3 Day Facelift Diet: Final Day Three!

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.

3 Day Facelift Diet: Day Two

Day Two of the Dr. Perricone’s 3 Day Facelift Diet and I can’t say that I’ve noticed a huge change in my skin. I’m also not following his menu suggestions to the letter. My main goal for this “diet” was to see if I could go three days without refined sugar and gluten. So far, so good.

Breakfast: Here’s where I confess that I’m a terrible breakfast eater. Only the 2nd day and I had nothing prepared. I ate a Snickerdoodle Larabar and a handful of grapes. The Larabar was surprisingly good as I usually hate all protein bars especially if they’re supposed to be good for me.

Lunch: I had a lunch date with a dear friend from highschool. We went to the Nauvoo Cafe and I ordered a berry salad: romaine lettuce, cashews, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. No dressing. After I ate all of the fruit, it became only slightly less depressing than my salad yesterday. Sigh. The much needed chat was a good distraction from this pitiful meal.

Snack: I ate another handful of grapes and about a cup of raw almonds. My snacks have greatly improved and I hope to continue this habit in the future instead of opting for a bag of chips or vending machine cookies.

Dinner: The husband grilled salmon again, this time marinating the fish in a mixture of extra virgin olive oil, lemon and garlic. So good! We microwaved frozen veggies of broccoli, carrots, beans and cauliflower with a little salt and pepper. I realize as I’m typing this that Dr. P said to stay away from root vegetables like carrots. Oops. I think we should get points for not buttering the crap out of these veggies like we would have done in the past. We also had a spinach salad with cucumber and cherry tomatoes. I learned my lesson from this afternoon and made my own dressing using balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. This was a salad I actually relished eating. Win!

I am still craving bread and when one of the characters in the book I’m reading mentioned french toast, I almost went into a feverish whimper. I am proud of myself for not cheating. Every time I would whine about what I couldn’t eat in my head, I realized it was basically my bad food habits talking. We’ll see how tomorrow goes, but I’d like to make some real changes. Hopefully.

 

3 Day Facelift Diet: Day One

I’ve always relied on the husband to set our meal plans, mostly because my culinary expertise hovers around bowls of cereal and grilled cheese sandwiches. When I heard about Dr. Perricone’s 3 day face lift (via), I thought the short length could give me a peek at the foods I should be eating and those I should be avoiding. Also, I forced the husband to do this with me. Strength in numbers!

This TED talk gave me the push I needed to at least try:

So here it goes, Day 1

Breakfast: I woke up early and made this steel cut oatmeal recipe. I topped the oatmeal with honey and banana slices. The husband had two hardboiled eggs and the oatmeal. Apparently, oatmeal is more the husband’s thing. I picked at my oatmeal and finished the banana. Water to drink.

Snack: I had a handful of raw almonds and a banana. Yum!

Lunch: I was not altogether prepared for lunch. I had the saddest salad ever just spinach leaves and lightly salted cucumber slices. I could’ve brought a homemade dressing, but I left it at home. Boo. I also had a sandwich bag full of grapes. Water throughout the day.

Afternoon snack: a handful of pistachios.

Dinner: This was when I tried to make quinoa for the first time and remembered that everything I liked about the quinoa salad I had was not actually the quinoa. Grumpy eating of quinoa commenced. Dr. P suggests that wild Alaskan salmon be eaten twice a day. The filets we got at Costco were pretty big, so wash? We also had steamed broccoli with salt and pepper. My favorite!

After dinner, the husband made a kale and fruit smoothie. It had Trader Joe’s honey greek yogurt, kale, pineapples, mangoes and bananas.

I had pretty intense bread cravings through out the day to which the lil sis pointed out how pathetic I am seeing as how this is the first day. I was surprised how sated I could be by reaching for fruit when I wanted something sweet. On to day two!

Skincare Update

skincare

Almost feels like there should be more, right?

Two week update from the last skincare routine post:  I’ve added an acid toner to my ritual (Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Acid Toner). I use this at night and Nars Skin Multi-Action Hydrating Toner in the morning. My skin feels like it’s kind of improving, but I’m hoping that by paying more attention and developing better habits, I’ll see the results down the road. If anything, I feel a little less overwhelmed by all the options.

Although the Rashida Jones post was the first time I saw Garance’s beauty minute, I hadn’t noticed that it was part of a series. Even better, the ladies that she showcases have all different skin types. Skincare tips for half Maori/half Japanese skin don’t exactly run rampant online. Even so, I’m pleased that I can get inspiration from ladies of all shades.

My next big skin focus will be improving what I eat. Nina Planck’s Real Food: What to Eat and Why was an inspiring/frustrating book about natural foods. I hope that, like the skincare routine, by just going for it I’ll be less intimidated.

Skins

I have always been ambivalent about skincare. With that being said, awhile back I read an interesting article about Rashida Jones’s beauty routine. And Sunday, I had a great conversation with the little sis about skincare and she told me about Caroline Hirons.

Since I will be trying to improve my habits, I thought I would share my current skincare routine or lack thereof:

First, my skin and I are like courteous roommates. I don’t use too many products on my face, and I don’t usually breakout beyond the monthly visit. We don’t have a glowing relationship, but I’m not talking bad about her behind her back to my friends.

Hot yoga forces me to actively hydrate throughout the week, although I’ve slacked a bit in that regard. I also try to get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep and am more or less successful.

With the Caroline Hirons plug, I wash my face in the morning with Cetaphil Cleanser (before I would just wash my face in the shower with Cetaphil and the Mia). Then I use Josie Maran’s Argan Daily Moisturizer which has an SPF 47. When washing my face, I use the Clarisonic Mia at least once a day. A couple times a week, I’ll use NARS Multi Action Hydrating Toner after I moisturize. At night, I wash my face with the Cetaphil Cleanser and apply Cetaphil’s Daily Advance lotion. I use Vaseline (I know, I know) under my eyes and on my lips. I use Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 Tube if I need it throughout the day and Neutrogena’s On-the-Spot Acne Treatment for breakouts.

I don’t wear makeup often, but I admit that I would like my skin to be a little brighter, a little more glowy especially as I’m aging. I know I still need to find that right balance of maintenance and care. I will be experimenting more in the next few months.