The “French Mystique” Revealed–A Q&A with Mireille Guiliano, Author of “French Women Don’t Get Fat”
WWB “Healthy Epicurean” Featured Book:
“French Women Don’t Get Fat–The Secret of Eating for Pleasure”
Author: Mireille Guiliano
Welcome to our Healthy Epicurean department at World Wise Beauty. You might find a bit of a “French theme” in this department because if there is one thing the French are quite known for it is their “Joie de Vivre”. Chocolate croissants, delightful cheese and red wine are an epicurean heaven for many. The joy of living can be found in France all around you, but from a wellness perspective the French diet was really perplexing to health researchers. How do the French stay relatively healthy eating rich crème sauces, fatty cheese and calorie filled croissants? We all wanted to know what their secret was?
It must be the red wine! Well maybe, but wine is only a small part of the equation. We discovered their secrets weren’t just in the wine but also found in the French culture, lifestyle and mindset. A perfect segue to introduce our featured author who pieced the French puzzle together for the whole world with an International best seller called “French Women Don’t Get Fat- The Secret of Eating for Pleasure”. Don’t be intimidated by the title if you haven’t read this, because the book is a personal story about how even a French gal can get fat if her lifestyle is out of sync. I am thrilled to introduce Mireille Guiliano our featured author and former CEO of my favorite champagne “Veuve Clicquot”. Let’s get started before I bubble over!
Lauroly Q- Welcome Mireille to World Wise Beauty. There is so much to cover and little space with a blog, but our readers will be happy to learn they can follow you on your website French Women Don’t Get Fat and immerse in all things French wellness culture with you there. The words “wellness culture” comes up often at World Wise Beauty because culture really is a collective of mindsets, approaches and attitudes and all affect our health and lifestyle. Your story is compelling because you were a French girl who went off to school in America and came back with a new modus operandi. Share with us how changing cultures affected your attitude and waistline…
Lauroly Q- The other curious fascination American woman have with French ladies is they don’t seem to embrace gym exercise all that much. When we think about staying healthy we think about strict diets and usually intense exercise. No pain, no gain is our motto since Jane Fonda hit the fitness scene. French woman seem to achieve wellness without all the “pain” we seem to endure. How do the French take in so many calories without burning it all off?
Lauroly Q –You have a long list of French women sensibilities in the back of your book we could all learn from, but if you had to pick just a few wellness inspired philosophies from French culture we could easily embrace in our lifestyles, what would they be?
Lauroly Q- Very wise Mireille! My personal mantra for World Wise Beauty is to be comfortable in your own skin? The classic French woman always seemed to exude this very idea to many women around the world. What is this particular “je ne sais quois” that French women seem to have and how can the rest of us find it in your opinion?
Lauroly Closing- Merci Beaucoup Mireille for joining me for a chat at World Wise Beauty. It took courage to share your personal story as a young girl but your journey is such a great lesson for all of us to learn from. We appreciate you sharing your interesting life story and wise French culture with us, and for being such a lovely World Wise Beauty.
You can delve more into Mireille’s world view with a French twist by reading her many enjoyable books. Her first book is French Women Don’t Get Fat available in paperback now. Additional wise books by Mireille are; The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook, Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense and Sensibility, and French Women for All Seasons. Happy reading to all and wishing you a trip to France in your near future!