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).

Skin detox WIAW Honolulu part 2

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.

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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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Strange Food Saturday: Honolulu

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When you were young, did you ever go to a science museum and see the astronaut food for sale in the gift shop? For some reason, I have a memory of that. Recently, I tried this product as an adult, and let me tell you, it was strange.

Strange food astronaut ice cream

I have no idea if this is actually what astronauts eat, no matter what the packaging might claim. I recognized the taste immediately: not ice cream, but Lucky Charms. It had the same dissatisfying, powdery texture, and the same taste.

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It tasted like weird, huge chunks of lucky charms, in faint chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors. It wasn’t good, but it wasn’t exactly bad either. I threw it away after a few bites, but maybe if I’d had cereal I could have broken it into little pieces and made my own Lucky Charms cereal.

What do you think? Have you tried this?

Goma Ichi Ramen, Honolulu

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Gomaichi is Japanese noodle shop founded in 1995. There is a rivalry among locals here in Honolulu; people are either loyal to Goma Ichi or Goma Tei. My friends, family and I have always patronized Goma Tei, so one night, a few friends decided to try Goma Ichi and compare.

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Goma Ichi used more vegetables than Goma Tei, which I appreciated, except that the vegetables seemed to be canned, which means they had almost no flavor. The noodles and broth were tasty, I thought comparable to Goma Tei. These noodles were maybe just ever-so-slightly better, because they were chewy, which I like. In my opinion, the char siu at Goma Ichi wasn’t as big or delicious as it is at Goma Tei.

We didn’t try any of the appetizers, but they looked good, and similar to Goma Tei. Overall, you can’t go wrong at either ramen restaurant. They are both very good! I remain loyal to Goma Tei, but Goma Ichi is almost as good (and I may be biased since I’ve always gone to Goma Tei).

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Goma Ichi 

Open: Monday – Saturday,11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Location: 631 Keeaumoku St # A, Honolulu, HI 96814 Phone: (808) 951-6666 

What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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Coffee with almond milk (my daily ritual).

 

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Smoothie for breakfast…

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Made with:

  • Tart cherry juice
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Frozen chard
  • Frozen red cabbage
  • Prickly pear extract
  • Bob’s Lavender Bitters
  • Flax seed oil
  • Chia seeds

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Lunch at work was vegan sushi from Whole Foods (made with purple sweet potato, avocado and green beans, served with some sort of creamy sauce, wasabi and soy sauce). I treated myself to some mid-day chocolate as well.

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