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I was in France this past weekend, celebrating my 10 year wedding anniversary with my husband. We stayed at the same chateau in which we were married and ate in the same restaurants where we hosted our rehearsal and wedding dinners. We enjoyed our favorite French foods and drank our favorite wine. It brought back so many magical memories! It also made me think about the French and how they so naturally incorporate mindfulness into the way they eat and live.
Many years ago, I read a book called, Why French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, by Mireille Guilano. I have always been fascinated by other culture’s approach to eating, particularly the French. Despite a diet that invites full fat cheese, foie gras, and regular wine consumption, they are far healthier than us Americans. This contradiction has come to be known as The French Paradox. How can a population that eats so much saturated fat and cholesterol have such a low incidence of obesity and coronary heart disease?
Mireille’s book opened my eyes and helped me to understand this contradiction. Though the French allow for high fat foods in their diet, they have a very balanced approach to eating and living. We tend to restrict, restrict, restrict, and then lose all self control once our will power is completely wasted. We end up on a weight cycling roller coaster, that studies show, almost always results in weight gain over time. Not to mention, that is a very stressful and unenjoyable approach to eating!
Don’t get me wrong, the French don’t eat whatever they want, whenever they want it. They have very defined rules and cultural norms around food consumption. French women in particular, do watch what they eat, but nothing is off limits. They enjoy their favorite foods and have dessert on occasion. They don’t overdo it. There is no need. They know they will get to enjoy those foods again. It’s all comes down to moderation and eating mindfully. I find it is an approach that makes so much sense! Below I have listed some of my top takeaways from the book. If you find the topic interesting, I definitely recommend the book. It is very sweet, practical, and contains some great recipes.
These are all concepts that I cover in my Weight Loss and Mindful Eating programs. If you would like to learn in a step by step fashion, how to take advantage of this French wisdom, so that you can enjoy delicious foods and still lose weight, consider enrolling on one of these programs. You can reach me through the contact form here on the website or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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