I was born and raised in the South West of France, one of the most renowned gastronomic regions in the country. Aurillac, where I grew up, is the capital city of one of the oldest French cheeses, Le Cantal. It’s also a place of nurturing and healing and is home to traditional slow-cooked dishes made using fresh whole foods. Each year I return to France to reconnect with this hub of healing and good food.
The pillars of my upbringing include the positive attitude of the French to life and food known as joie de vivre, a healthy delicious diet, and the philosophy of food as medicine. You can read more about me here.
Only 35% of the French population is overweight compared to 65% of Australians and New Zealanders… My goal is to set you up for life to get healthy, slim and look younger while eating for pleasure just like the French do. If millions of French people can do it, so can you!
MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER
Healing nutrition is also in my blood. My late great grandmother Marguerite was a popular cook and a healing practitioner during the 1920s. She’s my inspiration and guide and I’ve inherited her personal practitioner book, full of invaluable recipes, home remedies and handwritten notes.
My philosophy also draws on Dr Weston Price’s work, based on the study of the diets of many ancient societies before the era of processed foods. His research shows that eating nourishing, traditional, local, fresh foods can help achieve optimal lifelong health – including the traditional French diet, which still makes 60 million French, one of the healthiest and slimmest populations on the planet.
With my time-tested approach to health, based on traditional food wisdom backed by modern research, and a century of family expertise, I’ll show you how a healthy diet can be a delicious diet, not one dictated by detox juices or raw kale.
FRENCH FOOD WISDOM
Have you ever wondered why there are so many sexy, slim, youthful-looking and stylish men and women in Paris despite the fact that patisseries, fine restaurants and cheese shops abound in this city? It all comes down to the French Paradox. This well-researched phenomenon refers to the low rates of diet-related diseases (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, allergies etc) found in France despite the national diet being rich in supposedly harmful foods.
No wonder UNESCO granted ‘the gastronomic diet of the French’ status as a ‘World Heritage Treasure’ in 2010.
Focusing on pleasure, positivity and joie de vivre, yet without compromising your waistline, I offer you a sensible and time-tested alternative to the current craze of “anti” diets – anti-gluten, dairy, bread, grains, meat, even sugar which often don’t make sense and leave you miserable: REAL FOOD + PLEASURE = HEALTH ®