Chic & Slim Encore: More About How French Women Dress Chic Stay Slim -- and How You Can Too! Paperback – Sep 2000
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From the Author
I know how miserable excess weight can make you. And I know from years of struggling with unsuccessful dieting how frustrating it can be to deny yourself good food, and still the fat will not go away.
I also know the joy of having found a way to eat well and stay slim using techniques I learned from chic French women. The Chic & Slim books are written to share these techniques with you. If you have questions about the books or about Le Systeme Barone, my translation of the French system, you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. So many women have emailed me to tell me what a difference the chic & slim techniques have made in their lives. You can enjoy the same benefits. -- Anne Barone
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Encore! readers said.
Women who read and benefited from the savvy wisdom in Anne Barone's Chic & Slim: How Those Chic French Women Eat All That Rich Food And Still Say Slim said they wanted more. They wanted more information about how chic French women use their unique personal style to keep them fitting so elegantly into their Chanel suits and their Chantal Thomass lingerie.
Readers asked for more weight control techniques, recipes, portion size guidelines, menus, fashion, and decor information. They wanted advice on how to make French techniques work no matter where they lived.
Not only did readers want more insights into French women. But they also wanted more specifics about Le Systeme Barone, Anne Barone's translation of the French system that allows any women to stay slim now matter where they live.
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I find myself referring to this book just before I go to bed and have had time to mull over the events of the ending day--I try to tally up what I did to enjoy my life better, if I ate slower, took smaller bites, decided against that extra bite of pie-- and I find that this time to myself helps me to encourage myself because I know I am on the correct road to health and well-being.Read more ›
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Having lived in France and experienced the beauty of the French lifestyle, Ms. Barone is a proponent of moderation -- something sadly lacking in our American society. We are a culture of "overconsumers," as is apparent not only in the way we eat, but also in the way we often misuse our finances and conduct our relationships. We also go overboard trying to be "perfect" -- but generally use the media standard as our own, which has inherent problems. Ms. Barone recognizes this, and offers a refreshing solution: a sense of healthy self. It is not a matter of becoming a vegetarian or a protein powerhouse; it is not a matter of buying size four jeans in the hopes of starving your way into them; it is not a matter of applying a mask of cosmetics to make others think you were born with a certain "look"; nor is it a matter of building a draining career only to procure wealth. Instead, it is about appreciating the beauty with which one is born, as well as savoring the beauty of one's surroundings. It is about establishing one's femininity and being so confident as to not need to become involved in a relationship to avoid being alone. It is about using money wisely, and controlling finances rather than having debt control you. In essence, it is about finding and expressing true joy - enjoying solitude, savoring art, making one's home a haven, taking pride in goals achieved, understanding the elegance of simplicity, and cherishing each age (one needn't be young to be a spectacular woman!).
Filled with sensible and savvy advice, delectable recipes, and an abundance of encouragement, CHIC & SLIM ENCORE is a wonderful gift to give to a mother, daughter, sister, friend -- or yourself! Its lessons will be treasured by any woman. Sit back, sip your coffee drink of choice, and indulge yourself in one of the best ways possible -- enjoy ENCORE and take it to heart!
The role of blockbuster-sized portions of what I like to call "Frankenfood" (whole foods altered from their natural state by the use of preservatives, additives, and other inedible chemicals) in the average American diet is really pretty scary. The chapter on food in this book is quite illuminating and educational, even for someone like I, who had always eaten pretty well. It's impossible to look at food -- and indeed the typical American lifestyle -- the same ever again.
Finally, I just want to add that although the book is written for women, the message is for men as well. My husband has been "boot-camping" Le Systeme Barone for the last three months and easily lost over 30 pounds. Just by eating higher-quality foods in moderate, "French-sized" portions. While I trust he will not take to wearing pretty French lingerie, as Anne advocates, my husband has taken a different point of her advice and donated all of his "fat clothes" to Goodwill and will never use them again as a safety net. The fact is, if he gains more than five pounds, he'll have nothing to wear; good incentive to stay trim, non? He also realizes that it's okay for him to spend more money on fewer, but higher-quality, pieces (ah! more of that moderation I was talking about!) in his wardrobe now that he knows his weight will never again fluctuate more than a couple of pounds.
Trite to say so, but this book can change your life.