As a nation, we love to feel and look good — we’re obsessed with it. And while we love spending our money in pursuit of beauty and perfection, you might be surprised to find that we can look gorgeous, feel amazing and defy the ageing process with what we might already have in the fridge.
According to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, we as a nation spend more than $8 billion every year on beauty products. But it might be time to ditch the creams and lotions. Vegan health coach and Latin dancer Donna Wild is sharing her favourite recipes for looking and feeling good.
Donna has been a vegetarian for 20 years, and a vegan for nine, and she swears by fresh fruit and leafy green vegetables to maintain a youthful, glowing look.
"If it's alive while you eat it, then it will bring life to your mind and body and create a youthful and glowing appearance," Donna, 31, says.
"You are what you eat, so eat fresh fruit and have skin tight and firm like a banana peel."
Enjoying a healthy lifestyle for most of her life and growing up in New South Wales' Byron Bay, Donna encourages her clients to keep three things in mind: sleep, water and fresh organic produce.
"I could talk all day about why this is important. Every cell in your body feeds off sugar, carbs turn into sugars in the body for energy so we need carbs or we need sugars," Donna explains. "The brain in particular relies on sugar. Ever wondered why you craved sugary foods while you're doing your studies or working hard at the computer? Your brain is using up the sugar that it has and would love some more. That's why I love carbohydrates, carbohydrates from fruit in particular. The best sources are bananas, mangoes and dates."
And how can you incorporate fresh organic produce into your diet every day? Donna has a variety of recipes on her blog which are great for good health and glowing skin.
And Donna has proof that leafy greens and fresh produce will not just keep you looking young, but acting young too.
"One of my dance students adapted to the lifestyle that I teach at 70-plus years of age after suffering two heart attacks," Donna said.
"She's now 77, surfing and dancing. Her doctors think it's a miracle. She tells them it's the plants."
To get inspired about living well and keeping a young and vibrant look and feel, head along to Donna Wild's blog. She also runs three-month Wild Bodies programs if you're looking for ongoing support and inspiration.
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