Summer is in most cases a synonym for excesses: copious meals, long days of exposure to the sun, beach, swimming pool and lack of physical activity.
Returning to the routine after a long vacation is a great effort at a mental level, but also at a physical level. The lack of activity over long periods makes us lose agility and energy taking us more time to do anything. The result? Gaining a little bit of weight, lack of energy and a dull skin and aged by the sun. The solution? Dr. Perricone opts for a change of mentality, not only for a diet, based on eliminating certain types of foods that cause flaccidity, such as rice, sugar, coffee, packaged juices or light products; to give a greater importance to natural dairy, wild salmon and oat flakes.
Dr. Nicholas V. Perricone is a clinical dermatologist and a renowned American nutritionist who created the Theory of Aging caused by cellular inflammation and developed a nutritional program known as Dr Perricone’s Diet. It is not a diet to lose weight, but it is an antiaging diet. Kate Hudson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Uma Thurman, Eva Mendes and Queen Letizia follow this type of diet and way of life.
“Crumpled, flaccid skin is not the result of time passing by. It is a disease and can be fought against.” This is one of the maxims of Dr. Nicholas V. Perricone, and if we understand fatigue, swelling and post-vacation problems of the skin as symptoms, we will treat them based on nutrients, but taken in the best possible way to maximize its absorption.
What is the basis of Dr. Perricone’s diet?
The Training Manager of Perricone MD, Raquel González, gives us the key. “Every meal should include high-quality protein, low-glycemic carbohydrate and healthy fats.” And pay attention! Because in this case the order of the factors does alter the product. “You should always consume the proteins first, so you help the digestion process and avoid a glycemic response. Then the fibers and, finally, complex carbohydrates.”
The other tips follow the steps of a healthy diet:
“Light refreshments, bottled juices, sugar, coffee and, of course, alcohol and tobacco should be avoided and replaced with 9 glasses of mineral water per day and green tea. Half an hour of daily physical exercise to maintain a good health and vitality.”
Based on superfoods that help boost energy and with antioxidant and anti-aging properties, Dr. Perricone’s diet helps to regain the good appearance of our skin and, although is not designed to produce this effect, also helps to lose weight.
The 10 superfoods of Dr. Perricone’s diet
1. Wild salmon: contains DMAE, a complex that makes it the perfect anti-aging food because it brings a lifting effect and a more sculpted appearance, while Axantin and fatty acids improve the luminosity and firmness of the skin.
2. Olive oil: it has to be extra virgin, since it is the only one that possesses hydroxytyrosol, an antioxidant that is only found in the olive oil obtained by this type of pressing.
3. Strawberries and red fruits: potent antioxidants and low glycemic index. These fruits are perfect for getting a younger appearance and full of vitality and they help to reduce accumulated body fat.
4. Organic dairy products, without sweeteners and low in salt: they contain important bacteria that maintain a good intestinal health and improve digestion. The most recommended? Yogurt and kefir.
5. Oat flakes: fiber, monounsaturated fats and proteins. It helps control cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as improve the digestive system, regulate blood sugar and protect the body against cancer. An off-road food!
6. Aromatic plants and spices: which in addition to brightening foods have antioxidant properties (such as chili) or anti-inflammatory (such as turmeric).
7. Turmeric: anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective, to “remind” our skin to stay young.
8. Mineral water: the best ally in any healthy diet. Avoiding dehydration helps a better and faster metabolic process of fats and helps our body to eliminate waste.
9. Green tea: one of Dr. Perricone’s key antiaging diet drinks. Its high content in antioxidants stimulates metabolism and contributes to prevent the absorption of harmful fats.
10. Pure cocoa: powerful antioxidant that prevents free radicals attack and, thanks to its high magnesium content, regulates sugar levels, helps to ‘fix’ calcium, controls intestinal flora and protects the cardiovascular system.
A different way of understanding the concept of diet and food, as a source of nutrients, health, medicine. To what extent are we aware of what food can do for our skin and for our general health? For Dr. Perricone is fundamental and with these guidelines condenses his wisdom in simple and accessible practices.