Skincare Tips

Dr. Perricone’s 3-Day Diet

The promise of a visible difference in your looks in just three days may seem too good to be true, but with Dr. Perricone’s 3-Day Diet, you can experience dramatic changes in how you both look and feel. It’s even a perfect way to jumpstart the 28-Day Anti-Inflammatory Diet, helping you see a drop in weight and visible results in your skin. The plan is simple. Like, seriously simple–just follow the menu below for all three days.


Eating salmon twice a day allows for the benefits of the DMAE, astaxanthin and essential fatty acids in the salmon to take effect, but if you want to mix things up a bit and give your taste buds a break, feel free to substitute poultry or tofu (but keep in mind that the essential fatty acids and antioxidants in salmon are what helps make skin appear supple, radiant and glowing).


3-egg omelet and/or 4-6 ounce grilled salmon ½ cup cooked oatmeal (not instant) 2 inch wedge of cantaloupe or ⅓ cup fresh berries No juice, coffee or toast (replace coffee with black or green tea to prevent caffeine withdrawal) 8-12 ounces spring water


4-6 ounces grilled salmon (or canned salmon) 2 cups green salad made with romaine lettuce or other dark, leafy greens (dress with extra virgin olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice) 1 kiwi fruit or cantaloupe and berries as above 8-12 ounces spring water


4-6 ounces grilled salmon Green salad as described above ½ cup steamed veggies (especially asparagus, broccoli, spinach; no root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips) Cantaloupe and berries 8-12 ounces spring water


1 apple 2-ounce slice of turkey breast of 6 ounces plain Greek yogurt Small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds


For the main course (breakfast, lunch, or dinner): 1 dozen fresh eggs Old-fashioned oatmeal 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 pounds of fresh salmon minimum, cut into 6 portions 8 ounces of thinly sliced, low-salt turkey or chicken breast 1 can of sardines packed in olive oil, or 1 can of low-sodium tuna packed in water Low-glycemic fruits: 2 ripe cantaloupes 1 pint of strawberries 1 pint of blueberries 1/2 pint of raspberries 1/2 pint of blackberries 3 green apples 2 pears or an additional 2 green apples 2 lemons Green vegetables: 1 pound of asparagus 1 pound of broccoli 1 pound of fresh spinach 2 heads of romaine lettuce Good sources of healthy fats: Olives, fresh or canned Raw, unsalted almonds Hazelnuts Macadamia nuts 8-ounce bottle of extra virgin olive oil Finally, 3 or 4 gallons of spring water. The 3-Day Diet calls for six 8- to 12-ounce servings of water and an additional 2 glasses of water minimum throughout the day. Try keeping fresh water at your desk at work or in your car.



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