Can you believe its half way through May already? Before long it will be summer holiday time, which means that now is the time to start thinking about getting yourself ready for the beach.
A couple of months is the perfect amount of time to make lasting and visible changes to the way you look from the inside out, such as getting your skin glowing and your body in shape. Below are my top tips and advice for everything you need to get yourself looking and feeling beautiful for your summer holiday.
This has to come first as it’s the first thing most of us think about when it comes to wearing a bikini.
My first piece of advice is don’t be tempted by fad diets – they simply don’t work and usually lead to a ‘rebound effect’ involving re-gaining the weight lost plus a little bit extra (this can also set up the classic “yo-yo dieting” pattern and an unhealthy relationship with food).
Another common mistake is that people think they can lose weight by exercise alone without changing their diet. Weight loss is in fact around 70% down to diet and only around 30% exercise, so you have to get your food right – the two together will of course get you the very best results.
Follow my tips below for simple but effective changes you can make to your diet for permanent weight-loss.
My top 5 weight loss tips:
Eat regularly – this is so important, regular meal times regulate your appetite and reduce the chances of over-eating.
Eat at least 7 servings of fruit and vegetables per day to fill you up with nutrients and reduce the amount of more energy-dense foods you eat. Beauty&Go drinks can provide one of your servings and they are calorie-reduced, so make the perfect addition.
But choose the right ones – quinoa, rye bread, sweet potatoes, oats, brown rice, pulses and buckwheat are the very best, and anything whole-grain is good.
Food is for energy, which we need most during the day to fuel us through our activities. Adjust your meal pattern so that you eat a little more at breakfast and lunch and a little less at dinner – you will find your appetite adjusts accordingly.
Protein keeps you full so include some with every meal. This is especially important for breakfast, which tends to be carb-based. Try eggs (proven to make you eat less over the day), yoghurt, and nuts and seeds on your porridge.
We all want glowing radiant skin on holiday, especially as we tend to wear less make-up when it’s hot. The food you eat can have a visible effect on your skin, so here are my top tips for clear and glowing skin this summer.
- Include essential fats every day, which act as a natural moisturiser from within. Good sources are oily fish, nuts, seeds especially flax, pumpkin and chia and avocadoes..
- Antioxidants are your best weapon against skin ageing, protecting your skin cells against free radical damage. Include berries, broccoli, beetroot, spinach, cocoa, grapes, plums and green tea every day. Beauty&Go contain MacroAntioxidants®, which provide more powerful and longer-lasting antioxidant protection than you can get from normal foods, so include every day!
- Include food sources of lycopene (tomatoes, watermelon, papaya, red peppers and mango) and beta-carotene (orange and yellow vegetables) daily from now on, as these nutrients will build-up natural protection against UV damage when you go in the sun (never a substitute for sunscreen though!).
- Good bacteria – did you know that the friendly bacteria in your gut have a host of health benefits, including improving the health of your skin? Live yoghurt contains these friendly bacteria and there are other foods such as artichokes, garlic, onions and asparagus, which stimulate their growth in your gut. The unique combination of fibre and antioxidants in Beauty&Go has also been shown in scientific studies to increase levels of beneficial bacteria in the colon.
- Stay hydrated – this helps reduce wrinkles and also flushes toxins out of the body, which can show up on the skin as breakouts. Drink plenty of water, herbal teas and your daily Beauty & Go.
Sleep & Mood
When we don’t get enough sleep, skin looks dull, we age more quickly and the body even releases a hormone, which increases appetite. Stress plays havoc with our health, including exacerbating skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Feeling happy, relaxed and well-rested on the other hand, is the best way to a radiant, healthy glow and a more beautiful you.
My top tips for getting a good night’s sleep and feeling calmer.
Include foods high in tryptophan (an amino acid increases sleep and happy hormones) – almonds, turkey, chicken, bananas, spinach and other leafy greens, tofu, oats, eggs, pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds, hazelnuts, prawns, pineapple, avocado and lentils.
Limit caffeine – it can take 10-12 hours to be fully metabolised, so avoid after lunch. Also has a dehydrating effect so limit to 1 or 2 teas or coffees per day. Try calming chamomile or valerian teas instead.
Avoid a large, heavy evening meal if possible, especially difficult to digest foods such as red meat, fried foods, refined carbohydrates and spicy foods. Choose something light such as fish/chicken with plenty of vegetables
Eat at least 3 hours before bed – to allow enough time to digest the meal before you go to sleep – this improves sleep quality and energy the next day.
Yoga and meditation are scientifically proven to improve sleep and reduce stress levels. Did you know that regular meditation also helps weight loss and even increases success and creativity! Try 15 minutes per day and feel the benefits for yourself.