Everyone needs time off, and I’ll be taking a bit of it starting on Friday, July 1, 2011. My blogs will resume on Monday, July 11. Readers might want to use this time to check out my blog archives. I’ve posted nearly 500 blogs since 2007.  Best, Karen http://www.eatingnormal.com/ http://nicegirlsfinishfat.com/ http://www.squidoo.com/eatnormalnow http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nice-Girls-Finish-Fat/114097795301428 http://www.youtube.com/user/KarenRKoenig http://twitter.com/KarenRKoenig Visit my message boards—http://groups.yahoo.com/group/foodandfeelings and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nicegirlsfinishfat. PLEASE NOTE: I encourage you to comment on my blogs and will do my best…

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We Americans know how to do so many things well, but eating is assuredly not one of them. For that, it seems, we must cast our eyes across the Atlantic to France. In LOSING IT IN FRANCE: LES SECRETS OF THE FRENCH DIET by Sally Asher, we are transported to a land where enjoying food more leads to eating just the right amount of it. Part cookbook, part memoir, Asher teaches us how to enjoy food in all its facets—meal planning, shopping, cooking, serving and, of course, eating.

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A number of years ago, the book FRENCH WOMEN DON’T GET FAT by Mireille Guiliano was all the rage. Although I read some time after its publication that, in fact, French women were getting fatter, the book has merit, laying out how French women view and consume food in a way that contrasts sharply with the attitudes and behaviors of American women. Recently I ran across a more analytical take on the subject.

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I always get excited when I’m about to read another book by Geneen Roth and I remained excited after finishing her most recent foray into self-help, LOST AND FOUND: UNEXPECTED REVELATIONS ABOUT FOOD AND MONEY. I encourage you all to read it, whether your problems are in the eating or money arena, or both.

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Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky. As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day…

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