4 Foods That Fight Wrinkles

March 25, 2013 | By | 23 Comments

Reduce and remove wrinkles with these 4 foods…

Getting older is a natural part of life. But just because the years go by, doesn’t mean you can’t age with grace. And one of the best ways to do this is to take care of your skin. Specifically, to ward off future wrinkles and reduce the ones you currently have. In fact, with the right diet and overall lifestyle habits you can look several years (even decades) younger.

Not surprising, the same foods that keep your heart healthy and waistline trim also stop your skin from aging. And while most of these do so from the “inside” (i.e. after eating them) some you can apply topically for an even greater effect.

So, let’s dive into the details…

Natural Wrinkle Fighter #1: Blueberries. Since wrinkles are the result of free radical damage (e.g. from too much sun exposure) antioxidants are the perfect antidote. And blueberries are one of nature’s most concentrated sources of the latter. They taste great too so make these a staple of your every day diet to keep your skin young and healthy.

Having said that, you can’t expect to fry yourself in the sun and reverse the damage with just blueberries. Nevertheless, some sun exposure is necessary (e.g. 30 minutes per day) for vitamin D formation. So, strike a balance here and use blueberries as your skin’s “insurance policy”.

Natural Wrinkle Fighter #2: Fatty Fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines, and herring are your skin’s best friend. They come packed with omega-3 fatty acids. And while the latter is mostly associated with heart health, the benefits to your skin should not be overlooked.

Omega-3’s have been shown to decrease photoaging (sun damage), improve elasticity, and maintain hydration. The combined effect is younger, healthier skin. Furthermore, they’re great for your hair and nails too. So eat fish a couple of times per week (at least) if you want to age gracefully.

Natural Wrinkle Fighter #3: Olive Oil. Olive oil comes with many of the benefits of fatty fish (not to mention, it makes for a mean salad dressing). But aside from eating it, you can also apply it to your skin for topical wrinkle reduction.

A popular home remedy suggests using white vinegar to clean your face then applying a few drops of olive oil and massaging it on your face and neck. The former is an astringent which tightens pores and removes grease. And by adding the latter combined with a light massage, your skin can remain hydrated and supple, thus limiting the occurrence of wrinkles.

Natural Wrinkle Fighter #4: Bananas. While there’s no science backing the use of bananas to remove wrinkles, many swear by this method to do just that. Heck, it can hurt to try it. Perhaps you’ll get great results too. Here’s what to do…

Mash a quarter of a banana well until it turns into a cream. Apply it to all over your face (being careful not to get it into your eyes). Leave it on for approximately 15 minutes, then wash it off with cold water. Finally, pat dry your skin and you’re ready to go.

Again, you wont find any medical journals touting this approach but it’s a heck of a lot of fun. And together with the other wrinkle fighting suggestions, you have more than enough “weapons” to keep this sign of aging at bay.

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  18. Eileen Longmore

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    On the days where I need to have cauliflower salad or the pepper salad, can I eat one of the other salads instead?
    I eat turkey bacon with no nitrates or nitrites with my eggs in the morning is that okay? I’ve learned a lot and just the few pages that I’ve read and I’m anxious to start the program.
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  20. Sherry Pease

    what’s up w/the pickle for breakfast?

    • Hi Sherry,

      The recipes in the Cookbook are not required by any means. They are simply suggestions and ideas for meals. We have many people allergic to various foods. Some are even vegetarians.

      The most important thing is understanding the fundamental principles of the Core Program. More specifically, the types of foods you can eat and which to avoid like the plague. Once you know and understand these principles, this whole process becomes intuitive and you can easily substitute for foods you are allergic to or simply to not enjoy.

      Here are some breakfast ideas that do no involve eggs:

      Two Avocados

      Avocados are one of those super foods that can be eaten as is, without cooking. They are very caloric and will feel you up until lunch time. In fact, two avocados provide about 500 calories. Remember, the reason I am giving you the calories is not because we are looking for low calorie breakfasts. Just the opposite: we want a lot of good calories that will satisfy you and give you the energy to go through your day.

      How to choose avocados.

      Avocados are ready to eat when you center feels firm, but the two ends are staring to get soft. If the whole fruit feels soft, it’s too late. It will taste overripe and horrible. If the ends are not slightly soft, it needs a day or two more to ripen. When you buy avocados, choose the ones the are firm and let them ripen in at home.

      How to eat the avocado:
      Take a knife and cut the fruit in half ending with two long halves, one of which will contain the pit. Scoop out the pit with a spoon. Scoop and eat the avocado straight from the shell with the spoon.

      Yoghurt With Walnuts And Berries

      People respond to dairy differently, therefore, you have to try for yourself and see how often you can have this breakfast. It is the classic yoghurt with berries of your choice and crushed walnuts. It is better to use only whole milk yoghurt and one with live cultures (e.g. Greek yoghurt). Make sure the yoghurt is unflavored, with no sweeteners or fruits added.

      Shrimp or Prawns

      Here is another quick breakfast snack. Boiled shrimps or prawns. You can boil them the night before and have them ready in the fridge. They are not very caloric and will not feel you up for long. However, they will add a lot of variety to your breakfast menu if you have them from time to time. These are also good for afternoon snacks.

      Smoked Fish

      Some love it, other hate it. If you are one of those people that does like smoked fished, why not have it at breakfast. This is probably one of the healthiest breakfasts one can eat.

      Ingredients:
      smoked fish of your choice
      1 small cucumber
      1 ripe tomato
      a slice of feta
      4-5 olives

      Simply serve yourself a piece of smoked fish of your choice and garnish with the rest of the ingredients. You can drizzle the feta and tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle salt and oregano on top.

      Turkish Breakfast
      Ingredients:
      ham slices
      4-5 olives
      1 tomato
      any yellow cheese of your choice
      1 boiled egg ( you can omit the egg)
      parsley to garnish

      This breakfast goes really well with a cup of hot tea. A side note about the cheese – different people respond different to dairy. If you are not sure, keep dairy to a minimum. Ultimately, you’d have to try out for yourself to see if it interferes with your weight loss.

      Baked Acorn Squash with Cinnamon

      This recipe is ideal for people with a sweet tooth or those who are used to having a sweet every morning. Acorn squash has a natural sweetness that won’t interfere with your weight loss and cinnamon is one of those spices that actually accelerates weight loss.

      Preheat the oven at 400F. Cut the squash in two, scoop out the seeds and place in a baking pan with the cut side facing up. Add about ¼ inch of water to the pan to prevent the skin from drying. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the squash can easily be penetrated with a fork.

      Take out and sprinkle with cinnamon. Allow to cool. Eat directly with a spoon.

      Any type of squash or pumpkin can be used in this recipe. The only thing that might very is the cooking time. Just check with your fork from time to time to see if ready.

      Now, who has an hour to prepare breakfast, right? You can bake this before hand and have it ready to go. It can be reheated.

      Non-grain “Cereal”

      Nuts and seeds are excellent sources of important nutrients. Why not start the day with them. This recipe is for those hard core cereal breakfast eaters. Instead of cereal, fill you bowl with any or all of the following:

      pumpkin seeds
      sunflower seeds
      flaxseeds
      sliced almonds
      berries

      Instead of regular milk, try almond or coconut milk (make sure u buy a brand that is natural and has not have added sugars). Note: do not be tempter to put dried fruits like raisins. These are not a good way to start the day as they have too much sugar. Stick with fresh berries or apple slices. Stay away from bananas as well.

      Breakfast Sausage with Tomatoes

      Get a brand of breakfast sausages that is not too sweet and serve it tomatoes + mozzarella slices. Add basil leaves on top.

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