Cyril Renaud's diet was making him sick. When he was 28, his cholesterol was so high, he had to have his gallbladder removed. Recently Renaud, chef at Manhattan's Fleur de Sel, and his wife, Brigette, sought help from a nutritionist who advised them to write down everything they ate, when they ate it and how their bodies reacted. This experience shocked them into adopting a mostly organic, vegetable-packed diet. They restocked their pantry with soy butter, rice milk and tamari, and began preparing healthy lunches to bring to work. Renaud also changed his restaurant cooking; heavy cream is out. So will we be seeing soy butter at Fleur de Sel? "I can't get too crazy," he says. "I do cook French food."
Renaud's Healthy Attitudes
On acupuncture "Brigette and I go to see Keun Tak Park, in Queens. At first I watched and laughed but after I tried it, I felt so relaxed I started going at least four times a year" (142-11 38th Ave., Flushing; 718-353-6702).