The sky is grey. The wind is raw. And my skin feels the same!
It is partly vanity that is horrified by what I see in the mirror in the morning. But also a suspicion that what I see on the outside reflects what is going on inside.
Obviously, the long term solution is a well balanced diet with plenty of Omega 3, Lycopne, Folic Acid, Anti-Oxidants, Iron, Selenium, Zinc, Vitamins A, B6, C, D, E, low fat protein and water!
But where oh where to start, without spending the whole week planning & cooking meals?
I need a quick easy to follow, boost to get me glowing through the rest of the winter. So I've come up with 10 practical changes that I think I can easily work into my weekly diet:
- Eat porridge for breakfast - to pack in those oats first thing
- Drink green tea - I've given up coffee so this will provide a nice alternative ritual
- Alternate flax seed and olive oil in cooking
- Snack on brazil nuts - super full of selenium and yummy
- Keep a bag of mixed berries in freezer to throw in smoothies & porridge and just have as they are frozen with yoghurt for a really scrummy desert!
- Snack on carrot sticks - if I keep a bag ready cut into sticks in the freezer will be easy to take a handful out every evening for easy snacking the next day
- Make guacamole to dip those carrot sticks in once a week - apparently lasts better if you rinse the peeled avocado, mix with lemon & lime juice and store with the stone tightly covered in film
- Start cooking with sweet potato - not something I've ever tried but are super rich in vitamin c, beta-caratone, calcium, folate & potassium so great replacement for the normal spuds
- Give green smoothies a go - as an extra boost to ensure that I get a good two cupfuls of green veg every day - I am trying out some of the recipes at Green Thickies
- Get an extra blast of vitamin C from adding red peppers to more recipes
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