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Everything in life requires a makeover, from our diet to our eyewear. If you’re like me and care about your eye health and your style, you’ll want to find glasses that suit your personality. In this article, I’m going to share with you how adopting a keto diet opened my eyes to the link between diet and eye health, the top foods that protect your eyes, as well as as well as where you can find brand spanking new affordable glasses that make you shine.
Eye Health Is Fashionable
Glasses make the woman, am I right? If you don’t wear glasses that compliment your personality and let it shine, you’ll only get annoyed that you have to wear them in the first place. I might not have wanted to wear glasses when I was first told to wear them, but since not wearing them weakens muscles and can lead to long-term complications, I made sure to find glasses that suited my style.
Hipsters make a fashion statement with their thick black frames, artists scream their personality with their bright red frames, and thrill seekers play it cool with their suave and sophisticated aviator glasses.
But what does a lady who’s adopted a keto diet wear?!
Interesting question! I’m the kind of person who strongly believes in the power of change. Recently, I adopted a keto diet in a bid to get healthier and wanted to find glasses that matched my lifestyle. But as I began to learn about more the diet, I realised there’s a strong link between what we eat and the health our eyes …
Eye health is kind of a big deal. The health of our eyes depends on how we look after them, and this includes eating the right foods, wearing sunglasses and avoiding rubbing them too much.
The stats are surprising but scary: Advanced macular degeneration, which can cause irreversible blindness, currently affects 11,000,000 people in the USA. Thankfully, this disease is age-related, which means there’s still time to avoid it.
Turns Out, Mom Was Right About Those Carrots
When we were younger, our moms told us that if we ate more carrots we’d be able to see in the dark. Just like all the other kids, I was suspicious and sensed my mom was saying it just to get me to eat more vegetables!
As it turns out, however, she wasn’t far wrong. Carrots might not turn our eyes into a torch beam, but they contain a compound called beta-carotene that protects our eyes from damage, thereby safeguarding their long-term health.
Lots of other fruit and vegetables boost our eye health, too. And as anyone will tell you, eye health is massively important to us all. So how come we all don’t eat the right foods that will protect our sight?
Maybe it’s because I’ve been wearing glasses for a while that I’ve started to think more about eye health recently. And now that I know what I know about the keto diet, including how raw vegetables reduce the risk of macular degeneration, I’m going to share with you the top foods that can improve your eye health:
This dark leafy green is one of those that mom tried to foist on us when we were kids, usually when we weren’t looking.
“Um, mom? What’s that piece of spinach doing on my burger?”
“I HAVE NO SHAME.”
The thing is, spinach is one of your best friends when it comes to eye health. It’s only got your best interests at heart, and contains both zeaxanthin and lutein, two key nutrients that are stuffed with antioxidants that help to reduce your risk of macular degeneration.
Don’t like spinach? Add it to a tasty smoothie along with kale, cucumbers and apples.
Salmon is an oily fish that’s rich in those omega-3 fatty acids that are found in your retina. These acids support your cell membrane’s structure, and the more you eat of them, the more you can delay or prevent macular degeneration altogether.
Salmon is great at breakfast when combined with scrambled eggs, but it can be cooked in a variety of ways. A popular lunch is salmon and cream cheese on a bagel, while eating it raw is the best way to make the most of its nutrients.
- Egg Yolks
The yolk is crammed with nutrients that power your eyes, including good fats, protein, zeaxanthin and lutein. Personally, I prefer to cook my eggs for as little as possible, as this is the best way to maintain as much of the zeaxanthin and lutein as possible. Alternatively, you can still soft boil yours and get a lot of goodness out of them.
Almonds are a staple on the Keto diet and like other nuts and seeds, they are good for eye health. They contain vitamin E which can help prevent age-related macular degeneration.
These are some key foods for eye health.
If you’re also thinking about jazzing up your eyewear like me, here are two sites I’ve tried and used myself to find new lenses:
I know how important it is that we find the right glasses that are durable but affordable. In hot pursuit of a pair that would match my style personality, I came across Discount Glasses, a site that’s offering lenses from just $9.95. The website is super easy to navigate, there are a variety of neat styles on offer and a cool 30% discount.
There’s free shipping with each order (no matter the size) and you can return them for free anytime within the first year of ownership.
If you live in the USA, orders are processed and shipped overnight, which means you can get your new lenses delivered to your door the next day.
Mr. Bejelly has been wanting to get contact lenses so I also checked out DiscountContactLenses, a reputable contact lens company that stocks all the major manufacturers. As a wholesalers, they can offer the lowest price guaranteed, new customers get 20% off, and shipping is free on orders over $99.
They also have a 365 day free returns policy which means that, if your prescription changes within 12 months, you can return your lenses free of charge.
All in all, remember that healthy eyes are cool and that, if you find glasses that you’ll love and suit your personality, your eyewear will be cool, too.
Now, where did I put my glasses … I’M KIDDING.
Now on to a fun recipe using almonds. I discovered Fat head’s mozzarella dough two weeks ago and thought, well, it had too much stuff in it. I tweaked the recipe and got it down to 3 ingredients- 4 if you count water. The dough recipe is the AMAZING and I’m planning on making a sweet treat next week with it. Since pizza is a first love for me, I had to make a keto calzone recipe to see how well it would hold together. It worked perfectly and got crispy as it cooled down.
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 tablespoon psyllium husk powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano leaf
- 3 tablespoons water, very hot
- 2 tablespoons pizza sauce
- 16 pepperoni
- 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese
- Add 1 cup of shredded mozzarella to a microwave safe bowl and cook for 30 seconds. Stir with a spoon until it is smooth.
- In a separate bowl combine the almond flour, psyllium husk, garlic powder and oregano and mix with a spoon until well blended.
- Add the flour mixture to the mozzarella and then add in 3 tablespoons of hot water. Mix well with a spoon until you have a smooth dough. You may need to knead with you hands to get it to fully combine.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll until it's roughly 10" x 14" and 1/4 thick. Remove the top sheet but leave the bottom sheet and place the dough on a baking sheet.
- Slice the dough in half. On each side add 1 tablespoon pizza sauce, 8 pepperoni and 1/3 cup of mozzarella cheese.
- Fold the dough in half and pinch it completely closed. Put the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove when golden brown and let cool before serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Saturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 473mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 5gSugar: 1gProtein: 18g