The Art of Pleasurable Healthy Eating
Primal inspired recipes...With a little je ne sais quoi…from my French ancestry, to help you on your healthy food journey!
I prefer not to use the word ‘diet’ as it conjures up the idea of restriction, when for me, the art of eating healthily is actually rich in abundance, wholeness and the textures and colours of many ingredients. Healthy eating can and should be a pleasurable experience; we simply have to be conscious of the how, when and where we are getting our food from, prepping, cooking and eating it.
To me, the art of eating healthily is in following a predominately Primal/Paleo way of eating, which I recommend as part of my Coaching Program – inspired by and mimicking where possible - Palaeolithic living (hunter gathering in tribes), supporting our genetic evolutionary blueprint with real-food and low-carb eating.
However, in honouring my own ancestral lineage, I make personal adjustments to this food plan, by adding the occasional French je ne sais quoi (where they work for my body and overall well-being) as you will see below.
In addition to my roots from the South of France, where my mother taught me from an early age how to cook; the recipes that I share with you also take inspiration from my time in foodie Capital, London; as well as my travels across India, Sri Lanka, Greece, Mexico, Bali, Spain, Italy, Morocco, Thailand and Brazil.
Bringing you a fusion of flavours, cultures and health benefits, learnt from time passed with local families all over the world who have been kind enough to share their kitchen rituals with me. The recipes below have been created with love and feature my personal spin that I hope you will enjoy.
As such, this means that these recipes are neither strictly Paleo or Keto, but take inspiration from their health benefits, my travels, my own heritage - but most importantly, are the ones I love the most and genuinely cook on a daily basis for myself and my tribes.
For me, a truly holistic and healthy approach to food is one that gets as close to the source, (nature) as possible. Choices that we can all make when it comes to eating are to select foods that are local, organic, seasonal and whole (not processed).
My recipes are very simple and the intention is to keep the ingredients list short and for these to be quick to make and easy to remember. As I am constantly travelling and know many of you are too, I try to use references such as glass/cup/tablespoon and teaspoon to measure in case you don’t have any other measuring instruments to hand.
Please remember my motto when it comes to food: Quality over Quantity, whole food over processed food & as close to the source - nature - as possible!
One ingredient you will NEVER see in my recipes (in fact it does not exist in my kitchen and it’s the first thing I eliminate from my coachees’ kitchens’) is: SUGAR. White, Brown or any type of sugar. Even so called “healthy” sugars. Instead for a little bit of sweetness I only use pure honey and or Maple syrup. I believe Sugar is the Number 1 enemy when it comes to optimising your health and it is one of the most addictive substances out there.
The other ingredients you will not encounter in my recipes are starchy foods (like bread, pasta, rice, beans, grains legumes and/or potatoes) as they are responsible for the carb-dependence cycle. Which I really invite you to break out of to become more primal adapted and to be a better “fat-burning” beast!
A little note on Dairy - A very strict paleo diet does not allow dairy products because hunter-gatherers did not milk cows. This includes milk, butter, yogurt, cream, and cheese. However, my diet is very much Paleo inspired but has a little bit of a French & Keto twist and the Primal Blueprint diet does recommend a little bit of dairy, especially if it is grass-fed. I personally do believe that a bit of high-quality dairy is healthy and being French I have to say that not eating cheese would be considered an offence to our culinary culture! Therefore, you will see that my recipes do include butter, cream and cheese!
Before we start some (rough) measuring guidance:
1 cup = 16 tablespoons = roughly 250 ml = 25 cl (roughly a standard glass/cup)
1 tablespoon = 15 grams = roughly 15 ml
1 teaspoon = 4 grams