Ten Top Food Tips From Following The French

When I lived and worked in France I gained first-hand knowledge of what makes their attitude to food so different from that of ours.

After putting on a lot of weight eating like a kiwi in France, I managed to effortlessly lose it again by adopting the French approach to eating (you can read more about that in my story.)

The French paradoxically eat rich foods yet stay slim. The only way to understand why is to live and breath French culture.

Here are some of the great lessons I learnt about the French attitude to food that can help us all…
  1. Know when enough is enough, enjoy your indulgences but keep them in balance.
  2. Dine slowly & savour the flavours of every mouthful.
  3. Always sit down to eat.
  4. Have an entrée at every lunch and dinner.  (Most of these consist of vegetables or salads in a lovely light vinaigrette.)
  5. Avoid snacking mindlessly between meals.
  6. Take a long stroll as a family after a lovely weekend lunch.
  7. Buy fresh produce in season when it tastes the best and is the best for you!
  8. Use quality cuts of meat.
  9. Base desserts around fruit –strawberry tarts, apple & blueberry pies etc
  10. Eating is about coming together and enjoying each others company as much as it is about the food.

I expand on these quick tips in my book real food less fuss and share how to overcome cravings in this TV interview.

 

For a not quite French spin on chocolate mousse, check out this delicious dessert!

 

What are the best food tips you’ve learnt when travelling overseas?

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3 Comments on “Ten Top Food Tips From Following The French”

  1. Lauren, Thanks for the French tip. I was lucky to observe these ideas when we had a young French woman boarding with us for some time.

  2. Love the Banofie Pie and have made it five times Yum!! Purchased 5 of your books for me and four friends. I love and have made nearly all of the recipes, your recipes are so tasty, easy to use and healthy. Thanks for sharing your life style and eating habits with all so appreciate all the work you have done to enable this to happen.
    Kindest regards
    Rachel

  3. Thanks so much for the feedback Rachel! It’s great to hear that the Banoffee has been a hit in your household as well! Thank you for helping spread the positive ripple! Warm Regards, Lauren

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