EVER WONDERED HOW TO EAT LIKE THE FRENCH?
It may not seem like it, but French and American culture is different in many ways, and their diets are no exception. In a country full of bread, butter, and baguettes, French eating habits have puzzled visitors for years. France has been looked at for diet inspiration due to the misconception that the French don’t gain weight! Rather, the French diet and eating habits lend itself to a happier and healthier lifestyle. Check out these tips on how you can eat like the French!
Eat a small breakfast
When a full three-course lunch waits ahead, there is no need for a large breakfast. Breakfast in France starts with bread. A piece of baguette, toasted, topped with homemade jam is all the French need. An espresso, cup of café, or black tea makes for a perfect complement to start the day.
Quality over quantity
The French demand high quality for every ingredient! Knowing where their ingredients are from and what is in their food is essential. Visiting the local farmers market is part of their weekly routine, and when it comes to dessert, a small square of fine dark chocolate is more appealing than a large bowl of mediocre chocolate ice-cream.
Distractions are avoided at mealtime
Mealtime is a social event. Unlike Americans who are content with eating a salad at their desk, or scarfing down a bag of chips in the car, the French value their mealtime, and it is viewed as one of the more important parts of the day. Mealtime is free of distractions such as TVs or work computers and is a time to be enjoyed with family and friends.
They believe in moderation
Food comas aren’t recognized in France like they are in America. Instead, it’s smaller more filling things such as meat, cheese, and bread. They live by the rule of “everything in moderation,” and fat and carbs aren’t necessarily viewed as a bad thing.
Their diet includes alcohol
Americans may drink more in one sitting, but it is rare for the French to sit down for a meal and not have a glass of wine. What’s the difference? In France, unlike America, it’s less about binge drinking and more about a cultural experience.