Recently I read the book French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. I had heard about it from my sister-in-law, who, in turn, had heard about it from her sister. This was back in September.
I eventually got around to buying the book and reading it. I loved it.
First of all, it approaches food in the same way that I have always thought was most practical: food isn’t bad for you. It’s how much of it and your attitude toward it that’s an issue. I have never agreed with diets that completely cut out certain types of food (unless directed by medical professionals). It just doesn’t seem right to me.
This book helped to outline why it is French women can eat all sorts of “forbidden” foods like pastries, three-course meals, wine, and chocolate, and still remain thinner than the average American woman.
I’m not going to say I’m a fat woman. Really, I’m quite thin myself. However, in the last year or so, I did manage to put on about five pounds that I don’t like. This book helped me to look at what had changed in my diet (more hard liquor and nighttime snacking) and how to avoid that in the future.
I didn’t follow the outline precisely. I skipped the three-week assessment of my eating habits, since I’m pretty well aware of what I do. Rather, I jumped right into the sample menus and recipes. I’ve had a lot of fun making poppy seed rolls, chicken au champagne, lentil soup, and more. The only recipe that absolutely refused to work for me is the homemade yogurt without a machine.
My husband and I have also begun taking a walk after dinner together. It’s been fabulous to spend that time focused on talking, and I do feel it really helps.
I don’t own a scale, so I can’t tell you if I’ve lost any weight. Maybe I haven’t, and maybe it’s the power of suggestion, but I feel better about it anyways. In any case, the recipes are delicious, and I can’t wait to check out her other books for even more tasty French-style recipes.
Check the book out for yourself!Disclosure: I have no relationship with the publisher or author. These opinions are 100% my own, and I was not compensated in any way for this post. I simply enjoyed the book and wanted to pass it on. This post does, however, contain affiliate links, from which I may be compensated.