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French Mediterranean Diet Does Not Exist

By George Josserme

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• article synopsis •

Throughout their lives,
the French people use
rational cooking practices and foods that nature intends humans to eat.
It yields healthful and delicious recipes that
exalt the senses.

None of it is a diet !

This article helps a reader jump over the other side
of the fence.

Eating healthy food should not be a top secret.

-- Chef Todd Mohr
French Trained Chef
- 2010

REMAINS VERY LARGE the number of folks who wrongly believe something counter to the so-called French Mediterranean Diet. It is called The Diet, and presented to all of them as the most recent scientific advance of the highest order.

In a planet ten galaxies away...

Recorded during Renaissance days in the mid-1500s, French Cuisine was born; but not the French Mediterranean Diet. Since those days, folks in the land of Renoir enjoy healthy and lengthy lives. In the late XX century, scientists concurred that their sensible recipes, fresh ingredients persistently used in each meal, and use of health-enhancing cooking practices are responsible for such overwhelming health benefits.

This article was written for you to also discern on your own if the French Mediterranean Diet is what French women buy in book format, OR if it is the lifestyle of the Slim & Wiser.

french mediterranean diet - foods people eat

» To preserve nutrients and other qualities, French eat locally grown foods; but not less important is that their food must be seasonal. No canned foods. (!)

» They eat much more leaner meats such as fish and poultry as opposed to red meat. The following are six examples:

1.- halibut provençal is a fish recipe from the southern region of Provence. It is a recipe well-known for a combination of flavors created by garlic, tomatoes, shallots, fennel, olives, and sage.

2.- bouillabaisse is a well-known fish soup from the city of Marseilles. Part of its success are the herbs used in the recipe which enchant your soul.

3.- coq au vin is 'Rooster In Wine.' Nowadays, of course, chickens are used instead. Originally from the region of Burgundy, this meal is cooked with Burgundy wine; but it is acceptable to cook it with a regional wine. A tasty morsel that will take you to heaven.

4.- sole meunière is fish cooked in a butter sauce with flour, lemon juice, and served with several vegetables. Salmon may well be used. This recipe is a healthful winner.

5.- tuna nicoise is a colorful, savory, and certainly healthful entrée originated in the city of Nice on the Côte d'Azur. Their original recipe calls for several raw vegetables, but it is well-accepted if they are gently steamed to preserve nutrients.

6.- roulades de poisson aux épinards is baked fish, and it lends itself to such elegant presentation because the fish is rolled before baking. Spinach plays important role, and makes the recipe even healthier.

» They integrate in their meals good quantities of legumes, vegetables, and herbs.

» They often eat raw nuts or fiber-rich cereals as a snack during the day.

» They spread Extra Virgin Olive Oil on their crunchy bread [usually Baguettes] and sprinkle herbs which they prepared the same day as a Chef Todd Mohr elucidates in his own article "How-to of Herbs and Shrimp."

» They use Extra Virgin Olive Oil in meals, and Light Olive Oil [the less costly] with foods to be lightly cooked in it. Butter, margarine, or fat are NEVER used for frying their food. (!)

» They eat sauces and other foods such as their delicious croissants and pastries which may be regarded as fattening, but they do so in moderation as they take time to savor their superb taste and flavors.

» They may drink water, but a reasonable amount of red wine ~such as 5 to 6 ounces~ vastly remains their preference. Wine is meant to enhance the taste of a flavorful meal, it is not meant to get drunk with, and it is not drunk during breakfast; of course.

french mediterranean diet - cooking practices

» Meals are cooked shortly before a meal-time, and eaten immediately after.

» Ingredients used are as fresh as possible, and they are minimally processed.

» Vegetables are not boiled in water, but steamed to avoid destroying nutrients.

french mediterranean diet - lifestyle & habits

» They have breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a meal between lunch and dinner if desired.

» They do not start eating until the person that cooked or served the meal is sitting at the table. To do otherwise denotes disrespect, and lack of good manners.

» They sit at a table to have a meal. They do not feel guilt when they eat. They enjoy a relaxing moment feeling good in company of good people eating one good meal with a swallow of good wine. Rushing such a moment is inconceivable. (!)

» Lunch and Dinner consist of five or six bites. Often, they are followed by cheese and crunchy bread accompanied by a matching-to-the-cheese wine.

» They do not go to sleep at night with a full stomach.

» It is not small the number of French women ~and men~ who dedicate a day a month to eat only apples.

» They do not run like maniacs to accelerate wearing out lower joints. No gym contracts either. They have physical activities that pertain to life as expected to be.

french mediterranean diet - what not to do

» Do not often eat red meat.

» Do not drink wine nor eat red meat by itself on an empty stomach.

» Do not often drink sodas, or do not drink them at all.

» Do not eat much fast food, heavily processed food, or deep-fried food.

you now discern if the french mediterranean diet is
something french women buy printed in book format,
OR if it is the lifestyle of the slim & wiser.

About Author Mr. George Josserme

This man's French origins ~and his power of observation~ let him learn why women in France are slender, attractive, and gorgeous. He passes on to readers what he learned.

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