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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Je ne sais quoi....

A cloudy day eh? What to do mmmmmmmm work on my French skills. This morning I had a date with one of my gal friends however she was so exhausted poor thing she could make it [I understand doll, keep working on that beauty sleep lol!] I had a conversation prepared, which is now up in the air. I know she likes reading my blog so ill post some of the details here.....
The last section is so true! We always want to be something different, but I truly don’t take it the Wrong way. When we have  a good motive behind our changes its all good. When you expose yourself to a different perspective you learn new things, which might inspire you.
I will now share something me and Andy live by, we call it the French Diet [Boy would the French gals laugh at the word “Diet”] anyhow it’s not really a diet more like a way to enjoy food without feeling awful and trust me this mind set is gold, please enjoy….

6 Secret Ways French Women Stay Slim
Ever wonder how chic French chicks indulge their high-cal cravings (hello cheese and chocolate!) and still look so damn good? Adopt their so-easy strategies and kiss your fat-gram calculator au revoir.

Cosmopolitan, February 2003
by Leslie Pepper
It's easy to envy French women. They always look spectacular yet never seem to deny themselves the ecstasy of eating great food. Call it a certain Je ne sais quoi, or in loose Cosmo translation: "Jeez, how do they stay so slim without even trying?" "The French consume lots of fats, and you'll never see a French girl on a treadmill," says Will Clower, Ph.D., a neurophysiologist at the University of Pittsburgh and the author The Fat Fallacy: Applying the French Diet to the American Lifestyle. Frustrating, we know. But there are reasons their indulgent lifestyle pays off. Find out why. . . and learn how you can cop the French food attitude.
They Savor Meals
When the typical French family gathers around the table, the focus is on the pleas­ure of dining, not on the number of calo­ries consumed, says Paul Rozin, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, who has published ex­tensive research on French and American women's eating habits. Christine, 25, an American who lived in France for more than a year, says this relax-and-relish­-your-food mantra helped her shed weight. "The French begin with an aper­itif hour, where they'll have olives or crackers, so by the time they sit down to dinner, they're not ravenous," she says. "There's not this sense of 'Eat quickly and then go watch television.' You're en­joying the moment, and since you're giv­ing your body time to digest, you're better able to gauge how full you are."
Frenchies also take generous pauses be­tween bites, says Clower.
  • Always sit down when you're eating.
  • Eat Continental style. Hold your fork upside down in your non-dominant hand the way Europeans do, which paces you.
  • Swallow what's in your mouth before putting anything else in, and set your fork down between bites.
  • Listen to mellow music as you dine. The calming beats encourage slower eating.
They Eat Small Portions
French women must have kick-ass will­power, right? Well, in some cases, it's eas­ier for them to use restraint because their serving sizes are smaller: A typical crois­sant in France weighs slightly more than 1 ounce and measures 15 inches around, whereas an American one weighs almost 2 ounces and measures 18.5 inches around. Said simply, French girls' tum­mies are trained to expect less food.
They also don't consume as much be­cause their fare is so filling. "In France, I eat high-fat foods like eggs, cheeses, and meats, which fill me up so fast that I eat less than when I'm in the States and chow down on what my American friends do," says Melanie, 31, who grew up in France. Here's why: Fat sets off chole­cystokinin (CCK), a hormone that tells your brain when your stomach is full, Clower says. "In the U.S., we eat fat-free foods, thinking we're being healthful. But they aren't as satisfying, so you wind up eating more."
  • Whether you're home or at a buffet, dish up less food than you think you want. You won't be as tempted to eat past the point of fullness.
  • Incorporate healthy fats into meals.
  • Add flavor to your food-olive oil, garlic, and fresh black pepper. You'll enjoy what you're and feel more satisfied with less.
They Indulge Cravings
"I was at a dinner party in France and watched this tiny woman in a tight silver sheath eat a baguette with butter, fish dripping in cream sauce, cheese, red wine--everything I gave up when I tried to lose weight," says Anne Barone, author of Chic and Slim: How Those Chic French Women Eat All That Rich Food and Still Stay Slim. "I was sure she'd say "Non, merci" to dessert, but she ate a whole crème brulee!"
French chicks worry far less than we do about what they eat, proves a study by Rozin. "In word-association tests, when given the words chocolate cake, French women chose the word celebra­tion, whereas American women chose the word guilt," he says. The lean logic: Because no food is forbidden, Frenchies feel entitled to enjoy a small treat in pub­lic. . .and are less apt to scarf down a pint of ice cream in the dark.
  • Treat yourself to one fun food a day, sug­gests Joy Bauer, registered dietician and author of The 90/10 Weight-Loss Plan. "You won't polish off a whole cake today if you know you can have some tomorrow."
  • "Cut the guilt and don't beat your­self up afterward," says Lauren Slayton, director of Foodtrainers, a nutrition center in New York City. You won't gain weight from one cookie--it's feel­ing deprived and downing a whole box that packs on pounds.
They Make Lunch their Biggest Meal
In a study that tracked the eating habits of workers in Paris and Boston, the Parisian participants ate 60 percent of their day's calories before 2 P.M., followed later by a small dinner, so they were less likely to overeat at night. "In the U.S., we tend to starve ourselves all day, so by the time dinner rolls around, we eat anything we can get our hands on," says Adam Drewnowski, Ph.D., director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington, who has been conducting studies on the quality of the French diet for the National Institutes of Health. "In my office cafeteria in Paris, it's normal practice to eat a five-course meal every afternoon, followed by a cup of espresso," Drewnowski explains. It's leisurely and the feeling of being satis­fied lasts longer. "The notion of having just a sandwich at your desk does not apply in France." Because of this, night­time binges lose their appeal.
  • Aim to eat at least half of your day's food at lunchtime, says Slayton.
  • Max out your lunch hour. Instead of eating a grilled-chicken salad, have a starter salad and a second course of chicken with vegetables, then an apple and perhaps some Brie for dessert.
  • If you eat lunch at your desk, clear it off and use real plates and silverware.
  • Finish off your meal with a strong espresso, cappuccino, or coffee. Caffeine is a mild appetite suppressant and can boost your metabolism.
They Don't Snack
'The French eat heartily at meals so they'll be content and won't snack, but Ameri­cans restrain themselves so they have to eat more often," explains Barone. Accord­ing to R. Curtis Ellison, M.D., professor of preventive medicine and epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine, the French eat less than one snack a day, whereas we tend to chow down on about one to three--which isn't smart. "Research shows that after snacking, people are in­clined to eat just as much at meals as they do when they don't snack," says David Levitsky, Ph.D., professor of nutrition and psychology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. "If you want to stay slim, snack­ing is not the way to do it. You wind up consuming more calories overall." Claire, 31, who grew up in France, gained 9 pounds during the three months she vis­ited the States. "In France, you eat three times a day, but in America, every minute is for eating." When she went home, she lost the pounds pronto.
  • Train your body to eat only at meal­times. It will probably take you about 5 to 10 days to get out of the snacking habit, so until you do, distract yourself when you get a case of the munchies--go get a manicure and a pedicure or give your best friend a call.
They Enjoy Exercise
Mathilde Cathiard-Thomas, 30, founder of the celeb-frequented Caudalie Vino­therapie Spa in France, says that she bought the spa's gym equipment for the Americans. "The French would much rather walk or bike," she says. Bottom line: They make exercise a pleasurable part of daily life rather than slaving away at the gym (and eventually burning out). For ex­ample, Christine says that every night be­tween the aperitif hour and dinner, many French people take a long stroll to see the sunset. "You're getting a workout, but it's an enjoyable one," she says. In fact, more than half of the French subjects in a large-­scale study analyzed by Drewnowski said their principal activity is walking.
  • Talk to coworkers face-to-face, not via E- mail. Get up to change channels on TV.
  • Try taking the stairs instead of using el­evators or escalators- -both ways.
  • Plan active social activities with friends. Go dancing, skating, or walking as opposed to sitting in a bar or movie theater.
I know I know it’s a lot of reading but the article is packed with sweet info ♥♥


Lin H said...

Lol, thanks for the shout out....and yes I was exhausted, I still can't believe I didn't set my alarm. Love the post, especially with Garance and Scott! Love the french.

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