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French twist with powdered sugar on top

Being married to a Frenchman is a wonderful and beautiful thing. Well, except for the fact that Frenchmen are in many ways just like all the other men in the world. I think it is best if I don’t get into the whole I man, you woman thing for now though. However, I would like to talk about some of the cultural things.

My husband and I have arguements over little stupid things which cause some of the biggest and nastiest word slinging fights. Just an hour ago it was over donuts. My mother had gotten my kids powdered donuts for breakfast. The kids have never had donuts even if you can find them in France. We just never bought them.

Vilay got all upset because I gave them pastry in the morning. Last time I checked a pain au chocolate is a pastry. Yet, the kids would at times have a pain au chocolate in the morning for breakfast. Guess who gave it to them? You should be surprised to know it was the pastry policeman himself. Somehow giving them a French pastry for breakfast isn’t as bad as giving them an American pastry. I don’t get it. I told him so. So, then he goes into the whole Americans are fat and this is why thing.

Everyone with half a brain knows that Americans aren’t fat from eating a few tiny powdered donuts for breakfast every great now and then any more than eating a pain au chocolate on occasion will make a French fat. It is because of eating fast and processed foods combined with snacking on things like chips and cookies instead of apples and bananas that makes people heavy. The sad thing is that in spite of all the fat American jokes I heard while living in France, the French waistlines are growing larger by the year due to the same bad eating habits and fast food lovin’ that Americans are accused of.

I recently saw a report about Americans while still living in France. It talked about the fact that Americans have learned their lesson in regard to healthy eating. Americans are starting to become healthy, again. Yes, AGAIN. Americans weren’t always fat. It took only about 10 years of bad eating habits to get a whole country to tip the scales. If France doesn’t watch it it may not even take 10 years. I saw it in the fast food restaurants and in the grocery stores. France is picking up the same bad eating habits that put Americans in a crisis. Why would they use one hand to point fingers at Americans while grabbing a Big Mac with their other hand?

My husband is a good example. He loves to eat at McDonalds. Yet, when Vilay would see a heavy person while walking in Strasbourg he would often say it was an American tourist. Many times he was right. Somehow over just a few years time the tables turned and Vilay could be seen with his foot in his mouth more often than not due to a funny little technicallity. The funny thing was that those American tourist were starting to sound awfully French.

By the way, my kids loved the powdered donuts.

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  • Alison August 30, 2006, 7:35 pm

    Yeah, I found my ex gives the kids Choco Pops for breakfast. I’ve refrained from commenting. I’m just not going to get into it with him.

    When they’re with me they chow down on muesli. Heh.

  • Pumpkin August 30, 2006, 10:33 pm

    I like muesli! My kids like pretty much everything and we are generally pretty laid back about what they eat as long as they are getting all the healthy stuff in and not too much junk. I think it is the little cultural differences in food and ideas about what is good and good for you that gets us sometimes. He only just now watchs them eating peanut butter sandwiches without wrinkling up his nose. I will admit I never dreamed I would eat some of the things I did while living in France. I really miss pain au chocolate….I have to say it is much yummier than donuts even if it is not any better for you :)

  • jube August 31, 2006, 9:35 am

    French pastries (croissants au beurre, pains au chocolat) and French breakfast in general are not healthy. Ethnocentrism makes us think that our food is the best at everything. Here in France, BicMAc=baaaad (although Mc Donalds are always packed like crazy), a pizza=gooooood (even though a bigmac is way healthier than a pizza)

    As for the lesson Americans learned about diet, it’s funny how disinformation spreads. I don’t know who’s right, but I just read an article on Google news saying that Americans were getting fatter and fatter. Here is the link:http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=117&art_id=qw115688610567B221

  • jube August 31, 2006, 9:37 am

    Well sorry the link is kind of wrong. It will be easier to click on the Health section in google news

  • Pumpkin August 31, 2006, 3:20 pm

    Jube, I think that people eat what they are used to. You should have seen me talking to my mother about trying my tarte. She was not that interested until everyone else told her how great it was. Then, she asked me to make one to take with her to work and everyone now wants the recipe. If I had not made the tarte most of those people would never have tryed it. I really miss French pastries. REALLY, really miss pain au chocolate. I will tell you that the food here in the States (that you buy pre-made) is not as good as the French food. French are known all over the world for their food for a reason. That is for sure.

  • Cathy Y. September 5, 2006, 3:45 am

    I find that people will make fun of whatever they fear the most, and sometimes, if they are arrogant, life will turn around and give them the same problem.

    When I was a child and teenager I was never overweight and I used to laugh about fat people behind their backs. I used to think, “How can they eat so much? How can they just DO that to themselves??” Then when I was an adult my first two pregnancies put weight on me (even though the doctor’s office said my amount of weight gain was normal) and then I took a medicine that had the side effect of putting a lot of weight on, even though I didn’t change my eating habits or activities. So then, I made fun of fat people, then it happened to me. “What goes around, comes around” to use an English language expression. I guess when I visit in France the people there are laughing behind my back just as I did to others years ago. Going hungry and having symptoms of low blood sugar are not fun to me to try to lose it. It is too hard.

    Studies have been done in recent years that show that overweight people do not eat more food per day than non-overweight people. They just eat food that has more calories in it. When I was growing up, even a popsicle was a major “treat” now people have ice cream and other “treats” all the time. The world has changed in regards to food availability.

    Also to Jube — pizza is usually healthier than Big Macs. At least pizza has tomato sauce and usually vegetables on it. You can make it at home with whole wheat flour instead of white flour, and then it is even more healthy. Big Macs are definitely worse than that.

  • Pumpkin September 5, 2006, 5:04 pm

    Cathy Y,
    I completely agree with everything you said. I know that in my personal fights with my weight it has been a matter of what I like to eat is not really the best for me. However, I have known others that it is more than that like you had mentioned. I have learned that even if I will never be a size 6…I am beautiful. And, I adore pizza! I don’t think it is bad for you at all. Even a hamburger made at home on the grill is not really bad for you. It is eating fast food and processed foods…and in France it is becoming more and more the norm as it is in the States.

  • Kay September 16, 2006, 8:56 pm

    hello ,I’m the bad grandmal!! I got the kids the bad donuts. I also for 3 days got my healthy son-in-law sea-salt and cracked pepper potatoe chips , 2 bags for $5.00 lol he ate both bags in one night lol real healthy right 6 bags total !. Also he eats chocolate on his bread every day for breafast lol Healty , THE NEW FAT AMERICAN IS GOING TO BE MY SON-IN-LAW , you have to love him right lol , I’m going to store to buy him more chips , love you mom

  • Pumpkin September 17, 2006, 4:28 am

    You forgot to tell everyone how you got him Mountain Dew to drink as well ;) But, in Vilay’s defense…he didn’t eat six bags of chips in three days. Just three :)

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