As much as you may want it, you simply can’t turn back the hands of time. This can be frustrating as the signs of aging begin to set in (believe me, I KNOW!)
The good news is that by adding a few anti-aging tweaks and habits to your routine it’s quite possible to look younger, healthier and more vibrant than ever before. And, no, you don’t need surgeries, injections or expensive lotions or potions to look years younger than you do today!
Anti-Aging Habit #1: Daily Sunscreen
Studies continue to prove that people who protect their skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays look younger than those who skip sunscreen. Apply 30 SPF to your face every morning to reap the benefits of this simple age-defying habit.
Anti-Aging Habit #2: Lotion Your Hands
Since the skin on the backs of your hands is naturally thin, it becomes increasingly important to apply moisturizer here as you age in order to prevent it from becoming wrinkly and dried out. Rub some of the 30 SPF that you are applying to your face each morning to the backs of your hands to keep them supple and smooth AND protect them from the sun.
Anti-Aging Habit #3: Eat Less Sodium
When it comes to keeping your skin looking bright, tight and young: sodium is your worst enemy. Salty foods cause your skin to become puffy and bloated, and increase the bags under your eyes. Avoid eating sodium-rich foods and instantly look younger!
Anti-Aging Habit #4: Get Enough Sleep
If you’d like to look younger then fight the urge to stay up late. Getting plenty of sleep, 7-9 hours each night, is key for allowing your body to produce the ideal levels of estrogen and progesterone, hormones that boost your skin’s natural repair mechanisms and promote a healthy complexion.
Anti-Aging Habit #5: Exercise Daily
Exercise improves your circulation, which has a number of age reducing payoffs. Healthy circulation helps your skin to look its best and even reduces puffiness and bags under your eyes. Exercise also increases muscle tone which improves your metabolism and helps you burn fat, looking slimmer and younger.
I can help you with a workout that leaves you looking and feeling younger! Call or email me today to get started on your personal transformation.
Eat Your Greens
Getting a daily serving of greens (such as spinach, kale, or broccoli) is a simple way to brighten your complexion and fight aging. These dark greens are packed with carotenoids that contribute to healthy, perky skin. As a bonus, a daily dose of fibre-rich greens will promote fat loss – especially when you eat these greens instead of a calorie dense side, such as rice or potatoes.
Start with this tasty spinach salad recipe!
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Refreshing! That is the first word that comes to mind from a blissful bite of this salad. With fresh baby spinach, tender caramelized onions, sweet juicy strawberries and crunchy sliced almonds, this salad is a minefield of pleasurable flavours. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the goodness of greens.
Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com
Here’s what you need…
For the Fresh Tarragon Dressing:
¼ cup olive oil
3 Tablespoons golden balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon melted raw honey (OR 10 drops liquid stevia)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons fresh tarragon, minced
¼ teaspoon sea salt
dash of black pepper
For the Strawberry Spinach Salad:
1 teaspoon olive oil
½ red onion, thinly sliced
8 cups baby spinach
8 strawberries, sliced
2 avocados, pitted and cubed
2 Tablespoons sliced almonds
Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until fully combined, set aside.
Place a small skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and sliced onion. Cook for 8-10 minutes, adding a Tablespoon of water halfway through the cooking time. Once the water has evaporated and the onion is tender, remove from heat and set aside.
In a large bowl toss the spinach with the Fresh Tarragon dressing. Top with the sliced strawberries, cubed avocado, sliced almonds, caramelized onions and a sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 185 calories, 16g fat, 7g carbohydrate, 86mg sodium, 1g sugar, 6g fibre, and 4g protein.