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Book Review: 28 Days to Younger Skin

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A few weeks ago, I got to review the cookbook / nutrition guide 28 Days to Younger Skin. It is a fast-track program designed for people who have a special occasion coming up; so if you have a wedding, holiday, or any date by which you really want to look your best, this is for you. It can be used in conjunction with your current beauty routine or, the author suggests using the diet for before and after a cosmetic procedure (surgery) to optimize results and speed recovery. I say this: food can have a massive influence on the appearance of your skin. Therefore, if you have skin, and you care at all what it looks like, this is a great book for you.

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Why 28 days, you might ask? Well, it takes that long for the body to produce new cells in the deeper skin layers, and for those new cells to travel to the surface of your skin. So by day 28, it’s literally a new you! To be honest, I didn’t have the motivation of an upcoming important date, or any serious skin issues. So, I didn’t do the full 28-day program. But, the book states that the program is flexible (phew!) and I did follow the first 3-day detox pretty closely, so I will tell you all about it. I even include a before and after closeup below (* cringes * … you’re welcome!). (Here is a really good, much more comprehensive trial of the book and whole diet.)

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A little bit about the author, first: Karen Fisher lives in Australia and is an award-winning author, nutritionist, and former model. She includes so many fascinating scientific explanations in her book, such as why do women have more cellulite than men? (It’s because women have more fat cells for childbearing, and a thinner outer layer of skin; these two characteristics combine to cause cellulite, which is when fat cells are visible through the outer skin layer.)

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She also introduces the concept of AGE’s (Advanced Glycation End Products), foods that age your skin. I had never heard of these, and it was interesting to see her lists of high-AGE foods, with low-AGE alternatives. Karen covers the best and worst foods for your skin, how much you should eat, age considerations, etc. It is very comprehensive but also clear and straightforward, which is perfect for everyone, but especially if you’re new to nutrition. I can’t possibly include everything here, but other sections cover topics such as alkalizing beverages; makeup for younger skin; antioxidants; and more. There are also 50 recipes, which is the best part! Even if you don’t want to (or have the drive to!) follow the full 28-day plan, you can at least incorporate some of these recipes into your regular diet. Every day throughout the plan, you should exercise, drink plenty of water, and enjoy a few alkalizing drinks.

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What I Ate Wednesday, Honolulu

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Wow, I ate a lot on Monday!

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I woke up feeling sick (running nose & sore throat), so I drank a few drops of essential oils (I will write about this cold-fighting combo later this week). I headed out to a super-early C2 yoga class at Core Power Yoga.

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I was STARVING when I got back! I made 3 eggs, scrambled, for breakfast, with ketchup and mayo, a small piece of toast and iced coffee with chocolate soy milk. Yum!

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Then I got ready for work, and somehow, I was still hungry, so I had part of an almond bar someone brought us from Trader Joe’s. These are really good, I like them as an alternative to individually-packaged bars. It has the texture of a soft cookie, but is slightly less sweet.

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Then I went to work and by the way: we are having an anniversary party this weekend! If you’re in Honolulu please stop by 🙂

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There was leftover Halloween candy at work, so I had to have a mini-pack of M&M’s.

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I got out at about 2:30 and ate a hurried lunch in the car on my way to my other job: vegan enchiladas that Kiyo made, with a side of guacamole I bought from the burrito place nearby. Kiyo made the enchiladas with black beans and squash, from a recipe in the awesome Thug Kitchen Cookbook, which I am working on the review for! He did add cheese, making it not-vegan.

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After job #2, I ate a starfruit on the way to teach yoga.

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Sunset yoga was gorgeous; even though the class was really small that day it was still lovely. 

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Finally, I got home around 7:30. Luckily, Kiyo heated up leftovers from Sunday night dinner and had them ready: roasted grape tomatoes (I made these with just olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt & pepper & spices) and pumpkin mac & cheese!!!

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We almost never have dairy milk in the house, but we did from the mac & cheese, so I had a small glass of milk for dessert with Trader Joe’s pumpkin Oreo’s that my friend Jenna sent us (there’s no Trader Joe’s in Hawaii, unfortunately). These are SO GOOD! And only 150 calories for 2, which is great.

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Homemade Dinner, Oslo

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There is a good reason that I haven’t finished writing about my trip to Norway and Sweden with Zan (which was already a good two years ago).

I usually leave out details of the story surrounding a meal or dish, not because they aren’t interesting, but because they’re frankly too long and difficult to recount. But there was something magical about my arrival in Oslo, Norway, from New York City two years ago, that I feel I need to somehow convey when I show you the first meal I had there.

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This is an exact line from my journal from that day, August 30, 2013: “Fell asleep on the train from the airport but made it to Wenche’s!” Wenche is a family friend of Zan’s; she’s our mothers’ age and has a daughter our age. I’d never met them, never even been in contact with them, and Zan had sent me her address with directions. I must have been in a post-plane stupor if I fell asleep on the train, and I honestly have no idea how I made it all the way to Wenche’s house on my own from the airport. Zan wasn’t scheduled to arrive for a few more hours, so I knocked on the door that I assumed was the right one from the given directions, hoping the strangers that opened the door were the right ones. Luckily, they were.

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They were welcoming and their house was lovely, perched high on a hill, warm and welcoming on a chilly, wet afternoon.

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Wenche’s daughter, Marlena, kindly offered to show me around the property. It was surreal, being alone in a new place with strangers who were as kind as old friends, and a fluffy, friendly creature named Luna.

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Snapdragon Bakery & Cafe, Vashon

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Just about a year ago now, a few friends and I accompanied Kiyo back to his hometown of Vashon, a small island in Puget Sound, right next to Seattle. We ate lunch one day at Snapdragon, a vegetarian eatery. The “about” page on their website says only, “Snapdragon opened its doors in February of 2012. Adam Cone and Megan Hastings are the creative minds behind this endeavor.”

I ordered the Lentil Fritters. Favored with mild chilis and East Indian flavors (?), it comes with a yogurt garlic sauce; a slaw of red cabbage, carrots, ginger and parsley; apple chutney; and house-made bread. For $12.50, it can also be made gluten-free or vegan (this goes for many, if not most, items on the menu). I was very happy with my meal and ate almost all of it, even though it was a lot!

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Someone ordered the soup but I can’t remember what it was (offerings change daily).

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Someone else ordered the salad special, and again, I can’t exactly remember what it was. But it looks delicious! I also like how almost everything comes with their hearty, house-made bread.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Skin Detox {Part II}

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Since I just posted my review of the book 28 Days to Younger Skin, I figured today would be a great day to share the full final day of the 3-day skin detox (alkalizing cleanse).

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I began with coffee. This actually isn’t prohibited in the book, even though coffee can be acidic. I had it with cinnamon and homemade almond milk.

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Next up: alkalizing green juice, mixed with flax-seed oil.

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Next up: more juice. This time, with ginger, purple and orange carrots, red apples, lemon.

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Book Review: 28 Days to Younger Skin

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A few weeks ago, I got to review the cookbook / nutrition guide 28 Days to Younger Skin. It is a fast-track program designed for people who have a special occasion coming up; so if you have a wedding, holiday, or any date by which you really want to look your best, this is for you. It can be used in conjunction with your current beauty routine or, the author suggests using the diet for before and after a cosmetic procedure (surgery) to optimize results and speed recovery. I say this: food can have a massive influence on the appearance of your skin. Therefore, if you have skin, and you care at all what it looks like, this is a great book for you.

quinoa porridge

Why 28 days, you might ask? Well, it takes that long for the body to produce new cells in the deeper skin layers, and for those new cells to travel to the surface of your skin. So by day 28, it’s literally a new you! To be honest, I didn’t have the motivation of an upcoming important date, or any serious skin issues. So, I didn’t do the full 28-day program. But, the book states that the program is flexible (phew!) and I did follow the first 3-day detox pretty closely, so I will tell you all about it. I even include a before and after closeup below (* cringes * … you’re welcome!). (Here is a really good, much more comprehensive trial of the book and whole diet.)

Karen-Fischer

A little bit about the author, first: Karen Fisher lives in Australia and is an award-winning author, nutritionist, and former model. She includes so many fascinating scientific explanations in her book, such as why do women have more cellulite than men? (It’s because women have more fat cells for childbearing, and a thinner outer layer of skin; these two characteristics combine to cause cellulite, which is when fat cells are visible through the outer skin layer.)

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She also introduces the concept of AGE’s (Advanced Glycation End Products), foods that age your skin. I had never heard of these, and it was interesting to see her lists of high-AGE foods, with low-AGE alternatives. Karen covers the best and worst foods for your skin, how much you should eat, age considerations, etc. It is very comprehensive but also clear and straightforward, which is perfect for everyone, but especially if you’re new to nutrition. I can’t possibly include everything here, but other sections cover topics such as alkalizing beverages; makeup for younger skin; antioxidants; and more. There are also 50 recipes, which is the best part! Even if you don’t want to (or have the drive to!) follow the full 28-day plan, you can at least incorporate some of these recipes into your regular diet. Every day throughout the plan, you should exercise, drink plenty of water, and enjoy a few alkalizing drinks.

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Airport Food, Reykjavik

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On my way back from Germany, where I spent a long weekend at Oktoberfest in Munich, I had a layover in Reykjavik, Iceland’s coastal capital. Lucky for me, Keflavík International Airport has some pretty solid food options, such as this green juice. I do wish it had some vegetables in it, but still, to find green juice in an airport was pretty exciting.

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I’m not sure what this sandwich was exactly, but it was pretty good.

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It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever eaten, but for airport food (and picked out randomly by a non-English speaker), it was pretty damn good. I think it was just tomato and cheese.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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Happy midweek, everyone! Here’s what my Monday looked like:

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Breakfast: a whole, freshly picked mango from the backyard (I eat one almost every day lately) and coffee with my homemade almond milk (tastes SO MUCH BETTER than the store-bought version!) and homemade ice cubes (water, cocoa powder, agave).

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Run: I ran a mile and a half round-trip from my house to the entrance to Diamond Head State Monument.

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Snack #1: I had my first snack at 9 am as I headed out to work: a handful of Kona coffee coated macadamia nuts. These are addictive!

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Lunch: Kiyo and I bought an olive baguette at the farmers’ market this weekend. I put a hunk of blue cheese in part of it and called it a sandwich; simple but delicious. I enjoyed the sandwich with a side of cherries. They might be my favorite fruit, right after mango!

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Review: Pasolivo Olive Oils

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Like most people who enjoy cooking, I especially appreciate high-quality ingredients. They automatically, at least in most cases, make whatever you’re preparing taste better. So you can imagine that I was excited to receive two adorable cans of delicious Pasolivo olive oil in the mail recently.
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Most famous for their award-winning olive oils, which are sustainably farmed and hand-crafted in Paso Robles, California, Pasolivo offers a variety of unique, high quality favors such as Rosemary, Basil, Lemon, Tangerine and many more.
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Pasolivo Olive Oils are made in Paso Robles, California. The company hand-picks olives and presses them just steps away, in their own olive press. We used the olive oil right away, in this recipe by Thug Kitchen (full review on that cookbook coming soon – it’s AMAZING). It turned out delicious! You couldn’t taste the olive oil in the dish, but we were still pleased. The vegan pasta dish felt fresh, light and high-quality – thanks to the good ingredients.
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But here’s what I was really excited to try with the oils: BAKING! Pasolivo included this super handy conversion chart for baking with olive oil. I had no clue you couldn’t just substitute the same amount of oil for butter, so I’m glad they included this!
Olive oil is a healthy addition to your diet, and here’s why: the main type of fat found in all kinds of olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids, which are considered a healthy dietary fat (butter, for instance, is not). According to The Mayo Clinic, olive oil may help lower your risk of heart disease by improving related risk factors. For instance, it has been found to lower total cholesterol LDL cholesterol (the “bad” type). It may also help normalize blood clotting, and some research shows that it may benefit insulin levels and blood sugar control.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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I’m finally organized enough to be back to posting regularly on eyechow – yay! Here’s my first WIAW in a while.

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For breakfast I had coffee with milk & a smoothie I made of water, prickly pear extract, frozen kale, frozen mixed berries, acai berry powder & ice. After that I went to an hour-long, level 2 heated vinyasa yoga class at Core Power Yoga.

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I showered at the studio & made my usual post-yoga stop (when I practice near ward): Blue Tree Cafe. I got a chai smoothie (yes, second smoothie of the day & it wasn’t even 9 am!) made with espresso, banana, chai, cinnamon, sea salt and organic 2% milk. YUM.

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