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

Walnuts: Food of the Gods

Walnuts: Food of the Gods

(Photo source) The Mediterranean Diet is publicized as one of the healthiest diets in the world. It has been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, lower risk of cancer, lower rates of obesity, and more.  What makes this diet so rich in health benefits is the plentiful use of whole and Continue reading

Crunchy Granola a la Bistro Chic

Crunchy Granola a la Bistro Chic

There are many things that I admire about the Mediterranean lifestyle - the laid back attitude, the emphasis on friends and family, and their love of eating foods in their purest or most natural form. I feel that just about anything that you can find prepackaged in the store can be made at home if 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

Lessons From A French Woman: Preparing Lunch

Lessons From A French Woman: Preparing Lunch

(Photo source) With my extremely busy schedule, I don't always find the time to make my lunch for work. And, quite honestly, it's not always a time issue. In some instances, we don't have much of a selection for lunch food in the house or I'm tired of eating the same old dishes. At these times, I 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

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

When It Comes To Wine, Less Is More

When It Comes To Wine, Less Is More

Nearly a year ago, I posted an article about how the French government was encouraging its citizens to stop drinking wine. This unprecedented call to action was prompted by new research showing that daily wine intake was linked to several cancers. Now, scientists are saying that consuming wine, Continue reading