The Mediterranean Prescription: Meal Plans and Recipes to Help You Stay Slim and Healthy for the Rest of Your Life

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Renowned for its dazzling beauty and delectable cuisine, the Mediterranean island of Sicily has historically one of the healthiest diets in the world. Now all the succulent flavors and myriad benefits of Sicilian cooking are yours to savor in the very first weight-loss program that will not only help you effortlessly shed unwanted pounds but will become a prescription for a lifetime of nourishing, palate-pleasing fare.

Created by respected physician Dr. Angelo Acquista, who has successful counseled his patients on weight management for years, The Mediterranean Prescription starts with a two-week weight-loss stage that includes simple, delectable recipes to help you lose eight to ten pounds right away. Still convinced that all diets leave you feeling deprived? Imagine eating Baked Zucchini with Eggplant and Tomatoes, Sweet-and-Sour Red Snapper, Chicken Cacciatore, Pasta Fagioli, and Baked Onions. Dr. Acquista culled his Sicilian mother’s recipe box for the most mouthwatering recipes–plus he includes meals from famous chefs at top Italian restaurants, such as Cipriani and Serafina. If you follow these lifestyle-changing suggestions, you will enjoy

• long-term success: Eat the foods you love and enjoy–bread, pasta, and all your favorite Italian dishes–while adopting healthier eating habits.
• no more addictions: A two-week “tough love” stage helps you kick the habit of sugar, junk food, and preservatives.
• zero deprivation: The Sicilian way of cooking and combining foods means less snacking in between meals, and less temptation to fill up on desserts.
• family-friendly recipes: Children will love and benefit from the dishes as well, so you can share the good eating and the good health.

Plus you’ll find vital information on how being overweight affects each part of your body, including the skin, brain, heart, liver, joints, back, and breasts.

Most people don’t realize that many of their health problems derive from unhealthful weight. Discover the Sicilian secret to a happy life. Capture a pleasurable way of eating that will bring all the blessings and bounty of the Mediterranean to your table, to your life, and to your health!

Customer Reviews:

  • Excellent Recipes
    I bought this after my husband's second heartattack. At first, I thought the recipes required too much work and they didn't seem real tasty to me. I've never been big on fish. I didn't think my husband would like the food either. However, months later when I had gained more weight than I was comfortable with, I determined to give these recipes a try. I also took to heart the one suggestion of a couple who cooked some meals on the weekend so they'd have good meals ready for their on-the-go lifestyle during the week.

    The recipes are so good and my husband likes them too. For the first time, he's eating Salmone and likes it. The only real work in preparing them is the chopping & dicing of the vegetables used in most meals. Once that is done, every meal is an absolute breeze. I haven't been able to work in an exercise program, yet. But I'm losing an average of 2 pounds a week and I've nearly gorged myself on the lunch & dinner meals for the first two weeks. I have found that on most recipes, there is enough leftovers for my lunch the next day. I really, really like this book....more info
  • Great book on healthy eating!
    This book is fantastic! The author of the book is both enlightening and intriguing. He tells why it is a good idea to lose weight and what it can do for your health. He gives specific recipes and instructions to how to lose stubborn fat and how to make your heart a healthy one. What's more is that he is really concerned with the obesity epidemic and addresses the issues. Dr. A did a wonderful job on how you can turn your life around without feeling like you are being deprived....more info
  • My Life is Changed
    After going on the master cleanse I wanted to view food in a different light and this book almost fit exactly with what I needed. Whole grain foods, lots of veggies, stay away from the red meat and sugars. The recipes in this book are SO good and relatively easy! I've been on the Southbeach diet, but the empasis on meat is not good for you. The natural elements of the Mediterranean diet are the way to go. Happy Eating!...more info
  • The Mediterranean Prescription: Meal Pans and Recipes to Help You Stay Slim and Healthy for the Rest of Your Life
    I am very disappointed in this book. The actual recipes make up only a small portion of the book. The rest of the book is the same stuff you find in any diet/healthy eating book; eat more vegetables, more whole grains and substitute this for that when eating out, etc. A chart of food counts. Health problems caused by eating wrong.

    Then the actual recipes: Squid anyone? I guess it's called calamari, but never saw it in my local grocery store. And what is Branzino? Where does this guy shop for groceries?

    Want to cook more the Mediterranean way? Take your favorite chicken recipe, make sure it has lemons or tomatoes, and around 5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil! Sorry, tomatoes and chicken don't work for me. So far not one recipe I tried out of here is a keeper for our family and I really wanted this to work....more info
  • Losing weight with great tasting food!
    I love this book! The information is easy to absorb, although I have skimmed over some parts (I don't need to know ALL the science behind it). The two week plan for losing weight reminds me of the South Beach Diet, but the recipes taste much better. It wasn't hard to stick to and I lost 5 lbs on it. Now I have slowly added fruit, bread and pasta back into my diet and I am still losing 1-2 lbs a week! The best part about the book is the recipes, they are so easy and wonderful! I have a 2 year old so I have to cook quickly and these recipes have never been a problem. They also make pretty hefty meals so you have plenty for leftovers and lunch the next day. I think this plan will be easy to maintain and after reading the book it just makes sense. I would recomend this to anyone trying to lose weight or just feel better, it's working for me!...more info
  • I love this book!
    I've had the book for 3 weeks, and every single recipe I've made has been fantastic. I've always hated to cook in the past, because every time I tried to make something, the results just didn't seem worth the time and effort. I actually look forward to cooking now. I feel like I finally learned how to cook food that I actually want to eat!

    It was also very difficult for me to cook because I'm what is known as a pescetarian. I don't eat red meat or poultry, but I still eat fish and dairy. There aren't a lot of cookbooks out there for pescatarians, but this book is great because the majority of the recipes are for veggies, beans and fish/shellfish. Perfect! There are also some poultry and red meat recipes as well. My husband loves the Balsamic Chicken.

    The diet is basically a lot of fish, veggies and beans. The only fat is olive oil, no butter or vegetable oils. There's only a minimal amount of bread/pasta, and whole grains are encouraged. No sweets, but lots of fresh fruit. It seems like a very heart-healthy diet. It's also a great diet for anyone with IBS, I notice my symptoms have diminished greatly since being on it.

    As far as the recipes, the tuna salad using olive oil and vinegar instead of mayo is a revelation, and I don't think I could ever go back to the mayo version again. I made the Shrimp Oreganata, along with the Baked Eggplant and Zucchini for my mom when she was visiting. She's always been an excellent cook, and she said it was the best meal she'd had in a really long time, and raved about it the whole week she was here. I made a lot of meals from the book while she was here, and she liked everything so much, I bought her a copy.

    I haven't lost any weight yet, but I haven't strictly adhered to the diet, either. I guess you can say I skipped the first two weeks strict part of the diet and went straight into the maintenance phase. But even if I never lose a single pound, I'm still very happy I bought this book. The recipes are simple, wholesome, healthy, and most importantly, delicious. ...more info
  • It really works!
    Skeptical that we could lose weight with this diet, I decided to try it anyway. What a happy surprise! At the end of the 2-week weight-loss period, my husband had shed 14 pounds and I had lost 10. The recipes are simply delicious, even with substituting less expensive types of fish. I highly recommend this book, especially if you already enjoy Mediterranean/Italian foods, as we do. ...more info
  • Great book. Recipes are delish!
    I liked this book so much that I bought four more for family members. The recipes are easy to prepare and delicious. The diet is very healthful.
    I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a healthy alternative to "dieting"!...more info
  • Cookbook?
    I was looking for a cookbook not a diet plan novel. Just was not for me....more info
  • Easy to make and taste delicious
    I love this cook-book. The meals are easy to make and taste fantastic! I know I will be healthier and will loose weight....more info
  • Worthwhile for the health advice AND the recipes
    I bought this book because I wanted to try out a healthier eating style - I wasn't too much for salads and vegetables or fish before.... but the text of the book is well written and very convincing, the recipes are very good and easy enough to make - and to experiment with altering them - and best of all, I feel satisfied when I eat, I've lost 8 lbs in 2 weeks (1/4 of my goal) and no more digestive upsets. My sister just had her gallbladder out for the same symptoms I had just started having and they went away completely. I can't recommend it enough! I bought two other books but this was my favorite for the text part and recipes. ...more info
  • Very informative!
    The book shows common sense application ways to eat and live daily. Physical activity,vegetables, fruit, legumes, dairy, nuts and seeds, olive oil and wine - daily then weekly fish, poultry, eggs, lean meat, monthly - veg. oils, sat. fats, ref. carb. sweets! Living on an island they had a low cancer and cardiac problem. Hmmm! They were not overweight! Just following the first part stressing more veg. and fruit I lost weight fast! My skin looked better. It's easy. I noted my temper was better too! It's an easy cooking diet!...more info
  • The food is delicious and the plan works
    This eating plan is amazing! I easily lost 5 lbs in two weeks and I know I would have lost more if I didn't cheat. The recipes are delicious and my kids can't wait to find out what is for dinner. The only problem is the food is so good, there never are any left-overs. I feel like I am learning a whole new way to appreciate food. ...more info
  • The Mediterranean Prescription: Meal Plans and Recipes to Help You Stay Slim and Healthy for the Rest of Your Life
    TODAY is the First DAY of the rest of our LIVES!!! Can you think of a better reason to celebrate...This is the first book to take the anxiety out of the word Diet and make it a Delight. The recipes are DElicious. I lost 12lbs and have the energy of a teenager. Plus, it makes me feel like everyday is a mediterranean vacation..... a special treat to myself and escape from the big city..... did I mention that my need for chocolate has diminished.....I guess it melts too quickly in warm climates........more info
  • Mediterranean Diet Cookbook
    The book wa swhat I had expected. it came in in excellent condition, practically brand new, well wrapped for protection but a little slow in delivery....more info
  • The Mediterranean Prescription
    Great book, not like a diet, but this book will help you lose weight and stay healthy for life. Full of excellent recipes and meal plans. I have lost five pounds in just a week on this plan. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in eating healthier....more info
  • Our Family's Favorite Recipe Book!
    This is simply an outstanding book, the recipe's are fantastic, the advice outstanding.

    I would advice (as the author does) that you try all recipes, even if you think they don't sound all that good. We've found that all of them are quite tasty, and easy to make.

    I even bought this book for others in my family, and they love it too!...more info
    I got this book as was fed up with fad diets and it has made me change my eating habits completely. I now buy all fresh produce and use olive oil alot! the chick peas salad is really good, i never ate chick peas before. I live on fish, veg and fruit and now eat very little meat. I have dropped 6lbs in 3 weeks so im sticking to this as i never get hungry and love preparing the food. Great book, great recipes....more info
  • Awesome book! Highly recommend.
    Started following the diet as outlined in this book three weeks ago. I've lost 13 lbs. and my wife has lost 15! The recipies are fantastic. And this is coming from someone who LOVES food. You're not actually dieting, just eating better. It's healthy and was actually recommended to me by a cardiologist. ...more info
  • great book
    Every recipe I have done is a winner with my kids and I. They are very easy as well as good. We already have a favorite, the Sweet and Sour Red Snapper. I make this with different types of fish once a week. If I run across a recipe with an ingredient that I don't have, it is easy to substitute and unnoticible. Glad I ordered this one!...more info
  • Med Prescription - Health
    This is a great book best for people who want to learn how to exchange their unhealthy eating habits for more well-balanced meals....more info
    I found this book full of great information. it has really helped me in changing my way of eating foods. a previous review stated that the book doesn't say what to do after the two week inital start; but it does, it goes on to say that if you're not at where you want to be weight wise, you can continue to follow the two-week start. i love the recipies and they really are easy to follow. just be prepared,once you decide to follow it, to have lots of veggies and salads on hand. and salads really do taste better w/ only olive oil and vinegar, salt and pepper. i felt better when i started eating this way; lighter and not as sluggish as when i've eaten processed stuff (bread, rice, etc). it's an easy read and i enjoyed his stories of italy and how he grew up...

    ...more info


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