Q&A With Dr. Nicholas Perricone
Q: Dr. Perricone, I have a big event coming up and my skin looks a little tired and has lost its radiance, what can I do to make it healthy again and shed a few pounds?
-Jackie from Tennessee
A: Our skin is an excellent barometer of internal health. By following my plan which includes an anti-inflammatory diet and topicals, you can experience changes in as little as three days.
Two Weeks Prior
Eat anti-inflammatory foods that help normalize insulin levels and blood sugar. This diet plan is the cornerstone of the Perricone Program, in addition to its health benefits, it promotes healthy weight loss and makes your skin absolutely radiant. It consists of the following components:
- high-quality protein, like that found in fish, shellfish, poultry and tofu;
- low-glycemic (will not provoke a glycemic response when consumed in moderation) carbohydrates including colorful fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains such as old-fashioned oatmeal, legumes such as beans and lentils;
- healthy fats, such as those found in cold water fish (especially wild Alaskan salmon, halibut, sardines, herring, anchovies, etc.), nuts, seeds, and olive oil
- 8-10 glasses of pure spring water per day.
- anti-oxidant rich beverages such as green tea
Eat three meals a day and two snacks. Snacks could be a slice of turkey, small piece of fruit and a couple of nuts or olives.
Avoid sugary, starchy foods, foods laden with chemical preservatives, diet foods and meats high in saturated fats such as burgers.
Incorporate an exercise program that includes, walking or jogging, weight training, and flexibility exercises such as stretching, yoga, or Pilates. The key is that exercise really does need to be performed on a regular basis to ensure optimal benefits. Aerobics such as brisk walking should take place for 30 to 45 minutes four days a week.
Three Days Prior
Three days before the event I recommend that you go on the 3 Day Nutritional Face Lift to increase skin radiance, firmness and tone.
Three Day Nutritional Facelift™
The promise of a visible difference in your looks in just three days may seem too good to be true. But if you eat the wrinkle-free way for even a short period of time, you will experience dramatic changes not only in how you look but how you feel.
The three day face lift aids in the elimination of puffiness, increases contours, firmer jaw line, etc. You must eat salmon twice a day for the ideal effects of the DMAE, astaxanthin and the essential fatty acids in the salmon to take effect. This will increase radiance, glow and firmness to the skin. Wild Alaskan Salmon is far superior to farm-raised salmon.
- Drink at least 6 glasses of pure water per day. Feel free to squeeze fresh lemon into the water if desired
- Always eat protein first
- For optimal results, do not substitute any foods on the list
2 Egg Omelet or a 4 – 6 oz Grilled Salmon
(I do not recommend smoked salmon or lox on the three day diet because of the salt intake)
1/2 cup cooked Oatmeal (not instant)
(great source of fiber, low glycemic carbohydrates)
2" wedge of Cantaloupe or 1/3 cup Fresh Berries
(cantaloupe is very hydrating to the skin and contains important antioxidants
blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries are high in antioxidants)
No Juice, No Coffee or Toast
(if you normally drink large amounts of coffee, drink black or green tea to prevent caffeine withdrawal)
6 - 10 oz Spring Water
4 - 6 oz. Grilled Salmon
(option: you can also use canned salmon and mix a little mayo and fresh squeezed lemon)
2 cups Green Salad
(made with Romaine lettuce or other dark leafy greens)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Fresh Squeezed Lemon to taste
1 Kiwi fruit or cantaloupe and berries as above
6 - 10 oz. Spring Water
2 oz. Slice of Turkey Breast or 6 oz plain yogurt
Small handful of Hazelnuts, Walnuts or Almonds
(great source of fatty acids and folic acid)
4-6 oz. Fresh Grilled Salmon
(as described above)
1/2 cup Steamed Veggies
(especially asparagus, broccoli, spinach, etc.) no root vegetables, (potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, etc)
2" wedge of Cantaloupe
6 - 10 oz Spring Water
Before Bedtime Snack
2 oz Sliced Chicken or Turkey Breast or 6 oz plain yogurt
small handful of Hazelnuts or Almonds