Eat Croissants. Drink Wine. Be Skinny : The French Paradox

 

Hiya pals! Welcome to another Monday morning. Let’s all take a deep breath and a gulp of coffee to wake up and not go back to bed immediately as I’d like to after staying up and watching that massacre of a game. I should have just stuck to the Puppy Bowl. At least Bruno Mars was entertaining.

 

 

So I’ve been MIA for a few days, I know. This week has been a bit crazy, but for good reason which I will enlighten you to later on. But for now, let’s go back to once upon a time of a place called the weekend…

 

 

Saturday I ended my no-egg streak with a giant omelette packed with broccoli, mushroom, and 2 whole cloves of garlic…and it was delicious.

MJ made out like a frugal veggie bandit at the discount rack and snagged a pint of peeled garlic for a buck. She is my mother. With a steady supply of garlic at my disposal, I don’t think I’ll be appearing in any Twilight movies anytime soon. Guess I’m not cut out for this whole vegan deal totally, but at least I’m expanding my tofu horizons in the meantime.

 

 

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I spent the rest of the afternoon getting my frugal food shopping on. I had a couple of coupons for Wild Harvest from HLS13 so I stocked up on PB and frozen raspberries for smoothies and overnight oats. Avocados were on sale for .88 a piece so in went three creamy babies as well. Next Trader Joes for chia seeds, quinoa, and candied ginger. Helloo health food staples!

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The night followed with some long due fro yo with the lovely Hannah. I always make an effort to try the weirdest or otherwise most unappealing flavors when ever I get fro yo. This time it was Macadamia nut.

Not as bad as I thought..especially when combined with cupcake, apple & cinnamon and topped with boba and fruity pebbles. Can you be upset at anything topped with fruity pebbles?

Sunday started with a batch of Robyn’s blueberry oatmeal pancakes since every Sunday should start with a stack. And an Emily breakfast wouldn’t be complete with some pb action.

This time mixed with some Greek yogurt for a protein packed schmear. It was like pb cream cheese. Yesh, pa-leasee.

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More needed Hannah time followed with an hour long walk, and what every twenty something girl would do on a Sunday afternoon…

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Drink some hard ciders and play Wii Mario Kart. And you thought I was gunna say watch Titanic and paint our nails. Psshh.

Okay, so you may have figured out that this post title has had squat to do with anything I’ve said and ate thus far. No cronuts. Not even a wine cooler. What gives? Hold onto your baguettes folks it’s coming.

So what do you know about the French? They drink a lot of wine. They eat a lot of cheese. And bread. And chocolate. And yet they are still as skinny as their mustaches. How do they do it? Je ne sais pas. But this French phenomenon is known as the French Paradox.

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So the idea is that despite the higher amounts of foods with cholesterol and saturated fat (butter, cheese, dairy) that the French eat, they have much lower deaths from heart disease. Is it really that much of a difference you ask?

Let’s just say that in for every 100,000 french men, 198 die from heart disease. That’s compared to Finland with an average of 1031 deaths from heart disease for every 100,000 men. About 6 times less.  I’d say that’s pretty significant.

And you know what the supposed reason is?

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Wine.

Wine-o’s rejoice! Supposedly moderate alcohol consumption, specifically red wine has shown to be protective against heart disease and increase your HDL, or good cholesterol. Since drinking red wine is a daily norm for the French, this is suspected to be a good reason why they have such drastically lower rates of heart disease.

So why aren’t we all guzzling red wine like it’s grape juice? The same reason why there’s no ‘magic pill for weight loss. It’s not that simple. The two things that is part of any successful weight loss story worldwide. Diet and exercise. While the French are washing down all that cheese and bread with bottles of wine, they are also eating more fruits and vegetables, smoking less, and moving more than the other countries that were studied against them. Fruits and vegetables?! Exercise?! Ground-breaking.

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So the bottom line is that eating more fruits and vegetables along with your cheese and bread and a glass of red wine at dinner will help protect your ticker. And don’t even think about getting your glass a day of vino in on a Saturday night watching Eat. Pray. Love. Binge drinking has shown to do the exact opposite and prove harmful to your health. So if you don’t already drink, reach for the red grapes instead for the same effect.

So why all this fuss about red wine and cheese. Because I’m glad to announce that I will be touring the streets of Paris this July!

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After having dinner with my Grammy on Thursday, I asked her if she would take our long awaited trip to France this year with me. As if Summer didn’t feel so far away already, July cannot come fast enough. Bring on the Camembert and Merlot. I’m coming to Paris, baby!

Have you ever been to France?

Are you a red wine fan?

21 thoughts on “Eat Croissants. Drink Wine. Be Skinny : The French Paradox

  1. Yay!!!!!!! You will have the best time (and I might have a small request of you while you are in paris). I’m so glad you booked your trip. That is wonderful!

  2. Yay !! Congrats Hun !! You two are going to have an amazing time together.

    And YES I’m more a red wine fan then a white 🙂

  3. Hey Emily,

    What an awesome though on the consumptions of wine from time to time! I will be looking more into this for sure, I love to read about health and nutrition and this sounds like a very interesting paradox in disease!’

    Zach

  4. Emily,
    I’m so glad you wrote this post because most people don’t understand several things you wrote about. First of all, I think as Americans, we try to get low fat, fat free, etc. and that’s loaded with sugar – so we’re just better off eating the regular full fat – but in moderation. And the binge drinking is key. If our bodies aren’t use to it, they will suck all that alcohol in and just make us lit. lol But if we enjoy a glass each day or so, we will benefit. It’s just like anything else – moderation is key. Have a great time in Paris. I’m excited for you. Lisa

  5. Love your post! Especially about red wine…well I might be a little biased since I tend to consume red wine frequently but never too heavily. It’s awesome that you’re going to France, haven’t made my way there, but I plan too soon.

    Also, great point mentioning diet, exercise, fruits& veggies are key points for the French having such great health profiles.

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  7. Very nice of you to take her back to her home. Paris is beautiful and the pastries are divine. You must visit Cartier, Hermes and all the little chic boutiques. We had a wonderful time when we went with her ages ago.

    Read what you can bring back, the U.S. will take it. Vive La France…oh la la Paris.

    This will be her last visit home so enjoy and take care of her please. oh and the salads…and the market places…ahhhh

  8. I was laughing at so many parts of this post. We are a lot alike! I love eggs too and even though I’ve eating vegan from time to time, I never feel bad about eating eggs. I have been worried about the hormones in some GMO soy though. Have you read up in that? Hard cider sounds so good but I think it’s too chilly tonight. Hot chocolate abs kahlua it is!

    • Glad you share my sense of humor, Kayla! Yes, I’ve read up on the GMO’s in soy which is why I only buy soy products that are either organic, or made with non-gmo soybeans. The GMO project has done a great job with labeling to make it easier to know the products you buy don’t have any nasty ingredients.

      And a mudslide hot cocoa sounds like it should be in my mug tonight in preparation for the snow storm coming my way!

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