It’s no secret that the foods we fuel our bodies with have an impact on the way we feel.
Think about it – when you are feeling physically fit and are eating a balanced diet, chances are you feel better about yourself compared to when you fill up on junk food and don’t exercise. This is because the mind and body are inextricably linked. Not only can our bodies be affected by what’s going on in our mind, our bodies can change how we feel emotionally.
Want to feel good naked, boost your confidence and raise your self-esteem? Top Naturopathic Nutritionist, Amy Morris from Water for Health (www.water-for-health.com) shares her top 10 confidence –inducing look better naked foods:
- Asparagus: Asparagus is a great confidence boosting food as it is rich in potassium, a nutrient known to help our bodies flush out water and sodium – the two things that make us feel unnecessarily bloated. Asparagus is also incredibly low in fat and calories but high in soluble and insoluble fibre. This makes it a great choice if you are trying to lose weight, as our body’s digest fibre slowly, meaning we stay full in between meals and cut out the extra, high sugar snacks which harm our waistlines.
- Mango: Stress can be a common reason you’re feeling down and potentially storing fat around your middle. While many forms of stress cannot be avoided, you can add vitamin C enriched foods to your diet to help combat the effect they have on your figure. Mangos, in particular, not only serve up just under a day’s worth of the nutrient in every cup, but will also remind you of a relaxing tropical getaway, slashing stress and helping you to slim down.
- Almonds: While many nuts share similar nutritional benefits, and healthy fats that are known to fill you up, almonds are especially beneficial, particularly if you’re looking for some body confidence. This is because almonds are a great source of heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, the same kind as those found in avocados and olive oil. Many people are often put off foods with a high fat content, but numerous studies have found that people following a restricted diet with added almonds lost considerably more weight than those on a diet which didn’t include them.
- Salmon: Salmon contains tons of health benefits because of the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids it contains. These ‘good’, healthy fats can boost your mood and wellbeing, and there’s more good news for fitness-lovers, as omega3 has been proven to improve the flow of blood to the muscles during exercise, helping to stimulate enzymes which transport fat to where it can be used up for energy. To make sure you’re getting adequate amounts of omega 3 daily, I recommend taking a high quality supplement such as UnoCardio1000 from Water For Health (£35.75 water-for-health.co.uk), it has been named as the highest quality fish oil supplement on the market since 2015, and also contains vitamin D, which can also boost mood.
- Beetroot: Beetroot is a natural liver and blood cleanser which helps to filter out more toxins from your digestive system, allowing the pressure to be taken off the skin, which is where toxins are released if our digestive system cannot cope. Therefore, incorporating beetroot into your diet can ensure your skin is clear, with a healthy glow.
- Quinoa: A gluten free grain commonly grown in South America, is a favourite amongst vegetarians and vegans, but its rich nutritional content should also tempt meat eaters too. The plant protein in tofu provides a full range of amino acids, as well as isoflavone, which helps muscles recover from exercise. It is also a good source of magnesium which is vital for healthy and strong muscles.
- Pickles: It’s not the pickles themselves that have the magic to transform your body, but the vinegar they are cured in. Research has shown that acidic foods like vinegar help the body to burn off carbohydrates by up to 40%. The faster you can burn off this off, the sooner your body can burn fat.
- Chicken: Chicken is usually dieter’s go-to when they know they’re hitting the beach soon, and for good reason. Chicken has no carbs and just 5g of fat per 3-4oz serving, offering primarily protein. Whether you prefer the breast, thigh, leg, or skinless, chicken is an excellent source of lean protein and has essential nutrients, including iron and zinc, which make it an invaluable food that will be sure to get you looking good naked. Make sure you’re careful with how you prepare it, though, don’t overdo the oil and opt for organically reared, hormone and antibiotic free-range types. And to get maximum health benefits, it is better to grill or poach to be able to revel in the nutritional benefits that chicken has to offer.
- Mixed berries: Berries have been widely known to be one of the heathiest foods on the planet, with more and more research surfacing to show off their health giving properties. This is because they are packed with a substance called anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants which keep oxygen ions and other unstable molecules from damaging DNA and causing inflammation in the body. The more intense the colour of the berry, the higher the anthocyanin content, so opt for blackberries, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon should be your go-to spice when feeling insecure about your body. Research shows that the sweet spice can help individuals reduce their insulin levels, so less of the sugar you consume is stored, especially around your stomach. Cinnamon is incredibly versatile, so try adding it to a smoothie or sprinkling it on porridge or yoghurts to start reaping the health benefits.