French Women Don't Get Fat is, as you may have guessed it, a book about dieting. Well, not dieting per se; I should call it a book about one's personal eating habits. And the cultural background of French people vis-a-vis food is quite interestingly described.
This is actually a biography as well. Mireille Guiliano relates to us her little adventures as a French woman studying in the United States, and with that, the discovery of incredibly fattening food. Although not vegan, I chose to tell you about her because she seems to subtly point to vegan food as being one of the secrets of French people use to help maintain their weight.
Growing up in France, she indulged in three-course meals, cheese, wine, foie gras, creamy soups and desserts, and everything else that is typically French and fattening. But why does this population stay so slim when eat such high-calorie and fat food?
Well, even though they are known as eaters of the fattiest proteins available, they only eat them once in a while. Wine is regularly consumed, but in small quantities at a time. They do not binge on dessets as we do. And, whenever they eat a very large meal, they end up cooking a cabbage soup for dinner the next day.
You see, they adore fatty foods, but they also enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. One of their passions is growing their own garden and owning a fruit tree. To them, anything processed is practically a sin. Good food takes time, is their motto, and cooking from scratch is their passion. As we all know, stepping into a French restaurant or bakery is stepping into a location where we need to empty our wallets. There is a good reason for that: they know how to create quality that keeps people from becoming as large as they are tall.
Furthermore, Mireille explains that after spending too many days overeating or not eating well, French women have a tendency of cooking weight-loss and detox soups that cleanse the system and regulate their weight. This is where veganism steps in: these meals are strictly plant-based. From simple cabbage soup to her Magical Leek Soup recipe, she tells of her quick but safe ways to trim back down.
So, how does one assess this sort of book from a vegan's point of view? This sounds as though someone has realised that veganism is a great benefit. Although Mireille is not vegan, I still prefer seeing her explain that fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of maintaining a healthy balance in life than going on to say that yo-yo dieting is the way to go. And the proof that it worked is that her book is translated in 37 languages.
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