What's French for 'Looking Fabulous?'
January 7, 2005
Struggling with your weight? Well, Sunday night's
"Dateline" has the story just for you: a diet
that includes foods you may think are forbidden. Yes,
a life of wine, bread, chocolate can be yours -- without
any side order of guilt -- according to the hot new
non-diet book sweeping the nation: "French Women
Don't Get Fat."
"Extra" caught up with author Mireille
Guilianio as she set out on an 11-city tour to promote
her book and teach Americans how to get and stay
slim by eating smarter and more joyfully. "It's
a wonderful feeling to melt away without feeling
that you're on a diet and without trying to deprive
yourself," Mireille observed.
On Sunday night's "Dateline NBC," Mireille
reveals how they do it en Français,
"We eat slowly, it's a ritual. We don't think
calories, we don't think fat, we think, 'Oh, this
is a great croissant.'"
Mireille also revealed to us how she has maintained
a healthy size six figure for 30 years, always eating
her favorite foods and never dieting: "Eat
smaller portions," she suggested. "Once
you've had three bites of anything your taste buds
like, you are satisfied."
In addition to the common advice to drink 10 to
12 glasses of water per day, Mireille also suggests
making mealtime a ritual: set your table and serve
separate courses on separate plates; never eat food
on the go with your hands, but enjoy food with your
So for a trés bon way to slim down
in 2005, may we suggest some light reading with
a French twist?