Prevent Wrinkles with These Foods!


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Yoga classes, spiritual retreats, girlfriend time – what haven’t we tried to reach that most elusive of goals: balance?  I know that as busy motivational speakers, we can easily be pulled off center with the business of working our business.  And as a promoter of eating well and exercising for our best health, I’ve shared many a list of the good foods we should eat to keep reaching for that goal.  We do it, we fall off, we try again, we junk out.  Well, what if I told you that this list of healthy foods will help  to prevent wrinkles, gauntness and sagging of your skin!!!  (I’ll bet you just sat up a little straighter, didn’t you?)                                    

Honestly, our skin functions  (and looks) best in a middle ground pH balance.  Flashing back to snoozing in science class and need a little reminder? pH (potential hydrogen) describes the acid-alkaline ratio of a substance, which ranges from 0 (the most acidic) to 14 (the most alkaline).  The health of our body and skin is directly linked to the right balance between acidity and alkalinity.  Our standard American diet (and some of the products we use on our skin) are acid forming.   Throwing off the ideal balance of 5.5 pH will piss your dermis off and let you know in the form of wrinkles, inflammation, extreme sensitivity or acne. 

Since my area of expertise is food, I offer you the following good food/bad food list to keep your skin from getting irritated at you:


  • Dark green leafy vegetables (like kale, collards, spinach) – Neutralizes acids
  • Citrus fruits – They may taste acidic but they are alkaline producers
  • Low sugar fruits – Nutrient-rich berries and apples top the list
  • Nuts and Seeds – All of them.  Raw is best to get the healthy omega-3 fatty oils


  • Soft Drinks – Contain at least 50% phosphoric acid = very acidic for the skin (dark ones are the worst)
  • Sugar – Causes loss of elasticity in our cells and in our skin
  • Meat – Acid forming.  Try not to eat more than 20% of your daily calories from animal protein
  • Processed grains –Acid forming.  Talking mostly white flour products here.
  • Coffee – Though caffeine is pH neutral, coffee can quickly become acidic if it’s not fresh.

Let’s “face” it, balancing your skin is a lot easier than balancing your life.  Might as well start with the easy stuff!

This motivational speaker is going to rinse off her pH balanced, cracking clay mask now – ow!





Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Polly, this post is AMAZING. And judging by your wrinkle-free face – you know what you are talking about! Thank you so much for opening my eyes. I'm sharing this right now!

    • We pay attention to the specifics of food and face don't we, Kelly?  I keep trying to find the trigger for what will inspire people to change health habits that don't serve them.  Happiness and smooth skin rank highest so far :)

  2. Oh wow! GREAT information Polly! While I HATE hearing this about coffee (see very very sad face), it is good to know about the other things. I LOVE grapefruit and could eat one every single day of my life (and may now!)  I was off green drinks for a while but will jump right back on those starting tomorrow. See you at Whole Foods!!!!

  3. Polly rocking info. I'll adhere to most of your list as I know it's truth BUT give me my acidic coffee at all costs. I'm beyond the buzz, I love the taste. Okay, the buzz rocks too. Either way, always appreciate you reminding me that my results are a result of my choices.

  4. Oh no, Colette!  Read what I just commented to Linda:  Fresh coffee ROCKS!  It's the old, microwaved stuff that turns acidic.  Grind baby, grind!

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