clean eating

30 Days of Clean Eating with Whole30; Fort Collins Spa

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Here at Advanced Aesthetics of Northern Colorado, we pride ourselves on being concerned with our clients’ overall wellness- not just the way your skin looks on the outside, but overall how you are doing.

Nutrition is such an important part of skin health and overall wellness. It might seem silly to say that nutrition affects every area of our lives, but it really does!

Recently, I took on a clean eating challenge to eat clean for 30 days. Essentially the Whole30 program allows participants to eat unlimited amounts of vegetables, fruit, meat, nuts/seeds, some healthy fats/oils, and spices. No alcohol, drugs, grains, processed food, sugar, legumes, or dairy for 30 days. It might seem crazy, but it’s only 30 days! After 30 days, you can do whatever you like. You’re allowed to eat as much as you want whenever you want, and the program is free. The only catch is you have to eat from those food groups only. (You can learn more at www.whole30.com)

This was my first Whole30 and I had amazing results! I wasn’t looking for weight loss, but I was looking to tackle my sugar addiction, and tackle it, I did! I saw benefits in clearer skin, significantly decreased sugar addiction, some unanticipated weight loss, and just generally overall health! I was surprised by some of these benefits, but they were pleasant surprises!

One of my friends, Hannah, also tackled the Whole30. This was not her first one, but she was looking to reset her dietary habits. When she travels often, it is easy to fall into less than ideal patterns that tend to carry over into her regular life after trips. Some benefits Hannah saw this Whole30 were more consistent energy, significantly improved workouts, and clearheadedness, plus more stable moods. Previous benefits Hannah has experienced include significantly improved energy, no more PMS cramps, clearer skin, no more afternoon energy dips, no more daily headaches.

Hannah and I both agree that having the support around you is key to your success. We also noticed that advance preparation is very helpful! Some people like to meal prep in advance for the week, which is a great tool. Also, having quick and easy meals on the ready is great for when you are tired and your willpower is low. Another trick is to plan ahead for tricky social situations (work luncheons, eating out, parties, etc.) to make a plan of attack- search out meals that work for Whole30, bring your own food, or eat before you go. If you put your mind to it, you can succeed! I highly recommend everyone try the Whole30 program at some point!

Come in to chat with us about Whole30, and also the wonderful services and products we offer that can complement a Whole30!

Natural Spa Treatments in Fort Collins Start at Home with Clean Eating

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How we take care of ourselves plays into so many aspects of our lives- our physical fitness capabilities, how long we live, the quality of our life, how we feel, how we recover, and more! A huge component of taking good care of ourselves is our diet. Evolutionarily, humans were not made to eat large quantities of processed foods. No matter what dietary regimen you follow, make sure to incorporate large amounts of whole foods, water, and vegetables. Most of us can agree that vegetables and water are so good for us.

Diet affects so many other parts of our health, from our quantity and quality of sleep, to exercise recovery, and most importantly skin health. Our bodies are like snowflakes, each one is so unique. Pay attention to what feels good and works for your body- more veggies and less animal protein, more fish or lean meats, more or less fruits, more healthy fats like avocado and olives. Your body will let you know what is and is not working. Give your body the fuel it wants so that it can give you things that you want, like healthier skin.

Here are a couple of tips to get more veggies into your life without too much more effort. If you drink smoothies, add a handful or two of fresh or frozen spinach to your smoothie or protein shake. It changes the taste very little and adds in some great nutrients! You can also puree about a cup of any kind of veggies in the food processor and add to a pound of ground meat of your choice, with 2 tablespoons of any kind of seasoning you like. Mix well, shape into meatballs, and bake for 30-45 minutes at 350 until cooked through. You can also puree about a cup of mixed veggies in the food processor and add to pre-made tomato sauce. Whatever you serve the tomato sauce with, it will now have a little veggie boost!

Let’s set our bodies up for success with lots of whole, minimally processed foods, including water and veggies! Schedule a consultation to chat more about what you can be doing at home to get your skin looking its best!