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Feed Your Face: A Rock Star's Food Diary

By Dr Jessica Wu

Do you know what you ate yesterday? More importantly, do you know how your meals could be affecting your skin? Poor food choices can aggravate acne, worsen wrinkles, and make your skin look dull and tired. The first step in taking control of what you eat (and taking control of your skin) is to keep a food diary. Right after you eat, record everything you ate, or send yourself a text or e-mail. I know it’s a pain to detail everything you eat, but think about how in tune with your body (and your skin) you’ll become after just a few weeks. You’ll learn what makes you drowsy, what makes you bloated, and what makes you break out.

To get you started, here’s a page from the food diary of Nikki Sixx, bass guitar player with the rock bands Mötley Crüe and Sixx: A.M. This is a guy who partied extremely hard for two full decades -- he famously battled severe drug and alcohol addiction. But 10 years ago he kicked all his bad habits, and now (at 52) Nikki looks and feels better than ever.

Breakfast: 2 cups of coffee and 3-egg-white omelet with mushrooms and tomatoes
Lunch: Clam chowder and a Diet Coke at Gladstone’s in Malibu
Snack: Protein bar and water with lemon
Late afternoon: Chilean sea bass, salad of mixed greens with lemon vinaigrette dressing, water, and English breakfast tea
Late dinner: Steak at Ruth’s Chris in the Valley with creamed spinach, hot bread with butter, cheesecake, and cappuccino

In general, Nikki eats a healthy, balanced diet, and it shows: His skin is amazingly smooth and wrinkle free. By spacing out his meals and snacks, he’s maintaining steady blood sugar, and by eating protein at every meal, he’s helping his skin maintain its collagen.

For the rest of Nikki’s food diary, check out Chapter 2 in Feed Your Face, and stay tuned for sneak peeks inside more celeb food diaries!

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