I have been reading the very interesting book by Mireille Guiliano, “Why French Women don’t get fat”….. and it has totally resonated with me!
I get it, and I think we should all be doing more of what French women do.
In fact, the slimmest and healthiest people I know do what I have been reading in this book!
They don’t believe in diets. In fact, they really believe in INDULGENCE. They believe in eating with gusto. Eating whatever they wish – just smaller portions! NO deprivation. They don’t think about what they have eaten. In fact, guilty eating does not exist. They also believe in a starter, main and YES dessert too…
You may be thinking – what rubbish. Perhaps they are genetically blessed?
Some of them, yes perhaps! But I also think it’s the culture of these woman that is keeping them thin. They see food as pleasurable, not as the enemy – like so many women of the Western world. They don’t jump on the scales everyday either.
And yes, while they indulge in pastries more than some of us – they also love their healthy food. They know to have fruit, their greens and healthy lean proteins – that’s just apart of their lifestyle! So is “indulging”.
If they indulge – they do not berate themselves. If they over indulge – they simply eat clean for the rest of the day – or the next day too perhaps. Unlike many woman these days, who will do the opposite – binge as a result of indulgence or guilt.
French women eat slowly and mindfully – because that’s polite, and that’s the culture.
As a nutritionist, I believe we can eat whatever we want – just in small portions. But in reality, so many of us can’t seem to do…
It’s my belief that it’s not so much about what kind of foods we are eating – it’s more about how we eat them, and the emotional relationship we have with food and ourselves that has a far bigger impact on our weight. Perhaps I am different to most nutritionists in this way.
When I indulge – say eating a pastry and a coffee, and feel GOOD about this – my body can cope. My digestion can handle it. My body can break it down.
But when I feel guilty – it seems my body also doesn’t like it.
I struggle to digest, I struggle to enjoy.
Here are some of the reasons why French women don’t get fat – perhaps some points for us to take on board and consider!
….french women don’t get fat!
I always find it so interesting to read about different people and different cultures, and how they perceive and approach food. There is so much we can learn from one and other!
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