Final Day of the Dr Perricone’s 3 Day Facelift Diet ended yesterday. Both my sugar cravings and bread cravings were pretty vocal on the last day so I’m glad I made it through without cheating (absent minded carrot consumption on Day 2 not withstanding). It’s not to say I never felt hungry throughout these three days, but I never felt hungry after a meal or a snack. Which is kind of how it’s supposed to be right?
Breakfast: 3 egg omelette lightly salted and peppered with cheddar cheese, spinach and heirloom tomatoes with a kale smoothie (Trader Joe’s honey greek yogurt, apples, grapes, pineapple, flax seeds and kale)
Lunch: the husband and I went for a long drive through Southern Utah to listen to General Conference, we packed baggies of almonds, heirloom tomatoes and bananas
Dinner: We got back around dinner time and decided to eat leftovers from the day before, extra virgin olive oil and garlic marinated salmon and a spinach salad with home made balsamic vinaigrette, heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers.
After dinner sweet: Although I was no longer hungry, I craved something sweet. Another banana did nothing to combat my sugar craving like in days before so I ate a Cherry Pie Larabar. Home run!
Final thoughts: The “facelift” of this diet wasn’t exactly transformative. With the changes to my skincare routine, it was hard to notice if my face was less puffy and red when it really wasn’t too puffy or red in the beginning. I did breakout a little on day 2 which was kind of a bummer. I don’t necessarily attribute it to the diet. Again, I didn’t follow the diet to the letter. My fish consumption didn’t follow the recommendation and I could’ve eaten more berries.
Even so, my biggest compliment during this diet was that it makes me want to implement some pretty big changes to my routine. My bad snacking habits seem less intimidating to tackle when I have healthy alternatives that don’t feel like punishments anymore and that I know will tie me over until my next meal. I’m still not the biggest fish fan, but it seems a lot easier to incorporate into my diet than I originally thought. Also, I really don’t need dessert every night.
Feeling hungry is not bad. Eating mindlessly (whether out of boredom, stress, sugar cravings) is bad. Taking an extra few seconds to realize why I’m hungry helped me to see what I needed, even if it was the realization that I could wait another hour before dinner.