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The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Mgnt
by Carol Cottrill   

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ISBN-13:  9781614481621

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The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management, explores the French attitudes of reverence and respect for food and dining.

Carol’s book with Morgan James Publishing, 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, she exposes the shortcomings of quick-fix fad diets, and encourages readers to examine their unique connections to food. 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.

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.

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A True Stand Out in a Sea of French-Themed
A true stand-out in a sea of French-themed "diet" books..., May 17, 2012
By K. Walters "Lover of fitness, politics, readi... (Washington, DC USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management (Paperback)
I have read and followed numerous "diet" books and programs, and what I have learned is that any plan that increases your calorie output to a level greater than calorie input on a consistent basis can be a successful means of dropping pounds. At least for a short period of time. Enter Carol Cottrill and "The French Twist." First, this is not a diet book - the author would cringe at that suggestion. It is a lovely story about qualities of the French lifestyle that might make it more conducive to living longer, healthier lives without eating iceberg lettuce with bottled, fat-free dressing and a diet soda and then rushing off to the gym to do a power hour of intervals on the elliptical trainer. Did you know that the average French woman is 5'3" and weighs 137.6 pounds, and the average American woman is 5'4" and weighs 164.7 pounds? Or that the average life expectancy in France is 81 and in the U.S. it is 78.1? These are just a few of the interesting facts and tidbits skattered throughout this book that make you question the American addiction to gyms, deprivation, fat-free, fake sugar and cars. This book lays out the French lifestyle qualities in an informative and entertaining manner, highlighted by the author's personal stories from her visits to France as well as experiences in her nutrition counseling business. The tone is fun and forgiving, rather than pretentious, which I have found to be the problem with other French "diet" books. And while there are only a few recipes (this is not a cookbook), there is good advice on which "real foods"are healthiest and why (think apples rather than canned applesauce; potatoes rather than potato chips). In the end, none of the advice is new or innovative - eat whole foods, in moderation, exercise regularly but not to the point of obsession, etc. - but the manner in which the author tells the story is lovely and engaging, and despite my vast experience with this genre, I didn't want to put the book down and I feel like I can really take something valuable from it. 5 stars.

You Just Know When You Find
My diets have been like love affairs…some are torrid and end quickly, while others slowly simmer until I get bored. Looking back over the past ten to fifteen years (which is when I gained my weight – thank you menopause), I notice that my most successful weight loss was when I DOVE from a size 12/14 down to a size 6 – QUICKLY. Not only did I lose all of the weight in a short period of time, but I kept it off for a good five years. What diet made this amazing transformation happen?

STRESS (mixed with a little aqua aerobics for good measure).

Yes, good old stress helped me to lose lots and lots of weight. After carefully scrutinizing what I’ve been doing wrong, I realized that what I did RIGHT was that I ATE differently during this difficult time. I never counted calories, carbs or fats. I didn’t cut out the good stuff, I ate what I wanted in the quantities that my body craved. Still, I quickly lost pounds quickly off of this 5’1″ body and without depriving myself of ANYTHING.

As I read Carol Cottrill’s The French Twist while sitting on my flights this week (I spent almost 24 hours in the air over a nine day period), I had an epiphany (along with a hunk of chocolate). The times in my life that I’ve been the thinnest were:

BB – before Ben. I was a dancer/dance teacher, actress, and worked at hubby’s restaurant on the side
When I lived in Paris – odd that I ate everything that I wanted and stayed slim
When I was so stressed that food didn’t interest me
They all have the same thing in common. I ATE NATURALLY. Oh, I’m not talking about organic foods here, I’m talking about only eating WHAT I wanted and stopping when I was full. I’m talking about savoring every bite of my food with an intense focus (vs. mindless munching). I walked everywhere, and was naturally active (rather than forcing myself to the gym each day). In other words – I was elevating the QUALITY of my food/exercise (just the way that I live the rest of my life now). The French Twist made me realize how I’ve gotten away from my natural tendency to eat this way.

For those who’ve never given themselves the OPPORTUNITY to eat the “French” way, or those (like me) who seemed to have veered off into the abyss of mindless eating, this is the book that will inspire you back to the way you’re supposed to eat. Much like Champagne Living, The French Twist allows you to enjoy life to the fullest, and even offers the how-to’s of life’s simple pleasures like:

How to buy the PERFECT French baguette
Why you should ALWAYS have chocolate in your life
You deserve quality!
Why you should FORGET about going to the gym, and enjoy walking in the city instead
In fact – she offers TWELVE secrets of “decadent dining and natural weight management” in an easy to digest format that not only tells HOW to do it, but WHY you should. Yes, much of what Ms. Cottrill writes, I already knew – but I had stopped doing. I’m back to “practicing my French” now and will keep you posted.

While I’ll continue to REVIEW diet books here, this is the ONE that I’ll be following….or rather LIVING (in true Champagne style).

An Easy Five Stars!
An easy 5 stars and a BIG FAT recommendation., August 16, 2012
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While my life's priorities (concerning food, exercise and nutrition) were anchored smack dab in the middle of shifting tides [with one failed attempt after another at regaining my balance] I just continued to get tossed deeper and deeper into an unsettling abyss. All I could do is hope for someone to throw me a life boat/ jacket/ or a rope, instead, I got a book.

Carol Cottrill's book "The French Twist" was just the rescuer I needed. I was instantaneously plucked from the stomach-churning tides and gently placed down into a beautiful café and was told to enjoy my croissant and cappuccino, and boy-o-boy did I enjoy them. In fact, after a very peaceful and rather tasty week of practicing Carol's "little trucs" my scale decided it was in a good mood too and registered a three pound weight loss.

As an undeniable francophile I know exactly what propelled me to buy this book (have you seen the cover). But I honestly didn't expect the life altering experience that I got when I finally finished reading it. So I would like to humbly say thank you to Carol. Not just for the three pounds, but for the exorcism of the mindless, fruitless and unproductive chatter that used to occupy my mind where food, health and life were concerned. I am now armed with knowledge, desire and passion that will undoubtably lead to more pleasure and more pounds lost.

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