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Mireille Guiliano’s top tips for eating the French way and not getting fat

Mirelle Guilliano, author of 'French Women Don’t Get Fat', shares her top tips for staying trim the French way.

Mireille Guiliano’s top tips for eating the French way and not getting fat

  • Eat well; don’t deprive yourself but aim for smaller portion sizes. Have meals instead of snacking – pick your moment to sit down and eat.
  • Do not skip meals, feed your body regularly and well and it doesn’t have to be much and it doesn’t have to be complicated.
  • Eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and drink lots of water, it’s needed for constant detox.
  • Do some walking and movement everyday, the French are not to good on machines but they do walk a lot, take the stairs, bike and swim. You don’t need to go to extremes and be like Madonna and spend hours at the gym everyday. She is going to get old too and wrinkled!
  • Try to cook often so you know what your putting in your body.
  • Include more colours on your plate, it shouldn’t be beige, white or brown there should be plenty of greens.
  • Shop at local farmers markets and buy fresh, unprocessed ingredients.
  • Use very little olive oil or butter, just enough to taste. If you’re buying quality products you need to do very little to them to make them taste good.
  • Women need a lot of protein and calcium. French women will have a serve of cheese and yoghurt twice daily – in fact it’s a good way to stave off hunger. But buy the quality natural yoghurt, that which contains only milk and culture.
  • Start your day with a glass of water, when you wake up your body is dehydrated and it needs to be re-hydrated. Stay far away from processed cereals and sweet buns.
  • Children don’t know the difference between a broccoli and a brownie.  It’s up to you to introduce them to good, fresh foods. Make them taste and taste and taste again until they develop a taste for fruits and vegetables.
  • Oysters are the best food of all. Paris is the oyster capital of the world. They are high in protein, packed with magnesium, potassium, iron, good minerals, antioxidants, have little fat, almost zero calories, taste delicious and an added bonus – they are an aphrodisiac!
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