The best thing you can do to improve your overall health and beauty is to fill your diet with whole, unrefined plant foods. Natural, plant-based foods provide all the essential nutrients needed for well-balanced and healthy diet, as there are no nutrients found in animal-based foods that are not abundantly available in plant foods, with the exception of vitamin B12. And you can supplement vitamin B12 for insurance. Although you may choose to keep some meat in your diet for taste, social, familial or any other reasons, there is no nutritional reason to do so. To keep your body running efficiently, greens are one of the most important food groups. Green vegetables are among the most nutrient-dense of all foods and are full of alkaline minerals, including calcium, chlorophyll and amino acids. They make up your key Beauty Foods that regenerate and purify your cells. It’s preferable to eat only fresh vegetables. However, frozen vegetables are the next best choose if you don’t have access to fresh produce or the time to purchase it. Canned vegetables should be avoided altogether, as they may contain preservatives or chemicals such as bisphenol A, are high in sodium and tend to have lower nutritional value than fresh or frozen vegetables.
Your best beauty greens and vegetables include the following:
ARTICHOKES – ARUGULA – ASPARAGUS – BEANS – BEETS – BEET GREENS – BOK CHOY – BROCCOLI – BRUSSELS SPROUTS – CABBAGE (green, purple or Chinese) – CARROTS – CAULIFLOWER – CELERY – CHARD – CHIVES – CILANTRO – COLLARD GREENS – DANDELION GREENS – DILL – ENDIVE – ESCAROLE – FRISÉE – GREEN BEANS – KALE – LAMB’S QUARTERS – LEEKS – MUSHROOMS – MUSTARD GREENS – OKRA – ONIONS – PARSLEY – PARSNIPS – PEPPERS – RADISHES – ROMAINE LETTUCE – SCALLIONS – SEA VEGETABLES – SHALLOTS – SPINACH – SPROUTS (all varieties) – SWEET POTATOES – SWISS CHARD – TURNIPS – WATERCRESS – WHEATGRASS
Many people love eating meat, so you may choose not to become a full vegetarian. You don’t have to give up completely if you don’t want to, so long as you stick to these tips when you consume animal protein:
- Buy organic, hormone-free meat, preferably from a local or source. The ugly truth is that factory-farmed animals are fed copious amounts of chemicals, hormones, antibiotics and steroids before being slaughtered, and all these toxins wind up on your plate and in your body. A report in 2001 by Union of Concerned Scientists, coauthored by Margaret Mellon, Ph.D.,J.D., director of the organization’s Food and Environment Program, examined the use of antibiotics in farmed animals. In a press statement, Dr. Mellon said, “Our report finds that there are twenty-five million pounds of antibiotics used in cattle, swine and poultry for non therapeutic purposes, including growth promotion and disease prevention. The breakdown is about four million pounds in cattle, almost eleven million pounds in swine and ten million pounds in poultry. By contrast, the report finds only three million pounds of antibiotics are used in human medicine. That means we’re using eight times the amount of antibiotics in healthy animals as we’re using to treat diseases in our children and ourselves.” These high levels of antibiotics in the food supply can contribute to antibiotic resistance in humans, not to mention many other health concerns associated with continually consuming antibiotics.
- Eat animal protein once a day at most, and eat it at dinnertime. Eating any type of animal protein more than once a day will make your body too acidic, and will require far too much energy to efficiently digest the more complex protein chains. Eventually, your goal should be to limit the consumption of meat to two to three times per week at most.
Digesting animal protein creates in the body purines, uric acid and ammonia. These toxins are absorbed into your bloodstream through the colon and circulate all around your body. When your blood is clogged with toxins, it can’t transport as many beautifying minerals, and these toxins can age and clog the skin cells of your face. Furthermore, excessive protein consumption over works the liver and kidneys. An acidic body tends to age faster. There definitely have to be limits to the amount of concentrated protein you consume. Take a look for your self at people who are on high-protein, low-carb diets. They usually look far older than they are. The ~eat as much animal protein as you can~ theory is both aging to your skin and body and dangerous. Taking in more protein that is needed places a heavy burden on your body, creating acidity and wasting Beauty Energy – the very thing you have to avoid.