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Feed Your Face: How to Eat for Good Skin While Traveling

By Dr Jessica Wu

Are you headed out of town this summer? Whether you're planning a month's vacation or just a long weekend away, it's tempting to fall off the healthy-eating wagon when you're traveling. This is why many of my patients come back from a trip with skin problems and some unwanted pounds. Here are a few easy ways to keep your diet on track:

Pack your meals and snacks. This requires extra time and planning, but it will enable you to resist the food court at the airport the buy-on-board Doritos and mystery-meat sandwich-in-a-bag.

Be considerate. In a confined space like a car or plane, pungent foods can disturb your neighbors, so stick with foods that have minimal odors. Pack dried fruit, nuts, celery, carrots, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, cubed chicken or turkey, and edamame. These proteins and veggies are easy to eat, travel well, won't offend your seatmates, and are good for your skin. Avoid eggs, curried items, kimchi, and pungent cheeses.

Choose wisely. If you have to eat at the airport or on the plane, choose the least processed foods available. For example, Starbucks usually has fresh fruit, chicken wraps, and tuna salads. Try to avoid pasta and dairy, which can aggravate acne and cause bloating. Sauces are often packed with sugar (which worsens acne and rashes) and salt (which makes you puffy), so ask for sauces on the side, or better yet, skip them altogether. You’ll feel better when you get to your destination, and you'll have saved calories that you might splurge with on your actual vacation.

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