There is a great article in the September issue of Madison magazine (Australia) about the health secrets of French women. In the article, I share some of my slimming lessons from my book “Losing It in France” and talk about the reasons why the French can eat the foods they love and remain at a desirable weight. If you have read my book or this blog, you know that I learned to buy modafinil uk eat mindfully from the French. This includes respecting the food I eat by choosing quality, waiting for physical hunger as my cue to eat and listening to my body so I can stop when I’m comfortable rather than stuffed. As I mentioned, the body never wants us to overeat, it’s really the mind and our emotions that cause us to keep eating beyond comfort.
When it comes to exercise, most French women view the gym as torture, so they consciously opt to pack as much activity as they can into their daily life, without even changing into workout gear. Getting around town on foot is their treadmill and it’s a fun and exciting way to tone the legs. With all the stair climbing in the metro and in buildings in France without lifts, it’s a natural part of life that requires no suffering just joyful purpose. The ever figure conscious French woman will also sneak stretches and contractions into other mundane activities like brushing teeth or vacuuming. Just by contracting the glutes several times while brushing teeth twice a day for three minutes can add up to 42 minutes of butt crunches per week! The great thing is, you didn’t even go to the gym.
The French women do enjoy their red wine too, but from my experience, the consumption is always moderate. In fact, sipping wine with dinner is a pleasurable accompaniment to the meal, so you won’t see French women binge drinking to go unconscious. They know that wine has calories as well as health benefits like resveratrol and antioxidants, but too much drinking wine simply undoes the health benefits. A small glass of wine with dinner is beneficial, but if it turns into two, three or four, you may be better to only drink mindfully on special occasions.
According to statistics, up to half of French women weigh themselves weekly and some fifteen per cent daily. There is often debate about whether to get on the scales or not, but while living in France, I learned to weigh myself at least weekly which really helped me gage my progress and keep me accountable and on track. Mind you, before living in France, I was very afraid to get on the scales, because I didn’t like what I saw. But you can’t change what you don’t acknowledge, so seeing the numbers actually helped me to better understand how I ate and how it affected my weight. Before that, I was in denial.