After you asked me how French women deal with temptations that involve high calorie content, I decided to do a series of mini interviews. So far I have four, which means I’m not quite finished. My intention is to do a series for you.
The recurring “theme” of their responses is simple, or at least they make it seem simple. Without exception, they claim never to literally count calories (like most of us they know the difference between a mushroom and a macaron) and they make all their decisions on the basis of pleasure.
If they really, really, really want a glass — or two — of wine, they’ll have it. If they are in the mood and dessert looks irresistible, they won’t resist.
However, if they don’t feel like having a glass of wine or dessert isn’t that interesting or they’re not in the mood for a café au lait and a macaron at four in the afternoon or the idea of an ice cream cone simply isn’t all that appealing, their belief is: “Then why would I?”
Where’s the pleasure?
My French girlfriends don’t understand the notion that if something is tasty and available but you’re not drawn to it because you truly desire it, what’s the point?
They maintain that part of pleasure is always a strong desire and, here’s the secret. . .they have learned to examine their desires and act accordingly. When they want that raspberry tartelette, they’ll savour it slowly with no regrets.
“Life is too short not to enjoy the things that give us pleasure,” they proclaim time and time again.
(I’m talking about food here, I would imagine the desire/pleasure principle doesn’t necessarily apply to every aspect of their lives. . .)