10 Things I learned About French Ways of Eating

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Week 3:  I chased French Ways of Eating

Picked up the book French Kids Eat Everything in hopes of finding new strategies to introduce m kids to new foods.  What happened over the course of the week surprised me.

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I actually listened to this book. The narrator was good, and it kept my interest.  I listened to it during a 10 mile run on the treadmill.  That says a lot for the narrator’s voice!

I tried to apply some of what I read in my  own life.  I figured if I could master it, then I could branch out and try the rest of the family. The week was incredibly successful, and I have to say, I have a new system for eating.

Here are 10 Things I Learned and Committed to

  1.  Eat 3 meals a day without snacks.
  2. Remind myself that my next meal will be in _____ minutes when I feel hungry.
  3. Eat enough to feel satisfied at meals.
  4. Spend time eating slowly at meals. (This is still one I am working on). This is a tough one in the morning.
  5. Enjoy slowness of dinner with family.  I am working on this- the first night I thought about how quickly we were eating, I got upset.  The second night, I was much more intentional and timed our dinner- it was only 14 minutes long.
  6. Set a goal to increase the amount of time we spend savoring food around the dinner table.
  7. Be open to trying new foods.
  8. Snacking is pointless at times and leads to not being hungry at meals.
  9. Feeling hungry is a good thing.
  10. French ways of eating feel more intentional, mindful and focused on good food.
  • I think I am going to challenge myself to keep eating like the french.  Bonus: It is not restricting, and I get to eat dessert.

 

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