Food Glorious Food! Does good things, does bad things to you!
We researched the top 10 foods to give you lustrous hair and gorgeous skin.. plus some extra’s on the side to give you a boost.
1. OMEGA 3’s – Cold water deep fish like Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines, Anchovies and Tuna. Fish is an excellent source of Omega 3’s that our body is incapable for producing. If you are like me and don’t eat enough fish during the week , try supplementing with an excellent quality fish oil. I use a fish oil that is high quality of sardines and anchovies. Not only is fish great for your eye sight and will make eyes sparkle, but its low in fat and can be an additional to any healthy meal with any veggies on the side , sauces or salad. YUM. When I find myself in Greece on one of the gorgeous Ionian or Aegean Islands, and we are dining on the side of a stunning beach, I will always ask what the catch of the day was. Most often, the waiter will tell me that the sardines and octopus are the most fresh and were caught that very morning. I am so excited about this every time we visit Greece and my mouth is watering right now. Fresh calamari, Octopus, Sardines, Snapper… wow. Anyway, enough dreaming!!! Finding Fresh seafood in Melbourne is not difficult as Aussies also love their seafood so get to a market and get cooking 🙂 Here is a little tip on how to cook your fish – smother them in flaxseed or almond meal to reap the benefits! Not only are flaxseed or almond meal full of vitamins but they are gluten free and low in calories and fat. Flaxseed is full of vitamins and minerals, Read more about flaxseed here : Flaxseed benefits
2. Avocado and Olive Oil – the good fat that your heart and body needs to keep you healthy and strong. Avocado themselves are labelled a super food with the good kind of hearty fats that will keep you slim and lower hunger and sugar cravings. I am obsessed with anything avocado. Amazingly good. Olive oil is the only oil that I cook with at home. Even when I fry up my ‘old school chips’ for my son, I use Olive oil. It is expensive but its the most treasured oil in my home and within my family. My parents frequently harvest our olives from our olive groves in the country and provide me with a beautiful big bottle of olives and olive oil, pressed straight from the organic trees!!! 🙂 It makes me especially happy. Its a rewarding and fulfilling activity to harvest olive trees and be apart of the process. Olive Oil is not only fantastic to cook with – its great as a hair mask in winter. I will dedicate a post on this, but olive oil is a wonderful and stunning oil that has so much flavour – whether you splash it in your salads to accompany a meal or dunk your sough dough bread in there with a sprinkle of pink rock salt. Oh YUM!
3. Protein – Eggs, Chicken, Pork, Lamb– Protein is amazing for building lean muscle and keeping strands healthy and shiny. Protein should be incorporated into our diets every day with complex carbohydrates to accompany.
4. Complex Carbs including Fruit – Colourful fruit and other grains… are a must. One thing I didn’t do consistently in previous years is eat enough colourful fruit every day. Now I eat in season and ensure I eat carbs in the morning to give me a balanced diet. Complex carbs such as brown rice, multi grain bread, buckwheat noodles, quinoa in all colours are my favourite grains.
5. Green Leafy Vegetables- Green veggies are loaded with chlorophyll. This is the pigment that makes veggies green and is loaded with healing, and rejuvenating properties. It keeps bodies free of toxins, and keeps blood cells healthy. Read more here: Chlorophyll benefits! Eat Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Peas, Okra.. the list is endless! Don’t overcook them as the nutrients disappear with more cooking.
6. Seeds and Nuts- Peanuts, Pistachios, Almonds, Walnuts all include Omega 3’s and essential fatty acids. Seeds like Pumpkin, Sunflower, Chia Seeds – any seed you can grab, have it on hand for snacking. I always do when I’m inbetween meals and my hunger sets in.
7. Legumes – Beans, beans beans! Are excellent for diet and a must for thick hair due to the B Group vitamins it contains. B Group vitamins are essential in a diet to produce healthy head of hair and to reduce hair fall. They are also an excellent source of protein, keep your belly happy and fulfilled to stop you snacking. My favourite beans are the mixed beans you can buy in a can and make a delicious and colourful bean salad for lunch. You can also add quinoa , chicken or tuna to the bean salad! I also make an amazing chick pea dip using : Chick peas in the can, garlic, tumeric, lemon juice/ vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper to season.
8.Vitamins- Taking a multi vitamin ensures we get all the vitamins in the day to keep us going and keep our energy levels up!!! For a long time I never took it seriously but now I take one because I am a busy working mum with a toddler and life gets crazy sometimes. We need to keep ourselves healthy so we dont get run down, and multi vitamins make up for anything we miss during the day.
9. Drink Herbal Tea – Nettle Tea, also known as “Stinging Nettle” (PACKED with IRON and vitamins – HELLO) is a tea I never knew existed. Did you know that Nettle tea is a healer in the tea world. It originated from Europe , Greece and has been used for centuries to heal a number of skin and body conditions. It clears up the skin and helps with acne. It makes hair lustrous and makes is shine beyond belief. It helps with your iron levels for those with anaemia, and of course in lactating women, it helps boost milk supply! WOW! Many believe it helps restore hair and skin health as its known for balancing hormones. If you experience from bad PMS, try drinking nettle tea (about 3-4 cups) per day and see if you notice a difference. Peppermint, camomile and green tea also all have soothing properties and I love drinking them. I also adore my coffee but I am sticking to one cup (a proper decent cup) in the morning only, and ensuring I drink lots of water throughout the rest of the day!
10. Water – Water is crucial .. We all don’t drink enough – at least I know I need to improve. Water helps flush out the crap in our bodies. The unwanted sugar, the excess salt, the additives and all the toxins. Water is needed to help fight inflammation and balance PH levels.
So… after all that, I think to myself : What else can we do to help our bodies along. ?
I will leave you with one more thing I love to have daily that boosts my energy and makes my hair gleam: VITAL GREENS !!!! All green powder energy drink. This is the one that I use … (always discuss with your health care provider if you are not sure if you should take this or a similar product). Read all about it here!!!! Vital Greens
Hope you loved this post, and feel free to leave any comments/ questions you have.