Detox Cleansing Fasting

  • 5 weight loss foods.

    Bonjour,

    The fitness industry hates me when I say this because they know it’s true: 70% of your weight loss goals will be met by changing your diet and 30% only at the gym, whatever sports or exercise you practise. So once again before spending a fortune read more

  • Sorry, my paleo friends!

    Bonjour,

    Given the current anti-gluten craze, I decided to took a gluten-free 30-day challenge a few months ago. Last week I shared with you the first 5 things I learnt from it (Click HERE to find out more)… Let’s look at the last few things I took out this month without gluten:

    • The only crackers I eat!

      The only no-gluten crackers I eat!

      A delicious new permanent staple in my kitchen. Mary’s Crackers. A pure gem without gluten. Made of brown rice, quinoa, flax and sesame seeds, they have the best rich, nutty flavour and always hold their toasty crunch. Perfect with some grass-fed butter, some real cheese or with your favourite dips. They are of course organic and non-GMO.

    • My crowding-out method works. If you know my approach to nutrition, you’ve already heard of my ‘crowing-out’ method: when you eat more of the good stuff first, you simply don’t have enough room to eat other foods. By eliminating my usually substantial intake of bread, and occasional pasta and cakes, I ended up eating more leafy greens, fresh herbs, nuts, root vegetables, legumes, organic eggs and healthy fats (butter, coconut oil, olive oil). Great benefit for me from avoiding gluten!
    • I damaged the planet. I surprisingly craved meat so I added some more (grass-fed) lamb and beef in my diet. The livestock industry is one of the main causes if not the root of climate change… So I was not very proud of myself, not to mention moral issues that I sometimes have of animals being killed for unnecessarily food.
    •  Did I lose weight…? Yes. I did lose a bit of weight. But again it might be much more because of my increase of foods promoting weight loss than not eating gluten. By not having any bread, and occasional pasta or cakes, I ate a lot more leafy greens, fresh herbs, nuts, root vegetables, legumes, organic eggs, healthy fats and low GI gluten-free grains (see last week missive). I definitely feel lighter.
    • Grumpy Baker -my favourite bakery in Sydney, here I come! At the end of my gluten-free month I honestly couldn’t see any major benefits. One obsession: I can’t wait to have my organic wholemeal bread and a croissant (or 2!) from the Grumpy Baker again. But since then I made sure to eat more greens!  

    Still feel like going off gluten? Please think twice!

    1- Don’t panic! Even if Australia has one of the world’s highest reported incidences of food allergies, it only affects 2% of the adult population and 1% ONLY are gluten intolerant. Yes, all this fuss about the paleo madness, anti-grain war, carb phobia-  when only 1% of the population is potentially allergic. So please think twice before following the anti-gluten trend. Once again this is nothing but a fad, which ignores the most recent science.

    2- Sorry paleo friends but strong evidence shows that humans used to eat grains more than 4 millions years ago, way before the Paleolithic era, which began about 2.5 million years ago! Then 125,000 years ago, when humans started to use fire and eat cooked grains, they started to get straighter: they literally ‘grew like grains’. The bulk of the science also clearly shows that grains don’t increase inflammation and are consistently found to be healthy: they can help prevent diabetes 2 and cardiovascular diseases while promoting weight loss!

    3- Grains including those with gluten have served to fuel the development of civilisations throughout human history, have been central to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine and still provide superior nutrition, sustained energy, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, soluble fibre, insoluble fiber, lignins…

    4- However all grains are not the same and industrial gluten consumption (which you can find in all processed biscuits, pasta, cereals, but also in ice creams and dairy) is actually directly related to our huge health crisis: the monoculture of mutated modern (GMO) wheat in high quantities and unfermented is at the root of the increasing number of people suffering from gluten intolerance and more importantly the epidemic of diet-related diseases including weight gain and obesity, diabetes, allergies, some cancers, heart disease.

    5- The solution: always go for whole, organic grains (to avoid GMOs). And as always, avoid as much as you can processed foods. So remember one thing before deciding to give up all the delicious foods containing gluten: ‘gluten-free diet is unhealthy for the general population, except for 1% of the population!’ as nutrition expert Dr McDougall put it. So… Croissant, anyone?

    6- Still feel like going off gluten? Just like I do with my clients when they think they are gluten intolerant but aren’t sure, I would encourage you to try the gluten-free month challenge. 

    7- Finally, you might be interested in this great article from Michael Specter published in the New Yorker. Click HERE.

    And you, what is you experience with gluten? Leave your comment or share this article if you liked it.

    All the best and talk to you next week! 

     

    Yves

    PS: another delicious recipe – which happens to be gluten-free!

    Parmesan polenta with prosciutto, tomatoes and goat cheese with asparagus

    Ingredients: soft polenta for 4 (see first recipe), 4 slices of prosciutto, 400 grs cherry tomatoes, 8 asparagus, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

    Pour the soft polenta into a baking dish and refrigerate for 1 hour.

    Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan. Cut the polenta into pieces half the size of your palm and cook until golden and crisp for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Place on a plate. Use the same pan and briefly cook the prosciutto, the tomatoes and the asparagus (previously blanched). Top each piece of polenta with 1 slice of prosciutto, tomatoes, asparagus (cut in 4cm pieces) and some goat’s cheese. Add sea salt, pepper, dressing made of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. You can serve with a refreshing green rocket salad and a glass of light red wine (or rose in summer).

    And now close your eyes… Where are you? Yes you’re in Nice on the French Riviera…

    Nice, French Riviera

    Nice, French Riviera

  • My list of fat-burning foods…

    Bonjour,

    After my last week’s post ‘You Can’t Detox, It’s A Myth‘, I received a lot of questions like this one: “I always felt there was something wrong with detoxing… But is there anything I can do to lose the few kilos I put on over the silly season…?”

    Great news! You definitely can get rid of these few kilos without having to starve yourself or live off green juices! 

    With my private clients or in my online programs (next program to be launched very soon – stay tuned!), I extensively cover all you need to do to be in a constant fat-burning mode -while still eating for pleasure, critical for sustainable changes. Here is a list of some of my favourite fat-burning foods, which also can help you get healthier. Most of them are part of the traditional French diet that makes the French one of the slimmest and healthiest peoples in the world. Super charge your diet with them and you’ll see result quite quickly – if, of course, you stop indulging too much.

    • Espelette pepper, metabolism booster

    piments-d-espeletteEspelette pepper from the Basque region in the south west of France is one of the best types of pepper, literally worshipped by the best chefs. However the simple cayenne pepper offers the same benefits: it boosts our metabolism helping burning fat.

    • Lemon, your liver’s BFF

    I have posted many times on this but lemons are your best friend when it comes to weight loss. It help you digest and process fat and proteins. The best tip: have some lemon warm water (1/2 lemon juice in hot filtered water) every morning 20 minutes before breakfast to boost and support your liver. Also click here to find out the 20 reasons why this so simple tip has been in my families for generations.

    • IMG_7726Apple, fat trap

    The type of fibres in apples traps part of the fat you eat and eliminates it straight away. Fabulous consumed as a snack (with a piece of cheese) or after eating for maximising its benefits or before to stop hunger.

    By the way, the way the French snack is one of their best secrets to stay slim: find out more in my previous blog ‘Healthy Snacks, the French Way’ here).

     

    • Vinegar, fat-burning champion

    It slows down digestion, balances out blood sugar level and stops fat storage. The best is unpasteurised apple cider vinegar. Use it as much as you can! Salad dressing is one of the best options to have your daily amount of vinegar. Check this traditional French dressing recipe in one of my previous blogs here.

    • Full fat dairy, grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, organic eggs, beans, lentils… High thermogenic effect!

    All these foods are very high in proteins: not only proteins require a lot of energy to be digested -which help burn fat!- but also make you feel satisfied – which help you eat less. Have some clean proteins (full fat NOT low fat dairy, grass-fed NOT conventional meat, wild-caugh NOT farmed fish, organic eggs NOT free range/caged eggs) at each meal. If you don’t eat  animal products, have plenty of beans, lentils but also quinoa, chia seeds… The choice is endless!

    • Oats, to feel satisfied

    Just like in apples, fibres in oats trap and eliminate part of the fat you eat. Also as they help stabilise blood sugar level, they reduce cravings and am/pm crashes, well known to encourage binge eating. Ideal breakfast (home made porridge or muesli) and snacks… 

    • Coffee, surprisingly a fantastic fat-burning food

    coffee yvesIf you’ve been following me for a while and read one of my previous posts ‘The Benefits of Coffee’ , you know that I LOVE coffee, for its taste but also for its health benefits. And guess what? Coffee has been proven to help burn fat too! However moderation and quality are key just like everything in the French approach to food: organic, fair trade and 2 (3 max) cups a day, otherwise it would trigger stress leading you to store fat (stress is one of the key contributors to weight gain). 

    • Green tea, not so French but…

    Not so French but so helpful. The theine in green tea fastens metabolism and tannin promotes process fat elimination – not to mention the high antioxidant level helping to prevent and fight cancer.

     So…I would love to hear from you now. What is YOUR favourite fat-burning food? Any other ones missing in this list? Tell me!

    Bon appetit!

    Yves

    PS.1. Next week, I’ll show you that kale is NOT the best leafy green vegetable… You’ll be surprised by all the other options!

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  • You can’t detox, it’s a myth…

    Bonjour,

    Do you feel like you over-indulged a little… A LOT? You’re not alone! Who wouldn’t, after so many work functions, Christmas parties, New Year’s celebrations…?

    scamNo wonder everyone is now talking about starting a detox or living off green juices or raw kale for a while! Well, think twice… As you know, I’m not a big fan of detoxing and other tough cleansing programs. While the detox industry generates billions of dollars, it is however clearly proven that detoxing is literally a scam.

    In ‘You Can’t Detox Your Body, It’s A Myth’, a brilliant article for the Guardian, the excellent health writer Dara Mohammadi demonstrates that there’s no such thing as ‘detoxing’. In medical terms, it’s a nonsense. Detox products, colonic irrigation, colon-cleansing tablets and hard core diets are simply a waste of money, time and energy. As Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University explains: “There are two types of detox: one is respectable – the medical treatment of people with life-threatening drug addictions- and the other isn’t: what is hijacked by entrepreneurs, quacks and charlatans to sell a bogus treatment that allegedly detoxifies your body of toxins you’re supposed to have accumulated.”

    “The healthy body has kidneys, a liver, skin, even lungs that are detoxifying as we speak,” Ernst says. “There is no known way – certainly not through detox treatments – to make something that works perfectly well in a healthy body work better. It’s criminal exploitation of the gullible man on the street and it sort of keys into something that we all would love to have – a simple remedy that frees us of our sins, so to speak. It’s nice to think that it could exist but unfortunately it doesn’t.”

    IMG_6024The take-home message of the Guardian article? “The ultimate lifestyle ‘detox’ is not smoking, exercising and enjoying A HEALTHY BALANCED DIET LIKE THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET.” I couldn’t agree more. As you know I’m a big fan of the Mediterranean diet (see my recent blog here: ‘The Mediterranean Diet Makes You Sexy’), which is very close to the French Paradox principles, paramount to my time-tested positive approach to food and life.

     

    cosmo logoI however believe that if you are in a state of ‘excess’ after too many weeks of indulgence, it can be a good idea to look at a few gentle cleansing options. But no need to deprive yourself. You can support your digestive system and your liver while nourishing yourself and get amazing results. Last spring, I posted about the 10 questions my clients ask me the most frequently about detoxing. Click here to read my answers. One of them was published in Cosmopolitan Magazine (jump to the full article here). For my private clients (and also in week 1 of my upcoming online 6-week program – to be launched in the coming weeks – how exciting!), I also recommend a gentle ‘detox’ for people feeling tired, sluggish, heavy and foggy. It is actually not a detox as such but more a way of giving your liver some rest so it can make the most of the benefits of the nutrition program. And most people like it!

    However, if  you  are in a state of ‘deficiency’ (you feel weak, depleted, run-down, fragile, anxious), a detox is not a good idea at all. Or at least not this common type of detox on the market that looks like punishment and goes with cravings, raging hunger, frustration and health damage.

     

    detox your bodyMy advice? Listen to your body. Nourish and cherish. Always.

    Never punish or you will see rebound effects weeks, months or years later.

    Simply charge your diet with highly cleansing vegetables, fruits and fresh herbs and you’ll feel much better very quickly.

     

    In my next week blog, we’ll look at the best foods to not only help you feel better but also BURN FAT while eating for pleasure… I know you’ll love it, in particular if, like me, you put on a few kilos over the silly season.

    In the meantime, I would like to hear from you… Did you try detoxing? What did you think?

    Talk to you next week!

    Yves

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  • 10 Beautiful (Healthy) Gifts.

    Bonjour,

    Gifts for your kids, for your friends, for your partner, for your family… Christmas shopping can get absolutely crazy and puts a lot of pressure on many of us.

    What about you? What about your body, which is in great need of help and care during the festive season as we eat and drink way too much? Do you know that a single average Christmas meal has over 3,000 calories? If you think of all the functions and parties over the next few weeks, this is A LOT of calories!

    The organ to suffer the most is the liver, which is at the cornerstone of our health: its main function is to help our body cleanse itself and absorb nutrients by storing and detoxifying blood. In Asian traditions, it is called the General of your digestive system… And the last thing we want is the General not to be at his best:

    • The workload of the liver has increased dramatically over the last century: it is now responsible for eliminating medications, pesticides, herbicides, alcohol, air pollution, radiations and any of the other 40,000 chemicals brought into our lives since the 1940s. The incidence of weight issues has risen in parallel with our toxic chemical exposure and the modern Western diet.
    • As a result, if you don’t look after your liver health, it becomes dysfunctional, it slows your metabolism down and loses one of its important roles: helping you burn fat!

    So this week, I would like you to offer 10 healthy gifts to your body…

    First of all let’s look at 7 foods your liver absolutely love. Supercharge your diet with these foods high in antioxidants, omega-3, sulfur and vitamins and you’ll minimise the harm done by the crazy festive season diet:

    1. IMG_6002Grapefruit: it is one of the best aids for cleansing your liver and it helps it burn fat thanks to its high level of antioxidants and vitamin C. Add grapefuit everyday in your diet: breakfast, desserts, snacks. Very easy. No excuse :) 
    1. Turmeric: it is definitely a super food, which might help prevent cancer. It also protects the liver, helps it recover and produce new cells. Ideally use it fresh. However the powder version is very convenient. Simply add to all BBQ or sparkle over salads. 
    1. Garlic: you know I love garlic – just like Marguerite, my great grandmother who used to recommend having garlic at each meal. Simply click here to know everything about garlic. Garlic is critical to help the liver eliminate toxins. Its enzymes are activated by the its high sulfur amounts. Raw and super minced are the best options to make the most of its health properties.
    1. IMG_7740Leafy green vegetables: yes, I know, they seem to be on each of my must-have lists. One of the reasons (among many others) is that they help neutralise heavy metals that we ingest a lot when -like during the silly season- we eat a lot of sea food and fish. Leafy greens also help eliminate pesticides and other chemicals that heavily tax the liver. So I’ll say it again and in particular over the silly season, leafy green vegetables have to be on the top of your grocery shopping list. Huge green salads -as the French do at almost every lunch and dinner- are one of the best ways to get your daily intake of leafy greens. Alternatively and even if I’m not personally a big fan, have a green juice (or even better a green smoothie full of fibre) at least once a day. Coconut water + cucumber + spinach +mint + lemon + 1/2 fruit (banana, mango) + 1tsp of olive oil (to better assimilate the vitamins) will make a great smoothie. 
    1. Walnuts: one of Marguerite’s favourites too because of its numerous cleansing compounds. One or 2 handfuls a day is good. Think snacks, salads…
    1. Avocado: they are known to not only actively promote the liver’s detoxifying properties, but also protect it. Have one or two avocados a day, the amount you need to effectively promote liver health: breakfast, snacks, salads. Easy as!
    1. Green tea: rich in antioxidants, green tea protects the liver against toxic overload and helps flush toxins. Try and sip green tea throughout the day. Think home-made iced green tea: make 2 litres of green tea, add berries or lemons or fresh mint and ice. 

     

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    Have a fantastic liver-friendly week!

    Yves

     

  • What Should I Eat?

    Bonjour,

    “What should I eat? Paleo, 5:2 fast diet, juice cleanse, raw diet, no-sugar…?” I know that feeling. With so many fad diets, how not to be confused?  

    The team of the Good Food magazine was asked to road-test the most popular diets and it’s proven to be a tough time for the journalists. Here’s their verdict: most of these diets don’t work, none of them are sustainable, some are super expensive and they can leave you cranky, tired, hungry … and bored! 

    Interestingly the Good Food team was not allowed to test the olive oil, fish and wine-friendly Mediterranean diet (which abides by the principles of the French Paradox) as it was considered as a walk in the park compared to the other hardcore options.

    I bet they already knew there was nothing worth testing: it works, it’s sustainable. It makes you live longer, look younger and puts a smile on your face. These principles make France one of the healthiest and slimmest countries on the planet: 35% of the French are overweight or obese compared to 65% of Australians and New Zealanders. All without having to live off raw kale and green juices and while still enjoying ‘demonised’ foods like bread (yes, grains and gluten!), cheese and butter (yes, dairy!) and wine (yes, sugar!).

    If you have missed the Good Food article published this week, here are my favourite quotes (for a comprehensive list of the pros and cons of each diet, you can also have a look at the article by clicking here). Hopefully this will help you answer the question: what should I eat?… Or what NOT to eat!

    • No bread is one thing but no cheese either? That’s just rude…

      PALEO

    “My main qualm with the paleo diet is that I found it dull… No bread is one thing but no cheese either? That’s just rude… I don’t know how anyone could pull this off with a family of non-paleo dieters.”

    However the journalist lost some weight and felt better.

    • JUICE CLEANSE

    “It’s expensive, time consuming and uncomfortable… How hard is it to eat out? Utterly impossible… I may not eat another vegetable for the next 6 months.”

    However the journalist may choose more salads and veggies in the future.

    • 5:2 FAST DIET

    “Fasting days are so boring…  How hard is it to eat out? On fasting days, don’t even try… Sadly now, I am on the 7:0 diet.”

    However the journalist is considering trying to do one fasting day a week. 

    • NO-SUGAR

    “Expect to spend a large chunk of your Sundays cooking up for the week ahead… I’m easing myself back into sugar.”

    However the journalist felt healthier, and her skin cleared up.

    • VEGAN

    “I’m not quite ready to make the full transition to veganism… Lack of variety when eating out… No more cheese.” 

    However it helped the journalist feel healthier, lighter, and had a positive impact on her mood.

    • Raw, vegan, juice cleanse...

      Raw, vegan, juice cleanse… What a life!

      RAW FOOD

    “I’m sick of nuts even in a cashew ‘cheese’ cake… It’s time consuming… Not ideal when you prepare separate meals for the rest of the family who aren’t concerned about the ravages of ageing.”

    However the journalist’s skin got a little clearer.

    • GWYNETH PALTROW 7-DAY DETOX

    “It’s a lot of work… Very costly, about $110 a day… My kitchen was a mess… How hard is it to eat out? Impossible “

    However from day 3, the journalist felt much healthier, had buckets of energy and her skin looked great.

    • 12WBT

    “Clean the pantry, plan my meals, shop, measure myself, weigh myself, assess my fitness, gear up, write down what I ate, track my exercise, print out the meal plans, cook. It felt like a second job… No carbs = cranky shrew wife with no sense of humour.”

    However the journalist found it was sensible, non-faddish philosophy geared to long-term health.

    • LOW-FODMAP

    “Time consuming, boring flavours, expensive.”

     However it is designed and works very well for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It can be life-changing for them.

    So now, WHAT WOULD YOU PREFER: 

    a- trusting the time-tested, no-nonsense, no-BS best-kept secret of 60 million people in France now backed by modern research (and all while eating for pleasure),
    or b-  being fooled by the latest boring and non-sustainable fad diets – true tickets to depression?

    No-brainer, isn’t it?

    Have you tried any of these hardcore diets? Did it work for you? I can’t wait to hear what you think?

    Have a great week.

    Yves

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  • My gluten-free month (part 1)

    Bonjour,

    What should I eat? “It’s simple. Go gluten-free” seems to be the mantra of some nutritionists and celebrity chefs as the answer to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancers, and other diet-related diseases. 

    Just like some of my clients, you also might be tempted to say no to gluten… But first of all what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in certain grains, including wheat, rye, barley and spelt. It gives elasticity and volume to bread, cakes, brioches, pasta, pizza. It is also widely used in the food industry to a point that it is very difficult to find processed foods that don’t contain gluten (dairy or ice creams included!). Back in the 70s, Robert Atkins led the way in the war against grains with his popular Atkins Diet. 2 new best sellers, Wheat Belly by William Davis and Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, push it even further and make gluten the No.1 enemy of our plates. Not to mention the Paleo diet craze, which bans all types on grains.

    bread

    Gluten-free bread? Me? No way!

    I know the power of foods and how some can create health and heal while others can cause diseases. A few people including some of my clients told me that cutting gluten out of their diet seem to heal their abdominal discomfort, muscle and joint pain, skin rash, digestion issues, fatigue and even depression. I constantly experiment with foods and nutrition as part of my job. And I love challenges! Even if I very rarely recommend a gluten-free diet to my clients (gluten-free doesn’t get along well with the French Paradox theory!), I wanted to know if it would have any positive impact on my health and well-being. 

    A huge challenge for me as it meant I had to give up on bread… I honestly was in panic mode: no bread, really? Wait a minute, no bread? No bread at all? How will I cope without my organic wholemeal bread from the Grumpy Baker, my favourite bakery in Sydney… Yes I know, when it comes to real good food, I’m a bit crazy: I drive a few kilometres every weekend to Vaucluse to get my bread. No gluten also means no croissants either, by the way… Oh God! Noooooo! Then I remembered that I took on an even more impossible challenge when I decided not to eat bananas for a year even though it was at that time my favourite fruit. If I could cope with no bananas for 12 months, I certainly could manage a month with no gluten!

    The challenge was definitely worth it. Here are the first 5 things I learnt and an amusing video (I’m sure it will make you smile!):

    1- It’s a fantastic conversation starter. As soon as I said that I was off gluten, every one had a say. Clients and friends who know how much I love bread were in total shock: Not you! Are you mad? However some people were surprisingly very supportive as they were genuinely convinced that gluten was very bad: Awesome! Good on you! I should do the same! Gwyneth does it too… Welcome to the Paleo tribe!

    2- Gluten? Uh… Well… (Blank – Silence). When I asked them why gluten was so bad and what gluten was, no one was able to give me a clear answer. It looked a little bit like this video. I’m sure it will make your day just like it did mine! Watch the video HERE. 

    3- More energy? Yes. I think I have more energy and did not feel tired despite my crazy hours. But whether it came from being off gluten or from loading my diet with even more green vegetables and gluten-free grains to feel fuller, I’m not sure.  This high level of energy could also have come from the excitement of working on new projects. Stay tuned.

    (Re) Discover ancient gluten-free grains...

    (Re) Discover ancient gluten-free grains…

    4- I had a blast with gluten-free grains! The challenge was to find whole gluten-free grains… Actually the choice is endless. I already was a big fan of quinoa and amaranth and discovered millet (quick tip: millet needs to be roasted first), corn and chestnut flours. Buckwheat (even if it doesn’t sound like it, buckwheat doesn’t contain wheat and therefore doesn’t contain gluten) brought me a great surprise: I found the best French buckwheat crepes made at my local farmer’s market. I also happily rediscovered polenta and couscous: so yummy, rich and satisfying. Try these 2 fabulous recipes of polenta (see below), a very popular dish in the South East of France, in particular in Nice, capital city of the French Riviera.

    5- Gluten-free products: Yuk! The food industry very quickly jumped on the $$$ gluten-free business: they developed a range of so-called ‘healthy’ gluten-free products but actually replaced gluten by even nastier ingredients… Salt, sugar, binding agents, artificial emulsifiers, bad fats… Stay away from these products… unless they are pure gems like Mary’s Crackers…

    More on these yummy nutritious super healthy crackers and whether my gluten-free diet had an impact on my weight… next week!

    And you?  What is your experience with or without gluten?

    Please leave your comment below and share this article. I would love to hear from you.

    Bon appétit,

    Yves

    2 DELICIOUS RECIPES

    Polenta is easy to prepare and very versatile. Once you have made some soft polenta, you can then use it to make to-die-for polenta chips or simply enjoy it chargrilled. Always choose organic to avoid GMO corn. Try these fabulous super easy recipes of polenta, a very popular dish in the south east of France, in particular in Nice, capital city of the French Riviera. Your guests and your kids will LOVE them!

    Soft polenta with crème fraiche

    Ingredients for 4: 1 liter of filtered water (you can also use organic chicken broth instead for a stronger flavour and a very nutritious dish), 250 grms of instant polenta, 2 large tablespoons of butter, 1 cup of grated Parmesan, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    Bring the water to boil in a large pan. Slowly stream in the polenta, whisking continuously. Once mixed, continue to stir over the heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add the butter, parmesan, salt and pepper. You can add some water for the right consistency. Add a splash of organic crème fraiche (optional but fantastic for the taste but also to add good bacteria) and serve.

    Black and green olives and dried tomatoes polenta chips (backed in olive oil or duck fat)

    Black and green olives and dried tomatoes polenta chips (backed in olive oil or duck fat)

    Back and green olives and dried tomatoes polenta chips

    Ingredients: soft polenta for 4, dried tomatoes, black and green olives, olive oil (or duck fat, fabulous taste!), lemon juice, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

    Mix your soft polenta (see first recipe) with a cup of chopped olives and dried tomatoes. Pour into a baking dish and refrigerate for 1 hour.

    Cut the polenta in 1 to 2 cm large / 5 cm long fingers. Put the fingers into a buttered baking tray and brush them with olive oil or duck fat. Add some sea salt. Place in a pre-heated oven (220) for 15 to 20 minutes, turn and cook for another 15 minutes until crisp. You can add a dash of lemon juice.

    Now, close your eyes… Yes, you are in Nice, on the French Riviera!

    Nice, French Riviera

  • One of My Detox Tips in COSMO Mag

    cosmo logoEdwina Carr from COSMO asked me and other experts to tell how we can detox the right way…

    Read right until the end of the article and you’ll find my advice for an all organic good detox day plan if a strict green-vegetable-only detox is too daunting for you. Enjoy! 

    At the beginning of the festive season, we’re all about the delicious puddings, champagne, advent calendar chocolate and event canapés being handed our way. But when the season is wrapping up, we can barely look at a glass of fancy champers without feeling ill. Yep, it’s high time for a detox. So how exactly can you get your body back to good health without having to eat only the juice of a lemon (or some other impossible diet) for a week? We asked the experts to tell us how we can detox the right way…

    “A small detox can be good for us, as it helps rest, cleanse and nourish the body from the inside out. Eat fibrous foods such as fruit, oat bran wholegrain cereals and legumes help to maintain regular bowel movements. Ensure you eliminate refined foods high in sugar, salt and saturated fats. Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages should be replaced with water and herbal teas. Certain herbs such as milk thistle, dandelion and globe artichoke may help support liver function and the detoxification process.” – Jodie Langley, naturopath 

    “A detox need not be an attempt at starvation – you can detox the body by allowing your organs to rest, whilst still nourishing the body with healthy foods and nutrients. Some people may experience headaches, gas or diarrhoea and moodiness during the early stages of a detox. This is a sign that your body is cleansing! Not everyone will experience these effects, but these symptoms should abate in one or two days. Exercise is a wonderful aid to a detox. Get your body moving with jogging, power walking, cycling or boxing – whatever you enjoy to get a sweat up and in line with your current fitness levels. Aim for 45-60 minutes of sweat time each day during your detox.” – Lucinda Zammit, nutritionist 

    “A small detox, such as a one to three day juice cleanse, or a week without any refined foods, will help you to separate yourself from the frivolities of the silly season. Stay away from coffee, alcohol, chocolate, dairy, white foods (like white pasta and white bread) and anything packaged. Choose fish, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, almond milk, cacao, goji berries, and high quality meat products (like grass-fed meat or free-range chicken). And you must drink plenty of water!” – Marla Bozic, nutrition and health coach

    “It’s very important be aware of your stress levels when you’re detoxing. The body needs to be relaxed in order to ‘let go’ of toxins and stress hormones can sometimes interfere with the detoxifying process. Schedule in a detox after the holidays while you’re still relaxed.” -Amanda Daley, nutrition and lifestyle coach

    cosmo“If a strict green-vegetable-only detox is too daunting for you, here is an example of an all organic good detox day plan to follow:

    Before breakfast: Start your day with a hot lemon water

    Breakfast: Organic poached eggs with avocado, baby spinach + coconut oil

    Snack: Handful of cherries

    Lunch: Pear and rocket salad + chicken + Dijon mustard/olive oil/apple cider vinegar

    Snack: Hummus, carrot sticks or fresh coconut juice and flesh

    Dinner: Quinoa salad with pomegranate, walnuts and lots of fresh mint. Drink two litres of filtered water throughout the day (and/or herbal teas).” – Yves Calmette, nutritionist

    Are you due for a detox?

    You can click on the link below if you want to read the article on the website of Cosmopolitan:

    http://www.cosmopolitan.com.au/health-lifestyle/healthy-eating/2013/12/how-to-detox/

    Photography credit: Nick Scott/Bauersyndication.com.au