The Healthy Gourmand
Gourmande Santé... French for "healthy gourmand." It is the food and nutrition ethos by which I try to live and eat. Living in both the United States (New York-Miami-Martha's Vineyard) and France (Paris-Normandy) this paradigm of a healthy, yet indulgent food lifestyle brings together classic French culinary techniques and their predilection for all things gormandise, with an American health consciousness. It is possible to eat health foods without forgoing pleasure. A sustainable nutritious food lifestyle cannot be maintained by cutting out everything that brings you joy. You need to find recipes that you love using nutritious ingredients that don't forgo flavor.
Striving for a balance between health and pleasure does only not come out of common health-consciousness. In my case, it also comes out of necessity. A necessity to treat a chronic illness and an attempt to help control my symptoms with food. Carefully executed food choices can help create a bridge to wellness. The roles vitamins, minerals, enzymes and different compounds naturally found in foods can have in targeting weaknesses in the body is vast and researchers are only beginning to grasp the complex interactions and effects nutrition can have on the body.
Through Gourmande Santé, I am documenting my French-meets-American approach to nourishing and healing the body with food + health cures, nutritional-insight + a more profound understanding of what we put in our bodies + and of course, healthy-indulgent recipes that don't forgo pleasure or flavor.