Before we talk about losing weight, gaining it for maintaining it, we must first understand the relationship of food you eat is as important as the amount. The contents which make up your breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are as much a part of your beauty equipment as the contents of your dressing table.
Vitamins are Nature’s own cosmetics
These unseen ingredients in our foods provide special beauty values. Vitamins are the refreshing agents for the skin. They keep it fresh and youthful, firm and fine-textured. They aid the growth of cells so that old tissues can be replaced by new cells. They help heal away blemishes. They prevent the dry cracking at the concern of the mouth.
Vitamins keep the eyes clear and sparkling. They keep the blood ( Nature’s rouge ) rich and red. They keep the teeth strong and beautiful.
Besides these visual benefits, vitamins aid the digestion, keep the nerves steady and firm, build strong bones, keep you look younger and living longer.
Learn to shop for beauty at the grocery store as well as at the cosmetic counters. Reach for a raw carrot as often as you reach for the mascara brush if you want bright beautiful eyes. Vitamin A is the natural source of increased eye beauty. You will find abundant supplies in the green, leafy vegetables as well as in carrots, squash and tomatoes. Prunes, apricots, oranges, peaches are the Vitamin A – packed fruits. Cod liver oil is rich in Vitamin A, as are milk, eggs, and liver.
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) keeps the nerves steady and under control. Without thiamin in your diet, you would find yourself and on edge. And probably plagued with frequent indigestion. The richest sources of B-1 are kidney, liver and pork. The wheat and rye germs are important suppliers of B-1 as is wheat of any kind, including bran. Also, beef, chicken and mutton; peas, cauliflower, mushrooms and white potatoes. (Peanuts, chestnuts are rich in B-1 but since these are high calorie foods they should be avoided by those desiring to lose weight). Milk, Nature’s purest beauty food, is rich in Vitamin B-1.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) can be called the youth vitamin. Experiments have shown that when the diet parch, their eyes grow bloodshot, their skin turns dull and tired looking. This important vitamin is found in the liver, kidney, heart, fish lentils, soybeans and whole wheat. Again, milk is an important source.
Vitamin C is the supplier of rich, red blood. It also gives us healthy teeth and strong gums. You will find C in your citrus fruits (lemons, oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines) plus the berry fruits (cranberries, gooseberries, strawberries, and raspberries). You will find C in green and leafy vegetables as well as cabbage, turnips, and parsnips, both the sweet and white types, are high in Vitamin C. Liver and brains are the richest meat sources.
Vitamin D is a bone builder. It gives us strong teeth and sturdy bones. We have often head D described as the sunshine Vitamin D is abundant in the dairy products: milk, cream, and eggs. Salmon. and Cod liver oil is Vitamin D gifts from the sea. Peas are a potent vegetable source of D. Tomato juice is also high in D. Preserve the vitamin content in your foods by following these rules:
- Use short cooking processes
- Avoid frying
- Never use soda when cooking vegetables
- Use small amounts of water when boiling foods are raise the temperature rapidly.
- Keep the right cover on while cooking or prevent air entering.
- Prepare raw vegetables and fruits before serving.
- Cook frozen foods without thawing.
- Use the cooking water for sauces, soups, and gravies.
- Eat the skins and peeling whenever possible.