The usual day-after-Thanksgiving leftover turkey sandwich is a nice tradition, but it won’t fight wrinkles and like whipping up a zesty turkey bolognese will.
According to research presented at the British Society for Investigative Dermatology, a diet rich in cooked tomatoes could help prevent premature aging and provide an extra tool in sun protection.

Everything I learned about eating right, I learned from my parents. In fact, I think my mom and dad were the original “health nuts.” When I was growing up, my mom cooked low-fat, nutritious meals, and our family dinner table looked like a rainbow—filled with plates of red, orange, green and yellow fruits and veggies. Except for my mom’s favorite lace tablecloth, there was very little white on the table, unless it was white-meat chicken or turkey.

With Thanksgiving—the biggest meal day of the year—just days away, the cliché “You are what you eat” certainly carries a lot of weight. One of my favorite ways to make Turkey Day festive, healthy and skin-friendly is to take a cue from my mom and prepare a rainbow of recipes featuring richly colored organic fruits and vegetables.

Holiday weight gain is practically a national sport. According to the Calorie Control Council, the average weight gain during this festive, food-focused season is one to three pounds, which doesn’t seem like a lot … until you realize it’s over a four-week period. Research also shows that most people either fail to lose those pounds—or they drive themselves to extreme measures, like crash dieting. If you’re on a crash course of gaining and losing weight, you are putting undue stress on your skin’s ability to expand and contract, which, over time, will result in loss of elasticity and accelerated aging. Maintaining a fairly constant weight is just as important for your skin as it is for your overall health.