Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days

Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days

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by Jessica Wu
     
 

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Tired of wasting hundreds of dollars on expensive wrinkle creams, drying lotions, and zit-zappers that just don't work? Well listen up, ladies. To really get gorgeous, you've got to change the way you feed your face.
Cosmetics companies, women's magazines—heck, even most doctors—will swear that food doesn't affect the skin. But celebrity

Overview

Tired of wasting hundreds of dollars on expensive wrinkle creams, drying lotions, and zit-zappers that just don't work? Well listen up, ladies. To really get gorgeous, you've got to change the way you feed your face.
Cosmetics companies, women's magazines—heck, even most doctors—will swear that food doesn't affect the skin. But celebrity dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu knows that's just not true. After years spent battling her own pimple-prone, "problem" skin (not to mention caring for some of Hollywood's most famous faces), she's learned that what you eat has everything to do with the condition of your complexion.
Packed with patient testimonials and celebrity anecdotes from stars like Katherine Heigl, Maria Bello, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Lisa Ling, FEED YOUR FACE is an easy-to-follow, 28-day diet plan that will help you banish blemishes, wipe out wrinkles, shed unwanted pounds, and generally feel better—in your clothes and in your skin. Along the way, Dr. Wu will dish the dirt on her journey from Harvard Medical School to the glamorous Hollywood Hills, while offering realistic, practical beauty and diet advice for women of all ages.

Want to soften your crow's-feet? Find out which foods will turn back time.

Plagued by pimples? Discover the snacks that will erase stubborn blemishes.

Did you know milk doesn't always do a body good?

Feel a sunburn coming on? Learn why red wine may save your skin from peeling and flaking.

What does a hard-partying rock star eat for good skin?

So stop thinking about food in terms of what you can't have: no butter, no red meat, no fat, and no flavor. Instead, discover the foods that will keep you feeling full and looking gorgeous. Follow the FEED YOUR FACE Diet, and you can have pizza. You can go out for Italian, indulge in Chinese takeout, and dine at The Cheesecake Factory (with the help of the FEED YOUR FACE Restaurant Guide). Because you do have the power to change your skin. All you have to do is eat.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Deserving of a better subtitle, dermatologist-to-the-stars Wu's first book is packed with helpful tips. Dense but highly readable, the tome is split into four sections: a look at our largest organ, the skin; a guide to skin disorders accompanied by Wu's insights into foods both helpful and harmful for treating them; four weeks' worth of menu suggestions; and a quickie primer to homemade skincare products. Wu also includes a guide to Botox and other small-scale surgical interventions. The author is refreshingly honest and approachable. She enjoys having a tan, for instance, and doesn't see the point in telling her patients to wear long sleeves outdoors at any hour of the day. Though urging readers to eat organic, minimally-processed food is hardly a breakthrough, Wu's case for doing so is well-explained and easy to implement. The calm, sensible approach she takes here will be appreciated by anyone in search of perfect-or at least better-skin. Photos.
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From the Publisher

“The key to looking younger - as I have learned from Dr. Wu - isn't copious amounts of Botox or even plastic surgery, it's a diet that will improve your skin from the inside out, as her Feed Your Face Diet has done for me. My skin looks radiant, smooth, and ten years younger.” —Maria Bello, actress

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429991735
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
800,640
File size:
2 MB

Read an Excerpt


“Maybe it's because women in L.A. are overly concerned with what they're eating, but when I opened my own dermatology practice, I started asking every patient to tell me about her diet. Over and over I heard variations on the same theme: "I know that my diet doesn't have an effect on my skin, but I seem to break out every time I eat [fill in the blank]." It didn't take long to notice some definite patterns and to realize I was on to something. Maybe food did affect the skin, despite what I had been taught in medical school? 
       The original version of the FEED YOUR FACE Diet was just a pile of papers held together with a binder clip. But before long, family, friends, and even my celebrity patients were clamoring for it. That’s because the results spoke for themselves: Skin looked smoother. Acne cleared. Rashes subsided. Even women who already had beautiful, blemish-free complexions swore that their skin looked more radiant than it had in years. Now you, too, can learn how to feed your face.”  
 —from the Introduction

FEED YOUR FACEJessica Wu EXCERPT from Chapter 9 Not long ago, during a routine checkup, one of my regular patients marveled at the fact that I basically wear fitted skirts and sky-high stilettos day in and day out. It’s not that she’s not into fashion—Maggie has a closet full of designer duds, and a truckload of Manolos and Jimmy Choos. She’s even hired a stylist to help her navigate the trendy boutiques of Beverly Hills—she just can’t pull an outfit together on her own. Her unorganized and overflowing closet had become overwhelming, so every day (and I do mean every day) she reaches for the exact same thing: jeans and a plain white tee. (Luckily, she lives in Malibu, a place so casual that people wear jeans even to church.) The thing is, I totally get Maggie’s predicament. Because the way she feels about her closet is the way I used to feel about my pantry.             I’ve never been much of a cook (much to my mother’s disappointment), and 12-hour days at the office leave little time to prepare gourmet meals. Before, I’d do my grocery shopping at the end of a hectic workday, with a growling stomach and dwindling patience. I’d rush in, grab whatever was on sale, and get out as quickly as possible. And when I was really busy (like during awards show season, when I’m on every actress’s speed dial) the groceries would get shoved into the pantry according to the way they were bagged at the store—randomly. Food got lost in the back of the cupboard, I always managed to forget what I’d bought, and I’d end up reaching for my favorite (and sometimes least healthy) snacks—my old standbys, the jeans and T-shirts of my pantry. What I’ve learned is, when I do take the time to shop, when I can come home and put everything away properly, I end up eating better. No desperate handfuls of potato chips to satisfy a mid-day craving, no cold cereal for dinner because there’s just nothing else to eat. (I also discovered that if you plan your meals ahead of time, you can make the best use of what’s already in the pantry and waste less food—which means more money left over for shoes, or whatever you’d rather be shopping for!)  The FEED YOUR FACE Diet is the culmination of everything we’ve talked about in the previous eight chapters—how to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, boost UV protection, fuel collagen production, heal acne, reduce inflammation, and soothe rashes—organized into a month-long plan that takes the fear and stress out of eating for healthier, more beautiful skin.             Starting on page 263, you’ll find 28 days worth of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack suggestions. Every meal is easy-to-prepare and has been designed to provide a balance of antioxidants (to fight free radicals), protein (to fuel collagen production), omega-3s (to soothe inflammation), and lycopene (for UV protection). While the FEED YOUR FACE Diet will benefit all skin types, I’ve gone ahead and made some necessary adjustments for certain skin conditions in particular, like reminding you to avoid dairy if you’re pimple-prone, adding more soy if you’re worried about fine lines and wrinkles, or avoiding gluten if you suffer from stubborn rashes.             The meal plan, however, is merely a way to put the FEED YOUR FACE philosophy into practice—it’s designed to take the guesswork out of deciding what to eat, not to tell you what you have to eat. (After all, you’ll eventually graduate to preparing your own face-friendly meals.) If you don’t like, say, tofu, swap it out for another lean protein, like chicken. Likewise, if you don’t care for broccoli, choose a different green veggie instead. And if you loved the Chocolate Smoothie (on page 269), feel free to make it your new go-to breakfast. Don’t be afraid to be flexible. Just make sure that you replace any foods you don’t like with other healthy proteins, whole grains, and vegetables. (So swap brown rice for quinoa or couscous, not white rice.) Otherwise you might not be getting enough calories, and you’ll wind up rummaging through your pantry at two in the morning. Never a good idea.             And here’s the best part of the FEED YOUR FACE Diet (if I do say so myself): you don’t actually have to cook anything if you don’t feel like it, or if you just don’t have the time. Believe me, I’ve had nights where the idea of preparing dinner made me break into a cold sweat. That’s why the majority of these meals can also be assembled from the hot and cold bars at quality grocery stores, like Whole Foods. And the same principles apply if you’re picking up dinner, rather than fixing it yourself—if your grocery store is out of brown rice, or the salad looks wilted, choose a different whole grain or vegetable. For the days when even that’s too much work, I’ve also included the FEED YOUR FACE Restaurant Guide, a listing of the healthiest meals from twenty of the country’s most popular restaurants. (Besides, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your social life to maintain great skin.)            While you can continue to use the meal ideas in the FEED YOUR FACE Diet long after the initial 28 days, at some point you’ll be ready to graduate to making your own meals. That’s why I’ve given you loads of help stocking your pantry, fridge, and spice rack—we’ll go over the ingredients you need to whip up the meals in the FEED YOUR FACE Meal Plan, but keep these essential items on hand and you’ll be able to create your own face-friendly dishes, too. I’ve also listed some of my favorite snacks and food brands (where-to-buy information for these, as well as all the products mentioned in FEED YOUR FACE, is located in the Resource Guide), as well as tips from some of my celebrity patients (so you’ll know what the stars really snack on when they’re killing time in their trailers).              ************************************************************ Know What You’re Really Eating These days most women are relatively familiar with the ingredients in their skin care products; they know what to look for and what to avoid. We’re much less knowledgeable about the ingredients in our food, however, and we seem to have no idea how food will affect the skin. My question to you is: shouldn’t we know as much about what we put in our bodies as the stuff we smear on our faces?             Seriously, most of us have absolutely no idea what or how much we’re actually eating. In fact, countless studies have shown that we’re all guilty of underestimating what and how much we eat on a regular basis; overweight people typically underreport their daily intake by as much as 30 to 40 percent, while people of average weight underreport by about 16 percent. One factor in this underreporting trend is our tendency to discount seemingly inconsequential food items (like a random handful of M&Ms or the creamy dressing on your mixed-greens salad) or to forget certain indulgences all together (like a stolen cookie from the break room at work, a mid-day latte, or a pre-dinner cocktail).                We also eat for all kinds of reasons that have nothing to do with hunger or nutrition. We eat when we’re happy. We eat when we’re sad or stressed. We eat to celebrate and to commiserate. We ate when Denny died on Grey’s Anatomy (hello, Ben & Jerry’s). And we ate when Carrie and Big got together, again, for the umpteenth time. (Cosmos all around!) But mindless grazing and emotion-based eating can wreak havoc on more than just your waistline; the effects can show up on your face. Take control of what you put in your mouth by following these simple tips:Keep a Food DiaryIt’s important to write down everything you put in your mouth, at least for the first few weeks of the FEED YOUR FACE Diet. And spare me your whining, please—this doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. Right after you eat, send yourself an email or a text message. Monitor your meals with your Blackberry or iPhone. Or, kick it old school and take notes in a pocket-sized notebook. Whatever your method, keeping track of what you’re eating is often the quickest way to identify the cause of an unexplained rash or sudden breakout—usually within two to three weeks, a pattern will emerge. But if you want healthy, better-looking skin for a lifetime, you’ll always need to be aware of the foods you eat.            Look, I know writing down everything you eat might seem like a drag, but just think about how in-tune with your body you’ll become after just a few weeks. You’ll learn what makes you drowsy, what makes you bloated, and what makes you break out. Got a hot date coming up? How about an important presentation at work? Avoiding your particular clear skin saboteurs in the days leading up to any important event can help ensure that you won’t wake up to a big, honking zit or a sudden rash on the big day.            There’s no right or wrong way to keep a food diary, but if you’re wondering what one looks like, I’ve included a page from the diary of Nikki Sixx, bass guitar player of the rock bands Mötley Crüe and Sixx: A.M. This is a guy who partied extremely hard for two full decades—he famously battled severe drug and alcohol addiction. But ten years ago he kicked all his bad habits, and now (at 52!), Nikki looks and feels better than ever. (And I hope I don’t kill his image here, but he’s also an absolute sweetheart.)  Food Diary Patient: Nikki Sixx — Musician (Motley Crue, Sixx: A.M.), Reformed Bad BoyNotes from Nikki: These days, I go to bed before midnight, and I always wake up before 7 AM. I don’t drink, and I don’t do drugs. I also have tons of water throughout the day.
My food journal might be pretty boring for a rock star, but I’ve found what makes me feel the best and I pretty much stick with it.  WEDNESDAYEARLY AM: 3 cups of coffee and a green appleLUNCH: Grilled salmon on a bed of steamed white rice, coffee SNACK: Protein shake and bananaAFTERNOON: Spinach salad with ranch dressing on the side, Diet cokeDINNER: Homemade Chicken soup THURSDAYEARLY AM: 3 cups of coffee and sliced fruitBREAKFAST: OatmealLUNCH: Steak and eggs and coffee at The Griddle Cafe on Sunset Blvd SNACK: Protein bar, banana, and grapesDINNER: Chinese chicken salad and a Coke at Wolfgang Pucks SNACK: Protein shake with almond milk
FRIDAYBREAKFAST: 4 cups of coffee, oatmeal with raisins, sliced banana, and a little almond milk LUNCH: 2 tacos and a Coke at a drive-thru Taco Bell SNACK: Protein bar and waterDINNER: Grilled chicken and coffee from Cosmos Grill in CalabasasSNACK: Frozen grapes (while watching a movie at home)  
SATURDAYBREAKFAST: 2 cups of coffee and 3-egg-white omelet with mushrooms and tomatoes LUNCH: Clam chowder and a Diet Coke at Gladstone’s in Malibu SNACK: Protein bar and water with lemon LATE AFTERNOON: Chilean sea bass, mixed greens salad with lemon vinaigrette dressing, water, English breakfast teaLATE DINNER: BIG ASS STEAK at Ruth’s Chris in the Valley, creamed spinach, hot bread with butter, cheesecake, cappuccino
            For the most part, Nikki eats a healthy, balanced diet and it shows—his skin is amazingly smooth, supple, and wrinkle-free. By spacing his meals and snacks out, he’s maintaining steady blood sugar, and by eating protein at every meal, he’s helping his skin maintain its collagen. So what could he do better? I’d suggest eating more brightly colored veggies (for an antioxidant boost). He could further cut refined grains from his diet by swapping white rice for brown. And he might consider snacking on berries rather than frozen grapes, since they’re lower in sugar. Nikki’s also a huge coffee drinker. I wouldn’t ask him to give it up (because I know he won’t), though he might want to alternate between coffee and green tea, which is packed with antioxidants and will help protect his skin from the Southern California sun.

Meet the Author

Dr. Jessica Wu is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, an Assistant Clinical Professor at USC Medical School, and a board-certified dermatologist. When she's not helping Hollywood's A-list get red-carpet ready, she's dishing up advice as the Skin and Beauty Expert on EverydayHealth.com, and spilling skin care secrets on national television shows such as The Doctors, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, and E! Entertainment Television. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.


Dr. Jessica Wu is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, an Assistant Clinical Professor at USC Medical School, and a board-certified dermatologist. When she's not helping Hollywood's A-list get red-carpet ready, she's dishing up advice as the Skin and Beauty Expert on EverydayHealth.com, and spilling skin care secrets on national television shows such as The Doctors, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, and E! Entertainment Television. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

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Feed Your Face: Younger, Smoother Skin and a Beautiful Body in 28 Delicious Days 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
A_Rod1 More than 1 year ago
So far I absolutly love this book!! I am on chapter 5 right now and have already began taking some of the advice I have read. Also I am going to stop wasting my money on my overpriced skin care line that I have been useing for a year to fight acne still with no results! Really easy to read kept my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will diet alone completely change your skin, according to this book it may. As someone who has struggled with skin problems for the early part of my thirties (out of nowhere) I eat very healthy and still had reactive skin. Turns out it wasn't my diet but all the "stuff" I kept putting on my face. I finally stopped putting lotions, serums, makeup, antioxidants, essential oils etc., on my skin and viola it's close to perfect! Stop buying into to all these facail creams, toners, etc.! Please don't read this thinking its a life changer. Basically avoid dairy for acne and wheat for rashes and stay away from sugar. Consider it an entertaining read that maybe you will learn something new.
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Suzbear More than 1 year ago
How great would it be if someone with genuine authority, impeccable education credentials, and years of professional experience, was actually willing to tell you the truth about looking radiant for less than $30? Pretty great, and lucky for us that is now readily available in "Feed Your Face." Full disclosure - I have been a patient of Dr. Wu's for almost 10 years (Dr. Wu is one of my favorite people, very kind, and she tells the truth in the most constructive fashion). "Feed Your Face" is a great mix of easy advice, a peek into celebrity food journals, and even a food guide taken directly from the menus of some popular restaurants. My favorite part is that Dr. Wu offers some simple basics on how your skin works with the choices you make. I was surprised to find dermatology such a page turner, before I knew it I was 90 pages in! In no time, you'll know better, which gives you the power to do better, and the results will make you look & feel better.
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Great book for anyone who is curious about healing their skin naturally however I was disappointed by a lack of coverage for psoriasis. Also in the digital version you don't get the before and after pictures. Dr.Wu also didn't take vegans or vegetarians into consideration for her diet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very boring and the info was as so common sense obvious i found it hard to believe she has a degree. Very repetive also read the same facts about tomatoes atleast 15 times. Better off reading Dr.Oz's books, alot less rambling. Waste of money!