What do food, fall colors, skin & makeup have to do with Thanksgiving?
When I think of Thanksgiving, of course the colors of Fall come to mind. Burnished oranges, sun bleached reds, and faded cadmium yellows.
You will find them in our foods at this time of the year and co-incidentally, also, in the colors you might consider to brighten up your complexion as it fades from summer’s bloom.
- Sweep a bronzer across your forehead to warm up your face blending it into your hairline. If you, have very light hair make sure you clean up the residue of bronzer that might filter into the fuzzy bits where your hair meets your forehead and temples. Maybe add it to the tip of your nose and chin, as well. I’ve been known to double up and use my bronzer as an eyeshadow, as well.
- I’ve always thought it funny that we call our holidays, holidays when in fact it can be a stressful time getting everything together for one special dinner.
People tend to let go of their usual routines on holidays when in fact over-indulging can take weeks to get yourself back on track.
So, perhaps this Thanksgiving, instead of focusing on comfort foods alone, why not improve your health and beauty by including things that will keep your skin hydrated and your belly happy.
- I struggle to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. However out of a bottle I find it much easier. And sometimes I switch from still to sparkling. You need to play with this and find what works for you.
- If you do eat Turkey, which I do not, I would suggest you steer clear of the gravy.
I was listening to a talk by the amazing Dr. Jane Goodall. Now there is a Pro-Age woman of the highest order.
Dr. Goodall advises, even though eating turkey at this time of year is an American tradition, “if we want to save the planet, and there is a small window of opportunity here, it’s really up to us to switch to a plant based diet.”
Perhaps switch this season to a rich in omega-3 Salmon instead and include eggs which are rich in antioxidants and help with the elasticity of your skin, making your hair stronger and shinier.
Better still focus on filling most of your plate with plant-based foods such as:
- Sweet potatoes which are rich in Vitamin A and help to promote new skin cell growth. Plus, they are simply delish! Eating them will keep your skin glowing.
- Pumpkin is rich in natural enzymes, helps break down toxins as they are high in beta carotene and along with their Vitamin A help fight free radical damage, therefore preventing significant aging and even skin cancer. If you choose to have your pumpkin in pie, just eat this in moderation.
- Walnuts and Pecans (my best) are also a great source of omega-3’s fatty acids. They are high in anti-oxidants including Vitamin A and E which fight harmful free radicals and they also fight for you to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. I love my fine lines and wrinkles, though. They show the roadmap of my life; the ups, the downs and in betweens. I use nuts in my salads every single day and they help keep my sixty-nine year-old skin hydrated and smooth.
- Rather choose Cranberries to be served plain or as a sauce. They too, are high in antioxidants and help fight inflammation which is the thing that most destroys our health. Cranberries are also rich in Vitamin C and fiber. Try and stay away from processed or canned.
- Add something green like String Beans or Brussel Sprouts, which you know, are a traditional staple at Thanksgiving.
One Thanksgiving, Elizabeth Vargas, an anchor at ABC-TV who I worked with for almost 14 years, and was then married to Marc Cohn (Walking in Memphis), invited me over. She made the most delicious Brussel Sprouts with roasted walnuts.
Elizabeth has always loved healthy food as much as do I. We are both Virgo’s, born two days and ten years apart, so there were many similarities in terms of keeping to strict routines and eating healthily.
- Did you know, Brussel Sprouts are derived from the wild cabbage family and include protein, Vitamin’s C, D and B6, Iron, magnesium and calcium?
- And don’t forget Red Wine within moderation. The Polyphenols in grapes are rich antioxidants.
Happy Thanksgiving to our lovely Pro-Age Community!