1. HAVE FUN - You are studying abroad for a reason! No one travels to France to eat a salad all day so feel free to enjoy yourself and try out the all the international cuisines that you can. Now, if you read that last sentence you may have noticed the word TRY in there. The key to eating clean while studying abroad is to sample the dishes, not go overboard.
2. CREAMY EQUALS CALORIES - Creamy sauces are a combination of oil, butter, flour, cheese, or buttermilk...and sometimes all the above. Any cream sauce or soup that you are consuming comes with calories, saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.
3. WINE AND DINE - The best part about studying abroad is that you might be able to buy and drink alcohol at a younger age than you would be able to here. For example, the legal drinking age in Europe is 18 years old (as opposed to 21 here in the United States). While I do not condone underage drinking, if it is legal in your country, then I'm not stopping now. However... do know that those classes of wine or cocktails will add up. Most cocktails are sugary concoctions that can easily add inches to your waistline. When you mix in soda, juices, and energy drinks, you are turning that drink into a high calorie dessert. In fact, even that "healthy" glass of wine can add up as even a single glass of wine can range from 150-300 calories. The key to drinking on a clean eating diet is to abstain from drinking totally or to drink as little as possible. Lastly, if you will be drinking, always drink responsibly and have a partner with you. For more, read here Healthy Eating: Drinking
4. SAY BYE-BYE TO FRIED - This one should be easy. Not only are most fried foods breaded in a creamy or flour base, they are then dunked into a vat of oil until it is ready. There are cleaner, more nutritionally sound ways to eat that turkey leg.
Below are some common words to describe dishes and what they mean:
Aioli - fancy mayonaisse
Bechamel- a base for white sauces that comes from mixing flour and milk
Beurre Blanc - white butter sauce
Bisque - thick, rich soup made with cream
Confit - salted meat that is cooked within its own fat
En croute- a pastry dish that is wrapped in dough and baked
Hollandaise- a sauce made from butter, egg yolks , and lemon juice
Remoulade - a seasoned and herbed butter sauce
White sauce - AKA cream sauce