The Allies carried about 2. Life in West Berlin during the blockade was not easy. Fuel and electricity were rationed, and the black market was the only place to obtain many goods. Still, most West Berliners supported the airlift and their western allies. By spring , it was clear that the Soviet blockade of West Berlin had failed. It had not persuaded West Berliners to reject their allies in the West, nor had it prevented the creation of a unified West German state. The Federal Republic of Germany was established in May On May 12, , the Soviets lifted the blockade and reopened the roads, canals and railway routes into the western half of the city.
The Allies continued the airlift until September, however, because they wanted to stockpile supplies in Berlin just in case the blockade was reinstated. Most historians agree that the blockade was a failure in other ways, too. It hastened the creation of West Germany, and, by demonstrating that the U.
We strive for accuracy and fairness. But if you see something that doesn't look right, contact us! Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. Eventually, the western powers instituted an airlift that The official purpose of this Berlin Wall was to One of the most dramatic standoffs in the history of the Cold War begins as the Soviet Union blocks all road and rail traffic to and from West Berlin. The blockade turned out to be a terrible diplomatic move by the Soviets, while the United States emerged from the confrontation In response to the Soviet blockade of land routes into West Berlin, the United States begins a massive airlift of food, water, and medicine to the citizens of the besieged city.
For nearly a year, supplies from American planes sustained the over 2 million people in West Berlin. Responding to increasing Soviet pressure on western Berlin, U. The massive resupply effort, carried out in weather so bad that some pilots referred to it as After 15 months and more than , flights, the Berlin Airlift officially comes to an end. The airlift was one of the greatest logistical feats in modern history and was one of the crucial events of the early Cold War. In June , the Soviet Union suddenly blocked all Shortly after midnight on this day in , East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city.
On May 12, , an early crisis of the Cold War comes to an end when the Soviet Union lifts its month blockade against West Berlin. The blockade had been broken by a massive U. At the end of World War The pressures in NY are at the extremes and Parisian life is so much more relaxing and nurturing. Thank you for posting this because it really hits a huge point that I have been faced with while being in France!
Such interesting observations and thoughts. I was raised in the midwest and currently live on the east coast and there are SO many differences between the two. Skinny or not skinny, why does no one care about being healthy? Interesting, well written post and great sketch! In America with our smoking bans everywhere, I find myself wanting to eat since I cant smoke.
Perhaps without you realizing it you are smoking less and eating more to compensate here in the states.
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But if I stood next to celebrities or women in NY — would I suddenly be the curvy one? It must take a confident woman to squash the NY and LA point of view. Garance, beautiful illustrations and insightful observations as always! LA skinny puts New York skinny to shame! It is interesting how closely our self image in tied to the world around us!
My degree is in nutrition and dietetics, and although I no longer work in that field, I remain forever interested in the various cultural, dietary, and physiological aspects that lend to how our bodies put on and lose weight and how our image of ourselves and others influence how we feel about this process. I believe that can be directly related to the amount of processed food consumed.
Love the cultural distinctions and perceptions of food and exercise. Looking forward to future posts! I totally agree with the idea that all of those hormones must get into the food. No dieting or anything. I had similar problem when I lived in USA for a while months on different occasions — every time I gained kg. D Honestly, I think more than anything there is something wrong with American food sorry Americans. Et cela arrive de plus ne plus.. Thank you Garance for the amazing post.
I completely agree with you! I myself, work in New York City and in fashion and I struggle with this daily. La parisienne est aussi super skinny. I love this post! I recently moved from Europe to Canada, and here I also find it harder to eat healthy. Hot dog stands are everywhere, and also my Starbucks intake has grown significantly. Though people seem to be more sporty here and I went with that lifestyle for the first little bit. I feel more stressed out about being slimmer since I have lived here, probably also because I started my blog a few months back.
I am planning on going organic and combine a protein diet and exercise once I have found more structure in my life. You are so spot on! Catering on shoots is bad too.. I think the worst is the dietary norms, its the food quality… I rarely snacked or drank anything either than water, walked everywhere… I cooked at home a lot too, so… Now that i am back i fit in my old jeans, back to my size They will feel better than new! Man you are good Garance! I go back to my home country and stuff my face with all the polish goodies and I end up loosing weight somehow.
At least we have good yoga and pilates….. That happened when I moved to LA. Then you realize the importance of sample sizes being 1 size. I need to lose the rest of my moving to Cali weight so I can too be sample size skinny. Damn you skinny status quos! I love when I go to France and everyone is sitting around grabbing bread and wine! It is so not like that in LA either and this is one reason I relish and love my vacations in France. It is so much more relaxing and refreshing to not worry about your figure every single second and just enjoy life!
Garance, I love your perspective on this. What a timely post. I just returned to LA from 3 weeks in Italy. I ate and drank whatever I wanted, bread, pasta, wine. No gym workouts either. Gained 2 lbs only. Something is so wrong in the US. OK — rant over. Merci pour votre article Garance. Merci encore, et bon courage! I always enjoy the posts including illustrations of girls in current designs the Spring RTW Miu Miu dress in a picture is one of my favorites.
I recently visited America myself, and I was finding I was having to eat only one meal a day to stop myself being sick from overeating! The portions are ridiculous over there, I cannot fathom how they stay so skinny! Its good to be back in London with normal food so I can shed the holiday weight. Hello Garance, Fraichement debarquee de Paris a New York, ca me rassure de lire que je ne suis pas la seule cool parisienne plus du tout cool. No one warned you not to drink wine at lunch? Besides being a high calorie drink it makes others highly suspicious of your daily alcohol intake.
I love how sincere this post is. I had been the same size since puberty so to gain weight was truly novel to me. I preferred the latter…. Just takes a little adjustment! What a fantastic article, Garance! I relished in the relaxed, order what you want to eat, not what you feel you have to attitude. Eager to hear your next installment: Ici, les skinny sont franches, elles se battent dans les gym pour leurs corps.
I loved this article oh so much!! And I always look forward to your amazing illustrations!! I live in Australia. For all of the good things that have come out of that country there is the one whopping bad thing, their food culture.
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For a while now I have been struggling with my own feelings surrounding my body and my relationship to food it needs more work than any other relationship in my LIFE — how awful when food not your man is first! The problem was I still felt horrid on the inside. So I set to thinking about why…. A little while ago I got hit by an idea. I am a vegetarian — who occasionally eats fish. I eat very little dairy as I am allergic to it yuk! I eat fresh and well, I cook at home.
So now, when I eat, I am French!!!! I cook fresh and flavourful. And I try to tune in and listen to my body, so when it is full — even if my plate is still half full, I put my fork down and sit content with my delicious meal!!! Exercise it not supposed to be an army waging war against the ills of food and fat — its supposed to just be about YOU feeling good.
Garance, it sucks that you put on weight — no lady likes to!! Get back to how you were, but keep that Parisian attitude. Listen to your tummy and it will tell you when to stop. Most importantly — what is life for if we deny ourselves everything and are scared of our very own flesh???!!! All during the times of your life when you are dreaming of some far off ideal which will make you happy, you are still alive and UNhappy.
What the hell is the point of that??!!!! I am in absolute agreement with you on this! I am from Seattle and I moved to Japan about a year ago. Within about 6 months I lost weight! Plus, the food size is smaller and there are no take out boxes. It is considered wasteful and rude to not eat all of your food. Nice job with this article. I think most people can relate to this in one way or another. I usually have a short attention span when it comes to reading blogs, but this entry was just too good to skim through.
Garance, how refreshing it is to read an honest-to-goodness piece about what every woman worries about- her weight. Your piece, however, resonates with an actual concern and honest observation about cultural differences. The illustration is amazing, too! When I moved here from Europe, I also gained just over 10 lbs.
I did find the meat and dairy were different from home, and I actually started to get allergies from them, to the point where I would get completely sick from foods I ate…also food here seems to have more salt than back home, and I agree portions here are also double the size of what I was used to. I did stop eating almost all meat except fresh salmon, and I eat no dairy… The pounds came right off!!!: I love your blog! I, an American, used to live in Paris, and have since constantly found myself comparing mindsets. Would love to hear more!! Native NYer here and I always carried that extra 10 lbs until I had children and started cooking at home most nights.
We eat no animal products with hormones or antibiotics. As much organic as we can. We are all thin. My mother was from Spain so my palate is normal I crave olive oil and think so many american foods are too sweet, etc, etc. But one thing I would like to add is that this image of the perfect NY woman, super skinny, perfect clothes and obsessive mani-pedi….. These are aliens that showed up from the 90s on when Giuliani supposedly made it safe for them not to live in the suburbs.
Back in the day only prissy park ave women had manicures and overly groomed eyebrows. Chic, bohemian, downtown types were far less groomed, and much more interesting. We have been swallowed by suburbia here. Thank you for this article! I just started exercising regularly when I moved and in spite of a 4 -5x a week workout, cooking at home with all that wheat and other healthy stuff; I still received the NY welcome! As for portions, come visit Texas.
But if you come, better come hungry! The New York skinny. I think it also has to do with the fact that everyone is walking like their on a mission. Our bodies can also sense when we mentally stress out and sometimes react against us. I also think that synthetic hormones and GMO foods mess with our bodies.. I think you will find yourself back to a spot where you and the muffin top are comfy ; One thing that helps is not comparing yourself others, just to yourself.
There are plenty of us real and natural girls around. The constant walking keeps me fit. My friends and I like to cook when we can. I love hearing someone else say this! I moved to New York almost a year ago from Vancouver, an outdoorsy, fit city where most people are skinny. You have to accept that looking good means being hungry. Even when we return home for a month holiday, we immediately lose a little bit of weight.
Quality is, of course, and quality food also satisfies us more quickly. But we tend to eat large quantities of lower quality food.. Thank you for the insightful post! Street Style by Stela. It puts everything into perspective and simple reminders like this post really make me value happiness above looking perfect. Oh yes, the food in America is pumped full of fakeness, which goes straight to your ass. Because on the positive side, you move around more in New York. And New Yorkers smoke a lot too. I was staying in NYC for 3 months only, but it was enough for me to gain about 10 kilograms: It took me a Year in Europe to go back to my old weight!
Oh my, I think I had as much fun reading the many comments above me as well as this brilliant post, Garance, complete with a gorgeous illustration to boot! Living in Australia I completely understand the oversized American and Australian food portion. Whenever I travel overseas I am in wonder at how people can eat so little, when I find the portion size reduced. Then I get used to eating less, only to return to Australia to find I can no longer finish a dish at a restaurant! Sadly, that again is temporary, as I slowly, but surely stretch my stomach back up to polish off a dish AND dessert although desserts are hardly oversized, haha.
Ah, but with change in address usually comes a change in lifestyle. The latter is the culprit in my weight gain…. Beautiful article, its crazy how women can be about their bodies. Donc tout est ok. Alors skinny, ya des limites ;. I think there is lots of hormones in all the food in the country. Take care with milk. When I was there i used to go to Trader Joe to buy the food. Prendre soin de son corps demande une dose importante de temps. Dans la normale, quoi. Autrement, on ne sait jamais ce que notre assiette peut contenir….
Essaie de ne pas trop te laisser envahir par la psychose concernant le poids. I so understand you. Back in the time, when i lived in States, I gained extra 10 pounds. I believe the whole problem is in the hormones given to beef and chicken, which end up affecting us in kinda similar way. I would strongly recommend you to start eating organic food and check out the organic restaurants in N.
The food in US is unhelthy. It contains a lot of crap like Corn syrup, and all other kinds of sugar. The americans are terrified about fat in their food, but they put sugar in it instead. Of course they have to starve to keep skinny on such a diet. I love everything from the illustration to the hilarious text!
Thank you Garance, you made my day: Il faut dire que je ne mangeais plus grand chose: Have seconds, thirds…My grandmother grew up on a farm, and they needed a lot of food. But now everyone works in an office. Maybe they just never stopped eating.
My theory is to eat a few bites of dark chocolate rather than a whole piece of cake. Unless you really really want the whole piece of cake. As to the quality of the food, I think the American consciousness is just becoming aware of the growth hormones and chemicals on our food.
My name is Edel, I am 19 and from Belfast, in Ireland. Well I have just come home after half a year living in Sao Paolo Brazil. I too gained weight when I was there, the delicious Brazilian was so yummy and different and flavoursome. I actually feel there is something more going on though, as well I personally was naturally a bit homesick and missing all the things familiar. It hurts to look into the mirror and realise, yes I HAVE a muffintop, however once I was completely honest I was able to get things under control and started running in the mornings or whatever.
They and the boys told me that thighs and a bum are hot, and natural. I have been reading your blog for about two years now, you never fail to make me laugh and your photos are beautiful — keep up the good work! Je suis revenue plus grosse, et aussi avec des boutons. Ici il y a le culte du corps pour de vrai, dans le sens ou on le fait exister.
A Rio de Janeiro, les femmes ont des corps spectaculaires. I am a brit who has lived in NYC for 7 years, I also work in the fashion industry where you have to try very hard to not let the neurosis of most of the women that work in this industry rub off on you. I have tried hard to keep my English wits about me and not sucumb to it all. It is the NYC way where you are constantly striving for more and competition is so fierce for everything including looking for a man.
A few months back I took some meditation classes in the garment district and the place was filled with fashionistas clicking about in their heels, probably trying to find some meaning in their lives. Though indulging in the many sweet treats the city has to offer would do them the world of good in bringing them some joy! I have also worked in the industry in Paris where I have to say I found the attitude to eating just as obsessive. I devoured french food but the women around me drank lots of coffee and smoked like crazy to supress the appetite and they were some of the most gaunt looking waifs I came across.
Try living in London for a while, the women there are a little more dishevelled in a good way and relaxed in their attitudes. And I was running cross country every single day! No matter what I did during my years at boarding school I could not shed the weight. Moving to Europe for university! Despite the increase in wine yeah yeah, I did indulge in some drinking while at uni! This is why I follow your blog.
Such a fascinating topic… During the Great Depression it was fashionable to be quite rotund. It meant you had enough wealth to gain weight! Now the opposite is true. Living in LA is pressure to always be fit and thin. I also happen to love food! My friends and I enjoy eating out and we never skip dessert! We are all sizes , and fairly fit.
Mais, je suis le contre. Have fun in New York! Thank you for your candid experiment on Paris to NYC! The bottom line is that there are too many preservatives in food, and it is best to cook from scratch. Although NYC kitchens prevent that — I think the developers are in cahoots with the restauranteurs! I had a hard time staying on track in NYC despite my constant walking. Economy also forces the better restaurants to use more processed food. Seek out those places who make their own sauces, pasta, breads, etc and I think you will find that even though you are eating a stick of butter your body knows how to process the food better.
The chemicals slow it all down and get stored for later use. And of course enjoy a good cupcake once in a while: So you have to kick it up a notch every year that you get older, when really it seems like we should be allowed to slow down. Love the illustration BTW!! I loved reading your insightful comments on NYC vs. Having lived in both cities, I had a similar experience. I have to say, I much prefer the Parisian relationship with food!
You run with the fashion crowd, which is not representative of the city of New York at all. It is a tiny insular world, usually full of very well off people yourself included. California gifted me with 15 pounds in one year: You are right, we always eat out , portions are huge , and I just have to have some cheesecake too! Living with a man is also tough , they always want to eat! How can I resist temptation like this?! As a single , my fridge only had water and orange juice: And the main problem: Europe is so lucky not to use this awful sweetener.
Avec cet article tu es dans le DailyMail! I rarely eat deep fried food. Maybe if people took some time to examine what they are eating it might make them more able to control their weight. My diet is really healthy and I eat bread!! Healthy food is a choice and I think that people are mentally lazy in their approach to food. Avec le vin, le pain et les fromages, qui sont tous trop bon! This is why I love to visit London. I can drink all the beer I want and still come home 5lbs thinner for all the walking you get to do there. I was also a recipient of the NYC house warming gift!!!
I do miss the relaxed, more healthy, California life and diet I grew up with. A frequent visitor in New York myself I totally know about the gift you get maybe not 10 pounds but several indeed. The thing is that food in Europe has got way less preservatives then in the US. Plus people here have serious issues with the sugar dose they add in desert or in any substance for that matter.
Good luck staying Parisian thin because New York skinny is frightening at times. Secondly, I really liked this post. Very interesting and I think the same thing happens in London. I used to live in Denmark and brought my food habits with me to London only to discover that I was unable to eat in the same way and maintain the same weight: I am from Australia, and was shocked when I moved to NY.
Everything — not just weight — is used to identify and distinguish between classes. America feels like a first and third world country residing together. I have also lived in Europe Spain and with French friends. Food was a matter-of-fact part of life, to be done well. For me the big difference is the snacking and portions in the US. At home I can use olive oil and not the cholesterol-laden ones they use everywhere! This is the best post ever. I do not understand why you are not writing for American Vogue yet. Mais tu as tres bien decris ce que je pense pratiquement tous les jours.
Je pense constamment a ce que je mange. On peut du moins se decontracter un peu quand on achete aux marches locaux farmers markets et dans les co-op produits locaux et organiques. Et oui, en France on cuisine plus, mais on travaille plus efficacement pas moins, je peux temoigner donc il y a plus de temps pour ca. La culture et politque europeenne sont la pour defendre les droits et avantages sociaux de citoyens.
Ici, aux US, tu gagnes ton propre pain y compris ta propre assurance maladie…. Bref, tout est similaire de loin mais tellement different de pres. Embrace your environment Garance. Mais quand nous retournons a Paris regulierement, rejouissons-nous de notre perte de poids naturelle et de faire ainsi partie du French Paradox!
I love your brutal honesty. So happy you are practicing yoga. Your third point is so spot-on. I was in the US for four years for university, during which I gained a surprising amount of weight… I lost it, and then some, once I returned home, despite eating MORE. I love the honesty of your writing, you write what everyone is thinking. I think it is generally the difference between the European and American lifestyle. When I am in Europe I always lose weight! This was THE best! America — Europe wins. If you think the portions are large in New York, venture to anywhere in the Midwest or the South!
You could feed a family of four with one entree. Just got back from Paris yesterday and totally know what you mean when you talk about the parisian lifestyle and attitude. And one more thing. Including pretty much every thriller. This post generally sums up my experience of New York. I did a job over there some years ago, the city was amazing. The Met was seriously impressive. The eating habits pretty much as you describe. It all felt a little too hyper and obsessive, frantic.
All in all I was delighted to get back home to Paris. J'ai une question pour toi: Est-ce que tu as un conseil pour moi si je veux aller m'installer dans cette ville qui ne dort jamais? Such a great post. I have such a love hate relationship too with all our preservative foods. And I am such a stickler to know where my milk, meat, fish and eggs come from.
To see what they put in that is gross. Hope this article circulates the food world. I have to say I love your drawing style and admire your work.
Love your honesty Garance. Stay true to yourself, be happy and enjoy life! Exercise to feel strong and beautiful and eat wonderful things including desserts and wine to feel alive! Cependant il y a des alternatives. This is an interesting conversation. I think my gain was due to eating out a lot- not just wine, coffee, and cigarettes, whereas normally I cook healthy food at home and when I do go out I never have any restrictions whether I am in NY or elsewhere. Anyway not all NY restaurants serve enormous plates it just depends on the restaurant.
Thank your for your honesty — certainly I think many women share similar experiences. I moved to the U. I live in D. I knew after a few months coming here that eating out will make me fat. So I became more conscious and I only eat out on special occasions and even then im really careful what I eat. Just try to eat everything fresh and have a balanced diet. Stay away from American meat and dairy! You will gain so much weight. And also stay away from soy, processed foods, any preservatives…they preserve fat.
I find in New York women are either pudgy from the previously mentioned are absolutely skinny from running around, over working, going to the gym and living off Starbucks. Also produce is very hard to find. I could go on and on! I have to work out every day and watch my carbs only servings of whole grain bread or pasta in a day usually. Les changements de style de vie ont souvent une influence sur notre corps. Takes things to a whole new level and makes both New York and Paris a moot point.
Seoul girls are crazy skinny, no competition in the world. Elles ne sont ni maigres, ni grosses, juste tranquillement bien portantes. Same thing happened to me when I arrived in New York from Poland 20 years ago. From a perfectly happy with her naturally slim figure 20 something, I seemed to blow up almost overnight — gained 10 pounds, stopped fitting into my clothes.
It even tastes different. Et ton illustration est chouette! I love your blog in general. It has taken me personally 7 years of living elsewhere to come out of this obsessive NYC skinny thing that I too lived through living and working in NYC for 6 years. As a working musician, not just a girl in fashion or PR, we too were encouraged to watch our weight.
After living 7 years now in eastern europe and working as a skin care specialist in a salon…my colleages encourage me to enjoy life and to be hedonistic. Imagine a place where the car rules, and most restaurants are chains. Everyone is also active too, running, hiking, surfing, biking, that sort of thing, because the weather is so mild.
For me, why worry about it! Also, no offense, but you maybe need to hang out with more than just fashion people, size 0s are not the norm, even in NYC. I find living in Paris so liberating for this reason. Sometimes I think you read my mind. It started with the documentation of your first jobs restaurant, art museum… mine are the same , followed with the turquoise nailpolish article, and continues with this. And obviously I love everything in between. But thank you for this article. I lived in Dublin for a year and gained 7 kgs which I had to work very hard to shift when I moved back home. Socialising seemed to revolve around going out for drinks because eating out was prohibitively expensive as well as eating a large meal at lunch time the way the locals do and then also at dinner the way Australians do.
New York and Parisian gals obviously know what works for them, because they are hands down the skinniest chicks I have ever met! This is my third time to view this post. Brilliant article that no nutritionist or scientific studies could ever come up with. It is equally backed up with your readers comments in which every single comment has been noteworthy and informative. You should be proud. AAAh je me souviens de ces moments! Peut etre beaucoup plus de sport? Gosh I miss Paris sometimes….
There are less vitamins in the food, so you eat more of it — your body is just trying to get the nutrients it needs. Plus, a lot of the chemicals they put in food to improve the flavours, give you sugar cravings! And yes, it makes us fatter.
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AND she says you can eat dessert, wine, bread, chocolate and everything, but shows you how to do that and still stay thin. Its a great book and helped me figure out how to walk the diet tightrope. Here it is on Amazon: Fantastic article and point of view! I live in england and visit NYC every so often, but was struck by the portion sizes! I think your experience is pretty universal. I think a bit of the US eating habits have crept into Australia. I love wine, cheese, food etc.
My aussi friends often ask me, how do I eat like this and remain the size I am? I will take the stairs, I will lift heavy things, go the longer way. When I am out at an amazing restaurant, I am there to enjoy. I listen to my body, if I have had many rich foods, my body will naturally crave for simple, lean things the next day. Thank you, so true! I think skinny is great but skinny to the brink is unhealthy and leaves the body no reserve if you get sick.
I think it also has to do with walking all the time. I LOVE this article! Funny and true and thought-provoking. Ha, the famous ten pounds! I have been presented with 15 exchange student upgrade, hihi. New York is a tour de force. Deal with it… I find you are spot on. Struggling to put my finger on it, I get the vibe that something has changed since being skinny crept into your blog. The free and fresh, bubbly and bursting joy of life has a new companion, a sort of shadow it strikes me.
I so dearly enjoyed your flamboyant, playful view of aesthetics, void of utilitarian prescriptions. I am sure there is a lot of pressure on you — yet: Think Paris in the morning, surrounded by fabulous patisseries… truly wonderful… think vegetables and steak, this is joy! I hope you keep sharing your Parisian esprit with us — even if in New York disguise. And needless to say, the atmosphere is much more relaxed.
My favorite part of the day was waking up extra early to make myself some coffee with two or three oatmeal cookies from the little market down the street. I easily consumed about calories per day when I was there and I lost weight. And street food in Mexico? Comme Parisienne a New York depuis trois ans, je me reconnais tellement dans ton article, Garance. I died laughing upon reading this post of yours as well as many others, including the one about the sleepy yogi. You have a wonderful since of honesty that is humorous and delightful.
Thank you so much for your insight. As a girl born and raised in the South, I spent every summer interning in the fashion industry in NYC and then went on to move there and continue working in the fashion industry… ie I had lunch in the same cafeteria as Anna Wintour.
Sigh… Needless to say, I bowed out of the race. But, I still admire those girls, and every once in awhile I miss being the less put together girl among them. Manolos to Asolos http: I struggled with the weight issue after moving from SF to LA. This is so true Garance! Thanks for putting it into words! Thank you for sharing this info! The portions are so different here in the USA than Europe. Love your article, so perfect said. I read it to my husband and he agrees. But he loves your writing. You have a very blanced view and I wish more people in Toronto would read it.
Americans are all about all the way. The whole North American is obsessed with diet and work ups. I love the French way of NOT doing any work out. Mostly because I have better things to do — like you said. I just want to add that French are skinny because they are picky and they do not starve themselves. I believe that if you starve yourself all the time and deprive of your craving, you will binge and you will find yourself obsessed with food eventually. It is not healthy. I will never deprive myself of deserts, foie gras, baguette, sugar real sugar — I hate the taste of fake sugar , croissant is a must.
I don,t work out at all.