I am very excited to be selected as a Happy Mothering Contributor. As a wife, mom of four, and Certified Nutrition Counselor, I care about my impact on the food choices we make. Everything we eat has a profound effect on our bodies, the environment and our future. We eat not just to satisfy hunger, but to nourish and enrich our lives. Eating and buying clean resources keeps your body and the Earth healthy and thriving.
I know the struggles moms face when trying to decide, “is this healthy,” “is this natural,” “am I feeding my child correctly.” We ask ourselves many questions, and looking for the answers can sometimes lead to more questions. I am going to try and help you with getting back to basic natural nutrition. I do not do Fad Diets or Single Nutrition, and I want to open your eyes to enjoying food and nourishing your body.
As an American Society, we too often need something fast and convenient, and tax our mind and body with this mindset. We have a list of things to do every day that can leave us exhausted and aging too fast. What I would like to do is show you a few things you can start doing now to give yourself the natural energy you need for the day and how to nourish your body to stay young with your children.
First, sugar has become a monster of a problem for us.
The average American eats roughly 150 lbs of sugar a year! We know sugar can cause obesity, diabetes and affect our behaviors, but did you know it is also making us age? Be sure to check out 14 Mind-blowing Facts about Sugar!
Recent studies have shown that sugar is attacking the proteins in our collagen – glycation. Proteins in our skin keep it tight and young looking. When these proteins are destroyed or weakened, we get wrinkles and sagging skin. The elasticity of our skin makes it capable of stretching and moving back into place, but when this gets destroyed we look older than our age.
Sugar consumption can be slow to raise its evil head. The signs from years of use can start to show around our mid 30s and rapidly progress from there.
Where can you start?
Cut out the processed foods. We need to get away from quick convenience eating and start making breakfast, lunch and dinners how our grandmother did. We need to be using more fresh produce and stay away from processed foods. Anything that has a shelf life of 7-10 years is not ideal for good digestion and it taxes the body too much. When foods are processed for shelf life and quick makes, the digestive enzymes have usually been stripped. Salt and sugar are added to give an appealing taste to the stripped food.
You can also add plenty of Antioxidant-rich foods to your diet. The antioxidants help stop free radical damage and deflect the sugar from attaching to the protein in skin. Be sure to replenish these beneficial foods reversing the skin to aging.
The products you buy in a bottle to apply to the skin are usually loaded with chemicals, which in turn will speed up the wrinkling process. You can find some nice “green” products that have no toxins and help assist the skin in repair, but you must read the labels.
It would be best to stop the process at its source and nourish your body with whole foods, which will provide it with everything it needs for energy and long life.
Add these foods to your menu today and reverse the signs of aging!
Blueberries, plums, cherries, cranberries, blackberries, currants, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, pears, apples, plums, raisins, figs, dates, red wine, guava, oranges, mango, grape juice and pomegranate juice.
Typical cooked vegetables rich in antioxidants are artichokes, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, spinach, and avocados.
Nuts have been found to have small amounts of antioxidants, including pecans, almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pistachios, cashews and macadamia nuts.
Vitamin-rich sources of Antioxidants can also be found in:
Vitamin C: berries, dark leafy greens, red and yellow peppers, citrus juices, cantaloupe, mango, guava, papaya, pineapple, tomatoes and tomato juices.
Vitamin E: whole grains, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, legumes, brown rices, nuts and nut-butters and seeds.
If you want to reverse the clock and slow down the wrinkles, then reduce your consumption of processed foods and increase your intake of these antioxidant-rich foods. You will be providing your body with clean energy sources for daily activities and nourishing your skin.