Book Review of French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating For Pleasure

French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating For Pleasure
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Helpful Score: 19


I read this book and try as I might to implement it in my life, it's just was not really feasible. And that's where the book fails for me as an American reader.

Let's face it, most of us don't live in communities where we can walk everywhere we need to go. Most of us do not have a farmer's market within walking distance that is open every day. Most of us do not have the kind of life-style that is conducive to home-cooking a hot meal for lunch, and most of us are not in a position to take an hour to eat any meal. American and French cultures are different, so our eating habits are different.

That being said, there are many great take-aways from this book that even the most American reader can try to implement. Most importantly this book exhorts us to love ourselves enough to respect our bodies by giving them just enough of what they need, but never too much. By allowing ourselves to eat REAL food and really enjoy it. By loving our bodies enough to give them fresh air and exercise. And by giving us permission to enjoy food, and everything else in life, just the way gramma told us to "in moderation".