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Old 11-17-2004, 06:47 AM   #1
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http://observer.guardian.co.uk/foodmonthly/story/0,9950,1342296,00.html
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Old 11-17-2004, 07:58 AM   #2
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Awesome article, I would love to live in a culture that has that kind of self respect. To be able to take 2 hours for a meal just boggles my American mind. And it's impossible to imagine a grocery without salty and sugared foods. I'm so jealous!
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Old 11-17-2004, 09:46 AM   #3
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Interesting article Barry. Especially the panty principle:
"As it turns out, it's all about knickers. 'Never underestimate the power of a black lace garter belt,' she writes. 'Even French women's lingerie helps to keep them slim, [it's] a constant reminder to make choices that pay off in slimness. Vanity, it seems, is a very useful vice if you want to fight the flab."

I'll have to put panties on my equipment list.
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Old 11-17-2004, 10:41 AM   #4
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Another reason to hate the French!!!
They come up with the idea for French fries, then send them to the US and stop eating them in France!!:angry:
Seriuosly, Dr. Atkins wrote of the French Paradox in his book. He actually used the French as living proof his diet could work. On the other hand, portion control seems to be just basic, good, common sense!!
I'm trying to take longer at each meal, really I am.
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Old 11-17-2004, 04:10 PM   #5
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Let's summarize the French plan:

Eat in moderation
Eat slowly at the table for two hours (never in front of the TV)
Eat home-cooking not fast or pre-packaged foods
Drink water and occassionally wine (never fizzy drinks)
Snobbery & Vanity: always be concerned about how you look and eschew fat people and fatty foods
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Smoke 10-20 cigarettes per day

Except for the cigarettes it seems like a good idea. Although without the cigarettes, those French girls would turn into big ol' heiffers in no time.
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Old 11-18-2004, 06:15 AM   #6
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Ron, from everything I understand, French fries were actually invented in Belgium in the 1700's. During WWI, our soldiers tasted them in France and wanted them at home, therefore, they were dubbed "French fries".
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Old 11-18-2004, 10:24 AM   #7
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I really like this daily/often shopping idea at local specialty markets. Go to farmer's markets. Keep your butcher in business. Hell, keep your baker in business, if you don't overdo it. Pay for quality. Wal-Mart is cheap, but I don't like to buy vegetables there.
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Old 11-18-2004, 12:33 PM   #8
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Scott,
Thanks for the info, but it's just like the French to get out of the responsibility by blaming the Belgians!!!:lol:
Barry,
Concur!!
Barry Sears mentions something like that in his books. You never know how long the vegetables have been sitting around before they got to your local produce section. We started buying at a farmer's market. The selection is nice and the price is right (daughter gets us a 15% discount)
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Old 11-18-2004, 01:37 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info, but it's just like the French to get out of the responsibility by blaming the Belgians!!!

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Actually, the Belgians claim they invented them. I think it's because the Belgians have nothing but waffles (which I've heard are a French creation, coincidentally enough), whereas the French have everything from toast to doors to a kiss named for them.
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