Even the most expensive organic beauty products…with the very best ingredients…will end up doing hardly any good at all If your diet consists only of milkshakes and hamburgers. Diet, life,and attitude also play an important role in how your skin looks and feels as you get older.Just as before when I confessed that I was not some great makeup artist or fashion designer, I am not a nutritionist or dietitian. 

However, I am a learner with a vested interest in learning as much as I can about living a simpler, healthier lifestyle…not only because this is the year that I grab firmly to my goals of minimalism and simplicity…but also for personal reasons. 

This last year my husband was diagnosed with diabetes. his blood sugar was over three hundred three days last week. Also, two very good friends of mine have recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. Knowing that my dad died from pancreatic cancer when he was about my age, I have decided that it’s high time we get our Southern fried chicken-and-cool whip-desserts lifestyle under control.

But instead of focusing on what we shouldn’t be eating, I have decided to learn what we should be eating. 

Eight goals for the next few weeks as I begin a journey to a healthier lifestyle are…

1. Iron…A diet low in iron can make you feel tired and have little or no energy. The RDA for iron is…

  • 13.7–15.1 mg/day in children aged 2–11 years
  • 16.3 mg/day in children and teens aged 12–19 years  
  • 19.3–20.5 mg/day in men  
  • 17.0–18.9 mg/day in women older than 19

2. Kiwi and Citrus…Kiwi and citrus are excellent sources of the vitamin C needed to make the collagen that gives skin support and shape. The RDA for vitamin C is…

  • 90 mg/day in men
  • 75 mg/daily for women older than 18 

3. Muesli…Muesli and other whole grains boost your intake of essential fats, B vitamins and the potent antioxidants. it is recommended that adults eat six ounces of grains each day.

4. Nuts…Nuts are packed with essential fats, vitamin E and B vitamins. A healthy daily intake of nuts is 30g (a small handful) or approximately: 20 almonds. 15 cashews. 20 hazelnuts. 15 macadamias. 15 pecans. 2 tablespoons of pine nuts. 30 pistachio kernels. 9 walnut kernels.

5. Orange, yellow, red and green foods supply beta-carotene and vitamin A. Beta-carotene gives carrots, pumpkin, mango and spinach their color and is converted to vitamin A.

6.  Protein…Proteins, such as keratin, collagen and elastin, are the building blocks of skin, hair and nails…Women need about 46 grams of protein per day…men, 56 grams.

7.  Seafood…Fish is a good source of the omega-3 fatty acids that the heart needs to prevent cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating two 3.5oz servings of fish per week. 

8.  Water and Tea... Water and tea contain carotenoids and flavonoids that aid blood circulation and the delivery of nutrients…which improves the condition of your skin, hair and nails. Red wine, hot cocoa, and dark chocolate also contain flavonoids.
   

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