Here is Amy’s Start Fresh Testimonial.
The Perricone Lifestyle- A family affair.
I was very excited when I noticed an email introducing a health challenge from Dr. Perricone. I generally eat healthy and have read all of Dr. Perricone’s books. I try to follow an anti-inflammatory diet, but this time of year a challenge is a great way focus more on the importance of following these principles on a daily basis. This year I decide that not only would I try the challenge, but I would have my entire family join me. This consists of my husband and four year old son. They also generally follow a healthy diet; but I am quite sure my husband may fit in a lot of the foods I don’t serve at home when he is at work. My son doesn’t have much choice being four, so he was just along for the ride. He is not your typical four year old as his favorite foods are sushi, shrimp and oatmeal! I made a few changes for him such as more grains and a few healthy treats like organic goat milk gelato with berries and wheat free oatmeal peanut butter cookies made with honey.
I felt great after two days of following the plan. My cravings for foods were gone and often I did not need the snacks. I really did need to lose weight, but I was able to reduce my body fat 3% points which is something I have been trying to do for years, and also lost 3 pounds. We eat a plant based diet with the exception of seafood. I think the additional protein I added with the Fresh Challenge really seemed to help. My skin looks great, better than it has in years. I am quite sure the addition of a few wonderful Perricone products didn’t hurt! Overall I was really happy I started the challenge.
What I didn’t expect was the amazing improvement my husband would see. He totally jumped on board with the challenge. He decided to give up beers with coworkers and the typical lunch with clients. I sent him to work with salad, fish and berries and quinoa. We even found great precooked steel cut oatmeal and egg white veggie soufflé bowls at Costco for mornings when we didn’t have time for breakfast at home. His results were nothing less than amazing! He suffered from acid reflux and had to take medication daily, had frequent back pain due to a ruptured disk from an old injury, and high cholesterol despite watching his fat intake. His body benefited the most from this anti-inflammatory diet. I should actually say lifestyle as I don’t like the word diet. He noticed his heartburn was virtually gone with the exception of once or twice after something spicy, and is only taking medication as needed instead of daily. He also did not need to take Advil for back pain which occurred several times a week. The most amazing result was his reduction in bad cholesterol. He went for his annual check up and was astounded to learn he dropped his LDL cholesterol from 153 to 120! I had been worried about this for years and his doctor was talking about the need for a cholesterol medication. He also lost a few pounds even thought he is at a healthy weight.
My son really loved helping with growing watercress. I was able to find watercress once or twice at our grocery store and after reading about the amazing health benefits I decided my family could not go weeks without this nutritional powerhouse. I purchased seeds and started growing watercress in my Aero garden (a hydroponic home growing system). He loves watering and feeding the plants and checking to see how much they grow each day. We have loved all the wonderful recipes we tried and created some of our own. Thank you for this amazing opportunity to not only look and feel better, but to improve our health. The Lister family loves Dr. Perricone and his anti-inflammatory diet!!