I have been using this little blue book as a bible when it comes to losing weight.
It makes sense to me and find it easier to follow since I have the opportunity to live in France.
I feel Guiliano makes valid points and constantly refer to her when I see the scale fluctuating upwards. It reminds me to focus on positive changes and remember that it is a process, a lifestyle, and not a means of deprivation. As I have mentioned in previous posts, Guiliano reminds her readers that balance is the key.
The French have this habit of 'tricking' themselves into better food choices. They would also never deny themselves carbs, (have you tasted a fresh French baguette?) butter, sugar, wine or dessert!!
That is the key difference between American and French cultures -- what I consider GREAT American food is more along the lines of comfort food, such as a crawfish bake, BBQ, any Mexican food, jambalaya, Alaskan king crab, fried chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, onion rings... whereas opposed to GREAT French food, is a meal where your palette is awakened with typical dishes such as: duck breast, oysters and champagne, mussels, foie gras, wild mushrooms in a wine sauce, roquefort cheese with a quince jam on a fresh baguette, veal stew, veggie soups that are so savory it is a meal in itself, and my favorite French dish (other than my husband, of course) avocado stuffed with homemade mayonaise and shrimp!
Check under MIAM-YUM-NOM for some of these recipes mentioned.
According to Guiliano:
There are two selves in each of us: the one who wants to be slim and healthy and the other one who wants something else. One sees the big picture -- well-being, self-esteem, fitting into the latest fashions. The other wants pleasure aplenty, and now. The key was not to conquer the second, but to broker a rapprochement: make friends of your two selves and be the master of both your willpower and your pleasure. That is the French way.
The goal is to feel comfortable in your skin.
That is what I love about this book. She wants you to be the judge of what is right for YOU and not use some archic rule telling you where you 'should' be. She wants you to say confidently, 'I feel good and I look good.' I feel there has to be a balance and so does she, it is the essence of her book.
Other pearls of wisdom I found helpful:
-- You must understand there is nothing noble in failing to discover and cultivate your pleasures. (It will make you not only fat, but grouchy.) You owe it to your loved ones as well as yourself to know and pursue your pleasures. And since everyone's taste and metabolism are unique, you must pay attention to yourself - to what delights you - so you can tailor your system and preferences. It's a lifelong commitment, but it promises a lifetime of good health and contentment.
-- Little things add up.
-- Do not eat on autopilot!
-- Have one big glass (of water) first thing in the morning! (Before brushing your teeth!)
I have been doing this and it not only is refreshing, it also wakes me up!
-- Deprevation is the mother of failure. You cannot deprive yourself for extended periods and not expect your body to take revenge!
-- Be the master of your pleasures as well as your restraint.
-- Embrace the rule of quality over quantity.
I remember fondly a recent experience in the lunch room surrounded by Frenchies.
One of the first things I noticed about their meals is: 1. They never joke about food.
2. They never bring in processed meals. 3. They always have dessert.
Allow me to expand on this briefly.
1. Even though they pack a lunch, it is a meal, complete with a nice plate, silverware, a protein, veggies or salad, half a baguette and water or juice to drink.
2. Everything is homemade, usually leftovers from the night before.
3. Dessert consists of a seasonal fruit with yogurt, or an applesauce, or a couple of squares of dark chocolate. They also finish their meal with coffee.
I also remember overhearing one lady say that she eats 1 slice of pizza per week and "c'est tout!" translation -- that's all! This was her way of maintaining checks and balances.
I hope this helps you out as it has helped me. If you have any questions, I would be happy to have an open dialogue and share tips, tricks, recipes, and other tidbits with you about what works and doesn't!
At my heaviest weight, I tipped the scale at 215 pounds, today, I fluctuate between 155 - 158.
I will lose an additional 30 pounds, however one pound at a time. My goal is simply to feel good in my skin, therefore, I must judge for myself what feels and looks right for me!
Thank you for reading, I appreciate it. I promise to post more pearls of wisdom in the coming weeks. Until then, Bisous de Bordeaux!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
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My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
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