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Americans diet while the French dine. But is it true that French women don?t get fat? Is there a French Paradox?the counterintuitive notion that a diet that includes cheese, chocolate, and wine is associated with improved cardiovascular health and weight management?
The ancient wisdom and long-held traditions of the French have, in fact, been validated. Recent and groundbreaking nutritional science confirms what the French have known for centuries?there is no paradox at all. ...
Americans diet while the French dine. But is it true that French women don’t get fat? Is there a French Paradox—the counterintuitive notion that a diet that includes cheese, chocolate, and wine is associated with improved cardiovascular health and weight management?
The ancient wisdom and long-held traditions of the French have, in fact, been validated. Recent and groundbreaking nutritional science confirms what the French have known for centuries—there is no paradox at all. Enjoying high-quality, real, even so-called “decadent” foods—prepared with awareness and savored with pleasure and relaxation, and in moderation—ensures a lifetime of relatively effortless weight management. In The French Twist, nutritional consultant Carol Cottrill lets American women in on twelve secrets for organizing their personal rhythms and rituals around this concept, which can have a profound effect on their metabolism and weight.
Talk to a French woman and you may learn that, rather than a French Paradox, there exists a French Dilemma. The French love good food and wine, and certainly the idea of a pleasurable life of large meals with family and friends, but these preferences must be reconciled with their desire to be attractive and healthy. The French woman will allow herself to enjoy an excellent meal, but she will naturally eat less and walk more to compensate. She is quietly self-disciplined in her efforts, and she automatically observes portion savoir-faire. This typical and widely practiced solution to the French Dilemma results in what we perceive as the French Paradox.
The truth is that Americans are not different from people in other countries. We just have different eating habits. Americans are hungry for an alternative to the restrictions of dieting. The French Twist offers a realistic, commonsense, tried and true approach—core values that include the concept of a person’s natural weight, nourishment, pleasure, healing, and the welfare of future generations.
Posted March 23, 2012
The very first thing you should notice about The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management is that its title is conspicuously devoid of one term commonly referenced by weight management books: DIET. That's because Carol Cottrill's philosophy is the antithesis of a diet. In fact, it becomes quite clear that she detests the term for its association with restrictive, gimmicky, unsustainable attempts at weight control. Thankfully, she presents us with a much more sensible approach.
The French Twist teaches us that it is OK to eat the foods we like, so long as we practice self-control and moderation. Easier said than done? Perhaps...but the author gives us the tools to successfully mitigate our own trappings by teaching us to recognize internal cues about hunger. She explores the psychology of eating, explaining that the pleasure center of the brain and our own happiness bear a direct correlation to our ability to maintain a healthy weight. The proof? She's got that covered...thoroughly explaining the seemingly paradoxical relationship between the "eat what you want" philosophy of the French and their slender waistlines. Further, she backs it up with the latest in scientific research.
Since I have long managed my own weight by modeling my eating habits similarly to the book's approach, I can attest first-hand to its effectiveness. I feel that I have a very healthy relationship with food, and this book provides validation of that notion. I am not an avid reader, but I took special interest in this book, and it did not disappoint. The author's writing style is fun and witty, making for an easy-breezy read. I zipped through it in two nights (quick by my standards). It was hard to put it down!.
I whole-heartedly recommend this book to EVERYONE....not just those who struggle with weight management or those who bounce from one unsuccessful fad diet to another, but also to those who, like me, just need some verification that it is OK to eat the way you want. Pick up The French Twist today!
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Posted May 3, 2013
This book was wonderful. Even if French is not your goal and French recipes are not your style, this book will change how you view food and every day activity. It dispels diet
and excercise myths and puts a true, healthy lifestyle into perspective and into reach. Full of humor and wit, it will put a spring in your step and better food on your plate.
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Posted May 30, 2012
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