Healthy hair and skin start from within—it’s a saying I live by Every. Single. Day and something my dear mother drummed into me since I was a pimply-faced teenager.
I’ll admit, I’ve grown up not drinking soft drinks nor consuming red meat nor indulging in fast foods thanks to my mum, and I don’t even remember the last time it was in my kitchen. My mum knew a thing or two about health, I reckon, and it’s paid off. Back in my heydey, at 3.30pm right after school, I’d whip open the fridge door for a snack and there, stuck to the fridge staring right at me, would be a list of all the foods (well, numbers) my twin sister and I weren’t allowed to eat—621 (MSG), 330 etc. etc., the list went on and on.
“Since you follow a plant-based diet, finding protein sources with ALL the essential amino acids is particularly important. Protein powders such as WelleCo can be a valuable top-up here” says Nutritionist Emma Cronin.
For my sister and me, fresh fruit, yoghurts, brown rice, organic chicken, freshly cooked home meals, fruit roll-ups and muesli bars were considered the norm, and chocolate and organic red wine were never far from our reach (hidden up the top of the pantry behind the pasta—mum honestly thought we would never find them). Grocery shopping would take hours—my mum had to read the back of every frickin’ packet she picked up. I remember watching her perfectly-manicured pointy fingernail slide down the ingredients list, waiting for one of two reactions: her lips pursed in discontent as she put it back down—”It has too much sodium in it,” she would say—or a nod of approval followed by a toss into the trolley.
My mum taught me a thing or two about looking after my health (ok, she taught me a lot) because being aware—which is so important—has actually shaped my decisions about how I look after myself today. Thank you, mum!
So, 15 years on… (ok, maybe 20 years), I’ve noticed little changes in my hair, skin and weight. First of all, it’s not so easy to just lose weight anymore and secondly, my hair, which was thick, has started thinning and becoming weak. Since I’ve always had an amazing diet, it’s not something that I had wanted to see but hey, age catches up with us all. So what did I do? I… complained to my friends over long red wine sessions, became a grump for a few weeks, cursed my age … and then I did some research and found a solution!
So, here’s what I learnt and here’s what I consume every day. It honestly brought back my hair vitality, shine and strength, and has allowed me to be at a weight that I’m now comfortable with.
Here we go…
You’re probably thinking, “who is she to talk about nutrition?”, which is fair. But since I had access to one, I asked her to assess my daily edible beauty ritual. Here’s what our in-house nutritionist had to say:
Collagen is a protein which is found in our skin, making it firm and supple, increasing its moisture content and slowing the formation of wrinkles. It’s also found in our hair and nails. As we age, our collagen levels decrease, which is why it’s essential that we meet our daily protein requirements not just for our general health but for the health of our skin, hair and nails.
Collagen powders contain protein which is absorbed and used by your body to produce more collagen. Whether you’re consuming a collagen powder, a protein powder or both together, it’s important to choose high-quality products to ensure an adequate rate of bioabsorption. In particular, look for protein powders that also contain vitamins as this will improve absorption and the body’s ability to produce collagen.
Since you follow a plant-based diet, finding protein sources with ALL the essential amino acids is particularly important. Protein powders can be a valuable top-up here, says Emma Cronin.
And this is what she thought of my daily diet:
1 x scoop of Welleco Vanilla Pea Protein Powder. They also have chocolate but my fav is the vanilla.
1 x Tablespoon of organic peanut butter for taste
1 x teaspoon of Chia Seeds
1 x cup of almond milk
1 x half a banana
1 x scoop of collagen powder
So whilst it’s not rocket science, I believe it’s all just about being more aware of what you put in your body and what your body needs. As we grow older, we just need to replenish the areas that are lacking.
Love Bianca XX
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