Detox

  • Soups for weight loss.

    Bonjour,

    I have been overwhelmed by all your comments and questions about my Sexy Delicious Soups Series. Thank you so much! Part one was about bone broth, while part two was about healthy soups. For this third and last part, let’s talk about soups for weight loss… read more

  • 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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  • Time for a spring detox?

    Bonjour,

    It’s this time of the year again: everyone is talking about starting a spring detox!

    As you know, I’m not necessarily a big fan of detoxes and other tough cleansing programs, but I do believe that if you’re feeling tired, sluggish, heavy and foggy, it might be a good idea to look at a few gentle options.

    Here are the 10 questions my clients ask me the most frequently about detox. I hope you’ll find the answers helpful!

    Spring detox? Great tips from Food Matters TV.

    1- What exactly is a spring detox if you don’t know?

    Detox is about giving your liver and your digestion system a rest, eliminating toxins mainly accumulated from foods (but also from drinks, pollution, radiation, stress) and replenishing and boosting your body with nutrients, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and vitamins which many people lack, in particular after winter. 

    Basically during a detox, you don’t have or you reduce the following foods that add toxins: wheat, sugar, alcohol, refined and processed food, dairy, coffee, sodas (diet sodas included), artificial sweeteners, and animal foods.

    And you’ll stock up on organic, real, whole, fresh and local non-animal foods: a lot of leafy greens, onions, garlic, avocados, asparagus, broccoli, parsley, mint, basil, coriander but also raw nuts, brown rice, quinoa, and healthy fats. You can add organic eggs, wild-caught cold-water fish and grass-fed meat but only in small quantities.

     2- Can a spring detox be dangerous for your health?

     For some people, yes definitely. Always consult your GP before starting any type of cleansing, in particular if you have a medical condition, .

    If you are run-down or anxious, a detox is not a good idea at all. Or at least not a strict detox that looks like punishment and goes with cravings, deprivation and frustration for many and which could be counter-productive if not harmful for your health. Listen to your body. Always. Never punish or you will see rebound effects weeks, months or years later.

     3- Why can a spring detox be necessary after winter?

    During the colder months we all eat way too much while often indulging on alcohol, refined foods, a lot of meat, sugary foods and sweets: a very acidic diet, which promotes oxidation, inflammation and overloads our liver. The problem is this extra burden drastically reduces the liver key jobs: neutralising and eliminating toxins and helping burn fat! So it is very important to get our liver back on track.

    4- What can you eat to help cleanse your liver?

    It is critical to support our liver as its workload has increased dramatically over the last century: it is responsible for eliminating medication, radiation, air/water pollution, pesticides, personal care products, food additives, cleaning products, air freshener and 40,000 chemicals brought into our lives since the 1940s. To assist your liver detox, overcrowd your diet with these liver-friendly foods: avocados, green tea, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leafy greens (think kale, spinach, boy choy, rocket), artichokes, ginger, apple cider vinegar and lemon. 

    5- Is there another way to detox than green juices…?

    cosmo logoAbsolutely – I’m not a big fan of green juices myself, so I totally get you! My clients usually love this mild detox (only organic foods): a week of super clean diet with a limited amount of clean animal foods. It was featured in COSMOPOLITAN magazine (click here to read the article):

    • before breakfast: start your day with a hot lemon water with fresh ginger
    • breakfast: avocado, baby spinach + olive oil with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
    • snack: kiwi fruit with raw almonds
    • lunch: pear and rocket salad + organic poached/boiled eggs + Dijon mustard/olive oil/apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
    • snack: hummus, carrot sticks or fresh coconut juice and flesh
    • dinner: quinoa salad + pomegranate + walnuts /  strawberries for dessert
    • 2 litres of filtered water throughout the day and or herbal teas)

    6- What is the ideal duration for a quick and effective detox?

    One size definitely doesn’t fit all. Your health condition, your body type, your goals, your lifestyle are unique. For some one day of lemon/ginger water (see Q6) will be enough to feel better. Others will need to cleanse for up to 3 to 6 weeks as the liver replaces itself after 6 weeks and you start seeing real results after 2 weeks (glowing skin, better sleep, high energy, more focused, weight loss). For those who can’t detox for major medical reasons, it will be more about introducing cleansing foods (see Q1) in their daily diet with one day of fasting every month. 

    7- What would a day’s food on a detox look like (drinks, snacks, meals)

    If you really want to go for a 100% alkalising and super cleansing detox, consider this very simple yet highly purifying plan for 3 days. Start your day with hot lemon water. Eat nothing but organic or chemical-free green leafy vegetables (baby spinach, rocket, kale, bok choy…), avocados, broccoli, asparagus, parsley, mint, basil, and coriander. You can also add some fruits (not a lot!): lots of lemons and berries. One banana a day is also allowed. Be inventive and make juices, smoothies, soups, and salads. You’ll be surprised how easy it is (and if it’s not that easy for you, remember it is only for 3 days!). For instance you can have a smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch, a soup for dinner and have juices for snacks. Use lemon juice or apple cider vinegar with some olive oil as a very healthy dressing. A whole fresh coconut with the flesh and the juice is also a delicious, satisfying snack. Drink 2 litres of filtered water and as much as organic herbal tea as you want.

    8- Give me one easy tip I can use now?

    These foods (listed in Q7) are rich in fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K), which require fat to be absorbed properly. So each time you have your juice, smoothie, salad or soup, always add a good quality fat such as coconut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil, fish oil to make the most of these very important vitamins.

    9- How much water or what liquids should you drink while detoxing?

    Water, water, water! Quantity is important (I recommend to drink 2 litres a day) but quality is also paramount for a good detox. Filtered water is the best option or mineral water in glass bottles (to avoid chemicals from plastic bottles). Fat-soluble vitamins (C, Bs) enter your body with water so plenty of filtered water is definitely needed for a detox to work. If you find plain water boring, you have plenty of other options. Organic green tea is one. Herbal teas such as cinnamon, peppermint, ginger, or liquorice tea are fantastic to support digestion while minimising sugar cravings. You also can make your own vitamin water: fresh sliced whole fruits (with skins and flesh) such as lemons (help in the absorption of sugars and calcium and cuts down your cravings for sweets), limes (promote a healthy digestive tract), berries (full of antioxidants), sliced vegetables and herbs such as cucumber (acting as a diuretic and flush fat cells) and mint (natural appetite suppressant that also aids in digestion and helps to keep cool during warmer days), marinated in filtered water overnight and drunken throughout the day. It is delicious and one of my clients’ favourites!

    yoga

    Yoga and meditation: my detox of choice.

    10- Is detox only about food?

    My ‘nourish, don’t punish’ approach to really work needs to talk to the body and the mind at the same time: every day, practice yoga (so powerful to detoxify the livers, kidneys, gall bladder, lungs…), meditate (5mn a day is a good start), move to aid digestion and stimulate metabolism (an early 30 minutes walk in the park, a swim in the ocean), apply a detoxifying face and body mask, exfoliate and sleep a lot (our liver filters and purifies our blood at night). Stay away from BPA (in plastic containers and cans), pesticides, chlorine, fluoride, parabens/propylene glycol/aluminium (in personal care products), non-stick cookware, and nicotine. Try to get all screens (mobile, tablets, TV, computers) switched off from 7pm until the next day (or 2 hours before going to bed).

    A great tip from my great grandmother, popular cook and health practitioner in the 1920’s: take a walk in the morning dew as often as you can. High in electricity and energy, it is very alkalising for the body… According to Asian traditions, it feeds the kidney meridian, essence of life.

    Are you going to do a detox? Any tip to share? Let me know!

    Talk to you next week.

    Yves

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  • 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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