Health and Wellness: Foods to Fight Aging Discussed on The Doctors

Health and Wellness: Foods to Fight Aging Discussed on The DoctorsEating well is very important to maintain proper bodily function. The nutrients within food provide us with energy and the ability to heal, which is why I’ve dedicated part of my health and wellness blog to healthy recipes. It’s important to understand that dieting is not equivalent to eating well.  There are certain vitamins, as detailed in my health and wellness blog discussing herbal supplements and plastic surgery, that can help the body recover faster from plastic surgery procedures. We are constantly advised to eat better for the sake of our health, but have you been told to eat better for the sake of your wrinkles?

Last month, foods that improve complexion and promote a youthful look were discussed on The Doctors television show. With my focus on health and wellness in cosmetic surgery, I was particularly interested in this episode since it combined two of my interests: eating well and anti-aging. It’s interesting that people will search and search for that perfect anti-aging product when they could look younger just by eating better. Here’s a list of the anti-aging foods featured on The Doctors:

  • Brussels Sprouts- Aside from anti-cancer properties, Brussels sprouts’ cell repairing ability helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Dark chocolate- Filled with antioxidants that protect and smooth the skin’s texture, dark chocolate can make you feel good both inside and out.
  • Salmon- Moisture is a key component of youthful skin, and the fatty acids within salmon help lock in the skin’s moisture while also preventing toxin buildup.
  • Brazil nuts- This food contains a mineral called selenium that reduces the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer.  Brazil nuts can even correct sun damaged skin.
  • Watermelon- A good source of vitamin C, this summertime favorite is also rich in lycopene, which helps get rid of an aged look caused by free radicals released by UV rays.
  • Swiss chard- This potent, antioxidant rich green’s vitamin E helps skin look and feel younger by locking in moisture.
  • Oysters- While boosting the immune system, the zinc within oysters helps boost the body’s collagen production.

These are not the only foods that combat the signs of aging. The vitamins and minerals within these foods are the rejuvenation key, so don’t fret if you aren’t seeing foods that you will eat. I encourage you to find foods that you do like that are rich in these anti-aging vitamins and minerals. However, if you’re searching for something with a slightly more dramatic anti-aging affect, I offer cosmetic injectables and facial fillers to reduce wrinkles. Facelift surgery can also provide a youthful appearance, and I even offer mini facelift procedures for patients whose signs of aging are not advanced enough to warrant a traditional facelift. However, it’s important to remember that plastic surgery is no substitution for proper diet and exercise. Eating healthy is important even if you pursue a cosmetic procedure for a more youthful look.

Education is the first step to healthy living; If you’re interested in learning about other facial plastic surgery, breast procedures, or body contouring procedures I perform, be sure to check out the rest of my website and blog. Also, be sure to find me on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on plastic surgery news.

Introducing Our Health and Wellness Expansion: Fat Fighter Tips

Be sure to log onto the Southern Plastic Surgery blog regularly as we continue to add “fat fighter tips” for quick, effective ways to improve your appearance by living a healthier, more active life!  We also invite our patients and fans to join us on Facebook and Twitter to receive up-to-the-second health and wellness updates.

Fat fighter tips to keep you trim: Vary your workouts- Your body’s metabolism adjusts to repeat exercise routines so what was a challenge a few months ago may not work muscle groups past their current limits as effectively as new routines.

A good way to build more lean muscle tissue is to engage in contrast training*:  do your regular strength training routine (i.e.- 20 reps of bicep curls with light weight dumbbells) followed by a powerful series of movements that work the same muscle group (i.e.- 20 push-up’s).  By varying your movements, your body and your mind will have less of an opportunity to become complacent.

*Exercise tip derived from Womens’ Health Magazine’s January online issue

Dr. Whiteman is partnering with Daryl Madison, long-time Atlanta personal trainer and creator of the Chair-A-Cise workout system and weight loss plans, to optimize your plastic surgery results and help maximize your healthy lifestyle efforts.  For more diet and exercise tips to enhance the results of body contouring procedures (liposuction) performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, visit Dr. Whiteman’s health and wellness blog regularly.

**If you have an exercise or dieting tip, or even a question about healthy living, please let us know by sending an email to newsblast@southernplasticsurgery.com.

Weight Watchers 2 Point Gumbo

Things You Will Need:

  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts(cubed)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 8 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 bunch scallions, diced
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ tbsp oregano
  • ½ tbsp thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt

Instructions:

Boil chicken in water until done.  Set meat & broth aside.  Toast flour in a large dry skillet, stirring constantly, until deep brown(about the color of a penny).  Heat oil in a 4-qt. saucepan & sauté vegetables & garlic until soft.  Add toasted flour & mix well.  Add broth slowly, mixing well.  Add cubed chicken & spices.  Cover & simmer on low for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add rice & simmer another 30 minutes. 

Makes 8 servings (about 1 ½ cup per serving).

Weight Watchers Points: 2 per serving

You may also add 1 can diced tomatoes & 1/4tsp red pepper flakes for extra flavor.

May substitute white rice for brown rice, if desired.