Have you ever wondered why most French women appear to be so effortlessly chic
and slender, whatever their age? And no I’m not talking about the crazy Dukan diet that seems to be the latest craze!
Yes Fitlass is on her travels again. This time I’m in Southern France and I’ve been viewing their eating habits. And I dare say, they’ve got a pretty good idea when it comes to eating healthily. So what is the foundation of a French diet?
What do the French eat?
The French are very particular about what they eat. Their diet contains all fresh whole foods and avoids processed foods, junk foods, and sugary drinks. Back-to-basics, natural food is the key. When cooking for themselves or friends, the French go to great lengths to seek out the best produce and ingredients for their meal.
What’s their portion sizes like?
Importantly, French portions are a fraction of the size of those in say the United States and England. While the French would be happy to savour a small plate of delicious quality food, the rest of us would rather wolf down a plate double the size, and often of lesser quality. And that means at least double the calories.
How do they eat?
Here the French seem to sit down and eat as if it is a ritual, avoiding distractions such as TV, laptops (Facebook 🙂 ) and newspapers. They eat consciously and slowly, and make sure they savor each mouthful. By stopping to enjoy your meal, you will feel satisfied faster and not overeat. You should relax while eating and your body will metabolize food more efficiently.
What do they drink?
The French drink a lot of water and they drink red wine! Red wine is packed with antioxidants and has been proven to be heart healthy. The French have a low incidence of heart disease and many cite red wine as the reason. Just 1-2 glasses a day remember, not a whole bottle 🙂
So the key seems to be quality and not quantity. I’ll certainly drink to that and as they say, eat drink and be merry!