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Frenchy Ways to Eat for Pleasure and Good Health:Un Cafe or Chocolate?

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Frenchy Way to Eat for Pleasure and Good Health:  Finishing Every Meal with Style

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So you are hanging out in Paris finishing yet another delicious meal in a small bistro near the Eiffel Tower.  Great food, pleasing to eye and stomach.  Here comes the server walking towards your table, “Désirez-vous un café ou digestif?”  Uhm…”Do we want a coffee or small strong alcoholic drink?” Why Not? Another way to eat for pleasure and good health includes finishing every meal with style.  Having a symbol of an ending to a meal tells your brain and stomach “basta” or enough.  Even more, a black strong small coffee, called a café in France or perhaps a digestif, (usually a small glass of strong alcohol such as an eau de vie), can even promote digestion. “Un digestif est une boisson, alcoolisée ou non, qui se prend habituellement à la fin d’un repas, et qui est censée faciliter la digestion.” (1)  (A digestif is a drink, alcoholic or not, that is usually drunk at the end of a meal, and supposed to ease digestion). In France a typical ending of most meals include a small café, a piece of chocolate, or maybe smoking a cigarette (not advocating this, but a daily cigarette after the meal is very French). Whether or not you are at a restaurant or at home; a great ending to any meal is just a symbolic ending.  The point is to start a meal off right and why not end a meal right too?  Let’s leave the table full and happy.  For kids and adults this sign of an end means just that:  Le Fin.  No heading off to the snack area one hour after meal is over.

Why finishing a meal with style is important

  • Having an ending signifies an ending.  No more eating until the next meal.
  • Meals are sacred, why not finish a meal the right way?
  • For children, having a ritual explains that the meal is over.  We leave the table full and satisfied.
  • Your brain registers that the meal is over, no cravings for food between meals.

Meals are important from start to finish

If you have been reading this series on ways to eat for pleasure and good health, the French way, you know that for me eating is not just sitting down at a table and putting a fork of food in the mouth.  It is a whole process on enjoying food slowly, starting with 1.Sitting down, 2.Eating at a pleasant clean table 3.Enjoying the first course 4.Savoring fresh, light foods 5.Listening to your body’s cues to say “I’m full!” 6.And finally, finishing that meal with style and a ritual:  even just saying “Thanks for this delicious food I ate.”

How many of you readers enjoy a strong small coffee or espresso after a meal?  Does this help your digestion?  What are your rituals?  Do you feel a proper ending to a meal is important?  Finally, do you feel finishing a meal with style will help prevent those in between snacking that many of us do? Shout out your thoughts and get heard:  leave me a reply 🙂

Until next time, Bon Appetit!

(1) Source:  Wikipedia, Digestif

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10 Responses to Frenchy Ways to Eat for Pleasure and Good Health:Un Cafe or Chocolate?

  1. Danielle April 6, 2011 at 23:05 #

    Ooooo LA LA!!! I loved this post! I do not currently have a meal-ending ritual but I am going to start implementing one for sure! LOVE IT!

    • mbrighton April 6, 2011 at 23:18 #

      Danielle, Merci beaucoup for your comment. Yes, really-meal endings are just as important as the beginnings and middle 🙂 Tell me your meal endings in a comment; coffee? chocolate? Would love to hear some original ones 🙂 Bon Appetit!

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