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  • The Perigord, an exceptional land (part 2 of 2)

    posted on April 26, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

    Bonjour! Let’s continue our tour of the Périgord!

    In the Périgord, walnuts, a delicious and nourishing fruit with multiple nutritional contributions (essential fatty acids, potassium, zinc, copper, phosphor, magnesium, etc.) is eaten fresh or more usually in the form of dried fruit, kernels, oil, wine or liqueurs.

    It is an interesting source of essential fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6 that participate in the smooth running of the cardiovascular system.

    Mushrooms, among which are the cep and the truffle - the famous "black Diamond" – are added to enhance the flavors of foie gras, pâtés, sauces and omelets.

    The sweet chestnut also has its place on the gourmet table accompanied by meats or for dessert. As it is a fruit rich in carbohydrates, you can consume 50g which is equivalent to a portion of 100g of cooked starchy foods.

    Finally, there are the strawberries of Périgord – in particular the fragrant gariguette. No need to deprive yourself of this food and can have up to 200g of it.

    Bon appétit!

  • The Perigord, an exceptional land (part 1 of 2)

    posted on April 18, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

    The Périgord, an exceptional land (part 1 of 2)

    Our trip to the beautiful regions of France would not be complete without a small detour to the Périgord! It is part of the Dordogne department and is where the medieval city of Sarlat is located.

    The vast périgourdine forest, caves, rivers, castles, pure air and quality dishes are the main assets of this warm land of the Southwest!

    Périgord has extremely fertile soil in which truffles, walnuts and mushrooms flourish. Livestock consists mainly of geese and ducks; and the area produces foie gras and duck confits of world-class standards.

    Over there, gastronomy is everywhere: there numerous restaurants, markets and inns boasting all the local flavors.

    The culinary tradition of Périgord obviously established itself on flagship products. We think at first of foie gras, because the breeding of geese and ducks are traditions of the region.

    Goose foie gras a soft and smooth flavor, whereas duck foie gras has a more pronounced taste. A 1.5 oz slice of foie gras brings you 182 calories and 18g of fat, mainly mono-unsaturated fatty acids which protect the cardiovascular system.

    You can delight from time to time in this exceptional dish by limiting the contribution of fats from the rest of the meal.

    Next week, I’ll talk about another gastronomic treasure of the Périgord, the truffle!

    A tout à l’heure !

  • Spice Up Your Meals!

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

    The Parisian Diet is all about improving your eating habits to get you in shape. This new way of eating is obviously tied to a new way of cooking.

    Hence, you are learning healthier cooking methods without adding fat. Rest assured that good taste won’t be an issue, as you can spice up your meals without adding fat.

    You can season your vegetables, starches, meat, or fish with:

    - any spice of your choice

    - any fresh or dried herbs

    - garlic, onion, shallots

    - soy sauce (gluten-free if necessary)

    - mustard

    - 1 small spoon of ketchup

    - beef, chicken, or fish stock with the fat skimmed: 1 tablespoon diluted

    - choice of vinegar (white, red wine, balsamic, apple cider, etc.)

    - lemon juice

  • Top 10 Probiotic Foods

    posted on April 12, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

     Probiotics are living bacteria in your food. But don't be frightened of them. In fact, they can be good for you, as they keep intestinal flora healthy.

    1. Yogurt and fermented milk are among the best sources of probiotics. Yogurt is, in fact, milk fermented by two specific bacteria: Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophiles. These bacteria must be present in order to be called yogurt and have specific benefits on intestinal flora. Bifidus helps regulate transit, while L.casei boosts the immune system.

    2. Kefir is also a great source of lactic acid bacteria and yeast. It is a naturally carbonated beverage obtain by the fermentation of kefir grains in milk or in sweetened water and fruit.

    3. Yeast or Saccharomyces boulardii is made up of fungi, and thus is a probiotic. Choose yeast that is living, revivable, or freeze-dried, and not inactive yeast (which is more commonly found). It is found in tablet form.

    4. Sourdough bread is a good source of probiotics. Why? It is made up of a natural starter (referred to as levain or head). It preserves better and has a unique taste. Try it!

    5. Some soy products also contain probiotics. On the menu: shoyu and tamari (real soy sauces), and even miso, tempeh, and natto. Find these in a specialty health store.

    6. Sauerkraut, especially raw, provides probiotics because it is a lactofermented food. Lactic acid bacteria develop and transform a portion of cabbage sugars into lactic acid. This makes cabbage easier to digest.

    7. Olives are also lactofermented (otherwise, they would be inedible!). That is why they contain probiotics.

    8. Lager also contains yeast, a source of probiotics, unlike ordinary beers that have them removed. Lagers are fermented beers, originally produced by farms. They are usually light brown or blond, and have a strong taste and high alcoholic content.

    9. Cheese rinds (or blue cheese) also contain probiotic sources of bacteria. Choose real cheeses to fully enjoy them! The mold in cheese rinds actually come from the Penicillium family, which is also the same source of the antibiotic penicillin.

    10. Kombucha is a fermented drink fermented by bacteria and yeast in a sweetened mixture. In Japanese, its name means “kelp tea”. It is traditionally prepared with sweet green or black tea. Rich in probiotics, it is known to treat digestive problems and many other ailments (insomnia, arthritis, fatigue)

  • A Parisian Diet Tour

    posted on April 11, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

    Lost? Let me present to you how to make the best out of your program. Watch this video!

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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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