Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor from Minnesota surprised to find myself on an island in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, three younger children (the oldest is attending college in Chicago), and two dogs.

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A Fishy Face-Lift

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I’m feeling old. I suppose it’s great to embrace honestly-earned laugh lines and wrinkles, but do any of us really want to look our age? More than that, I’m tired of feeling blah. I’m sure winter and the stress of the past three weeks have taken their toll, but I’d like to do something to feel more healthy and energetic. Or at least get rid of the bags under my eyes.

Have you ever done a cleanse? I have friends who swear by them, but I haven’t taken the plunge. Maybe I’ll do one someday, but in the meantime I’m going to give Dr. Perricone’s Face-Lift Diet a try. I like that the plan is simple and includes so many of the foods that always show up on the “healthiest food” lists.

I stocked up on all the food today and will do my best to stick with the plan for the next three days, at least. I’m hoping to feel some of the promised benefits like improved memory, mood, and glowing skin. We’ll see.

[ Disclaimer: I'm not giving up my homemade vanilla lattes. They're too important to me. But I will try to drink more green tea. ]

3 egg omelet and/or 4-6 oz. grilled salmon
½ cup cooked oatmeal (not instant)
2” wedge of cantaloupe or 1/3 cup fresh berries
8 – 12 oz. spring water

4-6 oz. grilled salmon.
2 cups green salad (Romaine lettuce or other dark leafy greens with extra virgin olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon)
1 kiwi fruit or cantaloupe and berries
8 – 12 oz. spring water

1 apple
2 oz. slice of turkey breast or 6 oz. plain yogurt
Small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds

4-6 oz. grilled salmon
2 cups green salad
½ cup steamed veggies. (Asparagus, broccoli, spinach, etc. No root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, or beets.)
Cantaloupe and berries
8 – 12 oz. spring water

Before Bedtime Snack
1 pear or apple
2 oz. slice chicken or turkey breast or 6 oz. plain yogurt
Small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Do let us know how you get on with the healthy diet. It looks rather lovely from those menus. I hope it will give you a boost.

  2. Marloes says:

    Hey Shannon! I love how eating healthy certainly does give us more energy!! Let me know how it works for your memory! Hee hee, I can use some help in that department. A cleanse is also a GREAT idea!

  3. Shannon says:

    Everything was going really well until we made donuts after school. Oops. I still got a lot of healthy food in, so that’s good.

  4. Marilyn says:

    This reminds me – I thought of you the other day as I tried to jump start my push-up routine. :-)

  5. Shannon says:

    That’s right–we were doing the 100 push-ups thing last year. (Notice I didn’t bring it up again this year.) I’ll have to check your blog to see if you’re reporting your progress–for inspiration.

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