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I work out. I rarely eat baguettes, cheese or chocolate (except when on assignment -- I'm a food writer). And like many women, I like to fit into a small pair of jeans. But I wanted it both ways when I spent a week in Paris with two girlfriends last summer.
As Americans we often refer to the French Paradox with a certain amount of jealousy. We'd die to indulge in more fattening foods, drink more wine, and continue to look and feel good. So why can't we do it if the French can?