Boosting your Inner Beauty with Food by Dr. Elizabeth Reid Boyd

From THE SECRETS OF MINDFUL BEAUTY, here’s way to bring more awareness into your life – and give your body a beauty boost, inside and out.

 Minding the Seasons: A Fruitful Guide to Eating and Looking Better
Appreciating the seasons brings more awareness into your life. It’s also a great beauty boost for your body, inside and out. You can naturally bring more vitamins and minerals into your diet by including a rainbow of color. One of the easiest methods to do this is to eat more fruit. Even more mindful is to eat fruit according to the seasons.

Spring: Rhubarb, Herb Greens (Mint, Parsley, Dandelion), Pineapple, Apricots, Oranges (Valencia)
Summer: Strawberries, Cherries, Raspberries, Gooseberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Melons (Cantaloupe, Watermelon) Mangoes, Apples, Blackberries, Grapefruit
Fall/Autumn: Pears (late summer/early fall), Grapes, Plums, Quinces, Cape Gooseberries, Crab Apples, Huckleberries, Kumquats, Cranberries
Winter: Pomegranates, Clementines, Dates, Grapefruit, Kiwifruit, Oranges (navel), Passionfruit, Persimmons, Redcurrants, Satsuma Mandarins, Tangerines, Lemons

A simple mindfulness exercise is to fully appreciate the gift of each fruit as you eat it. The Buddhist tradition, from which mindfulness comes, reminds us that we have a responsibility to reflect in ourselves the ‘nature’ of what we eat. For example, before you eat a rich, golden apricot, acknowledge its beautiful gift to you. Examine its colour. Feel its texture, soft or firm. Inhale its scent. Notice its temperature. Is it cold and refrigerated? Or warmed from the sun? Have you let it ripen? Taste it. Enjoy every juicy bite. When you’ve finished eating the fruit, give thanks. Honour the fruit you have eaten, the bounty of the earth. Become as rich, ripe and golden as an apricot.
Noticing the changing seasons by eating mindfully also allows us to accept and welcome the changes reflected in our faces and bodies over the years. Each season of life brings its own beautiful rewards.

About the Author

Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd has degrees in psychology and gender studies. She has taught interpersonal, communication, and personal development skills including meditation, self-awareness, self-care and mindfulness at the university level for almost two decades. She writes fiction as Eliza Redgold.

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  1. I love all these fruits. Okay, I'll admit I've a love affair with many foods.

    Nice meeting you.

    Have a great day. ♥

    1. They are gorgeous, aren't they! Hope you have a wonderful day too.

  2. This sounds like a helpful read. As my husband and I get older we are thinking more and more about what we are eating and living a better, less stressed life.

    1. I hope you do find it helpful. It's amazing how what we eat makes a difference to how we feel.

  3. That's an interesting concept. I love fruit so I eat plenty of it.

  4. We try to eat seasonally - fresh always tastes great!

  5. I saw this over on another site, and definitely plan to purchase it. Has a lot of helpful information! Hugs and Happy Friday! RO

  6. This was such an inspiring post. Thank you.
    For lunch I usually have a salad with fruit in it and strawberry balsamic dressing. I really enjoy it.
    Hope this book is shooting off the shelves:)

  7. this is wonderful informative write up my friend !

    thank God that fruits are permanent part of our daily diet specially seasonal fruits are easy and cheap to keep up .
    thie writer sounds accurate in her ides ,she is also so pretty

  8. I love all these delicious fruits, and I eat them as often as I can.
    This book sounds really interesting and informative...thank you so much for a great post!

    Have a great weekend! ☺☺

    1. Thank you for commenting - hope you had a great weekend yourself!

  9. Food definitely affects how you feel and look. When I eat more fruits and vegetables, I feel a lot better! I like strawberries and blueberries.


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