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Saturday, February 20, 2010

4 weeks to Gorgeous skin - anyone say Kristen Bell

As an older mother, I shouldn't have acne and sagging skin, right? WRONG.  That is exactly what I have.  I get acne....STILL.  I also have very oily skin and I have lost a lot of my elasticity.  I don't have many wrinkles (except around my eyes when I smile), but my sagging skin and oily complexion keeps me frustrated!  So, when I saw a step-by-step plan guaranteed to reveal gorgeous skin in 4 weeks......well, I was on it.  Here is the plan for the first week, which I plan to follow EXACTLY!!  (well, we'll see at the end of the week).  So, follow me on my journey for the next four weeks.  Maybe you, too, will find your way to gorgeous skin!

There is nothing that is going to change your skin overnight.  To really see a major difference, you need about four weeks.  It takes that long for your skin cells to completely turn over.  So, let the countdown begin.....

1 ) Fruits and vegetables - three or more servings of fruit, five or more of vegetables: one serving equals a whole, medium fruit; 1 cup of berries; half a cup of cut fruit; half a cup of chopped veggies; or 1 cup of greens:  They're loaded with skin-protective antioxidants as well as water, which helps keep your skin hydrated.
2 ) Whole grains - four to eight servings; one serving equals a slice of bread or half a cup of cereal or grains:  Whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and whole wheat, contain nutrients in their shell that help the body produce glycosaminoglycans, which assist in building firming collagen and elastin fibers.
3 ) Protein -  four to six servings; one serving equals one egg, 3 ounces of fish or meat, or half a cup of tofu or beans:  Protein-rich foods are also critical to the production of collagen and elastin.  Eggs, in particular, contain lecithin, which helps strengthen cell membranes, making them better able to withstand environmental assault.
4 ) Fats - three to four servings; one serving equals 1 teaspoon of oil, six nuts, or 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed:  Get plenty of healthy unsaturated fat by including olive or flaxseed oil and nuts, such as pistachios and walnuts, in your meals.  They help keep skin sof and supple.
5 ) Water - eight 8-ounce glasses: Bottoms up.  Hydrating the body from the inside plumps lines and wrinkles on the outside.
6 ) Supplements - taking a multivitamin ensures your skin gets what it needs.  Try one with nourishing amino acids and antioxidants.

I will keep track and post my daily results while following the plan this week.  At the end of the week, I will post week 2's suggestions and my week one results.  Wish me luck!!

Here's a recipe that will help me get some of these nutrients in me all at once!  It does seem like a lot of servings to try and fit in each day.

Breakfast Burrito - Serves 4

Nonstick spray
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups prewashed spinach -
2 large eggs
6 large egg whites
red pepper to taste
4 - 6 inch whole wheat tortillas
3 large Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup grated low fat pepper jack cheese

Spray non-stick spray in skillet and heat on medium.  Add garlic and spinach and cook til soft.  In a separate skillet, cook eggs with pepper.  Layer spinach, eggs, tomato and cheese in each tortilla and serve.

One of these suckers gives me 2 proteins, 1 grain, 1 fat, 2 veggies.  A good start!


  1. I am with you. It does sound like a lot of food for a day but I think the diet will help with my weight loss goals.

    Good luck.

  2. Try for acne and aging the Olay Definity 14 Day Skin Rehabilitation. Priced around 25.00. Totally renews the skin in just 14 days. Take the quiz on olay.com

  3. Thanks, I will give it a try. I like the Olay products and the price is good!

  4. Let us know if you lost any weight after the week is over. I am interested if you can get healthy skin and lose weight on this diet.

    That would be sooo cool.