Thursday, July 23, 2015


I am a francophile, a person who has a strong affinity towards the French language, (French was the language I learnt during my high school years) French Culture, people anything French really. If you peruse my bookshelf you will see umpteen books on French fashion and style.

Mireille Guiliano has a plethora of books dedicated to French ideals, helping readers become 'Bien dans sa peau' at ease with one self.

Mirielle came to Australia a few years ago where she shared a Manifesto for Australian Women. Things we should consider for ourselves to live a healthier and more enjoyable life. Put simply she says to enjoy a healthy lifestyle without denying yourself life's little pleasures.

1. Start each day with a real breakfast.

2. Introduce two servings of natural yoghurt as a breakfast or snack food or even dessert. The protein will keep you fuller for longer.

3. Enjoy milk, cheese or yoghurt every day. People tend to avoid these foods because they think they are fattening - this is a mistake. Eating these foods as part of a balanced diet is not linked to weight gain. 

4. Stop dieting. 

5. Take the stairs and laugh more, it is good for the waistline and for the soul. 

6. Never let yourself get too hungry or overeat. 

7. Good food is not pretentious. Do not take yourself to seriously, and do not let recipes intimidate you as they are a guide not a formula. 

8. Cooking is slimming. Love is slimming. Happiness is slimming. 

9. Eat smaller portions of more things, rather than bigger portions of less things. 

10. Australian's love their coffee, yes! that is me, so take pleasure in your morning ritual of your morning latte or cappuccino. 

11. Choose and enjoy your weekend rewards, like your favourite dark chocolate rather than worrying about eating bad food. 

12. Explore Australia's great outdoors with regular physical movement. Choose things you can do in your street clothes like a daily walk or a leisurely bike ride. 

13. Avoid anything that demands too much effort for too little pleasure. 

14. Eat and serve what is in season. With Australia. Summer in sight, enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables a plenty. 

15. Do not save the champagne for special occasions, being in good company is reason enough. 

'Australian women I encourage you to make small changes, embrace joie de vivre and enjoy a healthy mind and body.'

The Daily Edition

Do you think Mirielle has it all right here, do we tend to overthink more than we should?

Are these tips something that you already do?
Would you consider adding them to your everyday?

- Photo credit Tim Knox from here

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