French Women Don’t Get Fat… Overture

Mireille Guiliano, the author of French Women Don’t Get Fat seems to have the life many could only dream about… I know it sounds like a dream come true to me.

She was born and raised in France and now shares the United States as her home as well. Her job??? She is the CEO and director of Champagne Veuve Clicquot. Essentially, her job requires her to eat in restaurants approximately 300 times a year, and never without a glass of wine or champagne to accompany her… I’m just wondering, where do I apply???

What’s important to note here is… she is NOT overweight! She has learned to maintain her weight from what she came to learn from her French culture and will share with us how we can do this too…

The book begins with Overture, the introduction, where Mireille reminds us that 60% of Americans are overweight, and the fastest selling books are diet books. She then asks the obvious question, or what should be the obvious question, “why don’t the million-copy wonders put an end to our overweight woes?” Simply put, “unsustainable extremism.” She also let’s us know, that “extremism, has never been the French way”.

However, from what I’ve seen and she also believes, Americans want quick fixes, and are willing to take radical steps to lose weight. Unfortunately, we all know happens once we stop these unsustainable extreme measures… The weight shows right back up.

Mireille says, “Banish the diet books and adopt what French Women have, a balanced and time-tested relationship to food & life!”

“French Women don’t skip meals or substitute slimming shakes for them…They eat with their heads and they don’t leave the table feeling stuffed or guilty.”  Mireille also states here, “Learning that less can be more and discovering how one can eat everything in moderation can be keys.”

Depriving ourselves sets us up for failure. All we think about is the very thing we “can’t” have. I understand there are exceptions to most rules, like gluten for celiacs. What none of the diet books express is any consideration for bio-chemical individuality. They do not take into consideration, gender, race, age, activity level etc.

It seems to me that French women eat much more intuitively… This book is already so in line with my training, and how I coach my patients and clients… To stay motivated, variety is important, in our food as well as our activity. I don’t know about you, but I get bored easily!

Mireille also refers to “French Zen” which of course I love with my background in Chinese Medicine. She covers not only the food on our plates, but other elements of healthy living, including physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual health. In my training, I refer to this as Primary food. Our relationships, activity, careers, and spirituality.

I’m already loving what I’m reading…

Stay tuned til tomorrow, Chapter 1 Vive L’Amerique – The Beginning… I am overweight

Let me know what you think so far.

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