Any woman can be pretty with health, good clothes, the right makeup. But the greatest natural enemy to a woman’s beauty is insecurity.
How can I stop feeling insecure about my looks?
It’s a feeling we all experience yet tend to think is unique to ourselves. Most women present a facade to the world and keep their insecurity locked inside.
Watch an elegant woman at a party. Every hair is in place and her clothes are perfect. She seems confident and relaxed, cool and unflappable. There, you think, is a woman who feels secure.
But what that woman has learned is to channel her insecurities and fears, how to feel relaxed despite the pressures of life, how to feel in control of herself.
Begin with an honest evaluation. Study yourself in a mirror. Pick out the good points and the bad points, then decide how you can make improvements.
But don’t be too hard on yourself. That’s self-defeating and demoralizing.
How to look your best
The most important asset in life to us is good health. Without good health you cannot be beautiful.
Nutrition is perhaps the single most important contribution you make to good health. And in eating to be healthy you may have to unlearn a taste for things like chocolate and ice-cream.
Keep in mind that you cannot go against the nature of your body and you shouldn’t try. We all have different body types. We all have different metabolisms that control the way our food is turned into energy or excess fat.
Even if you consider all the charts and the so-called “ideal” you must make a personal adjustment to find your ideal. Trying to be excessively thin if it’s not your type will only leave you without vitality, without the glow of good health that makes you beautiful.
Rules for being pretty with health
Here are some general rules for the maintenance of a healthy body with good nutrition.
- Eat enough of the right foods to maintain your energy, your body shape, a feeling of well-being.
- Don’t abuse your body. All the good nutrition in the world won’t hold up if you are excessive in your smoking habits and alcohol consumption, if you don’t get enough sleep or if you allow stress to take over your mind and body.
- Develop good habits. Try to eat three meals a day and don’t eat between meals. When you’re eating out you can always find something healthy on the menu.
- Don’t let any of your good habits get boring. Vary your menu, your foods. Prepare and serve your food attractively. Try to eat in a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere.
- Make everything as simple as possible. The more simply you cook, the more simply you eat, the better off you are. There’s a false pretension about serving complicated dishes.
- Far more important is to have good quality, the best you can find. The freshest vegetables, the freshest eggs, the best grade of meat.
- Steaming vegetables helps to keep more of the vitamins and cooking the way the Chinese do is wonderful. They just quick-fry in a little light vegetable oil and seal in all the flavor and food value.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious raw. There’s so much food value in the skins and peels that it’s a shame to scrape or stew or boil away that goodness. Eat your fruits and vegetables just scrubbed clean.
- If you have trouble digesting some raw fruits and vegetables, drink the juices. If you can’t digest celery or carrots and all the wonderful leafy greens, you may be able to drink them from the blender.
- Learn to like the foods that you know are good for you.