The 5-Step French Girl Workout

In Paris, there is no better gym than the street, no better sport than life itself. And though the French girl “workout” includes all of the same criteria as its American counterparts, it comes with a few minor adjustments, as demonstrated by stylist and model Caroline de Maigret. Source: The Continue reading

Red Wine and Chocolate for Weight Loss?

Red Wine and Chocolate for Weight Loss?

(Photo source) A diet that includes dark chocolate, red wine and coffee? Sounds a little familiar - a la a French woman's diet; but really it's the hot new superfood sensation = Sirtfood. Sirtfood is food that is high in sirtuin activators, known to help prevent cell inflammation and death. But Continue reading

Europeans Drink Their Way Slim

Europeans Drink Their Way Slim

When traveling to Europe, it is quite apparent who is actually a European local and who is a tourist, especially an American tourist. Beyond clothes plastered with store logos and their inability to speak anything other than English, American tourists may also stand out – literally - due to their Continue reading

3 Ways Parisians Stay Thin

3 Ways Parisians Stay Thin

(photo source) The craze to be "Paris thin" has been around for years and for good reason.  Not only do the French have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, but obesity rates are 3 times higher in the US than they are in France. A new book, The Parisian Diet: How to Reach Your Right Weight Continue reading

Watching British TV to Motivate my Exercise

Watching British TV to Motivate my Exercise

Welcome. This is a guest post from Scott. Scott blogs all over the place, but mostly at home. While Jennifer is out living the life of chic business traveler, I'm stuck at home in this cold, wet, dark late winter season. I'm a marshmallow when it comes to the weather. Sure, I'll put on the Continue reading

Sisters in Denim

Sisters in Denim

(Photo source) After I had my two children, I was very worried about losing the baby weight that I had gained during pregnancy. Luckily, by eating healthy and exercising, I was able to drop the weight in just a few weeks. In fact, after my second child, I was able to fit into my "skinny jeans" Continue reading

French Vs. US School Lunches

French Vs. US School Lunches

(Photo source) Growing up, I never really paid attention to the nutritional content in my school’s  lunch program. But now, after having two children of my own, I’m concerned about what food they are eating at daycare, and eventually, what they will be eating in their elementary school. The US Continue reading

Do French Women Diet?

Do French Women Diet?

(Photo courtesy of Flickr) I've written time and time again about the French paradox, the idea that the French can eat high fat foods at every meal and still manage to maintain a healthy weight. This concept was further popularized in the 2004 book French Women Don't Get Fat, by Mireille Guiliano. Continue reading

Viva La Food Revolution!

Viva La Food Revolution!

Obesity is major issue, not just in the United States, but in the United Kingdom. In response to this epidemic, British Chef Jamie Oliver has recently undertaken a huge initiative - to reduce obesity in the US and the UK by promoting better food in schools. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, which is Continue reading

The European Runner

The European Runner

In my very busy life, I wear many shoes - the shoes of a wife, a mother, a career woman, etc. But, I also fill the shoes of a runner - literally. Running is my vice, my love, my outlet for stress, a way to relax, and a way to manage my weight/fitness level. I also use running as a way to see new Continue reading

French Strategies for Holiday Eating

French Strategies for Holiday Eating

With Christmas approaching and New Year's just around the corner, we are heading into a very busy week of shopping, family gatherings, and many, many indulgences. In fact, all of these indulgences - a little wine, a few cookies, and and extra helpings of mashed potatoes - can add up to 7 to 10 Continue reading

5 Healthy Life Lessons From European Women

5 Healthy Life Lessons From European Women

When it comes to health and wellness, Americans may think we know it all. Yes, we diet like crazy, eat all low-fat foods, and drink vitamin water, but do we really know what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle? It has long been recognized that European women weigh less and are in better overall Continue reading