“While I’m in Paris” will feature guest posts from seven different ladies. Each post will have a unique twist, but a common love for Parisian and French culture! I hope you’ll enjoy this series while I galavant around the city of Paris, and we can all pretend we’re together. Make sure to show these girls some love by commenting below and visiting their blogs!
Katie Thornhill is a wannabe chef in the kitchen, runner, Crossfit newbie, Bikram do-er, java drinker, shopaholic, DIY-er, blogger for Whole Living Imprint, and a lady of all things digital.
If there is one thing (as any normal human being and athlete) I think a lot about, it’s food, and when it comes to food, I think we can learn a lot from the French. I am not just talking about French cuisine. I am talking about their whole approach to food and the idea of a meal.
I have never been to Paris, or Europe for that matter, and I do not know how every French person eats, but a few months ago my sister-in-law shared with me the book, “Why French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano. After reading the book in about a day (it’s a pretty quick read) I was totally enraptured with their approach to food and life. French women, according to Mireille’s book walk everywhere and appreciate the fresh air. These Parisian women also eat, eat well, and eat slowly.
Then my younger sister, who recently returned from studying abroad in France, shared how her house mom had impeccable skin, a fantastic slim figure, great style, and was an amazing cook. All of their meals consisted of tons of fresh vegetables, fish, olive oil, wine, fruit, and usually a small dessert. Other key aspects to their meals were that they were all made from scratch and a total social affair. My sister came back with what I think is a better approach to food and a love of walking everywhere.
So why do I care and why do I want to share this with all of you? Because I think this is how it should be! We should walk everywhere (if possible), enjoy exercising, go to the market, pick up fresh cut flowers, and smile at the little things in life. Meals, whether lunch or dinner should be made from scratch, full of good nutrition, and of course with love. For example last night I made this delicious lasagna from Eat Drink Paleo and it was made from scratch, tasted delicious, and enjoyed over a table full of conversation.
Bon appétit mes amis!