Are you quaking and shuddering at the mere mention of fats? They have had such a bad reputation in so many quarters, but now scientists are reexamining them and discovering that when chosen with care they may be our greatest regime ally.
In a perfect world — my perfect world that is — I would probably slather my toast and vegetables with Normandy butter crunchy with sea salt. But I’ve weaned myself off of this delicious, though less than healthy in excess, indulgence.
Remember, as My-Reason-For-Living-In-France has pointed out on numerous occasions, I am an excessif or basically someone who thinks more is more. Sometimes he’ll say, “it’s just because you’re so generous. . .” Ahem.
Clearly the whole concept of dieting is that less is plenty and one must learn to live with the notion that a pleasure in measured dosages can make us happy.
Remember, I’m talking about food and drink.
Back to fats: Madame Casanova told me during our last appointment that I’m not eating enough good fats and to lighten up on the butter. At her recommendation, this is what I’m doing now:
- Eating my wonderful butter on my whole wheat cereal bread in the morning, 15 grams. (Since I’m allowed between 60 and 80 grams of toast for breakfast it probably wouldn’t surprise you to learn that I eat 80 grams.)
- For lunches and dinners it’s all oils, all the time.
- Her oil recommendation is two to three teaspoons for lunch and one to two for dinner.
- One teaspoon of oil equals three walnuts or six almonds.
Everyone always extols the benefits of olive oils, and we know this. Madame Casanova loves them as well. However, she wants me to integrate others into my regime.
ISIO 4 is reputedly bursting with omega 3 and 6, and vitamins E and D. It is a cocktail of four oils: sunflower, canola, raisin seed and olive.
When making my vinaigrette I use one measure of ISIO 4, one measure of pure extra virgin olive oil and one measure of water with one measure of vinegar, plus mustard (see above) and herbs.
Madame Casanova likes ISIO 4, but even better than that she says is a new oil she recently discovered, Quintesens 50+. This one is a melange of six oils, all organic. ISIO 4 makes no claims about being organic. Quintesens has a range of products aimed at different age groups from infants to 50+, which is the oil she recommended for me.
Quintesens 50+ extolls its omega 3, 6 and 9 benefits. Its oils include: olive, borage, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, tuna oil (organic and “deodorized”), and sunflower.
It was difficult to find Quintesens 50+. I finally discovered it at my favorite “bio” store where I buy my delicious organic almond puree.