Get sexy by eating these foods
Sometimes the frumpies can really take you hostage. They kick out confidence and mojo and replace 'em with exhaustion, a dull complexion and a general feeling of blah-ness. Get out of a frump-rut and reclaim your sexiness with a diet makeover.
After all, what you eat really influences how you feel and look. For example, sugar slows your metabolism and weakens your immune system, thereby affecting weight control and health. That doesn't exactly put you in the mood, does it? Meanwhile, essential fatty acids stimulate weight loss, boost your mood and improve the health and appearance of your nails, skin and hair. Now, you're getting hotter!
Holistic nutritionist Gillian McKeith, star of WNetwork's television series You Are What You Eat and, new this fall, Eat Yourself Sexy, suggests that your diet can affect your energy levels, keep you healthy and make you look beautiful: essential components for a sexier you.
The following are her top 10 ways to stay slim, sexy and feeling great for life:
1. Pass up processed foods
Cut processed and refined foods from your diet, advises McKeith. She's talking about frozen dinners, instant from-a-box foods, chocolates, cakes, typical crackers and pasta (the "white" stuff), chips, pop -- you get the picture. Avoid stuff in that comes in a package, has a long ingredient list and is laden with sugar and fat.
Generally, these foods provide "empty" calories (lots of calories with little to no nutritional benefits), encourage quick weight gain and are bad for your health. For the same reasons, avoid refined sugar and alcohol. She also recommends avoiding wheat and dairy products, since many people find them hard to digest.
2. Eat vegetables and fruit
When you're hungry, fill up on whole, healthy, fresh foods. Dig into lots of vegetables, especially dark leafy ones like spinach, kale, Swiss chard and arugula. Enjoy fresh fruit such as strawberries, peaches and grapefruit. Veggies and fruit are full of fibre, which keep you feeling full for longer so you don't overeat. "They also contain important phytonutrients that help to keep your weight in check and your hormones in balance to support your sexiness," says McKeith.
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