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Feed Your Face: What to Eat for Breakfast

By Dr Jessica Wu

If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution, here’s one that will help you get smoother, clearer skin and a flatter belly: Eat breakfast! Start the day off right with a protein-packed meal to keep your blood sugar stable -- it will help fight acne, wrinkles, and rashes, because blood sugar levels that swing wildly have been linked to skin inflammation and the breakdown of collagen. Plus, you’ll be less tempted to scarf down the leftover holiday cookies around 10 am. Here are some of my favorite ideas for breakfast:

For breakfast on the go: Instead of a latte (full of dairy, which has been linked to acne and inflammatory conditions like autoimmune diseases), pick up a breakfast sandwich at your local deli or coffee shop. The meat and/or eggs supply protein to stabilize your blood sugar and help you fight hunger pangs. Go light on the cheese, and eat only half the bread.

If you’re a cereal fanatic: Skip the Rice Krispies and Frosted Flakes -- so yummy, but they give you a sugar high and aren’t exactly brain food. Instead, choose a whole-grain cereal, which takes longer for your body to digest and turn into glucose (blood sugar). I like Nature’s Path Organic Flax Plus flakes and Perky’s Crunchy Flax Cereal, which is free of gluten and high in fiber. If you suffer from acne breakouts, try switching to unsweetened almond milk, which has just 40 calories per half cup and tastes like skim milk.

For lazy weekends: Instead of pancakes or French toast, make an omelet with tomatoes (to fight sun damage) and green and yellow peppers (to fight crow’s-feet). If you must have toast, choose whole wheat, have half a slice, and skip the jelly or jam.

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