The France diet: 3 subtle differences in the way the French eat


I’ve lived with and around French people for a lot of my life and I’ve noticed a real difference in how they eat.

I also like French food: it’s simple, high quality and prepared with attention and care.ย Here are three subtle differences in the way they eat, as compared to North Americans:

1. Amount of food

Escargot. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
French salad before dinner. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Beef with potatoes. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto

French cuisine is often served in much smaller proportion’s then our North American serving sizes.

2. Savoring the flavor

The French sit down & take their time to savour each bite of food slowly and with appreciation.

The French typically take more than double the amount of time we do to eat a meal. And this is healthy behavior.

It takes an average of 15 minutes for your brain to get the message that your stomach is full. This makes it more likely that you will stop eating when you are satisfied as opposed to stuffed.

The art of cutting meat. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Vegetables. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Lunch in France. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto

3. No counting or measuring

The French are not counting macros like proteins are carbs or fat’s on a regular basis. They are not scared of food groups. They eat everything. More accurately, they taste everything.

Nothing is off-limits, not even dessert. But do you have to eat the whole thing? No. You eat when you are full and sharing is encouraged.

French chocolate mousse with ice cream. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Chocolate cake with ice cream. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto
Dinner in France. Meat, potatoes, vegetables, wine and bread. Photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto

xxSerena

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