My dear friend has an au pair and I became very good friends with the one that just went home to Denmark.
I talked to her about adjusting to life in the United States and she mentioned to me that she gained 10 pounds in the first month because of the food we eat here.
In her family, they don't eat out and fast food is 30 minutes away. She told me the last time they had a meal in a restaurant was 5 years ago. Can you imagine?
The newest au pair is from Brazil. I observed her the first day I met her, at the going away party for my friend. She ate a very small plate of rice and beans. And she drank water.
I vowed to go on the rice, bean and water diet the next day.
I've spent some time with her recently and in only three weeks, she's adapted to our eating habits. And she's now addicted to soda.
I watched her eyes the first time she ordered a coke in a restaurant and she was amazed how BIG it was. She said this container of soda was more than she drinks in a month back home.
She was also amazed at the size of our food. Giant boxes of cereal, crackers and other snacks.
I know Americans are fat and we eat more fat and calories than other countries.
Talking with these gals has opened my eyes and I'm making changes in my home.
Less sugar and smaller servings!