It seems that a lot of the products on the shelves these days are working overtime. Prime and conceal, conceal and correct, prep, correct, conceal and moisturize…and oh don’t forget the SPF! The jobs that today’s beauty products tackle have become multifarious! It seems that we’re constantly looking for that one miracle multi-purpose product no matter how elusive it may seem. We need this product to do more than it has ever done before…but why is that? Is it because we don’t have time to apply all those separate products or because we need more assistance with looking awake, dewy, healthy?
Many women today are consumed by perfection on the outside – a flawless complexion, invisible wrinkles, shinier hair, stronger nails – that often we don’t stop to think about what’s happening inside our bodies. So if our skin is oily, we use a cleanser that strips the oil off. If we’re dry, we pile on a serum and heavy cream. If our teen has acne, we buy anti-acne products loaded with alcohol to zap the zits away. There really seems to be a product for everything, and we’re willing to pay the hefty ticket price because we want to believe that it will give us the results it promises.
The problem with this is that it’s the “quick fix”. How often do we stop to think about a solution to our skin, hair and nail problems that doesn’t come in a bottle or jar? If you asked a woman to go and get her most prized beauty secret, do you think she would come back with a bottle of water or a piece of fruit? Although the thought of her running back with a watermelon makes for an amusing mental picture, I’m pretty sure she would go into the bathroom and return with her $120 serum or night cream. We’re not looking for long-term solutions to our dry skin, lackluster hair or brittle nails. We’re looking for temporary quick fixes.
The last few weeks, I’ve been reading a book called Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out by Jolene Hart on my Kindle App. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for long term solutions to their beauty woes. Nutrition is the key to a lot of our skin, hair and nail problems along with proper hydration, of course. Eat Pretty is packed with information on the benefits that foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables and vegan sources of protein provide for our skin, hair, nails and our overall well-being. It makes food recommendations based on the four seasons and includes delicious seasonal recipes. If you’re looking for a different approach to beauty, whipping up some beauty-winning dishes might just be the thing to a healthier glowing you!
Below, I share with you my favourite “beauty” lunch recipe. I could seriously eat this for lunch every day and be happy. I followed the advice from Eat Pretty and broke down the ingredients for their “beauty” benefits. Wow! And, this is only one meal! If you make the omelette, let me know how you like it. Enjoy!
Spinach and feta omelette with diced tomatoes and avocado
· rich in vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant) keeps skin cells strong and hydrated
· healthiest sources of fat in nature, burns easily and fires up the natural detox processes of the liver keeping skin clear; half an avocado a day is enough
· high in vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) which helps maintain skin moisture
· keeps hair strong with vibrant colour
· rich in lycopene and beta-carotene which defend skin from UV damage that causes wrinkles and age spots.
· Drizzle olive oil on your tomatoes for increased lycopene absorption! This is the secret of the Mediterraneans!
· boosts levels of two major anti-aging nutrients: vitamin A and Glutathione
· Vitamin A keeps skin-cell turnover humming along making complexion glowy; umm yes, please!
· Glutathione defends against DNA and mitochondrial damage and regenerates vitamin C for extended antioxidant power
· contains lutein which is more easily absorbed when cooked; eat with vitamin C-rich foods like lemons, strawberries or oranges to aid in absorption of its beauty nutrients
I started out with a drizzle of avocado oil in my frying pan to which I added a couple of handfuls chopped spinach. I cooked it until it became slightly wilted. Remember, its nutrients are more beneficial this way. Then, I added ½ cup crumbled feta cheese. Next, I added two lightly beaten eggs and made into an omelette. I topped with 1 chopped tomato and ½ a chopped avocado, drizzled with olive oil and…voila! Don’t forget to have some strawberries or orange slices on the side to aid the absorption of lutein.
*All nutritional information for my omelette ingredients was taken from Eat Pretty. The recipe is my own.