Yesterday, Sophie Marceau — France’s favorite actress we were told — was the guest on a popular television program. The premise of the show is built around a single invitee and that person in turn invites the other guests.
Among the people she chose was the renowned Henri Joyoux, oncologist and gastroenterologist. She invited him because she lives by his doctrine of eating well for a long, healthy life. Not once did anyone speak about diets and weight loss which, as you know, is practically unheard of in conversations about nutrition.
“I want to live to be 120,” she said.
Dr. Joyeux said, if we eat as nature intended we can live mostly disease free.
While perusing the Internet I discovered an interview with him wherein he lamented the fact that more than 80 percent of research funds are spent on curing disease while only 11 percent is devoted to prevention. He would like to change the percentages and has written several books (the most recent, updated version pictured above) on how we can eat to prevent disease.
He is adamant about eating “at least 40 percent of the time” like a vegetarian. He told us to forget about three tiered steamers. Use only one, he said. You don’t want foods seeping into each other by layering the steaming. He added that all barbecuing should be vertical so that all animal fats drip off meats.
Someone asked him about that classic and not so healthy French favorite, steak/frites. “Maybe once a week, maximum,” he said.
I intend to buy his book when the bookstore in the town near ours opens tomorrow. I’ll share more with you when I actually read it. Until then (it takes me three times longer to read books in French), this is what he shared with the audience Sunday:
|Just what the doctor ordered: one dose per day. A petit qualification: only “really good wine.”|
- Stop eating cow’s milk products. (This is never going to happen for me.)
- Drink one glass of really good red wine.
- Chew, chew, chew. (We know this, but most of us forget.)
- Eat only grain products that are “bio.”
- Like our food, roses too must be “bio” otherwise they will have no perfume and that’s very sad.
- Olive oil is wonderful.