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French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
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Feb 11, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: food, life-style, health
Read from February 08 to 11, 2012

Most points on eating habit and life style are good; however, they are also mostly common wisdom. They are not new or findings of the author's research work. This book seems to tell Americans to be as smart as the French, just enjoy life and food, don't diet, don' work out, et voila, the fat is gone. This is too rosy.

I think the French are indeed not fat, but that is because they are French, not that they are smarter than the Americans. They are raised with rich foods, of which vast varieties of subtle flavors, aroma, textures, visual appearances help develop their sophisticated sensitivity in the brain and the sensory organs, so that they are for life stimulated more by these aspects of food as opposed to by the contents of salt, sugar, fat, and sense of filling. The absence of this kind of development is perhaps impossible to make up. The French walk every day such as from metro to their apartments without elevator, that kind of environment is also hard to match in most American places. The French spend a much larger portion of their income on fine food and fine dining as compared to the Americans, instead of focusing more on the next larger house, car, or boat; this cultural difference is also hard to level. The French have much more natural foods, richer in flavors and less in sugar, salt, fat, and hormones than the American counterparts. (A Parisian lady said that during a year studying in Los Angeles she had gained 10 kg even eating no meat.) How could the American food industry match that? Without these, some hard workout or diet are probably unavoidable, unless a major remedy can be found (Living abroad for some years? Reducing stomach surgically? Following Helen and Scott Nearings? ...).

By the way, the pronunciation of French phrases by the narrator of the audio book is hardly sufferable.

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