Friday, August 28, 2009

French Women Don't Get Fat and neither will I!

I read French Women Don't Get Fat about two years ago. I really enjoyed it, recommended it to friends and family and ordered my own copy from Amazon to own. I also bought the follow-up book, French Women For All Seasons. I am currently enjoying the second book, which discusses the values of eating in season, gives excellent recipes and further expands on many of the principals explained in the first book.

In both books, Mireille suggests that the reader try her "Magical Leek Soup" as a form of detox. I tried this two years ago, but wasn't completely committed. I didn't do it over a weekend like she suggested. So this weekend, I try again! I am committed!

While researching a bit for this post I came across two of Mireille's websites: French Women Don't Get Fat (my new obsession) and Mireille Guliano. I also came across this post on Cucina Testa Rossa. She is not a fan. I can see some of her points, and I felt the same after I read Naturally Thin. The concepts were pretty obvious and Bethenny kept telling me to "stay calm" about my food. I am calm. She's the one who wasn't. Anyway, Mireille isn't so intense, and most of her suggestions (while common sense) are easily incoorporated into an American lifestyle if you choose to try. For instance, I always take the stairs (even at the mall), try to exercise often (she isn't a fan of gyms, but I am, so I exercise there or take walks with B), drink tons of water, try to maintain my "equilibrium" (sort of like Bethenny's "Your diet is a bank account" concept), and savour treats. She also gives helpful ways to cut down portion size. Instead of telling the reader to "stay calm" she says eat half (Bethenny says this too) or use a smaller dish (also a technique prescribed by Bethenny). All in all, both books are great if you're interested in some wonderful recipes and learning a few new tricks.

After work tonight, I'll run across the street (to Market Square, a great little grocery directly across the street form my house. Lucky me!) and buy my leeks! Wish me luck!

12 comments:

Pink Julep said...

I read the first one years ago, but soooo want to get the 2nd one! Such good advice and I find myself going back to the things I learned in that book all the time, without even re-reading it! Great read!!!

The Rest is Still Unwritten said...

Let us know how the detox works..I've never been sure about those. I really want to read Naturally Thin still...

Piper Jacquelyn said...

I agree with you about Bethenney's book. I think she was riding the wave of success from the show & what she kept repeating {over and OVER} started to get on my nerves, ha! I've always been intrigued by the French books though, so let us know how the soup & everything goes for you!!

Rachel H. said...

I read this book too, and I thought it was great!

Lexilooo said...

I've been meaning to read this book! I should see if my library has it :)

Summer Wind said...

never heard of this book, but it sounds great, thanks for sharing!

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

I didn't know there was a follow up book! Of course you would know all of the good ones with your career! I am going to find it on Amazon today! Good luck wit hteh Leek soup! I read about, but never tried it, will be interested to read about your results!
Have a lovely weekend!

Suburban Princess said...

Wasnt Bethanny recently outed as being bulemic?

LPC said...

I love leeks. Enjoy. Let us know.

Muffy said...

OOH, how very interesting! Keep us updated!!!

Kristen said...

I have always wondered about this book! I am going to have to read it!

Pink Martini said...

Hi. Found you on All Things Southern and Preppy. I have read these books a couple of times but have never made the leek soup but have been curious about them. I will have to check back and see how you are doing. Good luck! :)