FROM THE KITCHEN OF THE MALIBU BEACH RECOVERY CENTER
|French chef Cyril Landrat
|French chefs Cyril Landrat, Yannick Marchand
|Baked Apples Stuffed with Dried Fruit and Pecans
|Citrus Salad with Shrimp and Watercress
|Signature Butternut Squash Soup
|Chipotle Sweet potatoes
The Malibu Beach Recovery Diet™
Delicious. Healthy. Beautiful to behold. At the Malibu Beach Recovery Center® we eat in accordance with a French low-glycemic diet.
Daily, French chef Cyril Landrat daily prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in accordance with the Malibu Beach Recovery Diet™. Chefs Yannick Marchand and Johnnie Handals, along with Saturday chef Sergei Vidov, can also be found regularly in the kitchens of the Malibu Beach Recovery Center bringing their unique approach and recipes to the Diet.
Every Saturday Chef Mitch Ellis teaches clients the rules of the Malibu Beach Recovery Diet, and how to make meals that are simple but elegant.
Here are samples of some of the healthy menus regularly served at the House on the Hill in Malibu. If the titles of our recipes sound “fancy” and “gourmet” it is because they are – but they are also delicious and very easy to prepare.
- Chilled Snap Peas with Creamy Tarragon Dressing
- Chili Rubbed Tilapia Fillets
- Orange Scented Couscous
- Pistou of Summer Vegetables
- Almond and Dried Apricot Tart
- Gruyère Quiche
- Chicken Breasts with Grainy Mustard Sauce
- Asparagus Ragout with Cherry Tomatoes and Chervil
- Chocolate Cracked Earth Desert
- Winter Caprese Salad
- Apricot Glazed Chicken Breasts
- Bulgur Pilaf with Dried Apricots
- Baked Apples Stuffed with Dried Fruit and Pecans
- Salmon with Pink Peppercorn Tartar Sauce
- Mesclun Salad with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Herbed Whole-Wheat Couscous
- Chocolate Pots de Crème with Whipped Cream
Why a Special Diet?
In today's world people very often are faced with a conflict between the two means of obtaining a sense of reward from the food they eat: some foods are healthier than others from the physiological perspective, but not very satisfying; others, the so- called “comfort foods” satisfy intrinsically, but are often not very healthy. By nature, the desire for intrinsic satisfaction usually prevails over the needs to eat foods that maintain the physiological health of the body. Our desire to get satisfaction and a “rewarding” feeling from the consumption of sugary and high-glycemic foods has contributed to an increase in diabetes, obesity, atherosclerosis, stroke, and heart attack, as well as a number of gastrointestinal diseases such as gastritis, pancreatitis, gallbladder disease, hepatitis, and duodenal and peptic ulcers. At the same time, sugary foods promote the development of ulcerative colitis in large intestine, and create constipation which leads to the accumulation of toxins in the body. In addition, high-glycemic, sugary foods actively promote pathology of the male and female sexual organs.
Along with contributing to the spread of disease in our bodies, unlimited intake of “tranquilizing,” soothing high-glycemic, sugary foods also create problems in the psychological sphere by destabilizing the internal homeostasis. This destabilization manifests itself as the “sugar blues,” bipolar depression, various psychoses, and addictions to alcohol, opiates, etc.
Many dietitians recommend diets which are physiologically sound, but have an inherent weak point because the foods included in these diets do not provide much feeling of “reward,” or satisfaction after eating. Consequently, it is for this reason most people can only follow such diets for a few weeks, and soon afterwards revert to their previous methods of obtaining satisfaction from their favorite foods and their habitual lifestyle.
There are two kinds of “reward” or “satisfaction” feelings that human beings can experience. The first is “relaxation,” or the feeling of being soothed and relaxed; and the second is the rewarding sense of feeling active – energetic and enthusiastic. People use various recreational psychoactive substances, i.e., “downers” and “uppers” because these substances affect the mood state. The food we eat can, in the same manner, affect our mood, and cause us to have either the first or the second kind of feeling.
When we satisfy ourselves with sweet, soothing foods we are not able to rapidly disconnect from the desire to eat more, and consequently tend to overeat. By contrast, foods that are “stimulatory” effectively eliminate the excessive desire to eat in a way that is similar in action to amphetamines.
The Malibu Beach Recovery Diet™ and Diabetes
For at least 20 years, diabetes rates in North America have been increasing substantially. In 2005 there were about 20.8 million people with diabetes in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association, there are about 6.2 million people undiagnosed, and about 41 million people that would be considered pre-diabetic. The American Diabetes Association points out the 2003 assessment of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 1 in 3 Americans born after 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.
So what is Diabetes? Well, for starters it's a disease in which the body does not produce or properly respond to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that lowers blood glucose. If you're a diabetic, you suffer from high glucose levels which will gradually impair organ functions. That is why keeping blood glucose levels close to normal is crucial for your continued wellbeing. Diet and regular exercise are "musts" for all diabetics because they help to maintain lower blood glucose.
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