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

Mother’s Day Macarons

Mother’s Day Macarons

While in downtown Chicago this weekend celebrating Mother's Day, I happened upon one of my favorite French pastry shops outside of France - Vanille Patisserie. (By the way, this charming little shop is a MUST if you enjoy a little taste of French heaven in the Windy City.) While I debated the Continue reading

Fast Food, French Style

Fast Food, French Style

(photo source) In the last decade, Americans have been outdone by the French in weight loss, relationships, style, and child-rearing. Now, the one thing that Americans seemed to do better than the French (and most countries), may be slipping to second-best. Fast food, once shunned by the 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

Channel Your Inner French Girl

Channel Your Inner French Girl

(photo source) Spring is two months away...which means January is the perfect time to dream of Paris in the Springtime! To give your fantasy a boost, check out the latest issue of Matchbookmag.com which features a full spread on how to channel (or dare we say chanel?) your inner French Continue reading

Anti-Aging Secrets of French Women

Anti-Aging Secrets of French Women

(Photo source) French women are known to age gracefully; some may say they never seem to age at all. But how do they manage to remain beautiful and ageless despite the stressors of life, not to mention Father Time? Books and magazines have chronicled this mystery of the never-aging French woman, Continue reading

Why the French Grocery Shop Every Day

Why the French Grocery Shop Every Day

(photo source) One thing I admire about French women (and there are many things) is their ability to shop for their meals every day. No stocking up for a month, or even a few weeks, for these girls. They don't want to be tied down to food they have in the house, but rather eat whatever they fancy Continue reading

Doors of Provence

Doors of Provence

When most people think of the south of France, they think of its warm climate, hearty food and wine, and lavender fields. However, the tourist with a more discerning eye knows that there is much more to southern France than meets the eye. A friend of mine was recently in Provence in the south of Continue reading

Joie de Vivre in Epcot’s France

Joie de Vivre in Epcot’s France

When I was first introduced to the book French Women Don't Get Fat six years ago, I was not only enamored by the book's topic, but completely fell in love with the book's cover art. I immediately searched for the artist - R. Nichols - and found that he not only did Mireille Guiliano's first book Continue reading

La Fête des Rois

La Fête des Rois

(photo source) In the Christian faith, January 6 marks the Epiphany, or the day that the Wisemen came bearing gifts to the newborn Jesus. In celebration of this belief, Christians all over the world celebrate the Epiphany in different ways. In France, the Epiphany, also known as the La Fête Continue reading

What's in a French Girl's Kitchen?

What's in a French Girl's Kitchen?

Contrary to popular belief, a French girl can not live on croissants, red wine, and chocolates alone, although that would be loads of fun to try! In reality, a French girl will typically keep a kitchen full of French standards for weekly meals and for those "just in case" times when friends drop by Continue reading

3 Steps to Timeless French Beauty

3 Steps to Timeless French Beauty

(Photo Source) It’s hardly a secret that French women are regarded as some of the most natural beauties in the world. From the time they are born, French women learn that personal appearance is something you should never neglect. Girls in France learn about the importance of beauty and, most Continue reading