10 Days Is Enough of the French Lifestyle

Writer follows French Women Don't Get Fat advice, with mixed results
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2009 12:00 PM CDT
10 Days Is Enough of the French Lifestyle
The book 'French Women Don't Get Fat, The Secret of Eating For Pleasure' by Mireille Guiliano is seen January 13, 2005 in New York.   (Getty Images)

Finding herself in Paris for the fall—and wearing sweatpants and a holey T-shirt to the local bakery, as opposed to the French uniform of ankle boots and a mini-dress—Marisa Meltzer decided it was the ideal time to try following the advice of Mireille Guiliano, author of the French Women series on diet, style, and business. The 10-day result? Some genuine improvements, but “ultimately I feel more at home in jeans,” she writes for DoubleX.

The leek soup detox prompted Meltzer to send “several emails to friends predicting my death”; the directive to drink lots of champagne gave her a “hangover such that I’m unable to leave my couch”; her attempt at wearing a scarf leaves her looking “more peri-menopausal than jaunty”—but “even so, after 10 days, I find that I’m eating slower, sleeping better, and looking more presentable during my morning pastry runs.” (More Jay-ZTV stories.)

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