Paradox on Your Plate- Women’s Health Magazine- Sept. 2012

Everyone run to the store and pick up the September issue of Women’s Health Magazine and read all about what Americans know and the French don’t!   You’ll find my comments on a recent study by the British Journal of Nutrition that proves we Americans are smarter about the nutritional value of foods than the French but a heck of  lot fatter- I’ll tell you why!

Shop Like the French

This week, make a trip to an open-air market for luscious, fresh produce!

Market days are a big deal throughout France. They have been a central feature of life in rural areas since the Middle Ages; it’s even  said that locals mark their calendars with the arrival of fresh produce.

A Parisian Secret to Weight Management

Clotilde Dusoulier, a Parisian who lives in Montmartre and is the author of the blog Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen, tells us:

The secret lies in one word (and a hyphenated one at that) self- discipline. Most of us will allow ourselves a splurge from time to time, but not every day, and we’ll try to compensate by eating less the next day and exercising regularly. We will indulge in wine, cheese and chocolate, but will restrain ourselves (however much we want that extra slice of tarte tatin) and stop at a reasonable serving. And when we notice that we’ve put on a couple pounds or more the panic is optional, but we will cut down on sweets, unnecessary fat and alcohol until we’re back where we feel comfortable. This technique works and seems to be profoundly built into our behavior (we’ve seen our mothers and friends do it), but I don’t think it comes easy to anyone as it requires daily attention. But then again, who ever said life was an all-you-can-eat buffet? 

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Is Your Fork Fat?

Rather than pile several foods on the plate or the fork at once, the French enjoy courses one after the other, independently. The result: Only 39 percent of Americans claim to greatly enjoy eating, compared to 90 percent of people in France.

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Gourmet or Glutton?

Our French friends love their food, but not the way Americans love food. The French are more gourmets, while we Americans are, truth to tell, pretty much gluttons. In America, we confuse enjoyment of food with over-consumption.



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