The High School Reunion Diet
The High School Reunion Diet: What It Is
Want to look your best at your high school reunion? The High School
Reunion Diet promises to help you look slimmer, healthier, and younger in
30 days -- just in time for that reunion or other special event.
The No. 1 secret to glowing, younger-looking skin, according to author David
Colbert, MD, a New York dermatologist, is a diet of healthy, unprocessed foods.
Such a diet, he says, is "better than Botox," Colbert says.
"I noticed my great-looking clients [who include actresses Michelle Williams
and Rachel Weisz] were also the ones who ate whole, fresh foods from their
gardens, and so I began researching how a healthy diet could help you lose
weight and turn back the hands of time," he says.
Processed foods, sugary beverages, and other forms of sugars are the reason
Americans are fat, Colbert says. He also believes that, like the sun, sugar
ages the skin and body. "It can spike blood sugar to dangerously high levels
and cause inflammation, which makes you look old," he says.
In his eating plan, these foods are replaced with natural, nutrient-rich
and, preferably, organic foods from your local farmers market.
"Eliminating most processed foods (including sugary food and drinks) is the
single most important thing you can do to improve your appearance, weight, and
health," he says.
The High School Reunion Diet: What You Can Eat
During the first, "detox" phase of The High School Reunion Diet, you focus
on eating only "true" foods, including:
- Brightly colored vegetables, especially green ones
- Some whole fruits (only berries and the occasional apple, orange or
- Lean meat
- Healthy fats
- Omega 3 rich fish
- Herbs and spices
Dieters are encouraged to drink lots of water -- six to eight glasses or
more. Tea and coffee are OK, too.
Here's a sample menu for Level 1:
Breakfast: Egg white omelet and coffee
Snack: Half a cup of plain yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon agave, and 1/2 cup
Lunch: Salad with goat cheese, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, and
Snack: Two celery sticks stuffed with peanut butter or cottage
Dinner: Salmon, roasted broccoli, green salad with veggies,
After losing 5-10 pounds during the first two weeks, dieters advance to the
second phase for two weeks or longer. This phase includes more fruits, plus
whole grains and wine with dinner, and is similar to the recommendations of the
U.S. government's Food Pyramid.
What’s not on the menu during either phase are foods labeled processed:
Sodas (diet or regular), fruit juices, sugary beverages, sports drinks, beer,
liquor, trans fats, instant and fast foods, and anything containing sugar in
all its forms (such as high-fructose corn syrup).
But the author says some minimally processed foods can be healthy, like
steel-cut oats, tuna packed in water, and (rinsed) canned beans.
The book suggests that you supplement the diet with a multivitamin with
minerals, a fish oil capsule, vitamin E and vitamin C to ensure you're getting
all the nutrients you need, plus an extra dose of antioxidants and