4 Interesting Things The French Can Teach Us About Health

Did you know the customs in France can be very different from those in the United States? Many of the French behaviors and lifestyles make them much more apt to be healthier. We all can benefit from some of their practices, so check out the following healthy behaviors you should try to utilize! 

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1. They Don’t Multitask

I’ve read various research articles that report multitasking is much less effective than doing one thing at a time. The President of France, François Hollande, banned cell phones from cabinet meetings to help ensure that government ministers are fully engulfed in the topic at hand.

2. They Aren’t Scared Of Carbs

The French aren’t afraid of eating carbs. They partake in such delicious foods as freshly-baked baguettes. Did you know that eating too few carbs can ruin your mood? So carbs can actually contribute to good health and increased energy levels.

3. College Is Affordable In France

The tuition of colleges in France are significantly lower than what Americans pay for higher education. Get this – in France most Universities are public schools, so the tuition for undergraduates is about 181 euros (only about $250) per year! And for Ph.D. students, tuition is 380 euros ($525) a year! Business and Engineering schools, as well as private schools can be much more expensive, however. France pledged to raise funding for schools, instead of cutting it like what is happening in America. Education can make people healthier and possibly make them live up to nine years longer!

4. They Enjoy Their Food

People who live in France sit down for their meals and don’t just grab food on the go like many Americans do. This is a very healthy approach because sitting down and enjoying your food promotes mindful eating. When we sit down to eat, it helps us to realize when we’re full so we’re less apt to overeat and gain unnecessary weight.

 

Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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