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Feed Your Face: What to Eat When You're Eating Out

By Dr Jessica Wu

Feeding your face the right foods doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend all day in the kitchen. Sometimes it can be more than a pleasure to share a restaurant meal with friends and family -- you also get to avoid the stress of shopping, preparing foods, and cleaning up. Whether you’re hitting the drive-through, picking something up on the way home, or splurging on a night out at a special restaurant, here’s how to make healthier choices for smoother skin and a tighter body when you’re eating out:

Watch your portions. Restaurant portions tend to be large, so you may be getting more salt (which worsens under-eye bags and bloating), sugar (which breaks down collagen), and dairy (which has been linked to acne) than you realize. Ask your server to put half your meal in a take-out container, or split an entrée with a friend.

Choose foods in their natural state. The more processed your meal, the more hidden sugar, salt, and dairy it contains -- plus, the fewer nutrients it’s likely to have. Here’s the test: Could you hunt it? Could you gather it? (And no -- popcorn shrimp and chicken fingers don’t count as “natural.”)

Beware of condiments. Dressings and sauces tend to be loaded with butter, cream, salt, and sugar. Many of them also contain ingredients, such as spices and vinegar, that can aggravate skin conditions like rosacea. It's better to ask for dressings on the side and then dip your food into them. You'll get the flavor without irritating your skin, and you'll save on calories.

For specific recommendations at some of the most popular restaurants, check out the Restaurant Guide in Chapter 10 of my book, Feed Your Face.