French Women Don't Get Fat
Mireille Guiliano
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French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure
Mireille Guiliano
304 pages
December 2007
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Mireille Guiliano shares witty insight, scrupulous observations and fascinating philosophies in French Women Don't Get Fat. Born and raised in France, Mireille presents a personal account of overcoming a weight challenge. While living in America as an exchange student eating traditional American fare, Mireille gains substantial weight, and at age nineteen, a homecoming entails a father’s greeting “You look like a sack of potatoes.”

Uncomfortable with her physical appearance, especially given that French women tend to be slim, Mireille returns to basic French principles for weight loss guidance. The family physician, deemed as Dr. Miracle, comes to the rescue and re-introduces time-honored secrets of eating well and staying slim. Given the premise that many American women live in a state of weight fluctuation and have an innate desire to shed a few or more pounds, Mireille’s book based on life experience has something to offer for every woman.

Unlike a diet book, French Women Don't Get Fat blends philosophical gastronomic delights. Menus, really guidelines, serve as the premise for book and can be adaptive to suit each reader. So, what are the secrets of French women notorious for middle aged women with twenty something physiques? According to Mireille, “Don’t Diet, Eat Chocolate, Drink Wine, Take Long Walks, Enjoy Life, Stay Slim the French Way,” from a woman who serves as CEO for Champagne Veuve Clicquot and thereby must embrace a dining staple of champagne.

Exercising virtues of balanced eating, Mireille shows the reader how to eat, drink and live a balanced life while achieving contentment. Four lessons are depicted: wake up call (inventory of eating habits/meals), recasting (portion control and diversity of nutrition), stabilization (everything you like to eat is re-integrated into diet), and lastly, the rest of your life.

Funny, poignant advice provides a roadmap for success and my favorite suggestion, “French women eat for pleasure, don’t diet, don’t get fat, love to do nothing but enjoy the moment.” Mireille’s tone is friendly, thought-provoking, and causes the reader to inventory individual approaches and attitudes toward healthy living. Eating slowly is a familiar mantra, which becomes a state of thinking by the book’s end.

French Women Don't Get Fat depicts the secret of eating for pleasure. Sensibility serves as the foundation: eat chocolate, drink wine but intermingle with a long walk and beneficial nutritional choices. Mireille’s words echo a state of mind, a consciousness to throw away the word “diet” in one’s life, and embrace eating for pleasure as evident in Mireille’s words, “climbing a few flights on your way to work or walking to the water cooler in expensive shoes is at least as good for you as going to the gym, and doesn't require one to change into unattractive clothes."

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Laura Ponticello, 2008

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