Continuing our theme of why the gilet jaunes are on the street….they know France had a good thing and they want it back, or at least as much as they can get it back. And they know Macron getting rid of the wealth tax is proof of his neoliberal/favor the rich intentions. And rather than wrinkle our noses at the French tendency to go to the barricades, we might instead have a look at some of the mainstays of French life.
As Michael Olenick said by e-mail:
They added a new feature to the online school grade system, the lunch menu.
This is a French public school — government-run. Compare it to Trump serving burgers and fries at the White House. It’s not cherry-picked: it’s this week’s lunch menu for the middle-school.
Granted, any food sounds a lot better in French than English but this seems a lot better than the US school lunches (fried nuggets and chunks).
Here are key points from a story in The Local, The French eating habits the world should learn from:
Fixed meal times and no snacks
The French have always stuck to three meals a day and generally don’t do food outside these set meals. Children usually have a small snack or goûter after school – a piece of fruit or a cake – but this is limited to a specific time, and adults generally don’t snack.
For the French it’s OK to be hungry between these three meal times and it doesn’t mean raiding the fridge or going out to buy chocolate….
Lunch more important than dinner…
The reason why the three meals a day regime lives on is because the French like to eat together. And that’s not just families, it goes for work colleagues too. While in the UK or the US, a colleague would likely say “Just popping out for a sandwich”, in France your colleagues might see that as strange, sad, or even rude….
Smaller portion sizes
Many studies have shown that if we are given more food, we eat it – regardless of whether we are already full….
No children’s menu
Restaurants in Anglo countries serve up cheap but not so nutritious meals like burgers and hot dogs to kids, but French children are expected to eat the same food as adults.
This instills healthy habits from an early age and encourages them to be more open to trying new foods – few allowances are made for ‘picky eaters’ as French parents teach healthy eating as a skill to be taught from a young age. Even in schools, healthy lunches are a priority and three-course, balanced meals are de rigueur in canteens.
Fresh fruit and veg
Traditional French cuisine relies on fruit, vegetables and meat either grown at home or from local farms….
Eat at the table…
Here it’s far less common to see people eat a meal at their desks or slumped in front of the TV.
Take your time
One study from 2010 revealed the French spend two hours and 22 minutes each day eating….
Fruit for dessert
The French may love their patisseries, but treats like eclairs or sugary cakes are usually reserved for special occasions.
All I can remember of my school lunches are sloppy Joes and fish stick sandwiches, neither of which I liked much.