Happiness Tip: Eat like French!

Happiness Tip: Eat like French! Make time to eat. Reclaim your lunchtime and sit with friends, family ufabet and colleagues, and enjoy eating your food slowly and with company.

HAPPINESS TIP: EAT LIKE THE FRENCH

HAPPINESS TIP: EAT LIKE THE FRENCH

Food is not taken lightly in France. This is perhaps most evident in their state schools. Kids are served three-course meals that may consist of a salad for starters, a main course of veal marinated with mushrooms and broccoli, and apple tart for dessert – and cheese and bread, of course. The cloth napkins and the genuine silverware reveal that the ritual around the meal is almost as important as the food itself. It is about sitting down and eating calmly.

The French eat together. That might be one of the reasons why the French are the ones who spend most time eating each day. And, despite its population having three courses and spending all that time at the table, France still has some of the lowest obesity levels in Europe. This may be due to the fact that people eat more when they sit in front of the TV.

According to a study from the University of Liverpool, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it could be as much as 25 per cent more. And while most countries have official diet recommendations about how many portions of fruit and vegetables we should eat per day, one of the official recommendations in France is that you should eat with other people. That is one thing we could all aspire to do more frequently.