Health Habits The French Follow That You Should Too

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French Habits

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Guys. GUYS!

I want to share with you a story. A story explaining how i discovered something amazing regarding the subject we are all gathered to discuss today in this post: how to achieve a fit, healthy vs fat, sick body.

I was maybe 21 when I took my first trip to the USA. The holiday program was bright: 4th of July in Boston, road trip to Cape Code and the amazing NYC. I was so excited because as a young french girl, America was kind of surreal. When I though about it, pictures and moments of my favorite TV Shows were popping in my head.

I was like “Daaaaayum, I’m gonna see cops chasing bad guys in crazy car races and gigantic buildings, gigantic houses, gigantic trucks OMG OMG OMG”. #innerfangirlscreaming

Well, all of those expectations achieved to be true (even the car race, but that’s another story). Everything was gigantic, as seen in the tv shows.

But there was something I was not prepared to see and that was also gigantic.


First, to understand my reaction, you have to be aware that in France we do not see really ( I mean REALLY) fat people in the streets. That just does not happen. Don’t get me wrong, obesity in France is a thing and is dangerously getting more and more present. But we do not see what I saw on my first day in Boston.

There she was, a women in her mid-twenties, incredibly overweight, eating a bag of Cheetos (talking about a cliché) walking- no dragging herself on the pavement.

And I just could not stop starring.

Which is incredibly rude, but it was the only reaction I could get from myself. And as I was continuing my trip, this image of this gigantic person occurred a numerous other times. Young men, old men, children.

As you may have understood, I was stunned.

That’s the time when I started to wonder what was truly the difference between Europeans and Americans on a dietary level. And furthermore, what was the difference between the rest of the world and the french diet.

Differences, differences.

Here is what I noted. And even if it is not an exhaustive list of what is the origin of that “skinny french girl” myth (meh), I think it may come mostly from this set of habits the French just do since there are little kiddos.

Yes you should

7 Health Habits The French Follow That You Should Too

Here are the 7 habits :

French habits

But most importantly

French habits


I know that we also have the reputation to possess a very very bad habit.


French habits


Here they are, the fundamentals.

Now if this list seems too much for you, I advice you take small steps by small steps (why not start with a simple homemade omelet ?).

What do you think about those habits ? What are the healthy habits in your country ?

*link of the study here


Author: Emilie Durand

Emilie is a French food lover, proud Parisian and founder of On her website, she shares delicious recipes, health tips and tricks. Her goal is to gather and share the habits and rules that have been used and approved by French people for decades. That means cooking your own meals efficiently, enjoying whole foods, eating mindfully and never ever using the word diet again while losing weight.

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2 thoughts on “Health Habits The French Follow That You Should Too

  1. SO happy to be a new subscriber to your blog! I am a vegetarian, and will be living in Paris next year. Can you give me some tips for a French, vegetarian diet, comme un Parisien? MERCI!

    1. Hi Tracie,
      I hope you’ll love the city! You’ve got plenty of options to be vegetarian in France.
      1) going out : there are great vegetarian/vegan restaurants and cafés opening all around the city (check out this site, , the selection is great in the vegetarian section!)
      2) home cooking : for shopping, you have a ton of farmers markets all around the city with local and seasonal food (check the complete list here : , it’s in French but understandable 🙂 ) To be simple, the French vegetarian would go for beans, lentils, chickpeas, fresh eggs, fresh yogurt, cheese and just every vegetable in season !

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