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10 Health Tips To Take From The French


While the rest of the world, especially America is dying of obesity, the French people are just as petite as ever. They must have got their diet really right. It is an universally accepted fact that French men and women are slim throughout their life. This is partly owing to the healthy French food and lifestyle. That is why it is worth your salt to take health tips from the French.

The French can give us a lot of health tips on reducing stress. According to the French culture, leisure is a basic right, not a bonus. They enjoy more holidays and less work hours than any Americans. Moreover, every meal is a social event in France. One of the best health tips that the French can give is to eat slowly and enjoy each bite.

Moreover, French food is really healthy. People there buy their bread and groceries from local bakeries and farm vendors. French food is healthy because it often has no preservatives. The French follow the Mediterranean diet. It has been found out that the Mediterranean diet is the most heart healthy diet in the world.

Here are some of the best health tips that we can take from the French. Eat and live like the French to have long healthy life.


Take Time To Enjoy Your Meal

The French people eat slowly and enjoy each bite of their food. Naturally, chewing your food for a long time makes you feel full and you end up eating smaller portions.


Variety Is King

The French Mediterranean diet has enormous variety. Americans eat very limited amounts of fish and meat is eaten only as chops or stakes. But French cuisine has more stews, soups and blanched items.


Buy Fresh Food

Unlike the rest of the world that is used to picking up frozen ready-to-eat foods, French people believe in buying farm fresh food. That is why, every French dish is a delicacy.


Make Meals A Social Activity

The French make a party out of every meal. The whole family or a group of friends eat together among lots of laughter and casual chatter. This brings down stress levels enormously.


Use Your Feet

Paris was one of the first cities to ban automobiles within the city's commercial areas. Parisians used to ride cycles to go to work and even for a casual outing.


Avoid Processed Food

French people have locally made sausages and fresh meat as opposed to buying processed meat from big brands. That cuts the risk of cancer.


Dump Junk/Fast Food

France is not a place were people prefer fast food. You will not see people there pick up burger and fries for a quick lunch. They will stick to their wine, cheese and elaborate luncheons.


Take Smaller Portions

Although there is such a wide variety of food on the table, the size of French portions is smaller than the rest of the world.


Drink Wine Everyday But Not Too Much

The French drink red wine almost every day. But they just sip the wine with food and thus don't end up drinking too much. In short, French people are not binge drinkers. Besides wine is actually heart healthy too.


Olive Oil Is The Healthiest Oil

All French food is prepared either in butter or flavoured olive oil. That is why, the Mediterranean diet gives them a massive boost of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

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Story first published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 23:58 [IST]
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