The book, French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano is life changing. For reals.
A brief synopsis of the book:
Mirielle grew up in France, moved to America to study, and gained weight (quelle suprise!) When she moved back home her dad told her,
“Tu ressembles à un sac de patates!”
(you look like a sack of potatoes!)
She got her booty in gear, met with a French doctor, Dr. Miracle, and figured out the reasons WHY French women don’t get fat.
Let me share with you some of the French woman’s manifestos from French Women Don’t Get Fat, and then you can pick and choose for yourself what you want to implement into your own life =)
French women typically think about good things to eat. American women typically worry about bad things to eat.
French women eat smaller portions of more things. American women eat larger portions of fewer things.
French women eat more fruit and veggies.
French women love bread and would never consider a life without carbs.
French women don’t eat “fat-free,” “sugar-free,” or anything artificially stripped of natural flavor. They go for the real thing in moderation.
French women love chocolate, especially the dark, slightly bitter, silky stuff with its nutty aroma.
French women eat with all five senses, allowing less to seem like more.
French women balance their food, drink, and movement on a week-by-week basis.
French women do stray, but they always come back, believing there are now detours and no dead ends.
French women don’t often weigh themselves, preferring to keep track with their hands, eyes, and clothes: “zipper syndrome.”
French women eat three meals a day and don’t snack all the time.
French women never let themselves be hungry OR stuffed
French women honor mealtime rituals and never eat standing up, in front of a computer or TV.
French women don’t watch much TV.
French women eat and serve what’s in season, for maximum flavor and value, and know availability does not equal quality.
French women love to discover new flavors and are always experimenting with herbs, spices, and citrus juices to make a familiar dish seem new.
French women eschew extreme temperatures in what they consume, and enjoy fruits and vegetables bursting with flavor at room temperature, at which they prefer their water, too.
French women don’t care for hard liquor, but do enjoy wine regularly, but only with meals and only a glass (or two)
French women get a kick from Champagne, as a aperitif or with food, and don’t need a special occasion to open a bottle.
French women drink water all day long.
French women choose their own indulgences and compensations. They understand little things count, both additions and subtractions, and that as an adult everyone is keeper of her own equilibrium.
French women enjoy going to the market.
French women plan meals in advance and think in terms of menus (a list of little dishes) even at home.
French women think dining in is as sexy as dining out.
French women love to entertain at home.
French women care enormously about the presentation of food. It matters to them how you look at it.
French women walk everywhere they can and take the stairs whenever possible
French women eat for pleasure.
French women don’t diet.
French women don’t get fat!
I am SO thankful for this book. I’ve given up ALL diet foods—for good! I’ve been shopping at the local farmer’s market, and eating GOOD, high quality food. I’m eating FULL FAT yogurt, real sugar, high quality, fair trade dark chocolate, I’m SATISFIED, am more in tune with my hunger, and I’m down a few pounds. Merci!
“D’être bien dans sa peau”, to feel good in one’s skin =)
Watch the recording of my broadcast on Periscope–I go over these principles =)
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