If you haven’t read the book French Women Don’t Get Fat, I encourage you to do so. Or, re-read it if it has been a while.
The author discusses at length how eating good food, but doing so in reasonable portions, can result in a trim figure and a happy life. There’s virtually no mention of calories or worries about “bad carbs”. Instead, Guiliano tells about how, as a teen, she returned to her native France from a year studying in Massachusetts overweight and unhappy and how she ultimately slimmed down.
She did this by adapting the tenets of French eating:
- eating three substantial meals a day
- consuming smaller portions
- eat lots of fruits and vegetables
- taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- drinking plenty of water
- not depriving herself of treats every once in a while
In other words, Guiliano listened to common sense.French Women also contains recipes, including a Cauliflower Gratin that is just delish.
As we all face a month of parties, receptions, baking cookies, and large celebratory meals, we all want to be able to enjoy ourselves but also not gain weight. If you have time (ha!), I recommend this book.