I spent 9 wonderful days away from home. I must admit that a good portion of the time was spent dining in bistros and brasseries, patisseries and boulangeries…well, you get the picture. So, is it a SHOCK that I return….
A POUND LIGHTER THAN WHEN I LEFT?
One of the most important things that Nutrisystem has taught me, is how to make good choices when dining out, as well as portion control. I found that I could start my day with a traditional French breakfast of coffee (I drink mine black) and a tartine. I’d much rather have a wonderful piece of crusty French bread than a croissant. Not only did I eat less calories by doing this, but I enjoyed one of my FAVORITE foods….bread (only without the fat).
Lunch usually meant either a simple soup or sandwich (again on that wonderful fat-free bread). The great thing about sandwiches in Paris, is that even the tuna comes SANS mayonnaise. Lettuce & tomatoe and some flaked tuna with no mayo was filling and when you eat it sitting in the Tuileries along with a bottle of Vittel (water), it’s a “moment.”
While my brother may have snuck into a candy shop or patisserie between meals, I enjoyed a delightful glass bottle of French yogurt. Caramel, lemon (with shaved rind) and Fraises were among my favorites. C’est magnifique. Both low fat and low calorie, yet FULL of creamy flavor I was satisfied and realized that I was eating more like a resident of the city than a tourist.
The Parisian’s are satisfied with MUCH less food than we are. My dinner plate of Boeuf Bourginon included a salad and a side of cooked carrots. One plate – all of my food. This translated into pretty much the same sizing that I was used to when I enjoy my Nutrisystem at home.
Did I partake of goodies like frites and decadent chocolate cake? YOU BET I DID. I also SHARED them with my fellow travelers. The outcome?
A FULL pound lost for a total of 14 lbs. GONE!
- I walked and walked throughout the city. The ONLY time I took a cab was from the airport to the hotel.
- Water! It’s easy to keep hydrated in a city where it’s fashionable to drink water (and soda is frowned upon).
- Indulge but SHARE those indulgences. One crème brûlée please – oh, and can you bring four spoons s’il vous plâit?
- When in France…eat like the French. SMALL portions!
I’ve had people ask if I thought that using Nutrisystem was just a crutch and what would I do after the program is finished? My answer is always – it’s a TOOL to help you LOSE weight and LEARN how to eat properly. I proved that this week, as I visited a city where cream sauce and pastry abound.
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I wrote this on my behalf of my participation in the Nutrisystem blogging program. All opinions, successes and failures are my own.