|BEFORE: Jacqui in 2005|
|BEFORE: Jacqui in 2004, she had just relocated
to France from the UK
|AFTER: Jacqui’s fitness level has increased
significantly since her weight loss
|AFTER: Jacqui now, growing her own fruits and veggies|
|BEFORE: Jacqui’s husband, in 2005 after just
relocating to France from the UK
My Mum bought me Mireille Guiliano’s ‘French Women Don’t Get Fat’, shortly after we moved here, and this explained the basics to me; the French may eat 3 or 4 courses at each meal, with cheese, dessert and wine included, but portion size and balance is everything. My French friends also helped – they were horrified that it was ‘normal’ for us to sit in the evenings, watching TV, drinking wine and eating cheese. Once their meal is over, so is their snacking and alcohol drinking, it was certainly something to think about. I have learnt that quality is better than quantity, our portions may be smaller but our variety and flavours are better so we get more satisfaction from what we eat. We are lucky to have the time, space and inclination to grow a lot of our fruits and vegetables, these form the basics of our diet with quality meat featuring, but not being the predominant ingredient. We also get plenty of fresh air and exercise whilst working on the ‘plot’.
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