1. Moderation is rule number one.
If there is one principal health and fitness guideline for the French, it is the art of moderation. It may not seem earth-shattering, but for many of us it is! Imagine never over-indulging in food and drink and waking up the next morning feeling hung over and desperate? Imagine always making time in your day for exercise, no matter what the weather or your schedule? Imagine eating whatever you like in moderation, bringing you immense joy and pleasure, and never gaining weight. The French method of well-being is available to all of us if we just practice moderation. That means eating three proper meals a day with no snacking in between (that in itself is a feat if you’re a perpetual snacker, picker, or grazer), and making sure there is a healthy balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. If you can do that, a weekly éclair or pain au chocolat will not derail your well-being or fluff up your waistline!