Eating #thesuperfoodway

July 13, 2015

This is the golden list, okay beauties. Not only is this a list to guide you towards optimum hair, skin, & nail heath, but will also help your body achieve overall wellness health, more energy, a lighter step. Let’s be real. Which one of us hasn’t tried the latest “superfood” trend in hopes of developing glowing skin or luscious hair overnight? Enhance your current grocery list with these items, and transform you and yours family’s health in a steady and sustainable way. Optimal hair, skin, and nail strength and youthfulness are so accessible, if you have the right foods and information at your fingertips.

“Hair Superfoods” General Superfoods
Seafood:
i.e. fish oils, Oily fish: salmon, swordfish, mackerel, crawfish, and shellfish
Seafood:
i.e. fish oils, Oily fish: salmon, swordfish, mackerel, crawfish, and shellfish
Seeds/Nuts Seeds/Nuts
leafy greens  beef, lamb
beef, lamb chicken, turkey
  chicken   leafy greens
 turkey  tofu
 pork  avacados
 soy  beans
 tofu  soy
 pumpkin seeds  mushrooms
 Squash Dairy products or substitutes (Use Caution for added sugars!)
Nutrient-dense Vegetables: peppers, broccoli, green peas, avocados, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, lettuces, mushrooms broccoli, other nutrient-rich greens (see left)
herbs, spices squash
Eggs Eggs
sweet potatoes
whole grain
EVOO
Fruits (guava, kiwi, banana, cantaloupe)

These foods are chalk full of many of the following nutrients for the body: omega 3 fatty acids, selenium, copper, iron, Vitamins K, E, D, B12, A, C, B6, B9 (folic acid), B5, B3 (niacin), beta carotene, lysine, methionine, lycopene, calcium, tryptophan, B7 (biotin), zinc, and manganese. Keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive. Also keep in mind, these foods are delicious if prepared with the right finesse! More recipes to come in the future!

How to Use The Lists:

Frame your mindset: how do I refrain from being deficient in X, Y, Z vitamins, rather than: how do I stock up on X or Y vitamin or nutrient?
The “general list” may in fact be more rounded out than the “hair list,” because these “general” foods contribute to the widest variety of nutrient levels for overall body functioning. You will notice much cross-over between the two lists! Goodie!
For my reader’s curiosity:
I actually did break down the nutritional content of each of these foods and make numerous spreadsheets on the best foods to eat based on a certain vitamin, mineral, or amino acid, but I simply provided the above lists for you guys, as it is an easy-to-read culmination of the foods that had the most overall nutritional content in them.
Understanding “Superfoods”
There is no one food that has it all, but some come fairly close…I see you seafood. (Disclaimer: be careful on where you get the seafood and how much you ingest on a weekly basis, especially if you are expecting.) What I found on my quest for the most nutrient-filled foods was this: there are indeed “Superfoods” out there, but you can’t limit yourself from eating other categories of foods as well. Lastly, Eating #thesuperfoodway doesn’t mean taking a “superfood” ingredient and smothering it with a sugary sauce, chemical-containing condiments, or slices of American cheese (not really cheese, people).
Remember Assistive nutrients:
There are many nutrients, vitamins, and proteins that contribute to a large variety of bodily functions.
Just because a food ingredient doesn’t fall into one of the “hair-loving” columns, that doesn’t mean it isn’t doing something for your hair, skin, and nail health. For example, because the amino acid Tryptophan assists the body in producing niacin/B3 (an important nutrient for processing healthy fats), I consider tryptophan itself as an assistive and important mineral to hair, skin, and nail health! (p.s., it’s found in seafood and various nuts/seeds.) There are two million ways to break down the nutritional value of the whole foods we love to eat every day, and there is no miracle food to make your hair, skin, and nails gorgeous overnight. It is a combined effort that is the result of the combination of foods you eat every single day, including the foods you stay away from!

For your next meal consider:

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• Breakfast: make those eggs and avocados (my favorite) I put feta on top and throw tomatoes in too.

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• Lunch: Leafy green salad with seafood, nuts, and your favorite veggie add-ons

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• Dinner: cook up those beef or beef/lamb-stuffed peppers, a decadent seafood soup, or a pesto sauce to put on your meat or soy dish. Never forget to have a side of vegetables. Squash, salad, peppers, spinach, and broccoli are great choices.

I hope this helps you on your journey to optimum health. Your hair, skin, and nails will thank you, as will the rest of your body. Whole foods, whole body. You can’t separate the two.

Short-Answer Solutions:

Pre-make your #superfood meals for the week to resist the temptation to eat fast food more often. (Coming soon: “Superfoods Made for Traveling!”)
Food is the area of our life that we can all take 100% control of, no matter what budget you have! Eating #thesuperfoodway costs me substantially less than when I ate out all the time, and this lifestyle is embraced by all types of people and families of all sizes.
Last, but not least, don’t forget that ingesting vitamins and nutrients is only one side of the coin when it comes to nourishing our skin and hair cells. Topical solutions are getting better every day to deliver the best results. Our RapidLash, RapidBrow, and RapidHair solutions are three items that deliver potent polypeptides, biotin, and other various essential vitamins to nourish your hair and skin.
So take this article’s tips with you to apply to the tasty foods you eat, but don’t forget to also nourish your lashes, brows, and scalp with the use of ultra-nourishing serums and solutions for your daily routine. Grab a tube of each, on our shop page, http://store.rapidlash.com/ .

You can do it too, beauty! Tweet us at @RealRapidLash and tell us your favorite superfood or recipe with the hashtag, #thesuperfoodway!

Reach out to me if you have any questions/comments about the articles posted!
Eat well!
Catherine@rocasuba.com
C.C.

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