Feed Your Beauty
You Are What You Eat
We are all familiar with the term ‘You are what you eat’, but what does it really mean?
What you put into your body affects all manner of things. The nutrients from food affect the cells in your body, this includes those in your skin, hair, muscles, bones, digestive and immune systems. Healthy eating is reflected in your internal body health and the way you look on the outside.
We have written, previously, about some of the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins found in our food that affect our skin, so please read past blogs for details.
A healthy, balanced diet is one that includes a variety of different foods from the five main food groups of: Carbohydrates, protein, milk/dairy/alternatives, fruit and vegetables, and fats. These should be consumed in the right amounts as determined by individual needs. The NHS Eatwell Guide suggests the proportions for each group.
Fruit and vegetables should make up over a third of the food we eat each day. These are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. We should aim for at least five portions a day. As a rough guide, for adults, a portion is the size that would fit in the palm of your hand. Fruit and vegetables can be fresh, frozen, tinned, dried or juiced. The recommendation is that fruit juice and smoothies should be limited to no more than 150ml a day.
Carbohydrates should also make up over a third of the food we eat each day. This includes potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates. Choose those with higher fibre, such as wholewheat and wholegrain varieties and leave skins on potatoes.
Protein in the diet can come from meat, fish, eggs and pulses. Choose lean cuts of meat and less red and processed options. Pulses - peas, beans and lentils - are low in fat and high in fibre.
Dairy and dairy alternatives are an important source of calcium – essential for strong bones and teeth, and a good source of protein too. Choose lower fat and lower sugar options where possible.
Fats should only account for a small proportion of your daily consumption. A small amount of fat is essential in the diet, as this is a source of fatty acids which the body can’t make itself. It also helps the body absorb vitamins A, D and E. Try to keep saturated and trans fats to a minimum and replace some of them with unsaturated fats. Saturated fat is found in both unprocessed and processed foods, from meat to butter and cheese, and from biscuits and cakes to ice-cream. Unsaturated fats are found in olive oil, avocados and some nuts, along with oily fish.
Pevonia’s Feed Your Beauty Campaign
To help make healthy eating easier, Pevonia has come up with a number of recipes for you to try at home. From June to December, we will feature one recipe each month, talk about the ingredients and how some of them can also be used on the skin.
By Kati Vardon PR & Marketing Executive