Top twelve foods for brides
Guaranteed to give you glowing skin and glossy strands .
In the mad dash to your wedding day you probably have an army of skin loving potions and hair serums on your dressing table. But all your efforts will fall flat if you don’t pay attention to your nutrition in the run up to D Day. After all, what you eat is as important as your skincare routine. What goes inside with show up on the outside sooner or later. Binging on junk food to calm last minute jitters will translate to pimples and puffiness when you least expect it. But forewarned is forearmed! Starting today include these Top Twelve glowing skin foods and then lap up all the compliments that come your way.
Nuts and Seeds
These are a powerhouse of skin friendly vitamins, antioxidants, phytochemicals, flavonoids, carotenoids, polyphenols and minerals. Plus they are low calorie weighing in at less than 100 calories for an entire bowlful! Eat your fill of blackberries, mulberries, strawberries, gooseberries, jamuns and plums. Berries fight free radicals, prevent premature aging and balance your sugar levels to stave off hunger pangs.
Sure they are high in fat but it’s the skin benefiting kind. Plus they’re bursting with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals like zinc, selenium and vitamin E. Carry a Ziploc bag along when you’re dashing between fittings and jewelers for a convenient any time snack. Eat a small handful once or twice a day; include walnuts because they fight inflammation, almonds because they’re rich in calcium and fiber, and cashews for their iron, zinc and magnesium content. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are rich in zinc and Vitamin E to improve skin tone, fight acne and rejuvenate skin.
Try and eat a tomato salad with some cottage cheese or glug down a glass of fresh tomato juice. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, the antioxidant that prevents skin damage and promotes skin lightening. Plus, tomatoes have negligible calories. You can spike the juice with a dash of salt and pepper for added taste.
Grandma was right! You should be eating up your greens. Broccoli, spinach and methi are all bursting with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The high levels of Vitamins C and E stimulate collagen production, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, redness and pigmentation. It also contains sulforaphane that protects against UV radiation. Broccoli is a versatile veggie; eat the florets raw with a yoghurt dip or tossed in a stir fry.
Chocoholics rejoice! This is one treat that’s actually good for your skin, especially the dark variety. Chocolate with 70 % cocoa is rich in antioxidants and flavonoids that protect skin from UV damage, fight free radicals and boost circulation. Limit yourself to one or two squares of good quality dark choc per day.
Another delicious skin loving food! Coconut is rich in Omega 3 that keeps your skin and hair soft and lustrous. It also acts as a barrier to protect against pollution and sun damage. The best way to include it in your diet is eat a few small pieces of fresh coconut or even drizzle a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil on your salad every day. Opt for a chilled glass of fresh tender coconut water instead of fruit juice; it’s bursting with electrolytes and balances your pH levels.
Chia seeds are full of essential fatty acids that maintain skin elasticity and glow. They’re also a rich source of good fats, Omega 3, fiber, protein and antioxidants. Sprinkle them over your salads or low fat yoghurt for a bit of extra crunch.
Fish is an excellent source of Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids and selenium; and benefit skin, hair, nails and joints. These Omega fats have an anti-inflammatory effect, which means it soothes skin breakouts, brings a glow to your skin and makes your hair long and strong. Can’t stand the smell of fish? Take a fish oil capsule instead daily; Nykaa suggests GNC Triple Strength Fish Oil (120 Softgels). If you’re a vegetarian, you could opt for flax seed oil supplements like GNC Flax Seed Oil 1000 (90 Caps).
Beans and pulses
Take your pick of rajma, black eyed beans, vaal or daal, they’re all busting with nutrients like zinc, Vitamin B6, iron, biotin and hunger stopping fiber. Aim to eat a bowlful daily, in salads, curries or cooked with brown rice.
Ditch saturated and calorific ghee and butter in the run up to the wedding. Instead opt for two to three teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil daily. You could sprinkle it on salads, smear it on toast or rotis or use it to sauté your veggies. It’s choc-a-bloc with healthy unsaturated fats and antioxidant-rich vitamins that moisturize from within, regenerate skin cells and protect against free radicals.
This is particularly useful for vegetarians since it’s a lean protein that’s also very rich in iron and Vitamin A. It’s also a powerful detoxifier, guaranteed to restore the glow to your cheeks and spring in your step. You could take one capsule of Gaia Spirulina daily.
Do we even have to say it? Drink two to three liters of water (this includes all the herbal teas, soups and juices you consume) daily. It’s the best way to hydrate skin and keep your metabolism chugging. Getting less than your daily quota shows up as dryness, flakiness and wrinkles. A total no-no for a stunner like you!