The #1 national bestseller that launched a fabulous French Revolution about how to approach healthy living: the ultimate non-diet book—now with more recipes.
French women don’t get fat, even though they enjoy bread and pastry, wine, and regular three-course meals. Unlocking the simple secrets of this “French paradox”—how they enjoy food while staying slim and healthy—Mireille Guiliano gives us a charming, inspiring take on health and eating for our times. For anyone who has slipped out of her Zone, missed the flight to South Beach, or accidentally let a carb pass her lips, here is a positive way to stay trim, a culture’s most precious secrets recast for the twenty-first century. A life of wine, bread—even chocolate—without girth or guilt? Pourquoi pas?
Guiliano's approach to healthy living is hardly revolutionary: just last month, the New York Times Magazine ran a story on the well-known "French paradox," which finds French people, those wine- guzzling, Brie-noshing, carb-loving folk, to be much thinner and healthier than diet-obsessed Americans. Guiliano, however, isn't so interested in the sociocultural aspects of this oddity. Rather, befitting her status as CEO of Clicquot (as in Veuve Clicquot, the French Champagne house), she cares more about showing how judicious consumption of good food (and good Champagne) can result in a trim figure and a happy life. It's a welcome reprieve from the scores of diet books out there; there's nary a mention of calories, anaerobic energy, glycemic index or any of the other hallmarks of the genre. Instead, Guiliano shares anecdotes about how, as a teen, she returned to her native France from a year studying in Massachusetts looking "like a sack of potatoes," and slimmed down. She did this, of course, by adapting the tenets of French eating: eating three substantial meals a day, consuming smaller portions and lots of fruits and vegetables, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, drinking plenty of water and not depriving herself of treats every once in a while. In other words, Guiliano listened to common sense. Her book, with its amusing asides about her life and work, occasional lapses into French and inspiring recipes (Zucchini Flower Omelet; Salad of Duck l'Orange) is a stirring reminder of the importance of joie de vivre.
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A Wonderful and Refreshing Approach
What I most loved about this book was this very fresh idea to enjoy life more, and that this idea is vastly important in the view of ones food choices. I love that it constantly recommends that each person must tailor their eating habits to suit their life style, food preferences, and personal sense of equilibrium. Since reading this book I have on more than one occasion noticed how not only myself but the people around me whether driving their vehicle or just walking on the street seem to be consuming food without actually enjoying it. This idea of being more mindful of life has more than given me pause. As a Christian, I realize that this concept is exactly as God intended for us to live, as Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, "Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun."
Excellent insight and reminders for basic principles
This book was very well written and an easy read. Although the principles are nothing new (as the French have been around much longer than the Americans) her stories and tips are great reminders for the principles that the much admired French women live by. I enjoyed this book and will recommend to friends and read it again myself many times.
This book contains all the secrets one needs to maintain a healthy weight for life. The sooner we eliminate low fat, larger portions and diet craziness from our lives, we'll stop craving everything in sight. When we find ways to walk more in our cities and enjoy every moment as it happens, we"ll be a healthier society. I just returned from 2 weeks in Paris, following the French woman's lifestyle and lost almost 10 pounds. I'm back in a size 8 pant for the first time in 5 years. Mireille is so right in what she says - do we have the desire to make the changes?