I recently took a stroll through my local grocers to pick up a few necessities and the Thanksgiving theme was all around. Pumpkins, pumpkin pie, turkey, scented candles of my favorite holiday smells-all of this got me thinking, of course, about eating and Thanksgiving preparation. With the holidays come tough choices, when it comes to our diet and our diet affects our skin health, so here are a few tips to keep things under control this Thanksgiving.
We can still have a delicious holiday menu without wreaking havoc on our skin. A good way to improve skin health overall is to eat in a manner that keeps your blood sugar steady. If you push your blood sugar up high and fast, more insulin is going to be circulating in your bloodstream and some research suggests that insulin may play a role in acne. Studies have found that a low glycemic diet can reduce acne by up to 50%.
Here are some items you can put on the Thanksgiving menu that will do you and your skin some good!
Turkey – Turkey has a high concentration of zinc that helps to maintain collagen and elastin fibers that preserve skin’s elasticity and firmness.
Sweet Potatoes-Sweet potatoes boast large amounts of beta carotene — an antioxidant with protective qualities that defend against the damage that sun exposure will cause.
Green Beans- Green beans contain the carotenoids lutein, beta carotein, neoxanthin and violaxanthin, which help boost the skin’s ability to fight aging.
Side substitutes- Try leaving out white rice and instead serving quinoa or wild rice. Whole wheat rolls instead of white rolls and avoid creamy sides which are high in acne-aggravating dairy.
Berries- Berries help the body manufacture collagen which makes the skin supple and smooth. They can help to repair your skin and prevent it from aging.
Chocolate- All chocolate is not created to be the same and if you are going to indulge, go dark. The higher the percentage of cacao, the more antioxidants it has and the better for you it is.
Red Wine- The darker the wine, the better it is for you and your skin. The antioxidants in red wine soak up damaging free radicals that play a role in aging and age-related diseases.
Cheers and Happy Holidays!
Any skin healthy holiday recipes you want to share? Leave a comment below.