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I feel much better for having been to France, despite all the travelling stress and strange sleeping arrangements. I have not had the same digestion flare-ups as I have been having here. I also notice that there are far fewer overweight people in France. So is this the result of the 'Mediterranean Diet?'

All the books seem to suggest that it is the food that matters in the Mediterranean diet, but I am beginning to wonder if the type of food is nearly as important as suggested. Instead perhaps it is the way, and crucially the speed, of eating that is important. Here we tend to pile everything on a plate, cover it in gravy, sauce or dressing and eat quickly.

In France on the other hand, and no doubt in other Mediterranean countries too, the food is served on plates of this or that and you take a little of this and eat it and then a little of that. And while you do, you talk. Eating is done 'en famille' with everyone around a big table and if there isn't a family, then with neighbours and friends. The talking slows the eating so you feel fuller sooner and don't eat so much. Also there is never the compulsion to 'clear your plate' as you only put a little on to it in the first place and then eat it bit by bit.

It goes without saying that Fast Food is therefore an enemy for all sorts of reasons and not just for the quantity of fat in the burgers. So maybe it isn't the food at all but the way you eat the food that counts. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 9th Aug 2018 - 02:23PM   Posted by Fennie   Fast Food Comments: 4

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Withy Brook's Avatar I think you may be right, Fennie. We have just had step daughter and husband (+ 4 and 2 1/2). It was noticeable who much more quickly S and D ate than us, despite the amount of talk and for their age they have more problems.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 9th Aug 2018 at 09:35PM

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Inthemud's Avatar That is a very interesting observation. I wonder if the hot climate also means you are not so hungry and also happy to see outside and chat and eat, whereas here in normal weather we are often cold and therefore feel the need to eat more and faster to keep warm?

Posted by: Inthemud on 10th Aug 2018 at 09:16AM

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Fairy Nuff's Avatar I think you are absolutely right Fennie, we eat far too fast therefore eat far too much, I also agree wholeheartedly with Muddie that we eat less in hot weather.

I read something once about the way we shovel food in... when you sit down to a plateful of food like we tend to and start eating, the moment you naturally break for a drink is the moment you should put your knife and fork down and walk away from the table.
Apparently that is the signal you're needs are satisfied and your body tells you "that's enough thanks and can I have a drink now to wash it down please" what's often the biggest surprise is how little you've eaten before it kicks in. Blink

The suggestion was you should have a drink before you start (we are often dehydrated not hungry but our body can't tell the difference) then eat until you want another drink and at that point stop eating.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 10th Aug 2018 at 10:36AM

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Camilla's Avatar I also think we eat less in hot weather, and putting what food and how much food on ones plate is a tad like it would be at a Buffet.

Posted by: Camilla on 10th Aug 2018 at 11:09AM

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