Mediterranean Diet, The

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Scientists have discovered that traditional Mediterranean cuisine is one of the most healthful, nutritious diets in the world -- one that can help everyone lose weight and enjoy lower rates of coronary heart disease and other chronic conditions, including diabetes and cancer. From tasty Moroccan vegetable stew to rosemary focaccia, from eggplant parmesan to lemon almond cake, The Mediterranean Diet offers a program that will make dieters everywhere -- and food lovers in general -- rejoice.

  • Includes a 7-day eating plan chock full of savory meals
  • Essential in-depth nutritional information about each food category
  • A 3-day exercise plan
  • Luscious soup-to-nuts recipes designed to satisfy your individual tastes

Lose weight and worry with every delicious meal!

Customer Reviews:

  • Download Option
    Be aware that you may share this same experience if you download the book.

    After the book was downloaded to my computer, I was prevented from printing past the first 60 pages due to properties designed into the file. The book is over 300 pages.

    In order for me to receive a printed copy of the entire book, it will be necessary for me to have the hard copy sent to me.

    Since I do wish to have the hard copy, I will reorder and pay the shipping and the cost of another copy of the book....more info
  • Recommended by my gastro
    I was recommended this diet by my gastro after being diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) & acid reflux. I had tried the Hawaii Diet and liked it allot but it had no protein and I found that a drag.
    So I got this fellow and lemme tell you, it's very complete. They discuss and make allowances for everything under the sun. No thinking just follow the servings and oila I feel better, I lost weight and I get to eat protein.
    But seriously this is a very complete book with thorough discussions of every aspect and a pyramid that leaves nothing to chance....more info
  • diet book review
    I have not been through the whole book yet. But so far I am learning alot....more info
  • Too many words!
    The author repeats the same thing over and over AND OVER again! The book would probably be half the size if all that repeating wasn't put in. It just makes for an unnecisary LONG read. However, if your willing to skim through the repetitions, it DOES have good info....more info
  • Interesting eating style
    The Mediterranean style of eating is interesting from a nutritional standpoint and I'm sure is beneficial to one's health. It makes for good reading for anyone who wants to learn more about healthy eating. I refer back to it and re-read parts as I try to apply some of the principles to my lifestyle....more info
  • Repetitive, but important
    I agree that the book can be repetitive at times, but it gives a lot of important and clear information on the history and benefits of the Mediterranean diet that should not be missed. I think that if this is the lifestyle that you wish to persue(and I think most should), then this book needs to be one of the books on your shelf along with The Omega Diet and The Fat Fallacy. If you would like to find recipes that support this lifestyle, Italian Cooking For Dummies has detailed explanation of ingredients as well as recipes and Lidia's Family Table has some wonderful recipes in it. Most ethnic cookbooks of the region will work, keeping in mind that portion control and quality ingredients are the cornerstone of this diet as well as the ratio of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. I should add that many of the recipes in vegetarian cookbooks as well as whole food cookbooks will also fall under a Mediterranean lifestyle. Quality not quantity will buy us the health we want. ...more info
  • Not What I Expected
    This book is so full of theory and scientific-type data that I lost interest in it early on. If I hadn't already had a bit of exposure due to The Sonoma Diet, I wouldn't even bother with this book at all. In fact, it was due to the similarity of The Sonoma Diet that I purchased this book, and now I'm not sure it was a good use of my money....more info
    I am only quessing at a suitable rating since I just received this book and hastily paged through it to get the gist of its content. I can't rate the book yet but I already know I have a problem. Why in the world didn't this author give us a pronunciation guide? I am trying to begin this diet hoping it will please my husband and help us both in weight loss and health enhancement. What do I say when he says, "What's for dinner?"....more info
  • Very good book about a healthier way of eating
    I really liked reading the Mediterranean Diet book. It is very imformative and helpful in giving out good common sense nutritional information. I have not tried any of the recipes in the book yet, but I plan to in the future. I have been eating a "Mediterranean style" diet for the past year and I have lost 20 pounds and feel better. I do not cook a lot of fancy gourmet meals, but I cook very simple meals made from natural ingredients. I avoid fast food and highly processed food as much as possible. I eat more fresh fruits, veggies, whole grain cereals and good quality fish and chicken. I use extra-virgin olive oil in most of my cooking and limit my intake of sugar and processed sweets. Most of my snacks and "desserts" consists of fruit,plain yogurt,olives, nuts and other natural foods. I feel much better since I stopped eating all the processed fast food junk loaded with chemicals. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to learn how to eat healthy. If the food is natural and unprocessed and doesn't have any artificial ingredients, then it is healthy. ...more info
    not enough words to describe how much i LOVE this book. it is so simple yet poignant and so many of us get caught up in the daily stress of work and unhealthy eating that we forget that we need to take time out to nurture our bodies. as a recovering eating disorder person, i have turned to the mediterranean diet to help recover my health that i almost lost. after reporting grains, legumes and an abundance of fruits nuts and veggies into my eating, i am proud to say that my body has gained back the nutrients i once lost. i am healthy, happy, and still a great weight where i look and feel wonderful :)!!! a must read for anyone looking for a better health & life!! if you're concerned about this only having a few recipes, there are tons of books on it & on the internet as well ;)...more info
  • Good, with some reservations
    If you are looking for a book written specifically for losing weight, this is not the book for you.(There is one chapter on losing weight.) If you are looking for a book to help you determine the best diet for good health, this is the book for you.

    Very well organized
    Very well researched
    Very detailed
    Includes the Mediterranean lifestyle as important as the diet

    Although the author, a dietitian, says the Mediterranean Diet is the best for health, she chooses to change it by adding canola oil and decreasing the amount of eggs allowed.

    One needs to do research on canola oil before using it as freely as olive oil. Canola oil is a modern phenomena, unlike olive oil that has been used successfully for centuries.

    The author discusses a study that showed, along the Mediterranean coast of Spain, eggs were eaten at almost every meal, but heart attacks were a rarity. But, still, the author suggests eating no more than four eggs a week. Modern science has determnined that eggs do not affect cholesterol levels and if eggs high in omega-3 are chosen, they can be beneficial.

    I think the book would have been improved if she had just reported the research that shows the Mediterranean Diet to be healthy instead of adding her own "knowledge" that contradicts this historically healthy diet.

    There are a few recipes at the end that I have not tried yet, so can't review that portion of the book....more info
  • The Mediterranean Diet
    The book was informative, I only wish the print was a little larger.
    I was able to understand the principles of the diet. Some of the recipes were tried, and enjoyed....more info
  • Mediterranean eater
    Love the information in this book. Very informative. Everyone should eat like this!...more info
  • A simple, clear approach to eating well and staying healthy
    Research has shown that the traditional Mediterranean diet is one of the safest and healthiest in the world. People who follow it have significantly lower rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. This book offers dietary wisdom and practical advice in language that is easy to understand. In addition to providing nutritional information, an eating plan, and an exercise plan, it emphasizes the importance of strong social ties and of dealing with stress efficiently.

    The Mediterranean diet works because one can stay with it for life without feeling deprived. There is ample variety, the dishes are not difficult to prepare, and the ingredients are generally inexpensive. When combined with moderate exercise and reduced levels of stress, it can help to maintain good health as well as proper weight. Having said this, however, there is a larger aspect to the Mediterranean diet, which the authors of this book make clear: it is part of an overall philosophy of life in which food is treated with reverence and is savored in an atmosphere that celebrates the joy of sharing with family and friends. Eating healthful food is essential, but it is not enough.

    As far as recipes are concerned, although this book does include some I think you will be able to enjoy Mediterranean food more fully if you take advantage of actual cookbooks that are devoted to the subject of Mediterranean cuisine. For health-conscious cooks who are unwilling to renounce the pleasures of eating well, one of the very best is Sonia Uvezian's "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen," which I use regularly and which features hundreds of authentic recipes for great-tasting, nutritious, and satisfying dishes....more info
  • buy only if you like to read about nutrition
    This is a review of the paperback version of this book. Author is a registered dietician. Basic recipes are a small part of the book.
    If you've never heard of the components of the Mediterranean way of eating and are interested in basic nutrition, you might like this reading. If you are interested in cooking, search for a cookbook....more info
  • The Mediterranean Diet
    The book is very interesting with a lot of good information. I bought it for my brother who had 2 strokes and needs to learn to eat better. he also has got a lot of good ideas. ...more info
  • Full of Healthful Eating Info!
    This book is wonderful in describing the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. This diet is easy for people to adapt to their lifestyles. Several other books take this info and present menus to help anyone wanting to take full advantage of the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet, such as Mary El-Baz's "Easy and Healthful Mediterranean Cooking." ...more info
  • Not Faithfully Mediterranean Or Weight-Losing
    After the title of The Mediterranean Diet, is a subtitle that says "lose weight and feel great with one of the world's healthiest diets". A word of warning. The emphasis of this book is not on losing weight and the so-called Mediterranean ways that the authors advocate are not quite authetically Mediterranean.

    The book begins with an introduction on what is wrong with Western diets. It then goes on to present an exotic, "magical" Mediterranean setting. Luckily, the authors didn't get carried away and are quite scientific in their analysis and presentation of how the Mediterranean diet works.

    Interestingly, the first few chapters have a Q&A section at the end. What I like most about this book is the relatively balanced views held by the authors. Their moderate recommendations are all supported by research and not just guru "science" that advocates strict, impractical practices. I've managed to learn quite a bit about olive oil, bread, couscous and the nutritive value of various fruits, nuts and vegetables.

    For alcohol, meat, sugar, eggs and dairy products, the authors advise moderation. Nothing extreme. However, the authors seem to be doing further injustice to the title when they recommend things like soy milk, canola oil, tumeric and various Indian spices. Are they still talking about the Mediterranean diet?

    There is also only one chapter on losing weight. Hence, the title is misleading. At the end of the book, are various Mediterranean recipes. It makes the book great value for money unless you're expecting some serious weight loss book.

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  • Missing the Mark
    What bothers me about this book is the dietitian bias of the authors. Although they tout the Mediterranean diet, they incorporate non-Mediterranean foods such as salmon and the highly toxic canola oil. There is NO canola oil in the traditional Mediterranean diet!! In fact, canola oil is a toxic substance. Further the authors have a problem with saturated fats, because this is drummed into dietitians as being bad, yet it is the very enigma that is behind the French paradox. It pays to take a very close look at the major industries that back the dietetic association to understand the bias of these authors, including sugar growers, big pharma, the margarine association, Sarah Lee desserts, and so forth. The authors don't even have the guts to claim that sugar is really very bad for you. These biases make for sloppy work and off-the-topic comments and endorsements. Very disappointing. They do not represent the Mediterranean diet as well as could be....more info


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