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Eating Well for Optimum Health The Essential Guide to Bringing Health and Pleasure Back to Eating (Paperback)

Author:  Andrew Weil
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060959584
ISBN-13: 9780060959586
Sku: 30679735
Publish Date: 3/1/2001
Sales Rank: 78712
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  320
Age Range:  NA
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In the course of my work, questions always come up about food and nutrition, diet and health. (from the first line)
It is not easy to find the answers to these questions, especially today when we are bombarded by so much confusing and contradictory nutritional information. My purpose in writing this book is to cut through the confusion.

I have always been interested in food, enjoy eating, and have studied the dietary habits of many different cultures around the world, especially to note correlations with patterns of health and illness. As a result of what I have learned, I use dietary change as a primary treatment in my medical practice, and I teach other physicians to do the same.

Throughout my lifetime I have read many words of medical thinking as to what's good for us and what isn't. Not long ago, I read that olive oil was bad for cardiovascular health. Now I see that it is good. I have seen fad diets come and go and then sometimes come again and go again. As I write, low-carbohydrate diets are enjoying a huge wave of popularity. I have serious reservations about them for long-term use . . . but I don't want to get ahead of myself. I will explain the dangers of those diets in due course.

I never want to promise anything I can't deliver, whether in my personal life, in my medical practice, or in my books. I will not make extravagant promises in this book--not of endless life, nor of miracle cures (though diet and nutrition can play a significant role in what I have referred to elsewhere as Spontaneous Healing).
Building on the scientific and philosophical underpinning he first presented in "Spontaneous Healing" and employing the kind of practical information he offered in "8 Weeks to Optimum Health, " Dr. Weil now provides readers with a program for improving lifelong health by making informed choices about food. Includes easy-to-prepare recipes in which the food is as sensually satisfying as it is beneficial.
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At last, a book about eating (and eating well) or health -- from Andrew Weil, the brilliantly innovative and greatly respected doctor who has been instrumental in transforming the way Americans think about health. Now Dr. Weil -- whose nationwide bestsellers Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health have made us aware of the body's capacitiy to heal itself -- provides us with a program for improving our well-being by making informed choices about how and what we eat.

Dr. Weil makes clear how an optimal diet can both supply the basic needs of the body and fortify the body's defenses and mechanisms of healing. And he always stresses that good food -- and the good feeling it engenders at the table -- is not only a delight but also necessary to our well being so that eating for health means enjoyable eating.

Eating Well for Optimum Health is a hugely practical and inspiring book about food, diet and nutrition that stands to change -- for the better and the healthier -- our most fundamental ideas about eating.

At last, a book about eating (and eating well) or health -- from Andrew Weil, the brilliantly innovative and greatly respected doctor who has been instrumental in transforming the way Americans think about health. Now Dr. Weil -- whose nationwide bestsellers Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health have made us aware of the body's capacitiy to heal itself -- provides us with a program for improving our well-being by making informed choices about how and what we eat.

Dr. Weil makes clear how an optimal diet can both supply the basic needs of the body and fortify the body's defenses and mechanisms of healing. And he always stresses that good food -- and the good feeling it engenders at the table -- is not only a delight but also necessary to our well being so that eating for health means enjoyable eating.

Eating Well for Optimum Health is a hugely practical and inspiring book about food, diet and nutrition that stands to change -- for the better and the healthier -- our most fundamental ideas about eating.

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In this reference, renowned nutritionist Andrew Weil provides a sensible weight-loss plan, which includes a low-fat, well-balanced diet that may promote optimum health. In doing so, he offers readers basic facts about nutrition and describes the body's chemical reaction to calories, carbohydrates, and fats. He also critiques numerous diets from around the world, pointing out the health risks and benefits that each is associated with. Realizing that eating is pleasurable, he shows readers how to indulge in delicious, nutritious foods that will enhance their dining experiences rather than their waistlines. This is not a quick-fix diet; Weil encourages diners to permanently commit to healthy eating habits. His 85 recipes include Mediterranean Tuna Steaks, Poached Salmon, Potato-Rosemary-Crusted Fish Fillets, and several vegetarian options, like Grilled Tempeh Sandwiches and Vegetable Stir-Fry with Tofu.
Author Bio
Andrew Weil
Andrew Weil, best-selling author and natural-health pioneer, was born in Philadelphia in 1942. He received an A.B. degree in biology (botany) from Harvard in 1964, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1968. Initially, Weil's fascination with the miraculous healing powers of the human body drove him to pursue biology and medicine; he strongly believed that, if nurtured properly, the human body had the ability to heal itself. Thus, during his academic studies, he became disillusioned with the rules of Western medicine, which promoted chemical intervention and disregarded any connections between the mind and body. His dissatisfaction with his conventional clinical training led him to explore non-Western cultures' concepts of natural health and mind-body interactions. Believing his discoveries would be helpful to Western populations, Weil began to write informative books about the healing arts. His first work, THE NATURAL MIND, was published after he completed his medical internship at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco and worked one year at the National Institute of Mental Health. Between 1971 and '75, his position as a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs allowed him to travel to South America and Africa, where he accumulated information about medicinal plants and natural remedies used to treat diseases. Between 1971 and '84, while on the research staff of the Harvard Botanical Museum, Weil conducted research on psychoactive plants. He has continued to write about natural healing practices. Many of these works, such as EATING WELL FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH, EIGHT WEEKS TO OPTIMUM HEALTH, and SPONTANEOUS HEALING, became national bestsellers, catapulting Weil into the heart of health-guru fame.

Andrew Weil, best-selling author and natural-health pioneer, was born in Philadelphia in 1942. He received an A.B. degree in biology (botany) from Harvard in 1964, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1968. Initially, Weil's fascination with the miraculous healing powers of the human body drove him to pursue biology and medicine. He came to believe that, if nurtured properly, the human body has the ability to heal itself. Thus he became disillusioned with the rules of Western medicine, which promoted chemical intervention and disregarded any connections between the mind and body. His dissatisfaction with his conventional clinical training led him to explore non-Western cultures' concepts of natural health and mind-body interactions. Believing his discoveries would be helpful to Western populations, Weil began to write informative books about the healing arts. His first work, THE NATURAL MIND, was published after he completed his medical internship at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco and worked one year at the National Institute of Mental Health. Between 1971 and '75, his position as a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs allowed him to travel to South America and Africa, where he accumulated information about medicinal plants and natural remedies used to treat diseases. Between 1971 and 1984, while on the research staff of the Harvard Botanical Museum, Weil conducted research on psychoactive plants. He has continued to write about natural healing practices. Many of these works, such as EATING WELL FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH, EIGHT WEEKS TO OPTIMUM HEALTH, and SPONTANEOUS HEALING, became national bestsellers, catapulting Weil into the heart of health-guru fame.

Andrew Weil, best-selling author and natural-health pioneer, was born in Philadelphia in 1942. He received an A.B. degree in biology (botany) from Harvard in 1964, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1968. Initially, Weil's fascination with the miraculous healing powers of the human body drove him to pursue biology and medicine; he strongly believed that, if nurtured properly, the human body had the ability to heal itself. Thus, during his academic studies, he became disillusioned with the rules of Western medicine, which promoted chemical intervention and disregarded any connections between the mind and body. His dissatisfaction with his conventional clinical training led him to explore non-Western cultures' concepts of natural health and mind-body interactions. Believing his discoveries would be helpful to Western populations, Weil began to write informative books about the healing arts. His first work, THE NATURAL MIND, was published after he completed his medical internship at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco and worked one year at the National Institute of Mental Health. Between 1971 and '75, his position as a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs allowed him to travel to South America and Africa, where he accumulated information about medicinal plants and natural remedies used to treat diseases. Between 1971 and '84, while on the research staff of the Harvard Botanical Museum, Weil conducted research on psychoactive plants. He has continued to write about natural healing practices. Many of these works, such as EATING WELL FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH, EIGHT WEEKS TO OPTIMUM HEALTH, and SPONTANEOUS HEALING, became national bestsellers, catapulting Weil into the heart of health-guru fame.

Andrew Weil, best-selling author and natural-health pioneer, was born in Philadelphia in 1942. He received an A.B. degree in biology (botany) from Harvard in 1964, and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1968. Initially, Weil's fascination with the miraculous healing powers of the human body drove him to pursue biology and medicine. He came to believe that, if nurtured properly, the human body has the ability to heal itself. Thus he became disillusioned with the rules of Western medicine, which promoted chemical intervention and disregarded any connections between the mind and body. His dissatisfaction with his conventional clinical training led him to explore non-Western cultures' concepts of natural health and mind-body interactions. Believing his discoveries would be helpful to Western populations, Weil began to write informative books about the healing arts. His first work, THE NATURAL MIND, was published after he completed his medical internship at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco and worked one year at the National Institute of Mental Health. Between 1971 and '75, his position as a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs allowed him to travel to South America and Africa, where he accumulated information about medicinal plants and natural remedies used to treat diseases. Between 1971 and 1984, while on the research staff of the Harvard Botanical Museum, Weil conducted research on psychoactive plants. He has continued to write about natural healing practices. Many of these works, such as EATING WELL FOR OPTIMUM HEALTH, EIGHT WEEKS TO OPTIMUM HEALTH, and SPONTANEOUS HEALING, became national bestsellers, catapulting Weil into the heart of health-guru fame.

Praise

Kirkus Reviews
"Entertaining, thoughtful, and educational." 3/15/2000

Publishers Weekly
"...Weil illuminates the often confusing and conflicting ideas circulating about good nutrition, addressing specific health issues and offering nutritional guidance to help heal and prevent major illnesses." 02/07/2000

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