The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management

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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. 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.
Table of Contents:

Intro: Learning to Eat in French
 
Une: Le Poids Naturel - Your Natural Weight
 
Deux: Pas de Résistance - No Resistance
 
Trois: La Qualité - Quality
 
Quatre: Le Plaisir - Pleasure
 
Cinq: L'Equilibre - Balance
 
Six: La Nourriture Authentique ­- Real Food
 
Sept: Les Parties ­- Portions
 
Huit: Le Métabolisme ­- Metabolism
 
Neuf: L'Exercice - Exercise
 
Dix: Les Rythmes et les Rituels - Rhythms and Rituals
 
Onze: Les Valeurs - Values
 
Douze: Manger à la Française - Eating the French Way
 
Epilogue: Wishing You Freedom, Passion, and Life in Body and Soul     
 

Appendix: Health and Beauty Foods

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With wit and wisdom, The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management explores the French attitudes of reverence and respect for food and dining. Based on a desire to take the American obsession with weight and fitness in a new direction, it exposes the shortcomings of quick-fix fad diets, encourages readers to examine their unique connections to food, and asks them to abandon their fears about eating and to reject such common myths as the idea that to lose weight we need to eat less and exercise more. Among the secrets the book reveals are the importance of eating authentic and high-quality food, and the role of pleasure and balance in proper nutrition and successful weight management. Throughout, the French approach is validated by up-to-date science on metabolism as it relates to the psychology of eating.
 

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The very act of dieting is a set up for failure. 45 million Americans are on a diet right now--and as a nation we are fatter than ever before.

Dieting does more long-term harm than good by teaching us to ignore our body's natural internal cues around eating--about hunger or fullness, taste and preference while replacing these instincts with the external dictates of a diet.
 
My desire to unravel this obsession was sparked by my own two-year stint with an overzealous fitness trainer who preached a low-carb regimen. What began as an innocent attempt to improve my diet and fitness level ended in unwarranted restrictive eating and extreme exercise.  I didn't know how to get off the treadmill- literally and figuratively.

As a nutritional consultant I've spent years studying dieting and the negative effect it has on hundreds of women. Every day in my practice a woman tells me that she can't be trusted to make the right food choices for herself.  What she really can't trust is the dieting that required her to abandon her freedom, choice and happiness for a craze.  A craze that left her heavier mentally and physically than when she started.

I've helped many people come to terms with the futility of fad dieting.  It can be done, and while there is no silver bullet, there is a natural, tried and true approach to weight management, that dare I say is pleasurable- even decadent!

Can it be? Is this notion of living better, feeling in control of our lives and eating naturally without being subjugated to someone's diet plan simply too good to be true?

There are many examples of people around the world whose culture supports an authentic lifestyle with the added benefit of longevity.  In my book, The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management I zeroed in on the French way of eating as a case in point; the French adhere to a centuries old philosophy, a value system of reverence and respect around food and dining.  And let's not forget about the red wine, bread, cheese and pastries.

I hope that by adding a little French Twist, you will join cultures around the globe who enjoy a peaceful relationship with food and a longer, slimmer and healthier life to show for it!

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