I have become fascinated with the fact that the French are far more active than most Americans and I was determined to find the reason behind this situation before I came to France.
My first theory was regarding french food which is far less processed than America’s. However, I’ve discovered since being in France that many French men and women walk everywhere they go (when they are not taking the metro, which still requires a great deal of walking up and down flights of stairs).
Now, after being in France for a month my theory still regards the food which the French consume.
The less processed food is, the easier it is to digest. Giving many French men and women the energy to live very active lives as is needed in a country where the main form of transportation (metro and bus) involves a lot of walking.
I would like this pattern and healthy life style to be something us Americans can emulate.