Okay, if you are like us, you are loving Netflix’s Emily in Paris. It is created by THE Darren Star, who is behind HBO’s acclaimed series Sex and the City, Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, and Younger. So when he writes, most people run to go see what is in the making. Emily in Paris was no different. In fact, it was announced quite easily that there would be a season 2, early in its release, something that Netflix only does for its most successful releases.
The show is about a young girl from Chicago, IL, who uproots her life to move to Paris. Hence, the name, Emily in Paris. She has quite a time acclimating to life in a new country, but finds her footing with some unfortunately charming speed bumps along the way. If you have yet to check it out, and this seems like something you would be into, check it out immediately!
Now, onto season two. We will do our best not to say anything about the plot, but in this season a magical weight loss technique is revealed. And it is tried and true and used by French women generations after generations. It involves the leek.
French Women Don’t Get Fat Because Of This…
If you don’t know what a leek is, no worries. To be honest, we wouldn’t have been able to point it out in a grocery store ourselves. So for those still wondering, here is what a leek looks like, below.
They take a bit of getting used to, they are in the onion family and have an interestingly mildly sweet taste. French women swear by this, but kind of in a secretive way. They don’t talk about dieting like we do, they tend to focus on their pleasure sensors. More prone to indulging in high quality food and wine, while relishing in the moment, they are not too familiar with the working lunch. In fact, for them, work is secondary to living, instead of the other way around. They tend to drop everything and go to a local cafe for lunch, and they don’t enjoy bringing up work as much as we do here, in the U.S. There are some cute little plot points that poke fun at this in both season one and season two.
The French Woman’s Secret Recipe: Magical Leek Soup
Now, let us get back to what we’re supposed to be doing, talking about how French women don’t get fat. So, for them, leek soup is the answer. It is basically like our cayenne pepper diet, but healthier because it actually involves a vegetable. Without further ado, here is what they call the Magical Leek Soup recipe!
This recipe is meant to serve one person for a whole weekend.
2 lbs. of leeks
Step One: Clean the Leeks
First, rinse the leeks, and then cut off the green part at the top, just start where the green part starts, then cut off stump at the bottom, but don’t cut off too much, use the video below as a guideline. Then, make vertical cuts as shown in the video below, and clean the leeks, making sure to get rid of any soil or sand that could be tucked away in its inner areas. Again, refer to the video below, to make certain you are using the right techniques.
Step Two: Boil The Leeks
Next, you’re going to put the cleaned leeks in a large pot and make sure to cover with water. You’ll bring the pot to a boil and then turn it down to simmer. Keep the pot uncovered and continue simmering for 20 – 30 minutes.
Step Three: Pour and Reserve
Lastly, you will take the boiled soup and pour it into a container to keep it for the next 48 hours. If you’d like, you can cut up the leeks, and add a few drops of extra virgin olive oil, and some lemon juice. Mireille suggests sparingly using salt and pepper, as you don’t want to interfere with the positive benefits of the soup. You can add the leeks to the soup again and there you have it. She even says to add a little something to it, garnish with parsley.
A Tough Weekend Ahead, But Totally Worth It
According to Mireille going into this next 48 hours will absolutely definitely be tough, but the benefits are so worth it. She says this will be your nourishment for the next 48 hours, usually over the weekend, when you can be at home and close to a bathroom. You’ll have one cup of soup at a time, every 2 – 3 hours until Sunday, at dinnertime, when you can have a small piece of meat or fish. She suggests keeping it to 4 – 6 ounces.
The idea of this regimen is to help reset your system and equilibrium. It will help you get your portion control back on track and will jumpstart healthy and balanced eating habits. Remember, the objective is to have better quality over quantity. And this is how Mireille does it. She does this from time to time to help her get back on track when she is straying too far away from her healthy habits.
As always, consult a doctor or your medical profession before starting a new diet. And if all that checks out, its worth a try! Thank you, Emily in Paris, for sharing with us the French secret to never getting fat.
For more tips, check out Mireille’s blog French Women Don’t Get Fat.