French Women Don’t Get Fat ~ Chapters 1 & 2

Chapters one and two take us back a little way to Mirielle’s first trip to the United States. She was 18 years old and on a one year exchange…

Here is where her love for brownies and bagels and poor eating habits began, only to return back home to France with an extra 15 pounds and a welcome greeting from her father “Tu ressemles a un sac de patates” (You look like a sack of potatoes”). Ouch, a sting she would not soon forget…

She definitely had feelings of embarrassment. None of her other friends in France had put on what we in the states refer to as the “Freshman 15”.

Enter Dr. Meyer, aka Dr. Miracle, the doctor Mireille’s mom retained to help with her mounting concern.

First things first, what are you doing asks Dr. Miracle?  He asked Mireille to log what, how much and where she is eating.  Measurements not to be exact, but approximate.

Fast-forward 3 weeks later, as it turns out, Mireille’s dangerous adoptive habits of American eating had gotten out of control.

The first thing Dr. Miracle noticed is that she was doing the majority of her eating on the go… walking from her apartment to school… The second most obvious thing he noticed was what she was mostly eating during those times were pastries… Yikes! And as she said, Paris is a “pastry minefield”. (ooo can’t wait)

She had turned into a pastry junkie and like any addict, her body “came to expect too much of what had once been blissfully intoxicating in small doses.”

“Tout est question d’equilibre (Everything is a matter of balance): this was Dr. Miracle’s quintessentially French mantra” and he was to remind Mireille of this too. But first, a little re-programming…

Equilibrium, which is the French way and what Mireille believed in, had to be cultivated gradually. And for the long-term shift to be successful, Dr. Miracle understood that quick positive reinforcement would be important… and to that he introduced, The Magical Leek soup. The soup would be eaten for a little more than a day and a half and this will be the only time anything “radical” in the diet will happen.

Why the Leek soup you ask… “Leeks are a mild diuretic and low in calories but highly nutritional”.

Here is the recipe and the suggested instructions from Dr. Miracle:


2 pounds of Leeks


  1. Clean the leeks and rinse well to get rid of sand and soil. Cut off the ends of the dark green parts, leaving all the white parts plus a section of pale green.
  2. Put the leeks in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered for 20 to 30 minutes. Pour off the liquid and reserve. Place the leeks in a bowl.

Dr. Miracle recommends this to be done over the weekend.

The juice is to be drunk (reheated or at room temperature to taste) every 2-3 hours, 1 cup at a time.

For meals, or whenever hungry, have some of the leeks themselves, ½ cup at a time. Drizzle with a few drops of extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Season sparingly with salt and pepper.

This will be your nourishment for both days, until Sunday dinner, when you can have a small piece of meat or fish (4-6 ounces) with 2 vegetables, steamed with a bit of butter or olive oil, and a piece of fruit.

This all seems reasonable to me, sounds like a little reset your system detox to me… I think I will try it very soon. Perhaps even before my trip to France…

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