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The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management

What American woman wouldn’t love to eliminate the word ‘diet’ from her vernacular?
After reading Carol Cottrill‘s book The French Twist – Twelve Secrets of Decadent
Dining and Natural Weight Management, I’m ready to change my life! Carol is a CNC
– Certified Nutrition Counselor with a love of all things French. Her book unravels the
French Paradox, of why French women don’t get fat. It’s because of those cute little bistro tables they dine at! That’s just one of the little trucs (tricks) she reveals in her book.
We all know obesity is epidemic in America, not only with adults, but childhood obesity is out of control. There is something in our American Cultural that promotes over-indulgence. I love America. We’re a hardworking, innovative people. But our eating and food system is out of control. Somehow we need to return to our roots, and take responsibility for our daily diet and over scheduled lifestyle.

The French Twist gives you 12 secrets to a healthier, happier lifestyle. It’s a known fact that the French people indulge in a higher fat diet and don’t obsess over exercise like we Americans, yet they have a much lower rate of heart disease and obesity. We’ve become a society of partakers of low quality and high quantity food. We believe that only through deprivation can we achieve weight loss goals. Carol promotes the value of savoring and respecting food and consuming only the best as a means of managing your weight. Stop going to the gym and eat what you love! Now that’s my kind of diet. Of course, there’s more to it than that. I believe if we unlock her 12 secrets, not only will Americans be happier and healthier, but we’ll find balance as we identify our core values and return to being a kinder, gentler people.

But first, you must understand how your body works, in order to find that balance. Every American should know their BMR – Basal Metabolic Rate, or the rate at which you burn calories. The formula is in the book. It’s also good to know your BMI – body mass index, or how much fat you’re packin. From there, you can determine what your caloric intake should be. Next, Americans must embrace and love their bodies and stop trying to achieve what Hollywood promotes. Count how many diets you’ve been on – How much money have you spent on ‘programs’ that work, but only for a limited time. What a gift to learn you can indulge and feed your body the very best, and stop depriving yourself. Eat chocolate! Go on – eat it. But when you do, eat only the very best. Our food system is systematically removing all the good stuff from our diet and feeding us “fake food.”

Here are just a few of my takeaways from the book: shop local, buy the best, cook more, no more fast food, sit down and eat with my family, don’t eat in the car or on the go, portion control, eat only until satisfied (think 80% full), two-thirds rule (2/3 of food on plate should be plant based), find exercise doing what you love, slow-down and enjoy food with family and friends, stop being a victim of American media (bad food, poor body image, unrealistic goals), find a wholesome bread, eat 3 meals a day and a snack, find my own balance.

You’ll learn how to Eat the French Way, after reading this book – it’s truly a gift. Carol Cottrill is one of Dr. Oz’s industry experts featured on, an interactive Q & A Forum. Read what others have to say about the 5 star rated book on The French Twist also happens to be on sale for just $12.71! Now, I will go have a piece of chocolate (her book tells you the best you can find in America). You can also find Carol Cottrill on facebook.


Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of The French Twist, as well as compensation for my time to review the book. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Such a fabulous book!

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