from French Kids Eat Everything via Bon Appétit
- They really emphasize mindful eating, taking the time to enjoy food and really taste it. Ideally, everything should be mindful, in my opinion. Especially eating. Easier said than done. But the French seem really good at this.
- They also emphasize social eating. So no eating by yourself, in the car, on the go, at your desk. Ever. I like this. I'm not sure how to make this happen because I usually eat two meals a day at my desk (lame).
- They have a really healthy attitude towards food. No calorie counting or guilt. They really enjoy their food. They believe in moderation. They are grossed out by processed foods and the way Americans eat.
- They are super strict about "no snacking." This is embedded in their whole culture, so it is easier to enforce (e.g., daycare and preschool programs don't offer snacks, and birthday parties are scheduled around a specific meal, so it isn't just food everywhere anytime kids are together). However, any sort of crazy rigidness about food makes me uncomfortable. Also, they start this from day one. As in, when you are born. More on this tomorrow (here).
- They feel strongly about never using food as a reward, punishment, pacifier, distraction, etc. This sounds awesome to me (their cars aren't littered with crushed cheerios? WHAT?!). But also really, really hard. And again, I couldn't be absolutist about it (e.g., nursing babies to calm them down). I'll write more on this later too (here).
- Planning meals. I don't have any philosophical problem with this, I'm just overwhelmed by it. I'd love to. I want to. But can't seem to do it. I'm going to have to take baby steps here. And I'll probably blog about that too. So I'd love any tips from anyone who is good at this already.