October 06, 2014

Eating like the French.

The French have the lowest obesity rate in Europe despite the rising trend of fast food, on the run or as an afternoon treat; the French are still obnoxiously slender. So why?  French food has been known for its rich sauces, predominately meat dishes, dessert at every meal, multiple courses, and, as Julia Child so elegantly and passionately pointed out, their love of BUTTER.

The French eat better and therefore live better.

Already they live an active lifestyle where sports are in a high value and walking is frequent because most people use public transports.

The French sleep better because of their evening meals. They are therefore in better health and shape and can burn calories and fats more efficiently and then there society is centralised around good eats, something that facilitates healthy meals. 


 From reading, I have derived some basic rules that are key to how the French stay skinny but seem to eat so much. Here goes...

They do not obsess over food:  Even when on diets, they are not as insane as western women about food. They do not keep track of points, or calories, count proteins or fibers, or stress that they have to eat this as opposed to that. They allow themselves treats and do not panic if one day they go totally nuts on an ice cream, they allow their bodies the things it craves and therefore do not get depressed or discouraged.

The French eat what is in season. Yes we live in a world where we can buy strawberries in January but the French make it a point to always serve veggies that are growing at that time period. For one thing; France is still an agricultural state and takes pride in consuming its own produce grown on its own soil and so there is a stronger interest in seasonal products.

Meals are long. I recently read in a French fashion magazine that sitting down for a sandwich should be a 20 minute ordeal. 20 MINUTES! That is what the French consider to be a fast meal? But there is a reason for this, which is not that the French would avoid getting back to work in any way they can. Nope. Food is easier to digest when you are sitting down, chew every bite entirely, and enjoy yourself. The most important thing to the French is to ENJOY the food.



Happy Thanksgiving and a last minute dessert.

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