Why you won’t get fat in France

You laugh, well seriously it can be done if you do it like the French.  So below are a few pointers we have learnt along the way, and don’t always do!.
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 ♥♥ French portions are smaller. NOW this is harder than the other tips to execute.  We have to admit it is more enjoyable having a little piece, as in we get to try varieties! Meal portions tend to be manageable when you’re out. After a French meal, you’ll feel satiated but not think “Gawd, I’ve eaten way too much!”.
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♥♥ The French don’t snack. Or rarely. If you look hard enough, you will, of course, find, chips and other high-fat snacks.  Interestingly there seem to be fewer MacDonalds over here, [as an off-shoot to the comment about takeaway places, there seems to be less rubbish around the streets].    Though in general, it is not part of the culture to pop open a bag of chips an hour after lunch. Aside from mealtimes, the French don’t nibble on snacks throughout the day.  For every rule, there is an exception, and this is in the form of a sweet around 4 pm which the French call the gouter.  Who can resist just a little something sweet with their café?

♥♥ The majority of French are active and like to walk/bike everywhere. If you live in a town in France where you can run errands on foot, do it. If you can, leave the car at home and head into the village with your wicker basket for the market.   All those steps add up, as in 10,000 of them, which we are trying to extend or do every day.  Though in the area we are the car is used more due to the countryside location.  Luckily, we have a few fun areas to go for a walk.  Housesitting and caring for dogs is certainly a great motivation to get out there and do some exercise.

 ♥♥ The French take their time and eat at the table. A Sunday lunch in France isn’t rushed, it’s enjoyed. You’ll leisurely sip your wine while each course is served and enjoy good conversation and laughs while savouring each bite. Well, it does depends on your family and lifestyle, but again, generally speaking, the French enjoy mealtime and don’t rush through it. With most businesses closed at midday makes having a leisurely Sunday lunch much easier.

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♥♥ Their coffee is black. In a cafe, if you ask for a coffee, you’ll get a little espresso cup of black coffee with a sugar cube.  Or if you want a larger black coffee, ask for a nero grande café.  Unfortunately, the terminology is not the same for all cafes.  If you want milk, you have to ask for it. There’s no takeout coffee in cups.

♥♥ They eat dessert! Often! It’s rare to go out to eat and NOT get dessert. A dessert is included in the prix fixe menu.  Dessert is just as obligatory as the cheese course. It’s a small piece just enough to know that you had a delectable dessert!

♥♥ There doesn’t seem as many preservatives in French foods vs. other countries.  French food appears to be more natural than what you’d find in the average supermarket in other nations. Junk food exists, but in general, there are fewer preservatives in foods, and many French people opt out of processed foods entirely. High fructose corn syrup isn’t widely used in packaged foods, meat and chicken taste delicious and fresh pastries, and cakes might be an indulgence, at least it’s all natural sugar, butter and cream without all the extra additives/preservatives/hormones.

A bit of light reading and check out our very own NZ foodie and writer Peta Mathias and, another engaging writer, Mireille Guiliano while munching on a croissant and sipping an expresso.

Bon Appetit, remember just in a small way!

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