Fasting

  • Intermittent Fasting?

    Bonjour,

    Intermittent fasting? Are you serious? This is something I would never advise my clients to do… Well, until today. When a client of mine asked me to help her optimise the way she was doing intermittent fasting, I was a bit in shock. read more

  • 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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  • 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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