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Food, Glorious Food! or, the French Paradox

Friday, February 01, 2013

I was fascinated by the movie Julie and Julia,

about the woman who made it a project to cook everything in Julia Child's book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in a year.

A delicious movie with mouth watering adventures and misadventures in cooking.

And, it raises the question many have asked. French cooking is so rich, full of tasty sauces and dishes,

And yet, one rarely saw a fat Frenchman. Obesity, and its accompanying maladies of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and many other effects were rare.

But why?

One book, The End of Overeating, gives a plausible explanation.

It is the way the approached food. Even Julia Child,

advocated moderation in eating her recipes. The key is in several places. One is the portions. The portions in French dishes, as rich as they are, are small compared to American food.

Compare this with the insanely big servings we do, and there's no comparison.

Food is considered an art form,

prepared lovingly, like in one of my favorite movies, Ratatouille.

And it is meant to be savored, tasting the nuances of the food,

And not to be wolfed down like we do.

So savor the food, actually taste it!

And see it for the art that it is.

Also, in between meal snacking was unheard of. In the great restaurants of Paris,

you couldn't find one open all the time,

like we do in Denny's,

the availability of insane portions of food were nonexistent, and so was obesity.

Until recently, with the inroads of American places like McDonald's,

Pizza Hut,

and KFC.

It was at first just for the tourists, but it is catching on, to the detriment of us all.

But let's turn back the clock.

Learn to enjoy good food again,

and enjoy the art of good food.

The amazing presentations,

and enjoy healthy eating,

And we all win!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SIMONEKP 2/18/2013 7:34AM

    I'm working on slowing down and appreciating each bite.

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SPARKLISE 2/13/2013 7:20AM

    There is also the fact that they walk everywhere.
My niece lived there for a while and that's what she commented.

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VANALADIEL 2/4/2013 12:44PM

    Thank you because that puts it all back in perspective. I so appreciate your good blogs and all the information that you share with us.
Thank you hon!!

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    This is such a great blog! I will be using it to return to over and over. It illustrates my targets exactly. The sugar-fat-salt combo almost killed me and it takes focus and a sense of humor to keep it under control. Beautifully said.

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YELLOWDAHLIA 2/2/2013 10:28AM

    I read the book and saw the movie "Julie & Julia" both were good, but the book went into so much more detail.

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KELLYFIT123 2/2/2013 8:20AM

    Thank you for such a lovely blog post! I appreciate your thoughts. emoticon

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JACLYN07 2/2/2013 5:36AM

    What a lovely blog. Thank you for sharing such sensible ideas.
Have a great day!

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NITTINNANA 2/2/2013 2:06AM

    Enjoyed this immensely! And I'm with you on "Ratatouille" too.

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FLAMENM 2/1/2013 11:47PM

    But in modern Europe, people are increasing in size, too. Old ways change everywhere....

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ITSMATT 2/1/2013 11:11PM

    I found Dr. Kessler's book to be very good and it has definitely provided me with a better understanding of the brain and body and how we deal with food. It took me some time to get through it but I found that it made a lot more sense than a lot of the book diets out there that claim this or that.

Make it a great day!

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SUSANELAINE1956 2/1/2013 11:11PM

    Nice blog, and it makes sense. That's what my husband and I are working on, with sensible snacks though.

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