Now a holiday in France for an Australian is a big deal. It is very expensive and extremely tiring to fly 30 + hours without sleep. That is why my husband and I did not take the kids and decided to really live it up. We drank every night. I don’t mean a glass or 2, I mean more. We ate great food every night. We barely exercised – I’m just not that kind of tourist. Our focus was on fine wine, food, rest and some sight seeing.
1. In France, their idea of fast food is a salad baguette.
2. I saw only 2 Mac Donald’s in the entire country.
3. I swapped cereal for bread, ham and eggs. Maybe there’s more sugar in my ‘healthy muesli’ than I realised.
4. I ate salmon every night.
5. I chose rice instead of pasta as a side.
6. I didn’t eat red meat at all. I have spaghetti bolognese at least twice a week because its a meal I know the kids will eat. I am rethinking that one now.
7. I ate bread with every meal which filled me up.
8. I listened to my body when it told me I was full.
9. I didn’t snack on biscuits and kept sugar intake to a minimum (except wine).
10. I ignored everything I know about fat and ate it gleefully. (full fat mayonnaise)
What is my conclusion?
I think Australian food is loaded with sugars and additives that make us fat. I think our focus on low fat products has made us fatter because more sugar is added to make food taste better. Sugar has a lot to answer for.
Now imagine I didn’t drink all that white wine? I would be positively skinny!