Joey Shulman, DC, RNCP
Many jealous North Americans have wondered how the French can consume foods that are known contributors to weight gain - white bread, cheese, rich sauces, and red wine - yet never seem to gain a pound. Scientists have coined it the French paradox.
Many jealous North Americans have wondered how the French can consume foods that are known contributors to weight gain white bread, cheese, rich sauces, and red wine yet never seem to gain a pound. Scientists have coined it the French paradox.
When thinking of the French paradox, we imagine lean French women sitting at an outdoor caf?ating large quantities of brie on baguettes while sipping Merlot. Yet the French not only benefit from lighter body weights, their rates of heart disease and stroke are also significantly less than in North America.
Scientists from France's CNRS (national scientific research institute) and the University of Pennsylvania investigated the winning weight loss ways of the French. Researchers weighed portions at 11 similar restaurants in Paris and Philadelphia and found that:
A comparison between local supermarkets found that:
You Too Can Eat Like the French
Many North Americans have become completely alienated from their real hunger and dietary needs. We eat not for nourishment but from boredom, sadness, and frustration. We are bombarded daily by fast food advertising on TV, in the print media, and even in our schools.
To be as healthy as the French, we need to get back to the basics of eating with conscious awareness and mindfulness. By implementing the following steps, you can change the way you and your family look and feel.