Are phone consultation the same as in-person?
Geneviève offers the same high-quality service over the phone in the comfort of your own home. The schedule is more flexible (day, evening and week ends) and you save time and money on travels! Information, meal plans, resources,recipes and more will be emailed to you during the consultation.
Will you try to sell me pricy supplements or meal replacements?
Le Petit Chou focuses on simplifying supplement intake; we use whole foods, super foods, and herbs that are best suited to your health concerns and goals. This saves you money and makes the process more fun!
I’ve tried every diet, how is this different?
At Le Petit Chou we don’t have diets, there are no prepackaged meals and we don’t count fat and calories. We focus on foods that will nourish you from the inside out, resulting in higher level of clarity and concentration, better sleep and relaxation, more energy and vitality, improved digestion, weight loss and clear skin. By respecting the nuance of your constitution Le Petit Chou helps you creating healthy eating habits to give you both the care and the tools to be successful in achieving permanent weight loss.
How do you know what I need?
I will ask you to fill out a 6-page lifestyle and nutrition intake with your health history and a food log. This information plus my training in western and eastern natural nutrition enables me to know your dietary needs.
Will I need to go on a strict diet?
Le Petit Chou advocates balance, not deprivation, as the way to achieve and maintain a healthy body. Depriving the body of food deprives the body of much needed energy, blood and body fluids.
At work, at home and in the media I can find information on healthy nutrition, what will you tell me that I don’t already know?
At Le Petit Chou we believe that there is no food or health product that is good for everyone. Le Petit Chou help you figuring out what is relevant for you and how to incorporate it into your life. Once you learn what is good for you ~ and only you~ you will be able to nourish yourself to live a healthy and vibrant life.
I don’t have time to cook, can you help me?
Le Petit Chou meet you wherever you are. That can include how to choose the healthier options at restaurants, and how to eat healthy while on-the-go. Le Petit Chou can help you in creating fast-healthy menu and show you how to shop efficiently. Hands-on cooking demonstration and recipes are also available.
What is Chinese 5 Element Theory?
The 5 element theory is an ancient Chinese belief system that says we are surrounded by five energy fields: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element is associated with a direction of the compass,a yin and a yang organ, a sense, a tissue,an emotion,a sound, a colour, a taste, a grain and a season of the year with late summer as the fifth season.These elements are constantly moving and changing therefore keeping all elements in balance promotes harmony in our surroundings and in ourselves.
According to 5 Element Theory, eating foods associated with each of the elements, may promote balance in the body.
Wood is associated with morning and the spring season, the colour green and the wind. The organs that relate to wood are liver, gallbladder and eyes, the tissues are tendons and sinews and the emotions are impatience and anger. The taste of wood is sour and the grains associated are wheat and oats.
Fire is associated with the summer season, the colour red, and heat is the environmental influence. The related organs are the hearth, small intestine and tongue, the tissues are blood vessels and the emotion is joy. The taste of fire is bitter and the grains associated with fire are corn and amaranth.
Earth relates to late summer season, the colour golden yellow and dampness. The related organs are the stomach spleen and mouth, the tissues are muscles and flesh and the emotion is worry. The taste of earth is sweet and the foods associated with earth are millet and barley.
Metal is associated with the autumn season, the colour white and dryness. The lungs, large intestine and nose are the active organs and the emotions are grief and melancholy. The tissues are skin and hair, the taste is pungent and the grain associated with metal is rice.
Water is the winter season, the colour black/dark and cold. The actives organs are the kidney, urinary bladder and ears, the tissues are the bones and the emotion is fear. The taste is salty and the foods associated with water element are beans.
Why are you Using 5 Element Theory and Chinese Dietary Therapy?
In the Tang dynasty, the famous doctor Sun Si-miao said that, when a person is sick, the doctor should first regulate the patient’s diet and lifestyle. Diet is such an important part of our daily life that, unless one’s diet is well balanced, no amounts of herbs, medicines or other treatment can achieve a complete and lasting cure.
The largest study of a nation’s eating habit was undertaken jointly by Oxford University in England, the Chinese Academy for Preventive Medicine in Beijing, and Cornell University in the United States. The scientific study compared the eating habits of 6500 rural Chinese and their health with Western eating habits and Westerners’ health. It was called the Cornell-China-Oxford project on Nutrition, Health and Environment and is still the largest study of a nation’s eating habits of this kind ever undertaken. Ninety percent of the Chinese selected for this study were provincials who ate locally raised foods and stuck to a traditional diet. Among the important findings were the facts that:
Rural Chinese eat, compared to us:
40% more carbohydrates
54% less fat
300% more fiber
1/3 less protein
3 times the plant protein