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15 Delicious Foods You Should Eat for Healthy, Glowing Skin

15 Delicious Foods You Should Eat for Healthy, Glowing Skin

Healthy food has a lot of benefits. Sometimes it’s not very clear what food helps which problem. No matter your age, you probably have a hard time keeping your skin clear and glowing. Have no fear, because we did the research for you! Here is a list of 15 delicious foods that you can eat to get your skin healthy, clear and glowing.

As you read on, we will show you how the food effects your skin along with suggestions on how to eat it. So let’s get to it!

1. Tomatoes

Tomato

    Besides vitamin C, tomatoes are rich in Lycopene. This is an antioxidant that blocks UV rays and protects your skin against damage like sun spots, sun burn, dryness and wrinkles.

    How to eat it: Cut the tomato in small dices. Add some salt, pepper, oil and balsamic vinegar. If you like, you can add in some cucumber or other vegetable to your liking. Mix together and enjoy your little salad.

    2. Olive Oil

    OliveOil

      Olive oil is one of the most important oils for healthy skin. It contains healthy fatty acids, which keep your skin young. It also has the antioxidant polyphenols which stops free radicals from doing damage and softens your skin.

      How to eat it: Slice up some bread of your choice. Drizzle some olive oil and sea salt over it. It is simple but very tasteful.

      3. Dark Chocolate

      Chocolate

        Yes, you should eat chocolate very day. The flavonols in chocolate hydrate your skin and make it firmer. For the best result, eat chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao.

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        How to eat it: Well, it’s not to hard. Just get some dark chocolate and break off some pieces. Enjoy like you always do when eating chocolate!

        4. Yogurt

        Yogurt

          Yogurt contains both vitamin A and acidophilus. Vitamin A helps protect against damaging UV rays. Acidophilus is a bacteria that helps intestinal and skin health.

          How to eat it: Cut up some banana or strawberries. Add in a bowl the fruit, some yogurt and honey to taste. I personally even like to add some cinnamon.

          5. Green Tea

          Green Tea

            Green tea contains the antioxidant EGCG. Green tea has a lot of benefits. It fights inflammation, reduces the chance of skin cancer and fights redness. The antioxidant stimulates blood flow and helps get oxygen to the skin.

            How to drink it: Boil some water. Take your favorite mug and add the boiled water. Add the tea bag, and a squeeze of lemon or any other citrus fruit. Citrus helps the antioxidant to stay active longer.

            6. Walnuts

            Walnuts

              Walnuts have omega-3 fatty acids which help to keep your skin soft and keep it from drying out. They also contain copper which helps with the production of collagen.

              How to eat it: You could just eat them on their own, or you can make a snack mix! Combine some walnuts with some dried fruit and chocolate pieces. Eat them together for a delicious and healthy snack!

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              7. Pomegranate

              Pomegranate

                Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants. Pomegranate fights inflammation. The antioxidants also fights free radicals and regulates the blood flow to the skin.

                How to eat it: Take the seeds out of a pomegranate. In a bowl, add arugula, carrot, crumble some goat cheese and top with the pomegranate seeds. If you like, you can use mustard vinaigrette as a dressing.

                8. Soy

                SoyBeans

                  Soy contains minerals and proteins that even out your skin. It reduces hyperpigmentation. The isoflavone in soy helps to keep your skin elastic by keeping the collagen from breaking down.

                  How to eat it: Add soymilk, frozen berries, banana, soy protein powder, ice cubes and some honey in a blender. Mix until you have the right smoothie consistency and enjoy!

                  9. Peppers

                  BellPeper

                    Have crow’s feet? Don’t worry. Eating bell peppers helps fight the wrinkles, especially around your eyes. Peppers have antioxidants that fight aging of the skin.

                    How to eat it: Cut open a yellow or green pepper, so it is like a bowl. Stuff with tomato, spinach leaves, olives, some goats cheese and some croutons. You can eat the whole pepper with the filling!

                    10. Carrots

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                    Carrot

                      Carrots contain beta carotene which is involved in the growth and repair of body tissue. It is a form of vitamin A, which protects against sun damage.

                      How to eat it: Place carrot, pineapple, ice and banana in a blender. Mix until smooth. Enjoy your smoothie!

                      11. Pumpkin

                      Pumpkin

                        Pumpkin has vitamin A, C and E. The keeps your skin young and cleanses it. Pumpkin also contains hydrating properties keeping your skin elasticity great.

                        How to eat it: Although there are many ways to eat it, here is a recipe you might want to try. You can mix apple cider, pumpkin puree, cinnamon sticks, cloves and rum for a festive drink.

                        12. Oatmeal

                        Oats

                          Oats are whole grains. It takes a while to be broken down in your body, which results in a more stable blood sugar level. This is important for your skin, because spiking blood sugar causes pimples and spots.

                          How to eat it: Take a mug or jar and add oats, some chia seeds, cut up fruit like banana or apple and finish by filling it up with milk. Preferably almond milk. Cover it and let it stand in the fridge overnight. Great for a morning on the run.

                          13. Spinach

                          Spinach

                            The main nutrients in spinach are vitamin A and C. Like stated before, these are important for your skin to keep it soft, flexible and young. It also helps to make your skin strong and keep it moisturized.

                            How to eat it: Use it as the base for a salad. Add any vegetables you like. Try in combination with sunflower seeds, dried tomatoes goat cheese, some olives and oil. This makes a great Meditarranean-like salad.

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                            14. Blueberries

                            Blueberry

                              Blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants which neutralize free radicals. Blueberries also have vitamin C. This helps with the prevention of visible veins.

                              How to eat it: Take a bowl and place yogurt, blueberries and honey in it. Add some granola if you like. This is an easy and delicious way to eat them.

                              15. Kidney beans

                              Beans

                                Beans have a lot of protein and many vitamins. They help your body with digestion and help with detoxification. A good inside makes for a glowing outside!

                                How to eat it: Take one tortilla. Top with lettuce, kidney beans, tomato, corn and onion. Roll up and enjoy!

                                Features Photo Credit: Tomato, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Yogurt, Green Tea, Walnuts, Pomegranate, Soy, Pepper, Carrot, Pumpkin, Oatmeal, Spinach, Blueberries, Kidney Beans.

                                Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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                                Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                • (1) Research
                                • (2) Deciding the topic
                                • (3) Creating the outline
                                • (4) Drafting the content
                                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                • (6) Revision
                                • (7) etc.

                                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                2. Change Your Environment

                                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                6. Get a Buddy

                                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                Reality check:

                                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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