Welcome Fall (in the northern Hemisphere), the season when many of us begin to slow down, eat more carbs, and maybe gain a pound or two.
For inspiration and encouragement, here is a list of habits that reportedly help French women keep their weight down—and this, within a cuisine based on butter! The list has been around a long time, passed around from friend to friend. Mine’s stuck permanently on my refrigerator.
I think it’s pretty clearly aimed at American women, pointing out many of our really unhealthy habits.
French women don’t:
Graze by the light of the fridge
Eat lunch at their desks
Keep a stash of food in their office
Eat huge portions
Have breakfast for dinner
Use bottled salad dressing
Drink sodas—diet or regular
Buy “fat-free” or “lowfat” versions of real products
Eat on the run
Drink alcohol, except wine with meals
Refuse to eat what’s served
Eat popcorn and candy at the movies
Count calories or fat grams
Say no to dessert
Eat cheese before a meal (only after)
Go to all-you-can-eat buffets
Have croissants for breakfast every day
Buy in bulk
Eat in front of the television
Ask for seconds
Eat bread before meals
Is one or more of these a special problem for you? If you could say goodbye to one bad habit on this list, which would it be? (For me, snacking and eating at my desk).