Jean-Michel Cohen's Blog

  • See Me in New York This June 5!

    posted on June 3, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

     Bonjour !

    I am now in New York to speak at the AAFSHP (American Association of French Speaking Health Professionals) dinner conference this Wednesday, June 5. You can find more details about the event here.

    I have spent a lovely weekend in New York so far!

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    Even people in New York love their croissants. At a New York outpost of Le Pain Quotidien. 


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    Calorie counts are required in New York menus

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    Wine for breakfast? Why not?


    Nice sunny afternoon in Central Park


    A bientot,


  • Thank You for the Birthday Greetings!

    posted on May 29, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

    Better late than never, but a huge thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all those who sent me their birthday greetings on Twitter and Facebook. I had fun reading them!

    On my birthday, I had a pleasure of a home-cooked meal by Ruben Serfati, who appeared in the French version of Top Chef.

    A birthday only comes once a year, so even if you're following the Parisian Diet, you can enjoy your own birthday....within reason, of course. :)

  • Liven Up Your Drinking Water!

    posted on May 23, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

    If pure water is the only essential drink, you can vary the ways you enjoy it for a little pleasure.

    Here are some ideas so you can be encouraged to drink more water.

    - You can add a slice of lemon, a few mint leaves, or a few drops of orange blossom water to add flavor without adding calories.

    - If you can find this French import, you can use Antesite, which features the natural sweetness of licorice. It is sugar-free and contains no artificial sweeteners.

    - Consider tea, coffee, and tisanes/herbal infusions. You can even enjoy them iced.

    - You can also drink sparkling water by choosing less-salinated brands. Flavored versions are just as delicious, but choose sugar-free versions.

    - If you love sodas, try to limit this treat on occasion by having a light or zero version, and limit yourself to a single can each day, after a meal.

    And keep in mind that fruit juice is a sweetened drink. A 150 ml/8 fl oz serving is equal to a serving of fruit in a day.

    So, how much water do you drink each day?

    Have a great week!

  • What Are Dietary Products?

    posted on May 17, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.


    Dietary products represent a significant market share and show strong growth. But what is it really? Let me give you some examples. Not all of them are related to weight loss!

    The goal of a dietary product is to meet a health-related goal:

    Intake of vitamins and minerals
    Reduced sugar, salt, and fat
    Low glycemic index for diabetics
    Rich in fiber to prevent constipation
    Rich in carbohydrates for physical activity

    Just because it is a dietary product doesn't necessarily mean it is better for you. You must also take into account your personal dietary needs, based on your profile and even your medical history.

  • Wonderful Mexican Food

    posted on May 10, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

    Let's take a break from our usual culinary tour of France and go to a land with what I think has some of the most interesting cuisine (outside of France, that is!)...Mexico!

    Mexico has a gastronomic wealth that is at the same time surprising and more sophisticated than we usually know.

    Mexico is the biggest Spanish-speaking country of the world. People take three meals a day here in the same late hours as in Spain: the desayuno, the almuerzo (copious lunch) and the cena (rather light dinner). And the Mexicans cultivate the art of the fiesta just the same as our Spanish neighbors.

    Today, if you feel the urge to travel by listening to the tunes of mariachi guitars, a Mexican restaurant is doubtless an attractive place. You can feast on fabulous tortillas and chili con carne and you can drink some tequila.

    Tortillas are small thin pancakes made from corn. This ancestral preparation is always omnipresent on the Mexican tables. They accompany all the meals and eaten using your fingers as dictated by tradition.

    Today, tortillas are used in a number of different ways: in tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tostadas, chilaquiles, it depends on the side dish or the filling and whether the tortilla is soft or fried in oil. These are all variations of a soft tortilla, filled with meat or fish, avocado, onions, tomatoes and salad which I recommend to you, with a little chili if you like.

    Corn, hot pepper/chili, tomatoes, avocadoes and beans (frijoles) are the bases of Mexican cuisine. The Spanish conquistadores made their contribution to the local gastronomy with wheat, rice and meat.

    The nopal, another symbolic dish and represented on the national flag, takes on a crucial importance within the Mexican society. It is a cactus which was formerly consumed by the Aztecs. Eaten by man as well as by cattle, we extract the fruit from it - the prickly pear - and the leaves after having removed the thorns. The nopal also serves in the industry as a coloring agent, rubber and anticorrosive. Aside from which, it also protects the fertile layer of the ground against erosion.

    Tequila, a universally known drink, is prepared from the heart of the agave plant.

    I wish you an excellent festive meal in line with the warm Mexican tradition.

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Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen
is the founder of The Parisian Diet, which is about the pleasure of eating and being able to eat all types of food.

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