As I was saying last week, the French magazines are in full throttle “it’s time to diet” mode, therefore let me share more from Elle.
- Make sure there is always fruit in the house. It is the “go to” (immediately!) solution for between meal and after meal hunger as well as those pesky sugar cravings. We can have five pieces of fruit a day. (That’s what Elle says, even a banana because, as we know it’s full of good stuff and it’s filling. Remember portion control. It’s not a good idea to buy the biggest banana at the market.)
- Eat an apple one-half hour before a meal. Then, if you recall, a tall glass of fizzy water immediately before the meal. (Ed. Note: I can imagine one wouldn’t eat much after that, but is it longtime doable?)
- If, like moi meme, you are a sugar addict (though I do think I’ve done some rehab and steer away from white sugar), forget about jam, jelly or honey in the morning, or, if you can’t go cold turkey eat no more than two or three teaspoons per week.
- “Always” — such a nice word compared with “never” — eat two squares of dark chocolate every day.
- Either buy or make your own detox tea. I love the Kusmi tea and drink lots of it.
- If salt is your bete noir, this one is tricky, but worth it. I’ve tried and failed, I’m trying again. It takes about 15 days of withdrawal. The benefits of not eating too much salt are legion, not the least of which is heart health. Then there is that thing about water retention and puffiness around the eyes. A friend of mine who did this with her family said it took them a month to think they were eating anything other than various textures of “white paper.” But after, she said, everything tasted wonderful.
|She’s just showing off and she was probably photo shopped which I think would be the best way to approach cellulite: take a picture, re-touch it, hang it in the bathroom. Done.|
The French love, love, love their anti-cellulite creams and potions and to listen to aestheticians, as I did for my book, you would think they work miracles. They don’t. They take an enormous amount of time and dedication and may, because of the vigorous rubbing (and self-inflicted pinching!) involved and some of the ingredients get the blood moving, but don’t count on any long-lasting results. My dermatologist told me to save my money.
They do smell wonderful though and your thighs and derriere have a lovely pink glow — for about 10 or 15 minutes if you really throw yourself into the exercise. My face tended to look quite pink as well because I really did my due diligence.