- The Cafe Phase - a kickstart, lasting 8-10 days which includes plenty of liquids
- The Bistro Phase - a 2-3 week period in which you consume fiber and protein-rich meals
- The Gourmet Phase - the longterm phase you maintain until you reach your ideal weight.
- Quality, not quantity - meaning smaller portions of food. No supersizing.
- Savor your food and avoid mindless eating. A meal is a ritual in which to celebrate, not chow down at your desk. I have a bad habit of doing this.
- Don't deprive - skip a salad if you don't love it! Instead eat a smaller portion of something you love rather than a large salad you'll hate consuming.
I tend to lose weight when I visit France (and any other foreign country, for that matter). But what's interesting when I visit France is that I indulge. Granted, we usually walk about five or more miles a day but there isn't one bit of restraint. We eat cheese, drink wine, eat desserts, macarons and sumptuous, multi-course meals. Here's the thing: the portions are small and the ingredients are fresh.
Here is a typical Parisian vacation diet, in pictures.
|I visited Eric Kayser every morning to pick up pastries.|
|Lunch at Ma Cocotte|
The final meal of the day was either one of two things: a blowout dinner or not much at all.
|Dinner at Maxim's|
|Dessert at Maxim's|
|Treating my daughter like a queen!|
|Crepes, cheese, champagne and fruit for dinner|
|The ubiquitous bottle of wine|
|Oreos! Mon dieu!|
The Parisian Diet isn't a new concept. It's one that most nutrition experts advocate: eat real food, smaller portions of it, be mindful when you eat and enjoy your food.
Whether in Paris or not, that's something most of us can do every day.
What foreign eating principles do you like? I love the Mediterranean approach to eating. Please share your favorite foreign diet concept in the comments section.