Monday, July 14, 2014

The Bastille Day Edition of Motivation Monday

July 14th marks the French holiday, technically French National Day or La FĂȘte Nationale, called Bastille Day which commemorates the day in 1789 when legions of Parisians stormed the Bastille, a fortress turned prison. The storming was the beginning of the French Revolution.

Why use Bastille Day as inspiration for Motivation Monday? Two reasons:

  1. If you haven't been to France, what are you waiting for? GO. Plan a trip. It's worth the hassle of the plane ride for an experience that will move you. Looking for trip guidance? Read about traveling to Paris with a babydoing it again, scoring cheaper business class tickets to Paris and tips on how to rent a Paris apartment. 
  2. The French have a great approach to overall eating: enjoy your food, savor it, don't overindulge and don't snack. 
The latter is an approach to eating that can be incorporated into your daily life. Every time I visit Paris, I eat sumptuous, gorgeous food that's fresh and well-prepared. There's always wine and usually a cheese course. Many times it's just wine and cheese. The thing is, I am always satiated and normally lose weight on these trips. 
Yes, we're walking about six miles a day exploring the city but the fresh, preservative-free food makes a difference as does the lack of snacking. There's no run to a vending machine or quick trip to the pantry for crackers or a handful of cereal at 4pm. It's well-timed and well-portioned meals that satiate you and have you looking forward to the next one. 

Healthier French Recipes To Try
Want to bring a bit of French fare to your home? Try one of these 20 healthy French recipes from Food & Wine, featuring a healthier French onion soup, lentils with red wine and herbs and many more mouthwatering recipes. 

Or simply enjoy a quick and beautiful nicoise salad with some Sancerre. Plate boiled potatoes, steamed haricot verts, Romaine lettuce, cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs and whatever fresh seasoning floats your boat. Top with a quality packed canned tuna or salmon (my preference). I like to use plain balsamic vinegar as dressing but it also pairs perfectly with Dijon vinaigrette which takes all of five minutes to make. 
Clafoutis is an incredibly popular dessert from rural southern France but when traditionally made with butter and whole milk, it can be heavy. Lighten it up without missing the calories by using nonfat milk and nixing the butter. I have made this healthier cherry clafoutis and it was delicious. Also try this apricot-almond version.
I hope you have a great week! Whatever it involves, enjoy it, savor it and own it.

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