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Live Well - Eat Well

Updated: Feb 28, 2021

I have had a lifelong love of sweet sugary food; chocolate, biscuits, cakes and sugar in my tea. Not worried about my weight, the excess sugary foodstuffs would occasionally cause the odd skin breakout. Equally, my high intake of refined carbohydrates and curries were beginning to play havoc with my skin and overall wellbeing.

Being lucky enough through inherited genes, I’ve maintained the same body weight for many years, no matter what I ate, so I carried on regardless. Once a box of chocolates was opened, I would eat the majority of them in one sitting! It sounds very piggish, but sugar cravings are hard to beat!

During Lockdown, I have eaten too well and slipped back into bad habits by adding cake and chocolate to my weekly supermarket trip. A diet high in refined sugars and carbs can cause inflammation, which causes loss of natural collagen – a vital ingredient for young-looking skin. Inflammatory foods include those high in sugar or saturated fats, such as fried foods, sugary drinks, pasta, bread and sweets.

Now we are coming out of quarantine I will be ridding the cupboards of Bundt and biscuits and consuming more seasonal fresh fruits and berries.

Great looking skin benefits from plant foods and fruits and the more colourful, the higher the level of flavonoids and carotenoids, and these lower levels of inflammation.

Flavonoids are a group of plant metabolites thought to provide health benefits through cell signalling pathways and antioxidant effects. These molecules are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Fruit smoothies and a mild nectarine addiction have helped with the sugar cravings.

But a bowlful of fruit has not stopped me raiding the biscuit tin when it’s time for tea!

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