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 benefi t all skin types, I've gone ahead and made some necessary adjustments for certain skin conditions in particular, such as reminding you to avoid dairy if you're pimple- prone, adding more soy if you're worried about fi ne lines and wrinkles, or avoiding gluten if you suff er 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 such as chicken. Likewise, if you don't care for broccoli, choose a different green veggie instead. And if you love the chocolate smoothie (on page 269), feel free to make it your new go- to breakfast. Don't be afraid to be fl exible. 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 when the idea of preparing dinner made me break into a cold sweat. Th at's why the majority of these meals can be assembled from the hot and cold bars at quality grocery stores, like Whole Foods. And if you're picking up dinner, rather than fixing it yourself, the same principles apply: If your grocery store is out of brown rice or the salad looks wilted, choose a diff erent 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 sacrifi ce 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. Th at'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).
For smooth, clear skin and a healthy, sexy body, here's what you should Feed Your Face.
Stocking Your Pantry