Dietitian Ariane Grumbach’s 10 rules for eating the French way and staying skinny

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translated and adapted by Jonell Galloway

10 rules that could be called Slow Food rules?

I discovered Ariane Grumbach on one of my favorite food sites, Larousse Cuisine. I’ve translated Grumbach’s 10 rules for eating à la française, adapting them slightly for a wider audience.

  1. Eat only when you’re hungry.
  2. Stop eating as soon as you are no longer hungry.
  3. Use all 5 senses to taste and experience your food.
  4. Eat slowly, thoroughly chewing everything you eat.
  5. Do something relaxing before eating.
  6. Do not do anything else — like watch television, play on the computer, read, etc. — while eating.
  7. Do not deprive yourself of foods.
  8. Make an effort to discover new tastes; get curious about new foods.
  9. Listen to your urges.
  10. When serving food, make an effort to present it in an aesthetic manner.
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5 Comments
  • rebecca
    April 24, 2011

    great tips and love your blog Rebecca

    • Jonell Galloway
      April 24, 2011

      Thanks, Rebecca. I’m so glad you enjoy our work. We’re working hard to put out a good, original “product” that serves the public.

  • Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)
    May 17, 2011

    Great strategies. Have you read ‘French Women Don’t get Fat?’ Great book, similar concepts.

  • Elatia Harris
    July 20, 2012

    Brilliant! While I see the wisdom of eating only when you are hungry, I see also that knowing hunger from all the other prompts is not easy. And I think it’s also important to eat only when you are hungry, not VERY hungry. Every time I am too busy — too busy cooking, yet! — to eat reasonably, I am struck anew by what a relief it is finally to eat. A relief, but not a pleasure. And most of what Ariane Grumbach seems to be counseling people to do is to make sure eating is pleasurable.

    Also, I don’t need to see the French to love the translation!

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