Enjoying the best foods for our unique bodies and feeling rested can make a huge difference in our look and feel. Consuming foods (even in small quantities) that we do not tolerate well can cause us to lose sleep, feel sluggish, puffy, and cause digestive problems that can affect us on many levels. This puffiness or inflammation is also happening inside your body as well as on your face. Painful joints and a bloated feeling are part of the bargain!
For much of my life, I ate without regard to whether that food might contribute to my well-being. When I went to dinner with friends, I ate something similar to what they ate. I also ate more often in the evening because that is when most socializing happens. (Optimally, I do not eat after 3 PM.) If they had two glasses of wine, so did I. If there was a cheese course, I enjoyed a bit of each. I must admit that I slip back into my old ways occasionally, but all I have to do is look in the mirror after losing sleep for most of the night to remember why I have been trying to make better food choices.
Side by side pictures, taken two days apart, tell the story much better than my words. After eating the wrong foods late in the evening a few times last week, my face showed my poor choices for all the world to see. There are weeks when I don’t even buy groceries because my calendar is so full, I won’t have a chance to eat them before they are no longer fresh.
The photo to the left is how my face looks when I eat cheese and have a glass of wine for several days in a row. Cheese, bread, and processed foods with wine are never good choices for me. (When I am a guest in someone’s home, I eat a small amount of what is offered.) The photo on the right shows the difference after only two days of returning to eating fresh greens, vegetables, seeds, grains, nuts, and a few fruits with lots of filtered water. My face is now back to the one I recognize. The puffiness, sunken eyes, and poor skin quality has diminished. I feel much better after getting a good night’s sleep, and I look much better too. One photo was taken in natural light, and the other was taken inside. Since it has been raining on and off for days, I have no other choice at the moment.
I always share my journey (good and bad!) and what works for me as an example only. I will never tell you what you should eat or wear because we are all unique, but I do hope by sharing my choices and results, helping you make thoughtful decisions that serve you well and help you become more healthy and happy and looking your best.
All of my makeup and skincare products are from Beautycounter here. (I am a Senior Manager at Beautycounter.) That being said, I think you can see that it matters not what you put on your face if you are putting junk in your body.
I am wearing an original fit Portofino shirt from Express with Chico’s straight-leg jeans. The shoes are from last year by Franco Sarto. The belt and bag are several years old. The light and breezy tee shirt material vest are old.