Salmon also contains high levels of zinc, a mineral that helps regulate inflammation and produce new, vibrant skin cells. Glowy skin is the new rage- out with dry skin, and in with the new!
  2. Avocados- Not only do they taste good, but avocados also have wondrous effects for the skin! Avocados are a great source of Vitamin E, which helps protect the skin from oxidative damage with its antioxidant properties. Studies have also shown that avocados contain compounds that protect the skin from UV sun damage. In doing so, avocados prevent the appearance of sunspots on the skin, as well as permanent damage from sunburn. Try avocados on toast, in a smoothie, or make some classic guacamole. Replenish your skin while also replenishing your stomach!
  3. Sweet Potatoes- As one of the uprising new health foods, sweet potatoes also have astounding effects on the skin. Sweet Potatoes contain carotenoids, which act as a natural sunblock for the skin. Not only do they moisturize the skin, but the also prevent your skin from burning and peeling while in the sun. Sweet potatoes also contain beta-carotene, which add a warm glow to the color of the skin. Glowing skin is associated with health and overall well being. Achieve a warm glow and beautiful complexion by trying out sweet potatoes!
  4. Spinach- Full of antioxidants that clear the skin, spinach is known for reducing the amount of acne you have. The antioxidants it contains will flush all toxins out of the skin, leaving a clear, luminous complexion. The high levels of water in spinach also contribute to the health of your skin cell’s membranes, causing skin to look more fresh and less wrinkled. Whip up a spinach smoothie for breakfast or a spinach salad for dinner, and you will have vibrant skin in no time!
  5. Almonds- Almonds are a great source of Vitamin E, which contributes to skin protection, as well as an all natural compound. Almonds contain antioxidants that will get rid of impurities, leaving a flawless complexion. Plus, almonds are a fiber rich snack option for when you’re on the go and want to have amazing skin!

 

Consider adding salmon, avocados, sweet potatoes, spinach, and almonds to your list of favorite foods right away! Achieve beautiful, flawless skin while continuing to eat healthy!

 

Jordan is the beauty and brains behind Beautifully Alive! She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes.The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She’s always down for a DIY project!

Doing a Meat Fast… Is it Healthy For You?

Meat fast low carbFirst of All What is a Meat Fast?
A meat fast is where one commits to eating only meats for a rang of 2-4 days. A Carnivore fast if you will. It is occasionally used on a low carb diet.

 

Why Would Someone Do a Meat Fast?
The two main reasons to do a meat fast would be to break a stall, or to get into Ketosis (fat burning mode) quicker. Again, it is ONLY meant to be done for a few days. Long term, it would be more risk than benefit.

How Does it Work?
The meat fast is a relatively new concept. It has the same principles as a fat fast, but many people feel a meat fast is easier to perform. For roughly three days, one would commit to eating only meats and fats. Coffee, mayo, olive oil, and mustard are all okay. The rest is meats without sugary cures. This puts the person at a very low carb interval and higher protein and fats. By limiting one’s carbs to practically zero, and only providing the body with protein and fats to work with, the idea is to force the body into fat burning mode.

meat fast science

Is There Science Behind This?
Unfortunately I have yet to find clinical studies proving this is an effective way to jump into ketosis. Dr. Atkins would recommend his patients try a fat fast if they were extremely insulin resistant and had a hard time getting into ketosis or having a stall for longer than 3 weeks. However, the fat fast would consist of 90% fat and literally doing things like nibbling on a brick of cream cheese all day. I can say there are NUMEROUS studies showing that a LCHF diet works for weight loss and often times with twice the results of a low fat diet. Since the Meat Fast is simply a more extreme version of LCHF, it is safe to day at the worst case scenario, you are simply getting the same results as if you were eating regular LCHF.

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What is an Example of a Meat Fast Diet?
Day 1 Morning: 2 eggs and bacon and coffee
Day 1 noon: turkey rolls with mayo
Day 1 Dinner: Steak with melted butter

Day 2 Morning: 2 eggs with sausage with coffee
Day 2 noon: Cut up chicken breast sauteed in olive oil
Day 2 Dinner: Hamburger without bun or toppings. (add mayo)

Day 3 Morning: 2 eggs mixed with chorizo with coffee
Day 3 noon: Hot dog or Italian sausage
Day 3 Dinner: Pork chops with melted butter.

brauts meat fast

If you are eating lean meats such as fish or chicken, be sure to fatten it up! Pan fry it in a little olive oil, add mayo or butter.

The other important thing would be to make sure you are getting PLENTY of water. A  diet without veggies or very much fiber can make you very very constipated. Do drinking water like your life depends on it is very important.

Would you ever be crazy enough to try a meat fast? Comment Below!

~HealthyGirl

Light Milkshake Recipe

light milkshake recipe

 

So its the new year and you just made your resolution. Its about the end of week two and the cravings are really starting to kick in. Especially those late night sweets cravings…those are the worst!

If ice cream or a milkshake is on your craving list, you might want to give this a shake. Try this homemade light milkshake recipe, and within in seconds you will have a yummy beverage on your hands. In fact you can have this faster than it would take you to hop in your car and go get it from Wendy’s.  This skinny milkshake recipe is around 150 calories, has the added benefit of  protein naturally found in milk.

Prep time: 1 minute

Serving Size: 1

3/4 cup of low fat or fat free milk
about 14 ice cubes (1 tray or 3 cups of crushed ice)
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1-2 Tbsp  Cocoa powder
1/3 of a Banana

Optional: 1 packet of stevia, splenda, or other sweetener of your choice.

Serve. Enjoy!

What did you think of this light milkshake recipe? For more “lighter fare” recipes, and tips, follow us or stop by again to check out more from our skinny series.

 

 

~HealthyGirl