Doucement le matin

faceliftsBest-selling author Mireille Guiliano came out with a new book based on the French Women Don’t Get Fat formula ten months ago. This time, it was French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude. I’ve been nibbling away at it for ages now due to the rather “intense” year I’ve been having.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABased on a combination of traditional French lore and Guiliano’s observations based on her Franco-American life, the book is full of sensible, and sometimes surprising, advice. Apparently, many French women schedule their haircuts to coincide with the full moon, swearing that their cuts turn out better. Another rather original beauty tip was to try a fish pedicure in Saint-Rémy de Provence. The fish nibble off your dead skin. Sounds ticklish!

imageI loved her simple advice about how to eat a balanced diet – count your colors. Aim to have three different colors during each meal and five different colors over the course of the day. That’s so much simpler than counting grams of this and ounces of that, and it seems to make eminently good sense.

imageI also really like the saying she shared, “Doucement le matin, pas trop vite l’après-midi, lentement le soir” (doosemehn luh matahn, pah troe veet lahpreh-meedee, lehn-te-mehn luh swar), which means “Gently in the morning, not too quickly in the afternoon, slowly in the evening.” In my hectic world, Giuliana’s call to calm and balance is truly welcome.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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4 Responses to Doucement le matin

  1. mlapke411 says:

    Must read those books!!

  2. Nemorino says:

    I like the idea of counting the colors of what you eat.

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