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Why are French women so thin & the food so good?... | "Parisian chic" | Justine Leconte
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  • Hi, everyone it's Justine. This video has nothing to do with fashion, but it has to do with my culture,
  • and it's a topic you guys asked for, so it's now part of the French series as well.
  • The title of the video is composed of two different things. The first part is something I often hear since I live outside of France:
  • that french women are so thin, supposedly.
  • And the other half: food is good is what I think the reason for that is.
  • The food is really good quality-wise. In this video
  • I want to give you my opinion on the whole French diet thing. It's a quick and easy video.
  • It's my subjective opinion on that, having been born and raised in France, but I'm also comparing with other countries
  • I've been studying working or living in.
  • Let's just say this video is food for thought.
  • First the overall diet.
  • We eat lots of fruits and vegetables in France.
  • It can be cooked it can be raw it can be in a juice or smoothie, it doesn't matter.
  • But people say 12 per day is a good benchmark, a good number
  • to make sure you get various sources of vitamins every day.
  • We like and eat soup,
  • vegetable soup, preferably homemade, a lot.
  • Your grandmother, if you're french, probably told you you have to eat your soup to make sure you grow healthy and strong.
  • And people who complain they are too small for something will probably get the answer:
  • "Aha! Didn't eat enough soup when you were little, did you?"
  • We cook at home regularly ourselves. The preparation of the food is part of the process and of the pleasure later.
  • In my house we didn't eat anything that came in a can.
  • Except corn for some reason, because corn is a pain to cook.
  • We didn't own a microwave oven because we never basically
  • heated pre-prepared frozen food, or stuff like that. We made everything fresh every day.
  • We go grocery shopping every couple of days for the next couple of days only. We don't stock up on things.
  • Because when you buy meat, milk, or vegetables that are really fresh,
  • they don't last longer than that anyways, and when people can, they really go to farmers markets every week to buy the freshest stuff they can get.
  • We don't eat processed foods, and French people are really
  • allergic to anything that says "genetically modified" in the ingredients.
  • If you read that on the label, run away.
  • We eat sweet things like desserts, like chocolates, sweets,
  • not as much as you'd think from all the patisseries in the movies we see everywhere in the world.
  • But the food we buy in-store to be prepared
  • doesn't have any added sugar. When you buy bread in the U.S. for instance, it has sugar in it.
  • In France, it doesn't and that really matters because we eat bread with everything.
  • That was about the diet and shopping for food in general. Now let's talk about a very important point for us Frenchies.
  • It's called food education.
  • French people are huge on giving children good 'eating habits',
  • we call that, very early on. So balanced meals: it's a bit of everything. No sweets.
  • No snacking in between meals. No fizzy drinks. That's all stuff
  • I was never allowed to have when I was a child. On the other side
  • I was trained to eat a bit of everything. When I was little and there was something on my plate that I didn't like,
  • my mom would always say, "three spoons to learn to like it."
  • "Trois cuillères pour apprendre à aimer." And it works. Now I eat and like everything, and I crave
  • fruits in winter, salad in summer. I never craved a burger. I don't like coke.
  • I don't drink anything sweet, and it's just natural to me.
  • It is said that the diet and the kind of food you get between zero and seven years old
  • defines your taste and your eating habits later in life.
  • So if you get it right in those first years, so to speak, then it will be easy to stick to the healthy eating habits,
  • rhythm, later in life. I learned really early on to have four meals per day and stick to them.
  • Breakfast,
  • proper breakfast not croissant.
  • Lunch, which is the biggest meal of the day in terms of calories and time spent.
  • Four o'clock,
  • and dinner.
  • I stick to those, I don't snack in between. I also don't need to or want to because I ate enough during those four meals.
  • And that's more than I need in one day anyways.
  • I don't drink anything sweet while I'm eating, only water. It may sound a bit strict if that's not the diet
  • you're used to in your country,
  • But if your taste is trying that way from the beginning on, and you always have that rhythm, it's really natural.
  • For me it's natural. I don't feel that I'm restricting my diet the way I eat or drink in any way.
  • Food is a lifestyle.
  • French women aren't on a diet. We say "Je fais juste attention."
  • It means "I'm just being careful."
  • We know intuitively what's healthy and what isn't, or maybe also by food education and educated tastes, refer to my point just before.
  • So we always try to achieve a good balanced mix on our plate for every meal.
  • there are less veggies in vegans in Paris and in Berlin, by far,
  • but we also vary our foods more. There's also more choice in supermarkets, so we don't really get sick of anything.
  • We sit down to eat and enjoy meals as privileged social moments.
  • We need to take the time [pool]. Everything else can wait. People will do extra hours in the evening
  • but they will take an hour off for lunch.
  • I get teased about that a lot because I can't eat fast and Germans eat super fast.
  • My friends are always almost done with their plate,
  • and I'm still trying to recognize and appreciate the notes and the ingredients in my meal. But taking the time to eat is also
  • medically proven to be a lot healthier because you notice when you're getting full, so you don't overeat, you stop when you're full,
  • and naturally feel
  • happy already. And second, you chew better when you eat slower. So you're digesting it better.
  • So it's really, really healthier.
  • The way the food is presented is also crucial for us because we say
  • 50% of the pleasure of eating goes through the mouth,
  • it's the taste, 50% goes through the eyes, so
  • composition, color mix to have touches of color everywhere and not one plate that has just one color, for us is essential.
  • Eating is a very conscious process.
  • We drink coffee, but black. Your rent already costs you the left arm,
  • you kind of want to keep the right one to hold that cup of coffee. A cappuccino or latte macchiato would cost 5 euros,
  • and it tastes horrible, so we stick to black coffee or espresso. We drink it black without sugar.
  • Meanwhile in Berlin a latte macchiato, a huge one, costs two euros fifty and it's delicious.
  • For a benchmark.
  • Another lifestyle question I get really often is "What about sports?"
  • I think French people are not super sporty,
  • especially in Paris because people work easily ten hours per day, and they commute for another two hours on average.
  • Up to four hours, so there's just no time left in the day for sports really.
  • But if you're living and woking in Paris, you will automatically be walking kilometres through the subway network,
  • Rrnning to catch a subway, climbing up and down stairs. There's never any escalator.
  • It varies, like I don't know how people who need an escalator would survive, and
  • you walk through the city because there are no bike lanes. Everything is too tight.
  • There's no space for bike lanes.
  • So even if you don't go to the gym,
  • some people do, but even if you don't,
  • you are getting the recommended minimum 30 minutes of daily physical exercise for sure.
  • And I think that's the trick.
  • Then the question about smoking.
  • More people smoke in France than in the U.S. for example.
  • It's even more like that in Paris compared to the rest of the country.
  • But is that why French women are so thin? I really don't think so.
  • I think that's because they are super active daily, they work a lot, and
  • life in Paris is very stressful.
  • The City is so big compared to the rest of the country, that competition to get a job and then keep it is
  • extremely high and guess what? Stress burns calories.
  • I know, it's not that glamorous. The French Ministry of Tourism is not going to share my video,
  • but stress is the main calorie burner for Parisians, if you ask me.
  • Let's move on to a
  • merrier topic about that daily glass of red wine.
  • That's a myth too. I have to be careful what I'm saying because I have not one
  • but two uncles who are wine producers in France
  • But not everyone drinks wine. There are people who drink and prefer beer. There are people who drink water,
  • like me, and wine only for special occasions. White wine in summer, red wine with meat, white wine with fish, etc.
  • But that's another class, and I'm not qualified to teach that one. Wine is made of grapes. It's a very healthy thing.
  • It's not bad for your health
  • I think that has been medically proven, but in small quantities, reasonable quantity, and high quality, as everything else.
  • France is a very healthy country in terms of diet. The quality of the food is very high.
  • Food education is essential, and eating for us is really a lifestyle, I think.
  • But it's not the only healthy country. In Japan, where I studied one semester,
  • people eat lots of fish.
  • They replace salt by soy sauce, which is in fact healthier than salt, and they cook with barely any fat.
  • In Scandinavia, people write their bikes everywhere, so they get a lot more
  • physical exercise. All Scandinavian women I know have beautiful, well-trained legs.
  • And I think that looks fabulous. Going on a diet is not the miracle solution people
  • sometimes hope for. I think it's about building healthy habits and sticking to them later, and that's one thing that the French
  • do really well, in my opinion. The body doesn't like drama, it likes routine and regularity.
  • Opinions ? Comments? Questions? Did you enjoy this video? Thumbs up? Thank you.
  • You'll find further episodes of the french series in the description below. Take care.
  • Bye, bye

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