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Apparently the French take two hours for lunch. Be more French

- February 13, 2020 2 MIN READ

Be gone days of eating a salad while mindlessly scrolling your phone. According to the French, a longer lunch is good for digestion, relationships and longevity. What are we waiting for?

Nobody does lunch like the French. Check out the rules of play via this article in the Trello newsletter. 

In France lunch must be:

  • At least two hours
  • At least 4 courses

Hell yes! Sign me up. 

According to the article’s author, Alexia (a native of France) in 2010, UNESCO declared French gastronomic meals a part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, officially highlighting the importance of French rituals at the table for the world.

She quotes the report: 

“[t]he gastronomic meal should respect a fixed structure, commencing with an apéritif (drinks before the meal) and ending with liqueurs, containing in between at least four successive courses, namely a starter, fish and/or meat with vegetables, cheese and dessert. […] The gastronomic meal draws circles of family and friends closer together and, more generally, strengthens social ties.”

Here’s how that works in real life. 

According to Alexia: 

“In 2013 the French spent an average of 2 hours and 22 minutes per day eating in 2010, 13 minutes more time than in 1986, all while following the strict rule of a breakfast, a lunch, and a supper with no snacks.”

Essentially the French believe ritualised mealtimes enrich our connections- the key to any relationship building. 

The generous duration of the meal is said to benefit good digestion. (No arguments here!)

The less we rush our food, the better our appetite regulation and therefore the more easily we can manage our weight. (Another clear bonus!)

Fostering togetherness from conversation is the other clear bonus. Great conversation strengthens relationships and strong relationships can  change the world. 

(As long as you’re eating without looking at your phone and mindlessly checking your email).

I’m actually attending a lunch today and after reading this have suggested we stretch the hour we had in the diary to an 1.5 hours.

All in the name of good digestion, of course…

Vive Le France!