Autumn is typically associated with beautiful foliage, crisp walks, and bonfires. However, for some of us it cause anxiety because it means holiday parties are approaching. One of the best ways to feel confident as a party is to have glowing, ageless skin. Don't compromise and just accept troubled skin as part of aging or the cooler fall weather. Instead, firm and brighten your skin with these foods. Not only will your skin improve, you will stand out as at any holiday parties. (Bonus: adopting healthier habits could mean you fit into a new holiday dress as well!)
1. Sweet Potatoes - Loaded with the anti-oxidant Vitamin A, sweet potatoes will repair your damaged skin cells and also ward off free radicals that like to cause pimples. Sweet potatoes also contain Vitamin C, another anti-oxidant that works under your skin to reduce the the appearance of cellulite. Because sweet potatoes are an excellent source of complex carbs eat one with 1 Tbsp of peanut butter or greek yogurt for breakfast, as a snack, or before a workout. The slow digesting carbs will give you energy and maintain a feeling of fullness.
2. Salmon - An excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, salmon will combat wrinkles keeping skin soft and smooth. The protein in salmon will also help build muscle keeping skin firm in the arms, legs, and mid-section. If you are not a fan of fish chia and flax seeds also contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Make sure to get protein from either lean meats, vegetables such as peas, or Skinny Blend.
3. Water-packed Vegetables and Fruit - When you are dehydrated wrinkles and blemishes will be more pronounced. Prevent wrinkles from being pronounced by drinking a minimum of 64 oz of water a day and fill up on hydrating foods such as berries, cucumbers, watermelon, and romaine lettuce. Another bonus of staying hydrated? The water will flsuh out toxins and impurities that cause wrinkles!
Remember, that you are what you eat. Try to fill your diet with fresh, nutrient dense foods. If you need help with suggestions and planning, check out the Skinny Jane 28 Day or 8 Week Challenges. Both come with meal plans centered around a clean diet high in vegetables, fruits and lean proteins. No only will you lose weight but you will look and feel better than ever!