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Feed Your Face: Help Your Skin Survive Thanksgiving

By Dr Jessica Wu

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Whether you’re gearing up to cook a feast for 20 or (lucky you!) you’ll be letting others do the cooking, take a few moments before digging in to your meal to make the right choices. Your skin and your bathroom scale will thank you for it. Here’s how to survive Thanksgiving and its many temptations:

  • Be sure to have a good breakfast this Thursday. Don’t starve yourself all day so you can eat more at dinner; you’ll end up pigging out and regretting it (and you’ll probably get a stomachache). In addition, your blood sugar will shoot sky high when you do eat, which only encourages acne, wrinkles, and rashes.
  • If you’re baking early in the day, resist the urge to have a slice of pie for lunch. Better to have a protein-containing breakfast and lunch, a reasonable-sized dinner, and a small slice after dinner.
  • To reduce the effect on your blood sugar and your skin, go easy on the sides and choose those that are less sweet. For example, help yourself to roasted potatoes rather than the yams with marshmallows (or at least pick the marshmallows off). Take a spoonful or two of mashed potatoes or yams, with at least an equal portion of turkey, and try to skip seconds of the sides.
  • Make your sides less deadly and more skin-friendly: Whirl soft cooked broccoli into your mashed potatoes. Serve wild rice or quinoa instead of white rice. Have one whole-wheat roll instead of three white rolls. Avoid creamy sides, which are high in acne-aggravating dairy.
  • Beware of sauces, which tend to be high in sugar, salt, and dairy. Skip them entirely, or take a small spoonful that you can dip your turkey in.

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