What the Dietary Guidelines Don’t Tell You

The technologies and techniques used in cosmetic surgeries these days are changing from year to year or perhaps I should say ear-to-ear! Pun aside; these changes are good news for everyone. I’ve just been reading up on the latest liquid facelift. Singapore surgeons seem to be leading the way in these particular procedures, though they are practiced everywhere now, at least in developed nations.

Not only are these newer plastic surgery techniques becoming more affordable, they’re also less invasive too, and that means three things:

  1. Quicker treatments
  2. Less pain and discomfort
  3. Shorter recovery times

The liquid facelift is not the only effective new treatment for minimally-invasive surgery. There’s now something called the puppet facelift too. It’s a somewhat strange procedure that involves drawing bits of string through various points on your face. Once pulled into position, the cheeks and lower face get lifted into a new, more youthful look.

So first we had Botox, then came the liquid facelift (dermal fillers), and now there’s the puppet procedure. The latter is also a non-surgical treatment and takes anywhere between 90 minutes to two hours in most cases. It seems to be a predictable and very safe way to lift the face.

Photo: http://www.mainelaserskincare.com/2014/10/what-is-a-liquid-facelift/

Taking Care from the Inside Out

vegetables and fruits - healthy diet

heart shape by various vegetables and fruits

It’s good when people take care about their appearance. It shows you have respect for yourself and want to look good for personal reasons and for those closest to you. But then again, there’s little point of taking care of the outside only to neglect the inside. We are what we eat, we really are.

A lot of people opt for cosmetic surgery because they have used their body as a dumping ground for decades. Not only does poor diet contribute hugely toward obesity, but it can affect the ageing process as well. Your skin can take a real battering because of a lifetime of poor diet. The more you eat that comes out of sealed boxes, packets and tins, the more damaging it’s likely to be to your skin. I am of course referring to heavily processed fare.



Here’s a quick list of foods to avoid like the proverbial plague:

  • Alcohol (dehydrates, causes wrinkles, redness, puffiness loss of collagen)
  • Artificial Sweeteners
  • Candy (in all forms except dark chocolate)
  • Carbohydrates (too many carbs too often can damage collagen and skin fibers)
  • Energy drinks (damage tooth enamel making them look stained and old)
  • Excess sodium (salt)
  • Fried foods (contributes to collagen breakdown)
  • Sodas (dehydrating)
  • Table sugar (sweet poison)
  • Too much coffee (restrict your intake)
  • Trans fats (found in fast and pre-packaged processed foods)

Older people who “glow” are not just lucky and happen to have perfect genes. There’s a very good chance that they look after their inside by eating healthily. Staying hydrated at all times is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Drinking alcohol and smoking are two of the worst.

Re-educate Your Palate

man eating a lemonPeople find it hard to come off certain foods because they just find them too delicious and too moreish. They think they’ll be depriving themselves if they change to a healthier diet. This is all about mindset. If you think you’ll suffer then you’re right, you will. If you embrace change and are prepared to re-educate your palate, then it’s a breeze. One way will set you back and the other will set you free. You will not only feel better with a healthy eating plan, you will think and function better too. Forget all those fad diets (none of them work anyway) and just focus on eating “real food” in sensible portions. Processed junk is not real, it’s “food-like,” and there’s the difference.

What to Eat, What Not to Eat…

eggs for healthy dietThis is where a lot of people get confused. All you have to do is keep it simple. Forget margarines and other low-fat butter alternatives. They’re not real foods; scientists, not chefs in kitchens, concocted them in labs. Butter is real food, as are all full-fat dairy products. Avoid low fat dairy, it’s not real, it’s processed. It often has extra salt, sugar and other hidden things to make up for the loss in taste. Don’t be afraid to eat the fattier cuts of meat. Healthy fats and oils won’t make you fat ladies, I can promise you that. Just make sure it’s real and not chemically processed like those vegetable oils are. They’re not real foods but olive oil and coconut oil is real.

Welcome back eggs and don’t forget to enjoy the yokes. Don’t worry about the cholesterol, that’s been another big fat lie of the past 50 or so years. Over 70 percent of the cholesterol is made in the body by your liver. If you eat four eggs instead of two, your liver will just make less cholesterol to compensate, that’s it. You don’t need to go on a diet; you just need to eat “real” food in sensible portions.

Keep it Simple

More (healthy) fats and oils, moderate protein, cut down on the carbs (all real ingredients)

The problem a lot of people have is that they don’t know or they have forgotten how to eat healthy. The dietary guidelines change every few years which doesn’t help. Then we have the scientists who are forever bringing out new health scares about certain foods. In many cases, they will contradict their own advice a few years later, after newer research proves them wrong. In the meantime, those who take no notice and just consume real food, as given by nature, just get on with life without the worry.

The Cause of the Global Obesity Epidemic

Obesity Epidemic illustrationThere has been a lot of unnecessary plastic surgery done because of the global obesity epidemic. This is the less glamourous side of surgery too. It includes things like invasive liposuction and tummy tuck procedures. Surely it’s better to spend the money on a simple eye-lift or some facial filler, that kind of thing.

The cause of the obesity epidemic might surprise you folks. It is plants, or plant-based foods that are making people fat, not fat itself, which is healthy satiating and real. It’s good to have a few veggies on the plate, but not a bucket load of French fries (potatoes) cooked in heavily processed (seed) oils. And what about all that bread (wheat) and sugar (beets and cane). You can see the pattern; how much the typical western diet consists of plants (carbs).

When you take good care of the inside of your body, your outside will thank and reward you. Expect better-looking skin, healthier nails, shinier hair and lively eyes.

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