I’ve been eating a lot of it. My mother and I have been wondering how it is that Europeans—the French especially, yenno cuz of all the butter—stay so goddamned skinny! They smoke, they drink, they eat decadence, and they all tend to stay at a size 00. Even the mens!
I chalked it down to 3 things. 1) They tend to walk a lot more than Americans. 2) They eat smaller meals, but eat slower, enjoying the food. 3) The most important…NO STRESS!
I’ve observed that in several European countries, they don’t rush through everything. In the US, we do things for a purpose. We eat to sustain ourselves, and we eat what we have time for, I.E. Jack in the Box. The French, the Irish, the Italians—they make time for food. They make room for tea time and three-hour three-course meals with dessert and dessert wine afterwards, and then some espresso after that!
There’s definitely something to that though—being able to take a moment outside of your obligations and just enjoy whatever it is you’re doing. Whether it’s taking a stroll down the street, or sitting in the square people-watching, or enjoying a meal with good food and good company. It makes a difference mentally as well as physically.
I said it once before and I’ll say it again: Americans live to work, Europeans work to live.
Unfortunately I’ve been eating like a European, but living like an American…so I’m not reaping all the same benefits. My clothes are getting a liiiiiittle tight I’m certain areas. I need to figure out how to live like a European in America. Then I’ll be golden!