Wednesday, April 9, 2014

French Women Don't Get Facelifts by Mireille Guiliano

I have read all of Mireille Guiliano's French Women books, so naturally I snatched this one up as soon as I saw it in the bookstore, though I have to say it was a little surprising. I thought it would be mostly about beauty tips and plastic surgery, however French Women Don't Get Facelifts is actually geared toward an audience that's quite a bit older than me, showing women in their 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's how to age gracefully or as Guiliano says "with attitude". That said, I soldiered on and read this book and I have to admit I'm glad I did.

While some parts of this book address old age, many of the tips are actually quite valuable reminders of things we should all be doing like eating a variety of colors to get a balanced diet, wearing sunscreen and going for regular walks to get exercise and a Vitamin D boost. Guiliano also includes several recipes in the book as she does in most of her other books.

I would highly recommend French Women Don't Get Facelifts for women who are 40+ as it's a fantastic resource for how to enter the next phase of your life in a way that doesn't feel like getting old. Mireille Guiliano's approach to growing older is refreshing and nearly makes one look forward to it. If you're not quite 40, it's still worth reading - I'm 33 and I read it cover to cover. She talks about all the things people are afraid to delve into such as menopause, sex in your golden years, plastic surgery and vitamin supplements. It's definitely a learning lesson about what to expect as we age.

If you haven't yet read Mireille Guiliano's other books, they're definitely worth reading as well, particularly her most famous book French Women Don't Get Fat, a great read that truly changed the way I eat and move. She has a great talent for telling stories and sharing information. I definitely look forward to her next book!

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