Friday, October 9, 2009

The Secret of Eating for Pleasure

I have a feeling that I'll be doing this from time to time on this blog, gushing about the wonderful books that I've been reading lately. I have just finished a real gem, "French Women Don't Get Fat" by Mireille Guiliano. And yes, it's just as good as it sounds, even if you're not trying to lose weight. It's all about contradicting the way we Americans eat, with the best of results!

The subtitle is: THE SECRET OF EATING FOR PLEASURE. Novel idea! Apparently, we Americans have it all wrong. We either kill ourselves on salads and sneak bits of Hershey bars into the closet to indulge in secret, or binge on super-sugared goodies and then work out for mind-numbing hours at the gym. No, no, no, no, no, this is not the way to eat. Eating should be a lifestyle. Yes, and a pleasant one.

Excercise shouldn't be something relegated to the gym, it should be a part of every day. Daily twenty minute walks (couldn't we spend more than that looking at picture on, and climbing stairs whenever possilbe. Also, lots of water, fruits, vegetables, and yes, plenty of dessert. French women routinely eat many courses of absolutely delicious food, have wine with dinner, and guess what? They don't get fat! Revolutionary.

It's the French Paradox that nutrionists are always marveling over. But it turns out to not be a paradox at all! The French woman's lifestyle is one of moderation, constant, simple excercise, and, most of all: a love of good food. It's the mindset of quality over quantity. A small meal bursting with flavor and texture and smelling like Heaven, as opposed to a gut-busting half pound greasy cheeseburger. Which sounds better to you?

If you haven't read this book yet, this would definitely be the time to get it (Christmas is only 76 days, 11 hours, and 15 minutes away). See if your local library has it, this little treasure is definitely worth a few minutes of your hard-won free time. I certainly enjoyed it, and intend to read Mireille's two other books as well!

Au Revoir,

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