How Do those Pesky French Stay So Slim?
How do they do it?????
How do those pesky French stay so slim compared to us Americans? They’ve got their bagels, butter, cream cheese, croissants, chocolate mousse and they still stay slim? They’re over 30 pounds slimmer than Americans! It’s not fair! My health coach was right about some things! Did she steal some French secrets? Maybe not. But statistics don’t lie. French women are significantly slimmer than American women. Admittedly, the French have a sensible approach to food and wellness which we can learn from.
Here’s what the French seem to be doing different.
- Savor the Flavor
- Water, Water, Water
- Walk, Walk, Walk
- Joie De Vivre
Savor the Flavor Years ago, it was the norm for Americans to cook their food from scratch, using fresh ingredients. Today, fast food and frozen dinners are quite popular. However, the healthiest foods are often cooked or prepared from scratch, using fresh produce and ingredients. The French culture celebrates cooking, and sitting down together to eat. Anyone remember the dinner table instead of TV trays? French people relish shopping at farmer’s markets to collect ingredients for their next meal. While it’s true the French enjoy their chocolate, croissants and butter — they also eat plenty of fruits and vegetables! Fresh produce is chock full of vitamins and nutrients, as well as fiber. It’s also important to sit down, relax and socialize while eating. Health coaches and gurus point out that eating while stressed can cause indigestion and weight gain. Metaphorically, we should all eat like cats instead of dogs! And unlike many cats, just be thankful for our food! Cats take their time eating, whereas dogs scarf their food down in one minute flat! Instead of frenzied fast food, cook a healthy sit-down meal! The French also enjoy certain rich foods and desserts — just in moderation. Americans can do the same! Just eat slow and savor the flavor!
Enjoy the following GIFs, courtesy of GIPHY. Also, another blog about eating the French way is here: romper.com. Bon Apetit!
Water, Water, Water The French drink lots of water. It’s great for the skin, and cleansing the body. Parisians are so particular about water that they installed sparkling, bubbly water fountains throughout their city! The French reasoned that sparkling water fountains would reduce plastic water bottle waste. Now here’s a challenge for Roanoke: Become the first American city to go green with water by installing public SPARKLING WATER FOUNTAINS. It would enhance all those food festivals, bike rentals, scooter rentals and outdoor activities!
Walk, Walk, Walk Walking is an activity that can be done anywhere! Of course, some locations are more pleasant for walking than others. Roanoke is a city which has several pleasant areas for walking, as well as hiking trails. In many European cities, there is less reliance on automobiles, and walking and public transportation are more the norm. With the gentrification of many American cities, it makes sense to create sidewalks and areas which foster foot travel and public transportation. America also has the advantage of many parks and recreational areas which are perfect for enjoying a quiet moment in nature.
Joie De Vivre is a French phrase for “joy of life”. Enjoy today. Be thankful and enjoy your food. Enjoy conversation and your loved ones around you. Live in the moment. Enjoy your family and friends. Joie de Vivre is exquisitely expressed in Tonya Leigh’s blog in mindbodygreen.com.
Apparently, MANY people have speculated on why the French stay slim, while eating all that gourmet food and drinking wine! Here are some books pertaining to this topic. Bon Appetit!
The French Women’s Diet, by Susan Kiernan-Lewis
French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, by Mireille Guiliano
The French Diet: Why French Women Don’t Get Fat, by Michel Montignac