I'm not French. Nor will I ever claim to be. However, I have spent the last two years living here in France and learning from the French people.
As Americans, we have a lot we can learn from our European counterparts.
Their relationship with food, for example.
In America we want it fast, cheap and convenient. In France, food is family. Food is savored. Food is shared. Food is quality. And most importantly food is not a chore or an obligation.
They eat everything in moderation. They walk. They enjoy. They never limit or restrict. It's amazing. It's life changing, and it changed my relationship with food and healed my mind from an eating disorder.
I'm so passionate about this way of eating that I want to share it with you all!
So here are my top 5 suggestions on how to eat like the French along with a few meal examples:
Tip #1: Eat 3 Full Meals a Day (With little to no snacking)
Tip #2: Eat Slowly, Sitting Down, Savoring Every Bite
Tip #3: Dessert=Fruit, Cheese, Yogurt or 2 Biscuits
Tip #4: Eat up what you have in the fridge
Tip #5: Drink Water with Most Meals (Coffee, Tea, Wine occasionally)
-Breakfast: Fromage Blanc or Natural Yogurt/Almond Milk Yogurt with some berries, museli (granola: no sugar added) and honey (agave syrup), Green tea on the side
-Lunch: A big green salad with tomatoes, shredded carrots, corn, cucumbers, quinoa, and two organic, free-range hard boiled eggs (*home made vinaigrette: 1 spoon full of apple cider vinegar, 1 spoon full of balsamic vinegar, 2 spoon full's of extra virgin olive oil, some herbs, salt, pepper, and a half spoon full of mustard). Dessert: banana or 2 small biscuits.
-Dinner: a small salmon filet, green beans with slivered almonds and whole grain rice with herbs and spices. Dessert: apple or yogurt.
-Breakfast: 2 pieces of whole grain toast with honey, bananas and cinnamon. An orange. Long black coffee on the side.
-Lunch: Gnocchi pasta with tomato sauce, small green salad, and cheese on the side (or a plant based form of protein such as fermented tofu.) Dessert: strawberries.
-Dinner: Ratatouille (steamed and cooked in olive oil tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini with provencal spices), Red Rice and a form of protein. Baguette on the side with butter or Vegan butter (my favorite is Coconut Oil Butter.) Dessert: home made microwave brownie in a cup.
I really hope you enjoyed these tips and meal ideas. Let me know how you like them and if want to know more about how living and eating in France changed my mindset around food!