19 August 2014

DoTerra Tuesday - Our New Bedtime Routine

Let's dispense with the necessaries... I'm not a medical professional... blah, blah, blah... Don't listen to me....yada, yada, yada....Just run and get your prescriptions filled... blah, blah, blah...


I've said a few things here and there but I've decided I can't help but say more so I am going to try "doTerra Tuesdays" here on Parisienne Farmgirl and I invite you to join in.

Last month a fellow blogger contacted me and said God had put me on her heart about joining doTerra.  She knew I was a naturally bent kind of girl and I must have mentioned essential oils (from the healthfood store) before.  I called her, listened to her schpeal and said, "Great.  I'll do it."  It was a total no-brainer for me.

Ironically FIVE days later another gal from another oil company came to me and I had to tell her the good/bad news! 

These girls know me well!

So - yes.  I am a "Wellness Advocate" for doTerra essential oils (and more).  

I've got a big oils story I want to share with you but I'm gonna start light and today just share how my family and I got our feet wet with doTerra and how we began using oils in more than just homemade candles and when I need a lavender bathtime.

Silly me.  I didn't know oils were for healing.  I didn't know they get right to the cells of your body and go to work for you.  I didn't know they were the prescription medicine of the natural world.

But now I know.
And there's no stopping me.

I was a bit overwhelmed... where do I begin I thought as I perused the website?

I started off by trying doTerra's products and ordering the little basic starter kit.  "The Introduction to Essential Oils Kit"

Lemon.  Lavender.  Peppermint. 


I listened to the CD.
I went to YouTube and watched and Essential Oils 101 class.

I was sold.
I was beyond excited to incorporate these oils into the things we do in this family to stay healthy.

Here's how we used our intro kit...

It's summertime but the schoolyear is closing in fast.  At this time of year I start to wean the kids off the night time craziness and head our bedtime routine back in the direction of structure and a healthier nights sleep than summer independence often brings.

My kids love routine so I said, "Kids, tonight Mom is going to give you an oil treatment like Momma gets at the salon."  (Asha always does an essential oil scalp treatment before your shampoo).  So each night after the kids have laid down for each child I put a drop of lavender oil and a drop of peppermint oil on my hands, rub them together, hold them over their face and have them breathe in deeply, I then rub the oils into their hairline, on the bottoms of their feet and whatever is left on their chest and pillowcase.  My kids are smoogey, cuddly little ones and they just LOVE this.  It's really helped wind them down after bid days of frogs, baby bunnies, chores and running wild.  

Of course, Joel and I are indulging in the same treatment.

I have also been giving the Peppermint oil to them, 1 drop in 4 ounces of water every time someone complains of a tummy ache.  Tummy ache's gone within five minutes EVERY time.

I also have been rubbing it on my forehead and even a TINY bit under my nose before I start my big Turbo Fire workouts.  Gives me a ZING to get going!

For health reasons (I'll explain more in coming weeks) I've cut out MOST of my caffeine intake and in the mornings if I'm in a fog I will put a drop in hot water for a peppermint tea.  POW!  Perks me right up.

Really?  Is there REALLY more to it than just aromatherapy?

I never thought you'd ask...
Look at this list from Mercola.com

1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Peppermint oil capsules have been described as "the drug of first choice" in IBS patients,3 as it safely helps alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. Research has shown that it is effective in children and adults alike, with one study showing a 50 percent reduction in "total irritable bowel syndrome score" among 75 percent of patients who tried it.4
2. Colonic Spasm and Gas
Peppermint oil is an effective alternative to drugs like Buscopan for reducing colonic spasms.5 It may also relax the muscles of your intestines, allowing gas to pass and easing abdominal pain. Try peppermint oil or leaves added to tea for gas relief.
3. Gastric Emptying Disorders
In people with functional gastrointestinal disorders, peppermint may be useful to enhance gastric emptying.6
4. Functional Dyspepsia (Upset Stomach and Indigestion)
Supplementing with 90 milligrams (mg) of peppermint oil, along with caraway oil, "much or very much improved" symptoms of functional dyspepsia in 67 percent of patients.7 If you have an upset stomach, try drinking a small glass of water with a few drops of peppermint essential oil added.
5. Infantile Colic
Peppermint is at least as effective as simethicone in the treatment of colic in infants.8
6. Breastfeeding-Associated Nipple Pain and Damage
Peppermint water helped to prevent nipple cracks and pain in breastfeeding mothers.9
7. Tuberculosis
Inhaled essential oil of peppermint helped to rapidly regress tuberculosis inflammation, with researchers suggesting it may help prevent recurrences and exacerbation of the disease.10
8. Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
Extracts from peppermint leaves may inhibit histamine release, which suggests it may help alleviate hay fever symptoms.11
9. Shingles-Associated Pain
A topical treatment of peppermint oil resulted in near-immediate improvement in shingles-associated pain, with the results lasting for two months of follow-up treatment.12
10. Memory Problems
The aroma of peppermint has been shown to enhance memory and increase alertness.13
11. Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea
Peppermint oil effectively reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea, and at a reduced cost compared to standard drug-based treatments.14
12. Prostate Cancer
Peppermint contains menthol, which may inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.15
13. Radiation Damage
Peppermint may protect against DNA damage and cell death caused by radiation exposure.16
14. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1
Peppermint has been shown to help inhibit drug-resistant herpes simplex virus type 1.17
15. Dental Cavities and Bad Breath
Peppermint oil extract has been shown to be superior to the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine in inhibiting the formation of biofilm formations linked to dental cavities.18 Powdered peppermint leaves have also been used historically to freshen breath and whiten teeth; you can even add a drop or two directly to your toothpaste.
16. Respiratory Benefits
Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and decongestant, and may help clear your respiratory tract. Use peppermint essential oil as a cold rub on your chest or inhale it through a vaporizer to help clear nasal congestion and relieve cough and cold symptoms.
17. Headaches
Peppermint oil may help relieve tension headache pain. For headache pain, try dabbing a few drops on your wrist or sprinkling a few drops on a cloth, then inhaling the aroma. You can also massage the oil directly onto your temples and forehead.
18. Stress
Peppermint oil is cooling and energizing. Add a few drops to your bath, or dap a few drops directly on your body then get into the tub, for near-instant stress relief. You can also put the oil into a burner for a stress-relieving aroma.
19. Hair and Skin
Try blending peppermint oil into your massage oil, shampoo, bodywash or body lotion. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help cool your skin and remove dandruff (and lice) from your scalp.
20. Asthma
Peppermint contains rosmarinic acid (also found in rosemary), which may help to reduce inflammation-causing chemicals in people with asthma.
21. Muscle Pain
Peppermint may help to relieve muscle spasms and pain. Try massaging its essential oil onto sore muscles or adding it to your bath water for muscle pain relief.

My kids just love the tingle and lung opening that happens.  It relaxes them.

Now how about lavender oil...  We LOVE lavender oil in this house and use it for just about everything but here's a small list of it's benefits from Mercola...

  • Relieve pain. It can ease sore or tense muscles, joint pain and rheumatism, sprains, backache, and lumbago. Simply massage lavender oil onto the affected area. Lavender oil may also help lessen pain following needle insertion.
  • Treat various skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and wrinkles. It also helps form scar tissues, which may be essential in healing wounds,19 cuts, and burns. Lavender can also help soothe insect bites and itchy skin.20 According to Texas-based dermatologist Dr. Naila Malik, it's a natural anti-inflammatory, so it helps reduce itching, swelling, and redness.
  • Keep your hair healthy. It helps kill lice, lice eggs, and nits. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCB) says that lavender is possibly effective for treating alopecia areata (hair loss), boosting hair growth by up to 44 percent after just seven months of treatment.21
  • Improve your digestion. This oil helps stimulate the mobility of your intestine and stimulates the production of bile and gastric juices, which may help treat stomach pain, indigestion, flatulence, colic, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Relieve respiratory disorders. Lavender oil can help alleviate respiratory problems like colds and flu, throat infections, cough, asthma, whooping cough, sinus congestion, bronchitis, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. It can be applied on your neck, chest, or back, or inhaled via steam inhalation or through a vaporizer.
  • Stimulates urine production, which helps restore hormonal balance, prevent cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder), and relieve cramps and other urinary disorders.
  • Improve your blood circulation. It helps lower elevated blood pressure levels, and can be used for hypertension.
The last oil in the kit is lemon oil.
I've been using a drop of lemon oil in my water all day long.  But check out these other uses*
  1. Mix 6 drops of lemon oil and 6 drops of the Purify oil blend in a spray bottle, along with distilled water, shake well to disperse the oils and spray into the air, to help freshen the air in the bathroom.
  2. To remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon, rub with 1-2 drops of lemon oil.
  3. Use 1 drop of lemon oil to add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
  4. For homemade lemonade, mix 2 drops of lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and two cups of pure water in a blender.  Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your own taste.
  5. For corns, callouses or bunions, rub on a drop of lemon oil, mornings and evenings.
  6. To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of lemon oil.  Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir.  Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water.  If you have an apple, and only want to eat half of it at that time, you can also put a drop of lemon oil on the part you want to save.  It will prevent oxidation (browning) of the fruit, and adds a really nice flavor to the apple.
  7. To sterilize cutting boards, counter tops, cupboards and table tops, add 2-3 drops of lemon oil to water and spray them.  Or, you could just add the oil to a pan of water, soak a cloth in it for wiping down surfaces.
  8. To disinfect your dishcloth and kill germs, soak it overnight in a bowl of water with a drop of lemon oil.
  9. Add a drop of lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle.
  10. Rub a drop of lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.
  11. Use a paper towel, soaked with several drops of lemon oil, to sanitize bathroom fixtures.
  12. Place a drop of lemon oil on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers, to lessen pain and aid healing.  (What also works wonders for this is melissa oil.)
  13. Put a drop of lemon oil on gums that are bleeding because of gingivitis or tooth extraction.
  14. Put a drop of lemon oil on oily skin or acne, to balance sebaceous glands (oil glands).  It offers other benefits for the skin, and can be added to lotions or creams to improve skin tone and texture.
  15. Rub several drops of lemon oil on cellulite, to improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.
  16. Rub two drops of lemon oil topically onto the feet, to clear athlete's foot.
  17. Rub several drops of lemon oil on varicose veins, to improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins.
  18. Rub a drop of lemon oil on a wart, morning and night, until it disappears.
  19. Rub a drop of lemon oil to clean a butcher's block or other cutting surfaces.
  20. Put 10-15 drops of lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution, to help pull out stains and brighten the rug.  This also leaves a fresh smell in the room.  Mixing several drops of lemon oil into baking soda, and sprinkling it over the carpet before vacuuming is also very effective.  (It works for your dog, too; although I don't recommend the vacuuming part.  A brush works just fine.)  
Can you tell I'm excited???  SO MUCH information!  I have so much more I could tell you about the quality of these oils but I am trying to control myself!

You can get your own Intro Kit for $26.67 ($20 wholesale). 

If there is one this I hate, it's going to Walgreens and trying to find some crappy remedy for my family.  I also hate heading into town to the health food store.   It's so overwhelming between the selection and the traffic!  

If you are a health junkie like me check out the "webinar" above- you will learn SO MUCH.  Seriously, if you are skeptical of how easily our doctors write prescriptions for us, if you are looking for ways to QUICKLY treat your family for what ails them, if you love the idea of using a 100% pure, plant derived product for your health then essential oils are for YOU and yours!.

I have a big story to share with you soon pertaining to my personal health but I'd thought I break you in with the "Intro Kit" and how we use it.

Have an awesome day.
If you want to try them for yourself here's my online store and it's always on my sidebar.  If you want the product for you and your family for wholesale shoot me an email -  that's the route I decided to take.  angela@parisiennefarmgirl.com.  I've been learning so much, if you have any questions about something you are experiencing I'd be happy to try and point you in the right direction.

Got a health issue?  I'll bet there's an oil for that!~

 shop here

More on Eat Like a Parisienne coming later this week!
Stay tuned!
Parisienne Farmgirl

*list found at doterra-aeromatics.com.

15 August 2014

My Sweet Goats

In memoriam...

My "herd" is finally complete.  I've been waiting to introduce you to my sweet goats but today is the day.

We now have four goats on Half-Way Farm, la ferme a mi-chemin.  They can now re-produce.  I'm calling that a herd.  Don't laugh.

It all began last spring when I was DEATHLY ill with the flu (and pregnant).  Nothing was working.  It was like I was dying.  I was in bed for about a week and so I started spending a LOT of time on the Mac-top.  I found myself watching YouTube videos about Nigerian Dwarf goats and my subtle interest became a full blown obsession.

I found the WONDERFUL breeder, Beth, of My Own Private Idaho and we set out to find just the right goats to suit our needs here on the farm.  I wanted a "fresh" goat and she considered selling me and older one of hers but then decided she wouldn't be a good fit for our milking needs.  (She'd never been on the stand).  She encouraged me to be patient and start with babies that we would grow to love and just wait a year or so for the milk.  The kids and I went out for a visit, held a couple and we were smitten.  She called when two were born that she thought would be perfect for us.  A brother and sister.  Darling.  All we had to do was wait 60 days and we could take them home.  

That was a long sixty days.

Last 4th of July we brought Coco and Valentino to Half-Way and I became a changed woman. 

I don't really like animals.

Or let's just say - I'm not a dog person.  That might cushion the blow for some of you.  Others may never read this blog again:).   But boy, oh boy I've become a goat woman!

Nigerian Dwarfs are sweet little, deer like goats.  Their milk has a high butterfat content, they throw multiples (meaning they can have two, three and four kids at a time) and they are perfect for a farm with small children.

Coco and Valentino... oh, let me stop there.  I learned while doing a ton of research before buying them that it is customary to pick a theme for your farm when naming your goats and since I am "Parisienne Farmgirl" I thought it appropo to name my goats after my favorite fashion designers.  Silly girl that I am.

Coco and Valentino came to love us all quickly.  The children singing them "Jesu m'aime" nightly in an effort to tame them was about the cutest thing EVER.  We loved on them.  Ran them thru the farmyard for giggles and made it thru the horrible winter of 2013/14.  

And then I got the fever again.

Not the flu.

The goat fever.

I needed another one.  No, scratch that.  I needed two more.  I needed another darling girl.  And I needed me a buck.  So I called the wonderful Beth and again, she assessed our needs.  Milk making Mommas and a gentle buck for my children to be comfortable around.

Carolina was born first and she came to Half-Way Farm this spring.  Carolina's momma (like Coco's) has a FABULOUS udder.  Thus meeting our need for milk which we should have sometime this winter.

 Carolina is SO precious.  We call her "Little Miss Half-Way" on account of that awesome "H" she has on her side for Half-Way Farm!


Ralph was born next and he came to Half-Way Farm about four weeks ago.  Ralph's Momma has a HUGE udder.  He was one of FOUR kids this last time.  And Ralph's sire is kind and gentle and does not jump up on you.  Ralph is a sweet as cream.  With BLUE eyes to boot!  Did I mention boyfriend is HUNG???  Geesh!  Go make those baby goats!

We're hoping for blue eyed kids this winter.  Pure bred Nigerian Dwarfs bring a great price.   Ours weren't a cheap investment.  Sure, I could have bought any one of the mangy goats off Craigslist that people were trying to unload but we have a rule here on the farm:  the animals have to pay for themselves.  By the time my girls are milking and I'm selling two, three, four, five, six kids a year they will pay for themselves over and over again.

I'll talk more about goat care soon (like I'm some expert or something) but I've been dying to show off these sweeties.  Pardon some of my evening time photos.  Joel and I go out and love on 'em after we get the children to bed. 

This is my herd.  Someday I'd like about fifteen but this is our practice farm so I'll bide my time with these four cuties! 

I typed this up weeks ago trying to set aside time to get some better photographs than what were in my files.  Since then my sweet Ralph has died.  It was a horrible day for Half-Way Farm and for me in particular.  If you followed on Facebook then you know how hard I tried to save him.

I have my eye on a fresh doe with excellent milking bloodlines and another buck but alas, they are NOT in the farm budget right now.   She is going to be dried up for breeding in September.  No doubt before I can set $ aside for her purchase.  Grrrrrr... I want her!   I'm so sad, this puts such a kink in my home-dairy plans but if there is one thing you have to practice when trying to create a "homestead" - it's patience.  I miss Ralph though.  He was so sweet.

"Tails Up" (as my breeder says)
-Angela, Parisienne Farmgirl 

11 August 2014

Eat Like a Parisienne Workout Like an American Part III - Flashback Series


Post Script:
This is a flashback post... originally featured in 2012.  I am posting it in celebration and motivation of having lost the weight from baby No. 5.  I hope you find it encouraging and be sure to check out Parts 1 and II and come back for the rest.

Eat like a Parisienne.

We've already covered a handful of things that make the Parisienne's diet unique but
 let's un-pack this a little more.

If you've missed it,
You will want to start at the beginning of this series with 
Part One
Part Two

We know they are little...
We know (a lot) of them smoke...
Commenters pointed out their petite, square bone structure...

But what do they eat and how do they eat it?

First (and again, this is all about stereotypes) let's talk about what they don't eat...
And why we shouldn't either...

We'll start with soda... or as we say in Chicagoland... Pop.
Girls, pop is nasty business.
You've got to nix high fructose corn syrup from your diet.  There is nothing good about it.  It's made from GMO corn that's been sprayed with ROUND UP and high fructose corn syrup will make you FAT!  If you don't believe me - check out this study.  You CAN live a life without pop and don't fool yourself into thinking diet pop is better.  Ick.   But, I LOVE Diet Coke from the tap with a lemon so I treat myself to one, twice year.

Say it with me now - Pelligrino is your friend.

Next -- They don't eat & drink on the go.
Aside from the crêpe stand, eating and drinking while walking or driving just doesn't seem to be done in Paris.  I did visit a Starbucks once next to a Holiday Inn there though...  Think about what you are eating when you are in your car... have you ever driven thru and ordered a wedge of cheese and a small salad?  No - it would end up in your lap (and don't tell me about the cheese plate at Starbucks.  Who could afford that every other day?!)  
Let's say it together:  "Fast food is CRAP FOOD."
 Have you ever dug a french fry out from under a car seat a year later?  It looked as fresh as the day it was fried didn't it?  Normal food decomposes - fast food decomposes YOU...after it makes you fat. 

Boxed food.
Ok, I don't know if this is 100% accurate but from what I have seen the French diet is about WHOLE FOODS (a philosophy I have tried to follow in this house for the last 12 years).  Think about all the boxed foods at the store today - Hamburger Helper, Velveeta Mac and Cheese, casseroles in a box WTH?, even cereal with dried, funky, strawberries in it... not to mention those new cereal bars with "milk"  - it looks like frosting - how can it be milk?  And yes, Lean Cuisine counts as boxed food.  Stand around the freezer section at your grocery store and watch the people buying food out of that cooler... most of them are... you guessed it... f-a-t.
This coming from someone who could eat her weight in 
Home Run Inn Pizza.  
Step away from the fake food.

I could go on and on about what lines the shelves of the 
American supermarket but let's go back to that whole foods concept a bit. -
I have found that aside from growing my garden and hitting the farmers markets in the summer, if I focus the majority of my shopping on the exterior aisles of the supermarket I do OK... that is where the produce, meat and dairy are -  your main ingredients in creating a yummy French-inspired meal.

Now let's take a few foods that mystify us Americans...
(How can Parisienne's eat that kind of food and stay so thin?)

le Sandwich

Look at an American sub sandwich for example...
How many fricken mealballs can we 
cram in between two pieces of bread?  
Or how many types of meat can we stack 
before the sandwich will topple over?
How many toothpicks does it take to hold them together?
Now consider a french sandwich -
Perhaps from the Café Bonaparte 
 across the street from the Église de Saint Germain (and steps from Dior and Louis Vuitton too!).  Order a sandwich there and you will be brought proper sized faire... spread with delicious butter, a slice or two of ham and a slice or two of cheese.   Manageable to hold and enough to fill any stomach.
FYI - I believe your stomach is about the size of your fist...that's why it HURTS when you eat too much!


Yes, they eat pasta.  But no unlimited pasta like our Olive Garden.  
Here we look at pasta like some sort of Olympian event - how much can we eat?
  How many platefuls until we have to unbutton our pants?  
Or better yet - let's wear our sweatpants out for dinner!
Yes, there are benefits to a gluten free lifestyle but that's not what this post is about so the next time you have pasta, try it like a Parisienne.  DON'T COOK THE ENTIRE FRICKEN BOX (unless you have a little tribe at the table like I do)!  Serve yourself a cup of it next to your favorite veggie and a glass of wine and you'll have nothing to beat yourself up about.


Oh Lordy - french cheese. 
 How I love it.
  The nastier is smells, the better is tastes.
So go ahead, buy a couple wedges this weekend when you shop.  If you are new to cheese just start with a nice, double creme brie and have a small piece or two after your meal with some apple slices.  
You'll feel super chic.  I swear.
I bought a Cambozola for the weekend and I can hardly contain myself!
Yeah, yeah, - it's German, I know!


Is not the devil.
Now, CANDY?  That is another story - full of junk.  Full of it.
But goodness, a couple pieces of chocolate when the mood suits you is not going to make you fat!!!
Don't be such a martyr!
Chances are there is already a saint with your name!
Saint Ange.
  A Culver's chocolate milkshake twice a week during the summer will do plenty of harm... you'll be ready for big-butt-sweatpant-weather so for goodness sake, do as your Parisienne sisters and go get yourself some good chocolate.  I prefer 72% from Belgium found at Trader Joe's.  It's good, creamy and affordable.
Click here to have some sent to you!

This post could get really long - 
Here's the thing.
We eat too damn much.
And we eat WAY to many chemicals calling them "food".

Let's continue this in a day or two...
I'm getting a bit long winded and way too bossy...
(I am a first born you know)

Don't forget to read the previous posts in this series and help me spread the word on your fitness/health and beauty boards on Pinterest.
Happy Eating.

05 August 2014

Eat Like a Parisienne Work Out Like an American Part II - Flashback Post

 Post Script 8/5/14.  This post originally appeared April 24, 2012 and out of all my thousand plus posts it's one of my favorites.  It takes me back to my times in Paris.  It inspires me and makes me laugh.  I hope you enjoy.  If you haven't read it, it's new to you and if you have I think you'll enjoy it again.  
For part one in this series click here.

A little about Parisienne's...

It's been hashed over and talked about so much it's almost redundant for me to even write this part of the series but you and I know, those darn Parisienne's eat much different than us, their American sisters and we can't seem to get enough of learning their tricks...

But first off - let's be real.
I mean, come on.
Have you seen a "real" Parisienne?

Lord love 'em, I am not trying to stereotype - this is all in fun...
but girlfriends are, for the most part, positively Napoleonic in size.


Once I was on the metro, and you'll pardon me for saying this, but I could not stop staring at this women's derriere, IT WAS SO SMALL!  And I don't mean small like, Hollywood small, I mean small, like a CHILD'S or something.  I just kept thinking,
 "I didn't know an adult butt could be that small!"

So many of them, not all of course, but so many of our French friends are just... small.
It can really make a girl feel like Sasquatch.

Once I was in this little boutique (my favorite in Paris) on the
Blvd. St. Germain...

perhaps you know it...
Les Filles a la Vanille... 

  Isn't that the COOLEST place???  Well, anyways... David...
 "Daa-veed" had to break the news to me that I wore the largest size in the store as he was helping me put an outfit together.


So, they have that going for them... those petite Parisienne's and...
they smoke.
OK, not all of them.  But lot's.

Audrey  Toutou

I wish I smoked.

I am kidding of COURSE!
But darned if you don't always have something to do if you are a smoker.
You would never have to eat out of boredom, you could just light up a ciggy and die your slow death.
And, they smoke while dining out too... which I imagine breaks up their meal a bit, giving their brain time to realize they don't need to eat anymore.

I'm serious.  Think about it.
If you've ever people watched at a Paris café then you know what I mean.
Smoking, talking, hands waving in animated gestures, nibbling here and there.

They also have that whole, amazing food going for them.
Good, glorious, colorful, decedent, sweet, herb infused, delicious food.

It seems that our Parisienne sisters don't live in constant
 fear of food like their paranoid American counterparts.
Jenny Craig hasn't landed on their South Beach, holding hands with Dr. Atkins while snarfing down a Grapefruit but dreaming of a Slim Fast. 
 They have a real Nutrisystem and it's called REAL FOOD.

Come on... that was good.

Delicious food.
The Parisienne surrounds herself with it.
From crepe stands to open air food markets in her neighborhood.
From her local baker to her favorite cheese shop.
She eats delicious, flavorful, full-fat food and she does it often... because food is a PRIORITY for the French, and not an afterthought, she knows she will have such good food again and again with regularity so she doesn't have to binge on that wedge of Brie, desperate for it's creamy goodness... she knows she can easily have some more in a day or two.

I imagine the Parisienne has a sense of shame.
In that I mean, in many aspects Americans have done away with the shame to being very overweight - we accommodate ourselves with extra large movie seats, airplane seats, special plus sized stores and if we get too big we can use a little moped to drive around the grocery store.

Meep. Meep.

But for the French... well... if you are going to be told at a normal, healthy weight that you are the largest size in the store...
I guess that would limit your options a bit wouldn't it?

It's my guess that in such a beautiful culture there is a certain amount of pressure to garder la ligne 
or maintain ones figure.  I suppose that is good and bad for them just like our fading lack of shame is both good and bad for us.

In the meantime, I love to be inspired and I do find aspects of it very inspiring.

Now... how to eat like a Parisienne?
Stay tuned...

And for more info on the wonderful subject you must read the guru of eating like a Parisienne.   You can shop by clicking on the books.  Shopping Amazon thru Parisienne Farmgirl supports the time invested in this blog and my family and I thank you.

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03 August 2014

Eat Like a Parisienne Workout Like and American Part One Flashback Post with Updates

Post Script:  August 2nd 2014.  Round FIVE of loosing the baby weight.  She'll be one year in two weeks and it's finally gone.  Another fifty pounds.  Whew!  I had to take my own advice plenty of times over the last year.  
Hope you enjoy!  
This post originally appeared 4/20/12.


I'm not on drugs,
Unless you'd call Chateau St. George a drug

... but I'd beg to differ.

Let's talk figures.

More like....

As I have said a few times this week, I am on my fourth round of being on the "Final Fifteen"

I've lost 46 pounds since Chubs was born in September

I've heard that you should weigh 5 lbs. over 100 pounds for every inch you are over 5 feet tall.  (IE: 5" 5' you should weigh 125)
I've also heard, the older you get or the more babies you have, the thinner you will need to be to maintain your "normal" look.  Hmmm.... that's interesting isn't it?


That is a word that will NEVER be used to describe me
 and that is O.K. 
The reality is, I am short but not petite.
Some people call it curvy.
When I carry extra weight it's simply called

Over the next week or so I am going to write about food, weight loss and health, simply from my own opinions and experience...
 but I know how woman are...
So promise me this...
No comparing.
Heaven forbid to me, or your neighbor or some knit-wit in Hollywood who really needs to binge on a big, fat, juicy burrito.

I do want to encourage you though...

I am all about health and I am
well, I am NOT that girl who can loose three pounds on accident.
I am NOT that girl who can work out for 20 minutes a day, three times a week and see 
"dramatic results"...
BTW, who are those people?

I've got big arms, thick, un-feminine legs
 and a good old mid-west booty to boot!!!
And I like it, thank you very much.

I love food.
I eat carbs.
I drink wine... often... 
And those cakes I make almost every weekend - yeah, I'll have a slice or two.

Aside from Jesus, what in the world do we have in this life besides family, food and sex???
Yes, that's what I said!

These are gonna be real life blog posts about choices we make...flavor... bread... sweat dripping in your eyes and finally zipping up that favorite pair of pants or effortlessly sliding into that LBD...

And let me tell you, there is nothing like sliding into that LBD, 
though it's been awhile since I've done it effortlessly!  

You ready?
Cause you gotta eat like une Parisienne and work out like
 une Amercaine.
You'll see what I mean...


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