Following on from last week’s post about Dermalogica products to support your skin over the festive period, I’d like to take a moment to recommend some healthy nutrition. If clear skin is on your list for Father Christmas then watching what you chow down on is a good start. Sugary foods are going to be detrimental. Lots of vegetables are going to get you brownie points. Aside from watching your weight, eating the right foods can support healthy skin and get you ready for New Year resolutions. Neither of us are nutritional therapists, dietitians or medical doctors so please read on at your own discretion.
Our traditional family Christmas lunch ALWAYS starts with avocado filled with prawn cocktail and salad. While some diet plans demonise the avocado the truth is they are fabulous sources of healthy fats. Why is fat important? Mono-unsaturated fats help keep the surface of the skin hydrated and supple. Poly-unsaturated fats help protect the skin against sun damage, plus soothe sensitive skin from the inside out. Avocados contain both types of fats. That makes them a superhero! Read more about the health benefits of avocados at Livestrong here.
Love them or hate them, brussel sprouts are a rich source of nutrients that benefit your whole system. They are high in vitamin C and other important antioxidants that help fight off the signs of ageing, reduce inflammation and help reduce risk of chronic diseases. Some of the key compounds of the Dermalogica Age Smart products are antioxidants, so eating brussel sprouts can only be a good thing.
They are cruciferous vegetables though, so your gut might have fun digesting them (and if you have gut issues they’re probably best avoided). Read more ways brussels can benefit your health on Healthline here.
Nuts are a standard for snacking purposes. You don’t need a huge amount to reap the benefits either. Each nut variety has different offerings from healthy fats, vitamins that can keep fine lines at bay, to various antioxidants. Almonds are great for acne or eczema prone skins, walnuts can support ageing skins, and all of them can support healthy, glowing skin. Try reaching for the nuts (preferably not the salted peanuts though) instead of chocolates for super skin. The top five nuts are listed here on NDTV Food.
Prawns and Turkey
So in our house we have prawns to start and turkey as themain meal. Both are lean sources of protein, which has many benefits for thebody. Plus prawns are a great source of zinc, which can help even our oil production and speeds up healing time (so good news for acne sufferers!).
Turkey is also a good source of zinc, and vitamins B and C (among others). Avoid eating the skin if you’re watching your calorie intake though.
Obviously, if you’re vegetarian or vegan eating prawns and turkey is not an option. If this is the case, alternatives that can help support healthy skin include lentils, tofu and mushrooms.
You have to love that little orange ball that’s in your stocking. A tradition in our family, it was also often the first thing eaten on Christmas Day (alongside the chocolate coins!). Full of vitamin C, B12 and E satsumas are a powerhouse of antioxidants! The top five health benefits of satsumas are discussed here at Keep Fit Kingdom .
So there you go, Christmas dinner isn’t completely unhealthy!