When we’re taking care of ourselves, it shows in our skin. Eating correctly, getting enough sleep and exercising all promote health and wellbeing. Outside of skincare, the best way to get our skin glowing is by making sure we’re feeling good and looking after ourselves.
American nutritionist Adelle Davis famously said that we should ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.’ Far from being an advocate for a big fry-up or stack of buttery pancakes in the morning, Ms. Davis was trying to get us to think about how often we should be eating per day and what we should be eating. So can our mealtimes really affect our wellbeing, and as a result our skin?
Overeating in the evening
Getting enough sleep is important for our skin, without it we don’t have the essential time needed for healing and repairing. In addition, dark circles under the eyes and puffy skin are tell-tale signs of a bad night’s sleep.
WebMD, a leading source of health and medical news, says that eating later on is not ideal for a good night’s sleep. As well as making digestion difficult, the site suggests that eating too close to bedtime could also cause gas, bloating, and heartburn. The gut it also fatigued at night and so food is not moved through the system as quickly as it should be.
Keeping sugary, processed or overly salty snacks to a minimum is a must, especially in the evening. Another important point to remember is that thirst can often be mistaken for hunger, so always try having a glass of water before giving in to the temptation of a snack. Alternatively switch up your snacking by having healthier options which provide some nutritional value. BBC Good Food, an online collection of recipes for home cooks, has some great examples of healthy alternatives. So instead of reaching for crisps, try some frozen fruit skewers with passion fruit and lime drizzle. Low in fat and a great source of vitamin C, these easy to make snacks are the perfect way to end the day.
Eating and mental wellbeing
Eating at different times of day can affect our mental health and wellbeing as well. It’s important for our mental wellbeing to eat at times of the day when we can actually interact with others. A brunch date with friends, a catch-up in the work canteen, or dinner with family, encourages us to make eating more of an experience rather than a quick pause where you swallow a pot of ready noodles. Treat mealtimes as a time to relax with family and friends and socialise.
How often should we be eating?
Men’s Health, a fitness and lifestyle magazine, released a study last year by two experts suggesting that eating more meals or fewer meals doesn’t have an impact on weight loss. Whilst there are benefits of eating smaller meals more often, it is just as healthy to eat a smaller amount of larger meals, as long as the number of calories consumed is the same.
And remember not to skip breakfast! Your body needs to fuel up for the day, otherwise you’ll find that you’ll be running on empty, which can affect your concentration levels. Having high-energy but slow-burning foods like oatmeal will set you up with enough energy until lunch. Breakfast should be eaten within one hour of waking up. Also, opt for food which is high in vitamin A, which participates to healthy immune system, vision, and skin cells.