When I first moved to Lyon I was about 64 kgs, or 141 lbs. This was a steady weight gain from first meeting Bri, to visiting Lyon in the winter time.. to not really focusing on getting in shape. The tipping point was a trip to Spain.. I ended up gaining another kilo (2 lbs) and I was frustrated.. but I didn't change much of how I ate (just no croissants every morning of course). I was a size 8-10, and I felt unhappy... so I decided to live French and hope for the best!
|Bri + Me in Spain, August 2010|
Going grocery shopping meant walking 1/2 mile to the store, buying what's needed, hauling it back 1/2 mile and then up the stairs.
The French Paradox relies on several factors:
- We walk everywhere, and elevators are rarely used.
- We have a Velo'V system that allows us to bike all over the city, for example I use this to go to work and back every day.. 1.5 miles each way.. so I bike 3 miles a day
- The food we eat enables us to purchase more fruits/vegetables, which we eat, regularly
- Our bread is usually whole grain and made fresh with no preservatives
- Most our food is non-preservative laden
- We eat only whole fat, non sugar added dairy products
- Products rarely have corn syrup
- We don't eat with salad dressing, only vinaigrette so we get our whole fats in our food as well as a daily dosage of vinegar
- Often we drink one glass of wine a day
- Our meals are often a few courses of smaller plates that aides in digestion
Now. Proof of the paradox?
|Me testing my Spain bikini (July 2011)|
My official goal is 54 kg, or 120lbs. I find for my height, that weight is appropriate- but I know now it will come off as it wants to.
So. Now Americans should try out the paradox...