Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Super Foods and supplements

Since I stopped eating meat in September I've eaten a lot healthier! When you can eat whatever you want, it's so easy to just pick up a frozen pizza with pepperoni or some other kind of ready meal. When you have certain restrictions you have to get more creative - which is loads of fun! I have found a few favorite recipes that I will show you later, but today I want to talk about super foods and nutrition supplements.

There are loads of foods you are "supposed" to eat every day to get enough nutrition, foods like avocado, broccoli, flax seeds ect, but sometimes it's hard to eat enough of these foods! Because even though you eat a salad for lunch, you're probably not eating enough - you need to eat quite a lot of salad for it to count as 1 of your 5 a day.

When you don't eat meat it's so hard to get enough vitamin B12, as that vitamin normally only comes from eating animal protein. Vitamin B12 is a vitamin that comes from the soil where grass and vegetables grow, but when you buy a carrot from the supermarket it's so scrubbed down that you won't get any soil on it (thank god), which means no vitamin B12 (vegetables don't absorb any of the vitamin B12 either). As a vegetarian (and a non-dairy eater), it's important for me to take supplements to stay healthy and strong. But as I said, it's very hard to get enough vitamins and minerals in general, as there are almost no vitamins and minerals in meat and processed foods. I take a supplement called LifePAK+ and I also take omega 3, both from Nu Skin (Pharmanex). They give me all the vitamins and minerals I need, including B12.

Because, after all, staying healthy throughout life begins with eating right.

Courgette spaghetti - recipe will come later

Under is a list of the vitamins and minerals which helps your body stay young and healthy!

Vitamin C – an effective antioxidant, vitamin C also supports the production of collagen in your skin. Collagen is the protein responsible for making your skin young-looking.
-       Foods: Guavas, bell peppers, kale, kiwi, broccoli
Vitamin E – is another antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals are one of the major causes of premature ski ageing
-       Foods: Almonds, avocado, spinach, shrimp, sunflower seeds
Coenzyme Q10 – is able to slow down the oxidation process in the skin, fighting the signs of aging.
-       Foods: Coldwater tuna, coldwater salmon, coldwater herring, beef, chicken.
Omega 3 – has been shown to help reduce the apperance of both acne and wrinkles. It also helps repair the skin
            -     Foods: Flax seed, chia seeds, walnuts, edamame beans, anchovies

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