I'm done reading FRENCH WOMEN DON'T GET FAT, and if you are into healthy living and lifestyle, I suggest you grab your own copy. You'll learn a lot!
Here are some tips that I have learned through this book, which I believe are not difficult to apply to my (or any other girl's) daily life.
French women typically think about good things to eat. Other women typically worry about bad things to eat.
French women eat smaller portions of more things. Other women eat larger portions of fewer things.
French women eat more vegetables, a lot more fruit, love bread and would never consider a life without carbs. (to fully enjoy food, and life, moderation is the key!)
French women don't often weight themselves, preferring to keep track with their hands, eyes and clothing - the "zipper syndrome."
French women eat three meals a day, and never let themselves be hungry.
French women drink water ALL DAY LONG.
French women walk everywhere they can, and use the stairs as often as possible.
French women adore fashion, and dress to take out the garbage. (you never know!)
French women love to laugh, eat for pleasure, DON'T DIET and DON'T GET FAT.
I think moderation is the secret, and compensating for a simple pleasure taken earlier, like a rich dessert. C'est la vie.
And...French women DON'T LIKE GOING TO THE GYM. Why? Read on...
"It strikes me as a particularly American paradox: a nation with so many great athletes and a fascination for sports and such a mania for exercise technology, and they somehow avoid the easy, unheroic path to fitness. Sometimes I believe these (exercise) machines are a vestige of Puritanism: instruments of public self-flagellation to make up for private sins of couch sitting and overeating. French women happily don't suffer from those extremes of good and evil. Wellness is a grey area of balance."
Such a great book, well-written and loaded with lessons! Props to Mireille Guiliano and the ways of the French!