How to Eat for Better Skin

How to Eat for Better Skin

Continued from The Clear Skin Diet.

We have already established that the best diet for acne is similar to a weight-loss diet. But did you know that acne does not affect only teenagers? Adults (especially those genetically prone to acne or people under a lot of stress) also need to adjust their diets to stay pimple-free. The Clear Skin Diet recommends a Japanese-style menu – one high in dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, lean protein and skin-repairing anti-oxidants. Now, you have probably heard that the food combining diet can do miracles for acne control, but it is just a myth, this diet does not work for acne or for weight loss.

Predictably, the diet urges limiting the intake of sugary foods and milk products (which could contain growth hormones and can elevate insulin levels) – and replacing fruit juice, coffee and diet soda with water or green tea. In short, if you are in a hurry, you cannot go wrong with eating healthy salads and staying properly hydrated, but here is how to eat for better skin.

Breakfast Wake up to a protein-packed frittata made with salmon and leafy green spinach. For added omega-3, do not ditch the egg yolks – that is where the healthy fat is stored. Eating on the go? Stir up a berry smoothie made with coconut or rice milk, 2 tbsp, of protein powder and 1 tsp. of honey. If you want to go old school, the best healthy breakfast options out there are eggs and bacon.

Early snack For a midmorning pick-me-up, try a plate of fiber-filled celery sticks stuffed with goat cheese. Or refresh with half a juicy grapefruit; it is low on the giycernic index and filled with vitamin C, which has anti-inflammatory powers and even helps to ward off colds.

Lunch For a well-balanced meal, pair half a cup of chicken salad (mixed with low-fat canola mayo) with antioxidant-rich crudites and fruit. Crave finger food? Top half a whole-grain bagel with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and a serving of low-fat chicken, lean beef or pork.

Late snack Munching is allowed – as long as it means dipping baked, not fried, chips into the salsa. (Fried chips contain more inflammatory fats.) Half a sweet potato (which is lower on the glycemic index than a regular baked potato) topped with high-protein feta cheese can also hit the spot.

Dinner Get Eastern inspiration with a piece of teriyaki salmon and fiber-filled brown rice. Teriyaki sauce contains ginger (an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory spice). For a lighter option, try yellow split-pea soup with a large salad containing beets, a pear and dried cranberries. [via]

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