I often get told that I look much younger than I am and that I can’t be a doctor I am too young! I admit it, it is flattering. What is my secret? It’s not good genes because my family has its fair share of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and it’s not make-up because I don’t wear much! So what is it? Read on to find out.
Today’s society is very much bent on outward, superficial beauty, this is our cultural perception of beauty. I believe there is a true beauty and it doesn’t involve appearance. As we age, women are scrutinized but we need to keep in mind that beauty is not just what is on the surface. As older members of society we need to teach the younger generations that life is not about being stick thin and flawless. Life is about being yourself, being happy, feeling fulfilled, and being kind to others. That is what makes you beautiful. The younger generation needs to learn this, and not be taught by media that thin is in. Lets us show them that wisdom, generosity, and knowledge is beautiful.
There is no magic pill that will make you look younger. You are probably already beautiful. Each and every one of those lines on your face, that you despise, is a lesson learned, a lesson taught, countless exams you have studied for, a child that makes you laugh. Those bags under your eyes are from late nights helping people, or late nights spent with close friends. Your stretch marks are reminders of your bodies amazing ability to grow and birth a child. Each line is a story to tell, not something to wish away.
None the less people are always looking for ways to look young. So here are 8 pieces of advice for you.
Tip #1: This one is common sense, you know you should already be doing this, but I bet you don’t! Eat lots of fruits and vegetables! I try to eat 1 large fruit smoothie and one large salad every day. Juicing is also a great way to get more fruits and vegetables in to your diet. If you have tried to eat more fruits and vegetables, but just find it too difficult, try a greens powder. You can add a scoop of greens to your yogurt, smoothie, pasta sauce, etc. My personal favourite is Amazing Grass (http://www.amazinggrass.com/). Fruits and vegetables are packed full of antioxidants, quenching free radicals within your body that cause pre-emptive aging. The skin and seeds of fruits and vegetables are also full of fibre that keeps you regular and reduces bloating, thus making you look thinner.
Tip #2: If I had $1 for every time I heard that someone skips breakfast or lunch, my student loans would be paid off and I would be one happy woman! Never ever skip a meal. I don’t care how busy you are. As soon as you skip a meal your body goes in to starvation mode and the next time you eat, your brain tells your metabolism to store the food as fat because you are in the midst of a famine. Food gives us energy and the vitamins and minerals essential for body function. That brings us to the next tip.
Tip #3: Processed foods have become a staple in our diets. They are easy to find, quick to eat, and require little to no preparation time. Processed, prepackaged, or microwaveable food has little nutrients in it. Diabetes and heart disease are modern plagues caused by unhealthy diets. So throw out your microwave Peterborough! I threw mine out 6 years ago. When we eat nutritionally empty foods likes chips, white pasta, pop, microwaveable meals, candy, we aren’t feeding our body, we are starving it! An hour after you eat you are hungry again, and that is because your body didn’t receive what it needed to function! So you eat more! By eating a diet full of nutritionally dense foods you satisfy your body at a cellular level! Beauty starts from the inside out, how much more inside can you get than the cells that compose your body!
Tip #4: Sleep! Sleep is usually one of the first things we cut from our lives if we get too busy. Sleep and working out. Sleep is when our bodies heal from a long day. Aim for 7 hours of sleep a night. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep it is important to have your health assessed by your healthcare provider. You should wake feeling rested with energy to last the day. Sleep gives you more energy, which makes you feel younger!
Tip #5: Skip the gym, who likes the gym anyways!? Not me. I have tried the whole gym membership thing, but I just can’t do it. It’s boring! My advice to you is to incorporate enjoyable physical activity in to your life. The physical activity we do at a gym is very artificial, and can injure you if not done correctly. The best form of physical activity is one that also keeps you in touch with nature. Biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, camping, hiking, gardening. Not only are these activities going to keep you fit, they will lower your stress level, help you sleep at night, raise your metabolism, help you lose weight, lower your cortisol, I could go on and on. Most importantly they are FUN!
Tip #6: Everything in moderation isn’t always the case! Less is more, especially when it comes to cosmetic products. Your skin needs to breathe. Applying topical chemicals only makes your skin age faster. Let your skin breath fresh air, your skin will love it just as much as your lungs love it! Use coconut oil instead of moisturizer, wash your face with water, minimize the amount of make-up you apply. Read this blog for more information about personal care products.
Tip #7: Be mindful, caring, loving, generous. Smile more. Be kind to those who are not kind because they need it the most. Stop and enjoy your life more often.
Tip #8: Ok, by now I’m sure the majority of you are thinking “Ya, ya I already know this stuff”, here is something you may not know! Cosmetic acupuncture is a fantastic and non-invasive way to reduce lines, wrinkles, and bags under your eyes. It improves your complexion, and evens your skin tone. If doing the above 7 things do not make you look and feel younger, why not try this! Cosmetic acupuncture is safer, less invasive, and less expensive than Botox and facelifts. Acupuncture in general, is incredibly relaxing, reduces stress and your cortisol level. Read more about it here.
Give it a try Peterborough!