It’s the ultimate dream: to love food, enjoy it, and still remain fit and healthy and forever young. For most of us, that’s what it remains: a dream.
It’s doubly difficult for me, because as a food critic who has eaten her way through 37 books and countless columns, it don’t “eat to live” “I live to eat” ( Literally too).
So its been a lifetime search for me to find the balance and the answer. Im on a continuous search… having written weekly health columns for 15 years and scripted, directed, produced and anchored a weekly TV show on health blessed me with the opportunity to spend time with brilliant experts in the medical field. From Deepak Chopra in LA to our Ayurvedacharyas at home. I questioned them relentlessly, chewed on every single answer they gave and digested it. I continue to zig zag the world in my quest…here’s the latest on the greatest…
It is here, in this luxurious, historic Palace Merano, in the picturesque Italian spa town of Merano that I get my answers. Here luxury combines with high-tech and scientific principles behind this ultra-royal pampering deliver great health and energy. It’s the dynamic and charming couple and global pioneering health gurus Dominique and Henri Chenot ‘s Chenot Method that hits the sweet spot. Having majored in Anthropology, Philosophy Chinese Medicine, as well as Bio-Energetic Psychology and Naturopathy (natural remedies to cure illnesses) Henri Chenot created the first of a series of phytocosmetics and phytotherapy laboratories.
In 1999 Henri Chenot created Biontology, a new concept for studying the evolution of psycho-physical ageing.It reconciles contradictions, takes within it’s sweep the union of Chinese and Western medicine and aims at achieving balance between body, mind and soul. This slows the ageing process, to eliminate toxins and tiredness at all levels: physical, sensory, emotional, mental and physiological. Food and digestion are at the heart of this.
FOOD BE THY MEDICINE
Unbelievable flavor and color, presentation and taste…hard to believe that it is calorie restricted, nutritious and vegan fare. Behind it is the brilliant and knowledgable Dominique Chenot.
Nutrition is at the heart of the experience with a mostly vegan diet being adhered to and with strict calorie control, between 800-1000kcals a day. The chefs weave magic and instead of feeling deprived you feel pampered and coddled.
DOMINIQUE CHENOT’S TIPS
Eating and drinking for health
- Fruit : ofcourse we all know about the importance of fruit and its detoxifying effect. Its naturally rich in potassium and minerals. But did you know that fruit is best eaten before meals? digestion is much faster if the fruit is eaten on it’s own? If you eat it after a meal it will tend to stagnate in the stomach.
- We all know sugary drinks are not good, but did you know that fruit juices are not either? It is beneficial to the whole fruit. When eating cereals it is best to accompany them with water and lemon.
- Be careful not to eat too many raw vegetables, because they tend to cause swelling. Go for vegetable soups, which moisturize the body and furnish a good supply of vitamins.
- Breakfast is not optional. If you’re going to use your car you fill up with first to avoid being stranded…eat lighter at dinner.
- Hold the salt! Try using herbs or spices, fresh if possible. Drink plenty of water!
DETOX BIRYANI TO YOGA MASSAGE
Its here, that for the first time ever that I have the most flavorful detox biryani and the most relaxing, stretching yoga-massage. Over the decades, the super-luxurious Palace Merano has been magnetizing global royalty to sportsmen, the super-stylish fashionistas to the those in need of healing…it also has a huge share of the well-known Indians. I personally know three of the leading industrialist families (who prefer not to be quoted) who come back twice a year. Its an amazing experience …energy meridians are checked and energized, daily mud baths, jet-hose showers, celllular resonance therapy, massages using the Chenot method and along with all this there’s a hi-tech laboratory for instant diagnostic results. And the most amazing gourmet vegan food, served in super-plush surrounding. A stay here helps you jettison kilos of weight and heavy psychological stress too. Helps you rejuvenate, celebrate…
P.S. I have specially got the detox biryani recipe and also Dominique Chenot’s favorite Agar-agar recipe. (you can also download plenty from Amazon) Should you need the recipes, please instagram, twitter @rashmiudaysingh firstname.lastname@example.org