Eat Like the French and Stay Slim
© Margaret Ambrose
did French girls get so damn lucky? It's
not enough that they speak in sexy accents,
have spent their lives in the most romantic
cities, and have all the yummiest designers at
their doorsteps. No, they also get to enjoy
some of the richest cuisine on earth, wash it
down with champagne, finish with a cigarette or
ten - and still stay slim and lead
So baffling is the ability of French women to enjoy life's excesses, that studies have been conducted to discover the reason. (Good, I say, that's just where our research dollars should be going!) What these scientists want to know is how some people can eat four times more butter and three times more lard than their American counterparts, and still be two and a half times less likely to die of heart disease. This phenomenon is called the French Paradox, and what it comes down to is that not all bad stuff is bad, and if you mix it with enough of the good stuff you'll be OK.
Lower sugar and salt consumption
Higher consumption of mineral water
Greater consumption of red
Higher rate of daily activity
Sure, what the scientist may be saying is that you can eat brie and still be healthy, but that doesn't mean you'd want to totally adopt the French attitude to health. Smoking still kills, even French people, and even French lives are destroyed by alcohol abuse. I suppose, as in all things, moderation is the key.
A couple of glasses of the red drop a day could be just what the doctor ordered. In truth, though, it's all in the grape. Purple coloured grapes are one of the best known sources of flavonoids, so you'd be better off eating a couple of bunches of grapes a day.
Traveling alone in Paris can be daunting, but pleasant. However, trying to enjoy the City of Light, in all its richness and glory, while on a budget, can be downright discouraging. Every place of quality comes with a price tag to match. However, with a bit of an inventive spirit and a desire to just have fun, it is possible to experience all the sumptuousness that is Paris, and still have a few Euros left at the end of the day.