Friday Five : Five French habits

Happy Friday everyone ! Thanks to Mar, Courtney and Cynthia for the link up to this week’s Friday Five, where the theme is Free Friday.


Here you can find their blogs :

Mar on the Run

Eat Pray Run DC

You signed up for what


Today, I have chosen to write about Five French eating habits that have influenced my healthy living.





1. Small portion size. Whether it be in restaurants, at home, in a work cafeteria, portion sizes are small. This cuts out a huge amount of calories. Half a piece of salmon is more than enough !


2014-05-25 13.13.14


2. Taking time to eat with no distractions. I usually spend 30 minutes (minimum) at the table, with no tv or computer. As I am not rushing, I enjoy the food and am tuned in to satiety signals my body is sending. It is the perfect way to connect with family.

2014-04-05 20.20.24

3. Meals are varied and balanced. Protein, veggies, fruit and milk product (yogurt or cheese) are usually present at lunch and dinner.

2014-07-18 20.08.53


2014-05-26 21.13.28-1


4. Wine. I do not drink at every meal but a couple glasses a week to accompany a great meal make the meal that much better.

2014-03-08 18.51.39


5. Learning to cook. Not only does it save money but I choose what goes into my body. Quiche is one of the easiest meals to cook and you can put anything in it.

2014-04-05 20.02.29


These are very small changes but have had a huge impact on keeping my weight at a happy place for me.


What eating habit have you changed over the years that has had a big, positive impact ?



Comments: 14

  1. M @readeatwriterun August 15, 2014 at 11:06 am Reply

    Portion size is so important. I work on eating while not doing anything else, but usually fail at that. I include variety in my meals though I eat the same food over and over. I assemble meals, not so much “cook” 🙂 And I don’t drink wine, though perhaps my morning tea gives some benefit. Thanks for the window into another way!
    M @readeatwriterun recently posted…Friday Five – Free Friday Randomness!My Profile

    • Karen - French Inspiration August 19, 2014 at 7:57 am Reply

      Cooking is like anything, once you learn a few basics, it goes a long way.

  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner August 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Re #1- I try to eat lunch on a small sized plate or bowl everyday and that helps. Snacks are on a coffee saucer size. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…Friday 5 Cool things from RunnerboxMy Profile

    • Karen - French Inspiration August 19, 2014 at 7:56 am Reply

      Small plates work great !

  3. Tara @ Running 'N' Reading August 15, 2014 at 3:36 pm Reply

    Karen, I totally agree with you on the portion issue – the French have conquered this and stuck with “reasonable” portion sizes, instead of what we, as Americans, have become accustomed to. Portion size is something I struggle with, but I’m working on it! Great post! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Tara @ Running ‘N’ Reading recently posted…5 Reasons Why You Should Run ShirtlessMy Profile

    • Karen - French Inspiration August 19, 2014 at 7:56 am Reply

      Weighing food initially helped with understanding portion size. Weight watchers was a great help too.

  4. C.e. August 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm Reply

    I would love to know more about your experience living in France. I’ve never been, but I will. Am learning to speak it. Loved the movie “Julie and Julia” and have just started reading Julia Child’s My Life in France. Having a rich German heritage, I was raised in the European style of enjoying meals at a much slower pace; meals can be lovely events in and of themselves ~

    • Karen - French Inspiration August 19, 2014 at 7:55 am Reply

      Agree ! When we enjoy our food we are so much more tuned in to what is going into our bodies.

  5. Heather Runs Thirteen Point One August 15, 2014 at 8:07 pm Reply

    Great post! Portion control is definitely key! I’ve taken to measuring out and/or weighing my food to make sure I’m accurately counting my calories – takes out the guesswork and low-balling.
    Heather Runs Thirteen Point One recently posted…friday five: free fridayMy Profile

    • Karen - French Inspiration August 19, 2014 at 7:54 am Reply

      I also weighed my food initially to understand what a portion size was. Great suggestion !

  6. Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?! August 15, 2014 at 9:16 pm Reply

    That’s great! I had really worked on my portion sizes a while back but now with my heavier workout schedule I’ve let them grow again. Must work on it!
    Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?! recently posted…Friday Five: Ways the Second Whole 30 is Easier Than the FirstMy Profile

    • Karen - French Inspiration August 19, 2014 at 7:53 am Reply

      Two other options : only serve yourself once or use smaller plates. Both work for me too

  7. Britt@MyOwnBalance August 16, 2014 at 5:39 am Reply

    I love the small portion sizes! I can’t even begin to tell you how much it bothers me that are portions are so huge in the US. It’s so unnecessary! Cooking for myself is definitely a huge part of healthy living. It’s funny because in NYC, cooking for yourself is not common (restaurants and takeout are), so I’m not the norm but its so worth it.
    Britt@MyOwnBalance recently posted…Friday’s Food & Fitness: Geeking Out a BitMy Profile

    • Karen - French Inspiration August 19, 2014 at 7:52 am Reply

      If everyone cut their portion sizes in half and learned to cook, I believe it would help reduce obesity tremendously.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge