It is rare to think of French women and not wonder how they stay thin if they’re surrounded by croissants and other mouth-watering pastries on a daily basis. Well, to clear things up, the idea that all French women are stick thin is a myth. And hey, I’m guilty as charged for once believing it too. Don’t get me wrong, French women do have healthy appearances, and they do indulge. However, they’ve mastered the art of indulging in moderation.
This is something I could have learned to do during my time in Paris, but as an American woman, I wasn’t used to the temptation of a Boulangerie full of decadent treats right under my apartment.
So I splurged!
French women make smart choices about what they eat most of the time. Below are some of the stereotypical meals French women are believed to eat versus some actual meals in their daily diets: (brioche and cheese included)
Myth: “Pain au chocolat” (chocolate filled croissant)
Reality: Brioche with butter and honey, bowl of fruit, herbal tea or coffee
Myth: Ham and cheese sandwich on a baguette
Reality: Salmon with avocado, salad and two pieces of fruit
Myth: Baguette and butter
Reality: Apple or small chocolate brioche and herbal tea
Myth: Steak and French fries
Reality: A bit of charcuterie, capers, cheese, bread, and fruit or homemade veggie soup
Myth: Nutella filled crêpe
Reality: Cheese or sweet (i.e.spoonful of chestnut cream or dark chocolate); never both!
This diet doesn’t mean French women don’t occasionally enjoy some steak and fries or crêpes, but as you can see, they do know a thing or two about balance. Hey, if this is what it takes to look healthy and feel good, then I’m in! Give it a try and let me know if it works for you!