The French lifestyle is not about fitting in a size zero, it is about fitting perfectly into the body you were given. It is not about counting calories but about simplifying and pleasuring up your life and your habits so you can be the person you were born to be.
It is not just about what you eat but how you eat.
Stuffing yourself with what you can find as quickly as possible so that you can get on to the next item on your “to-do” list is enemy number one when it comes to weight, energy, and health.
We keep torturing and ruining our bodies with the next fad diet, whereas the French don’t “diet”. They do think and worry about their weight, as the cover of magazines in the spring can attest, but they don’t treat food as we do, as an enemy of carbs and fats that need to be defeated at all cost. They simply eat less and cut out treats and cheeses if needed. They don’t micromanage grams of anything and are too lazy to count calories.
Their approach to food is what keeps them lean, feisty, and healthy. It is really uncomplicated and easy to apply in your own life. Don’t over-complicate it.
There are two parts to the French approach:
- What the French eat that keeps them healthy and lean: they eat real foods that are working with their bodies, not “faux-foods” that work against them. Instead of encouraging you to eat new man-made chemicals and food-like creations, you might want to turn to real food as a permanent weight and health strategy. Real foods have the best flavors. Once you get back to eating more of them, you realize how wonderful they taste and how chemical-ly faux foods actually taste. You don’t have to do anything incredibly heroic in the kitchen to reap the benefit…just eat real food.
- How the French eat: this is the heart of their lifestyle and the little know secret behind the French paradox. Learning how to eat well will remove the fear of food, increase pleasure around eating, and will allow you to eat the foods you love without fear, guilt, or extra weight. Finally, you can feel satisfied after your meals, and ditch deprivation for good. I spent a good amount of my time studying the research around that principle and realized that how the French eat is not just a good idea, it is a scientifically sound approach and a trait that a lot of “skinny” people possess.
The idea that the French don’t get fat is ludicrous. They do get fat when they stray from these two principles. Master them and the results will follow. The main mistake my clients make is to discount the “how to eat” part, which is actually the most powerful part. It is, however, the most challenging for some as they are so used to a go-go-go lifestyle and feel somehow “guilty” to slow down and take some quality time for themselves.
Don’t be. As L’Oreal would say…”you’re worth it”!
Join me for The Lazy French 10-Day Reboot and get your body back with the powerful combination of raw food and French principles. We start April 24!