Brazil Nuts. Photo courtesy of Nickton via Flickr.com
Photo via Nickton– http://www.flickr.com/photos/18203311@N08/4936402903/

In your previous High School Reunion Skin lesson ( http://www.highschoolreuniondiet.com/2011/01/high-school-reunion-skin/ ) you learned four key nutrients that, when taken in whole foods, naturally renew and beautify the skin. (If you didn’t learn, or don’t remember, go back to PART I and do your homework until you do.) Your main assignment here is to understand that medical research now proves that certain nutrients have a very special influence on the skin, and when consumed regularly will help it stay healthy and appear young.

The next step of course is to know those nutrients, and to know the best food sources for them, and then to make a point of consistently eating those foods. So to add to the original four ‘rules’, here are two more….


Too obvious? Well, then add that tried and true wisdom to this: together with the two super-skin vitamins we already learned in Part I, this trilogy represents the most potent skin renewal combo on earth. Vitamin C is an absolute goldmine, offering the richest free rad protection you can get, and its best source is food, not the supplements. How easy is this? Eat red and green bell peppers, guava, broccoli, kale, parsley, collard greens, turnips. Pick your faves and eat daily. This level of C helps protect collagen and elastin, the important fibers in your skin’s structure, and so helps prevent wrinkles. And as we learned in the High School Reunion Diet, a C Ester daily, in addition to plenty of C rich foods, makes for a perfect, and low-cost, skinsurance policy.

6. EAT Selenium

It’s a mineral. And in addition to providing good solid free rad protection, it plays a key role in maintaining tissue elasticity. And that quality, of course, makes for young-looking skin. As a bonus, selenium is known to help prevent skin cancer, because it can help protect the skin against ultraviolet light. Great dietary sources of selenium include seafood such as tuna and salmon, wheat germ, garlic, eggs, brown rice, brazil nuts and whole-wheat bread. Make a point of incorporating these into your daily diet and watch your skin—literally—bounce back!

Check back here for the next High School Reunion Skin rules!!!


Vitamin APART I

How much would you pay to arrive at the old school gym on reunion day with the radiant, dewy skin of your tender youth?

Put your wallet away—trendy cosmetic treatments and expensive skin care products won’t achieve beautiful, renewed skin nearly as quickly—or as effectively–as a new diet will.

Food can literally replenish your skin from within, in a way that no dermatology procedure quite can.  And even better, you can correct specific skin issues simply by eating certain select, anti-oxidant rich foods.  Some nutrients provide clarity, some improve texture and color.  To start you off in the right direction, here are an initial four highly effective rules to follow on a daily basis if you want rapid skin renewal and event-worthy, high school reunion skin.


• The fish oils in fish like salmon and mackerel promote softness and bring back lost luster.


• Rich orange color, as in carrots and sweet potatoes, and dark greens, as in broccoli, spinach and kale, indicate high vitamin A.  Eat at every meal, every day.


• Vitamin E is famously good for achieving good skin—get it in hazelnuts and almonds – snacks that should permanently replace anything processed.


We learn in the High School Reunion Diet why processed foods age us—they have loads of added sugars that raise blood sugar, and the increased glycolic load causes a process called glycation, making skin stiff and inflexible.  If you want beautiful, youthful skin, DON’T EAT WHITE!  Avoid processed breads, refined white pastas, white rice and white potatoes, and of course processed baked goods and cereals.  Eat nutrient-rich whole grains and whole wheat pasta, brown rice, whole fruits and vegetables, and foods that don’t come in a box or package.


Help Fight The HSRD War on Sugar

High School Reunion Diet WAR ON SUGAR. Stealth sugars are lurking in most of the packaged food and drink on supermarket shelves. Fight back. Learn this lesson from the High School Reunion Diet and teach it to your family and friends.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGgHaXrg-RA

Rx: Haiti Benefit Brings Stars in Support of Haiti

Rachel_Naomi_Rx_Haiti_BenefitMick Jagger, L’Wren Scott, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts are among the concerned celebrities who have contributed generously to Dr. David Colbert’s efforts to raise funds and awareness for Haitians who lost limbs in January’s earthquake.  They all appeared last Thursday in New York City to help host a benefit for Hanger, Inc., the largest designer and distributor of prosthetics in the world.   The money raised will help Hanger continue to bring replacement limbs and crucial medical care to the more than 5,000 Haitians who lost arms and legs in the earthquake.  One of the evening’s highlights was a live auction featuring signature guitars rounded up by Mick from his friends Bono, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams… and a red Baby Grand piano signed by Mick himself.

The Medical Experts at WebMD Give Thumbs up to HSRD

photo-7Maybe because it’s both fast and natural….

High School Reunion Diet is becoming the go-to plan for New York’s top actors and models, many of whom endorsed the book.  If you haven’t read it yet, and still don’t realize how very much even small adjustments in diet can improve your looks and rejuvenate your skin… waste no time ordering it at Simonandschuster.com or amazon.com.  If you’d like to know a bit more before you buy, here is an expert evaluation from Web.MD….

The High School Reunion Diet

By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

WebMD Expert Column

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.

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“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 grapefruit)


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 blueberries

Lunch: Salad with goat cheese, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, and vinaigrette

Snack: Two celery sticks stuffed with peanut butter or cottage cheese

Dinner: Salmon, roasted broccoli, green salad with veggies, sparkling water

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 omega-3s. The bottom line, Colbert says, is that foods that don’t come wrapped in a package are more likely to contain healthy nutrients, fats, fiber, and antioxidants.

“All the additives, preservatives, sugars, salt, and food colorings in our food supply are not natural and the culprits to our unhealthy nation of overweight and obese people,” Colbert says.

The first phase of The High School Reunion Diet is designed to help you get over your “addiction” to poor-quality food, Colbert says. In phase two, you’ll whittle your waistline and work toward youth recovery.

There’s no counting calories or carbs in The High School Reunion Diet. And although it encourages exercise, there’s no fitness plan outlined in the book. Indeed, The High School Reunion Diet makes clear that it’s not a “diet” per se, but a road map for eating for beauty and health.

Still, if you replace processed junk foods in your diet with the healthier, more natural ones touted in The High School Reunion Diet, you’ll cut calories and lose weight as a result.

Water, Water, Water!

A person’s body is about 60% water and almost everyone has heard of the 8-glass-a-day rule. However, most Americans go through the day without enough fluid. Oftentimes we’re completely dehydrated.

Which is one of the worst looks for your complexion. Not to mention, it’s horrible for your brain! Even mild dehydration can effect our short term memory and cognitive functions.

So even if you follow the High School Reunion Diet to the letter, you’ll need to stay up on your water intake as well. Great diet alone won’t knock 20 years away.

One of my favorite ways to remember to drink enough is this: carry a reusable water bottle around in your purse or briefcase. I make sure to keep it filled throughout the day, topping it off at the sink after every bathroom break or run to the copy machine. When my bottle is in front of me and full I find the task of drinking isn’t so daunting.

Auction May 6th, Rx: Haiti

Keith Richards Guitar. Gibson Custom Shop ES 355. Ebony with Gold Hardware.  Signed by Keith Richards. Up for auction at Rx: Haiti Benefit, this Thursday, May 6th.  Please see newyorkdermatologygroup.org

Rx: Haiti Benefit and Auction

Rx: Haiti Benefit and Auction

School Gardens for Good Habits

Outside of Chicago there’s a school with a revolutionary idea: active gardening for students.

During both hot and cold seasons students learn how to grow a variety of crops including spinach, kale, radishes, eggplant, tomatoes and more. Even more importantly, the students harvest and eat the fruits and veggies after every season. Teachers  are already noticing the students’ change in attitude towards fresh foods. They are eating more salads and opting for real foods rather than processed.

Rather than just targeting school lunches, they’re teaching students about taste so those kids will learn smart choices in the future.


Dr. David Colbert’s humanitarian trip to Haiti after the earthquake inspired him to ask his contacts in New York to help host a benefit for the 5,000 earthquake victims who lost  limbs.  In association with Hanger, Inc., the largest maker of prosthetics in the world, the benefit will feature live and silent auctions with covetable items like guitars signed by The Rolling Stones, Bono, Bob Dylan and The Boss; art and photography; designer dresses and bags… even an exclusive Mediterranean cruise.  For a complete list of auction items, or to donate $ for the people of Haiti who still await replacement limbs, please visit www.nydgfoundation.org.  And watch here for a preview of the loot available both live and on line at the auction!  Guaranteed: you’re gonna get it for a song!!!

Bono's green guitar--auction starts May 6th

Bono's green guitar--auction starts May 6th

Quick Brussels Sprouts (and Cranberry!) Recipe

The Food Network featured a great recipe for Brussels Sprouts a while back and here at the HSR Diet we love our Brussels Sprouts! Just a few benefits of the cabbage-related veggies include ample amounts of Vitamin A, K, C, B6, dietary fiber, potassium and iron. Surprisingly Brussels Sprouts even have some Omega 3 fatty acids thrown in, those same health-boosting fats found in fish.

The best part of the recipe below is it only takes about 15 minutes to cook, a little less if you’re a pro in the kitchen. Plus, the pecans add a dash of nutty flavor and the cranberries are packed with powerful antioxidants. Try mixing it up with different types of nuts for variety.

What you need:


Slice the Brussels sprouts using the thinnest slicing disk of a food processor. If you do not have a food processor, you may slice thinly with a knife or a mandoline.

Set a 10-inch straight-sided saute pan over medium-high heat and add the pecans. Cook, stirring continually, until the pecans darken in color and begin to give off a toasted aroma, approximately 2 minutes. Add the butter to the pan and stir to combine. Once the butter has melted, add the Brussels sprouts, salt and pepper and cook, stirring continually, until the color brightens and the sprouts are just tender, approximately 6 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, add the cranberries, toss and serve.

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