Awaken to French Women

Bonjour mes amis,

It’s an undeniable fact that French women are lithe and slender in stature, would you agree? Over the years, my french awakening turned into sheer curiousity as to why this phenomena is true.

It’s initially quite strange to comprehend. French women (including many of my friends) have at their fingertips and regularly enjoy red wine with lunch and dinner, buttery sauces and dressings and of course their desserts of pastries, gateaux and creamy concoctions. Under normal circumstances these would undoubtedly expand the tummies and explode unsuspecting lipid deposits beneath any skin. But not the female French skin. Hmm…

According to the author Mireille Guiliano who wrote ‘ Why French Women Don’t Get Fat’…

There are a number of fool proof techniques/philosophy that French women employ in order to maintain their petite girl-like bodies…

1. French women eat for pleasure (not diet for misery).

2. Leek soup seems to hold magical powers.

3. Eat slowly and steadily.

4. Drink plenty of water.

5. Eat a variety of foods and increase more fruits and vegetables into your diet.

6. Use portion control.

7. Eat only at the table sitting down, not in front of the tv (a rule my mother still insists upon!)

8. Avoid the bread pre starter.

9. Make adult choices about what foods go into your mouth. Go for quality.

10. Try to find new interests and move your body more.

All these things make a lot of sense and one can’t deny that most French women look fantastic for any age. They must be doing something definately right even though they are surrounded by boulangeries and patisseries at every corner!

Mireille also shares with us a few french beauty secrets, including home made remedies to stay young and healthy, at:

‘Why French Women Don’t Get Fat’ is filled with thoughtful insights into French women, French foods, French eating and French recipes.

The only question I have, knowing now why they don’t get fat, is HOW DO FRENCH WOMEN BALANCE THEIR LIFE with work and family and kids and…

with less time in the day given the fact that three meals are generally consumed daily with a long lunch in between? Arhh the juggling act!

Any ideas?

Au revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

copyright@2010 Therese Waddell

3 Responses to “Awaken to French Women”

  1. Great blog. Not sure exactly how the French women do it.
    I beleive the miles and miles walked daily and numerous stairs in and out of the Metro have to have something to do with it!!

    By the time I leave France I will either waste away into nothing or be extra large from eating too much junk food and sweets.

    The French ladies have the balance of food, wine, exercise, and cigarettes down to a science!

  2. I love your blog! I’ve been reading Guiliano’s books, too, and wonder if it really is possible to get that same work – life – food balance that she says is achievable in France. It does seem likely that maybe cigarettes help a little, but I’m trying to avoid those as I slowly adopt the other aspects of the French woman’s lifestyle that seem so healthy and smart!

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