Making wellness resolutions today? Try this on for size: Why French Women Don’t Get Fat.
The author, Mireille Guiliano, says, “Making choices that are meaningful to you is the essence of the French woman’s secret.”
No deprivation here, and no one has to know. They will just like the fact that your tush or abs are tight.
Sprinkled with French references, the book helpfully suggests that if you have Champagne and dessert, skip the bread. Change your route if you are tempted by goodies you pass. A few months of not walking past so many patisseries is not, the author says, like time in the Bastille.
She translates her frequent French phrases. For instance, she notes, you can have de tout en peu et de peu pas beaucoup. For those readers who took Spanish or German while at their ecole or universite, she translates that into reassurance that you can have “a little of everything.” And she touts the benefits of small recalibrations. After all, she tells us “Deprivation is the mother of failure.”
Take it for granted, the book counsels, that resetting your body’s inner scales—what she calls recasting-- takes several weeks. Carry an en-cas in your pocket—a just in case. Shop for food in season several times a week. Cook with fresh ingredients.
Besides, she says, French women are counseled to discover how to deal with les petits demons, and they “know the importance of turning a bit of comfort into excitement.”
Why French Women Don’t Get Fat is available on Kindle as well as in hardback and paperback editions.
For more about conquering les petits demons, try WITCH HUNT, a novel of intrigue, a family saga, and a love story that takes place in Salem between Halloween and New Year’s. A free Kindle app comes with the book.
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