Cécile - Health & beauty

Cécile - Health & beauty

Bonjour, my name is Cécile. I grew up in Provence between a grandmother creating perfumes and a naturopath mother. In this healthy and close upbringing, I learned how to listen to nature and discovered that our body is undoubtedly one of the greatest human resources. I’ve been a Parisian since I began my studies as a medical journalist. I discovered another world, fast and stressful but although exciting, where nature is too often absent. I started to divulge to my friends and readers, my secrets of youth or how to take charge of their health in order to get the most out of life. 

A cult brand in France, much-loved by green addicts worldwide, in the last twenty years Nuxe has been synonymous with nature and luxury. Aliza Jabès, the brand founder transformed the traditional laboratory in the heart of Paris into an eco-empire spread over 50 countries. Nuxe has its own story to tell. That of an aspiration, driven by intuition. A fundamental need nurtured and followed by its founder. 

Everyone has the flagship recommendation of the national health nutrition program in mind: "eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day". But speaking of fruits, what is the best way to consume them: as juice or the fruit itself?

L’erba medica coltivata o “alfalfa” (in francese “luzerne” o alfalfa), “regina delle piante” foraggere, chiamata anche “trifoglio grande” o “fieno d’Ungheria” (in francese “fieno di Borgogna”), è una pianta erbacea foraggera molto ricca di proteine, vitamine e sali minerali…

A well-informed Parisienne is a healthy Parisienne! What are we supposed to be eating these day? What’s actually good for you? What’s not? Trying to decide from women’s magazines can drive you crazy. And scientific magazines aren’t exactly crystal clear either. The Mediterranean diet? High-protein diet? Fat, no fat, low-fat? Sugar, sugar free, sugar substitute? What a headache…

We, Parisian girls looove the spa. In Paris, it is talked about everywhere, girlfriends give each other addresses, a new place opens every week! But when we've never set foot in a spa, we wonder how to do. And French’s are crazy about etiquette… so relax ok, but stress an hour before for fear of looking like a loser, no way. A short guide to good manners could certainly be useful.

The usual bad mood at the change of season? A little mental fatigue? Excessive nervousness from stress? But instead of running to lie down on the psychoanalyst's couch, rush to the nearest analysis laboratory holding a beautiful specimen of urine… Once you find a deficiency of one or more neurotransmitters, it's possible to intervene with the right foods to recreate a state of equilibrium…

Chi l’avrebbe creduto? Eh, sì… il succo di verdure e di frutta “estratto” a freddo (cioè estratto lentamente senza il calore creato dalla velocità di una centrifuga o di un classico spremifrutta elettrico) è diventato il nuovo antipasto vitaminizzato delle parigine nei locali di moda…

Is there a link between food and stress? Yes, it works both ways. What we eat affects our mood, depending on whether we allow ourselves the food we like. And our emotions impact our diet: they suppress our appetite or, conversely, cause us to indulge. Food is a quick fix for relieving tension…

Why are Parisians so often seen sitting on a café terrace with a glass of Perrier and a slice of lemon, or going to the office with a big bottle of spring water sticking out of their bag? And at home, infusions and teas, whether or not for detox, feature prominently!

Who goes under the table? No, it’s not some new Parisian parlor game, but the celebration of Epiphany. Like every year, all of France is getting ready to “draw kings” in a few days’ time with the famous galette des rois (King Cake). The yearly tradition starts on January 6th and runs for several days. All French kids dream of the same thing; getting that one piece of cake that hides the magic trinket that will earn them the right to be crowned king.

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