My Trick to Eating Quick and Healthy Meals
Ok, fine, this is not a makeup post, but even though it may not seem like it, this is a skincare post. One of the main factors in having healthy skin is how you eat. This may not be a surprise to you, but I do think it’s something we don’t consider on a day-to-day basis. Especially as working people or parents, sometimes getting any food throughout a crazy day is an accomplishment in itself. It’s SO hard to maintain that strictly nutritious (and tasty) diet we all wish we could follow, but it’s not quite as hard if you have help!
I’ve been using Methodology for some of my meals and it is truly a dream. I’m not partnering with them, I just know it works for me and wanted to share with you guys if you’re interested.
WHAT IT IS: This subscription service (that you can pause or cancel at any time) delivers ready-to-eat meals that are only made with whole ingredients, which means they’ve been processed or refined as little as possible and they don’t have anything artificial. You can totally customize what you get, from what kind of food you like or dislike to how often they deliver to you. My favorite part? They’re delicious and they make my life SO easy.
IT’S GOTTA BE EXPENSIVE: For what you’re getting, not really. The meals come out to about $15/meal, and because everything is prepped and ready to go, I find that I grocery shop less and end up wasting a lot less food (I ALWAYS think I’m gonna finish the vegetables I buy but those things seem to go bad faster every time!!). You also save SO much time, and time = money gurl. Can I get a what what?
If you have any questions, DM me @JamieMakeup and I’ll do my best to answer. I’ll also post more of the meals on my Instagram stories so you can get a taste (no pun intended).
Whether or not you go with Methodology, you should definitely be eating for your skin!!! It makes such a difference, and while using good quality skincare products is important too, one of the first things to do when you’re facing skin issues is drink water and try to clean your diet.
HOW FOOD AFFECTS YOUR SKIN:
Salty food: Sodium makes your skin retain water, which leads to feeling puffy and bloated. Iodized salt can also cause breakouts, and most processed foods that are high in sodium have chemicals and additives that also cause inflammation. Craving something salty? Sunflower seeds are a great source of Vitamin E, an important antioxidant for the skin!
Dairy: You don’t have to cut out ALL dairy to achieve your healthiest skin, but having too much of it can increase oil production. Oily skin causes more breakouts, and we don’t want that!
Fatty Fish: These are GREAT for your skin. They have Omega-3 fatty acids, which keep skin thick, strong, and moisturized. These fats also reduce inflammation, redness and acne. I’ve heard they can even make your skin less sensitive to UV rays? Whoa. A deficiency of Omega-3 fats can be one of the things that lead to dry skin too. Fatty fish also have protein, Vitamin E, and zinc…all good stuff.
Beta-Carotene: Foods that include this nutrient can act as a NATURAL SUNBLOCK FOR YOUR SKIN!!! Sweet potatoes, carrots, oranges, bell peppers, and spinach are perfect examples. When your skin is more protected from the sun, it also prevents wrinkles and dryness. Amazing!!
Dark Chocolate: YAS CHOCOLATE!!! Don’t start eating dark chocolate every single day, but a few studies have found that the antioxidants in dark chocolate help your skin. (Siting my sources here and here in case you’re a professor).
Coffee/Caffeine: Not…great…Like alcohol or sodium, caffeine dehydrates you. Having too much can heighten cortisol, which is a stress hormone that doesn’t help with acne breakouts. Just keep everything in moderation, and I know I’m not the first to say it, but green tea is a great alternative. It has catechins that are powerful antioxidants, and it can protect your skin, reduce redness and improve hydration.
And you will never find me anywhere without my S’well bottle filled with water!!
When you eat healthier, you feel your best. You have so much to accomplish on a daily basis, and worrying about your skin or your energy should not stand in the way! It truly isn’t about the vanity promoted so often in diet culture - it’s really just about feeling your very best so you can reach your full potential every day. Methodology makes it a little easier for me to do that, and I love the impact it has on my life and my schedule. I hope something in this post helped you a little bit too!