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Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet and Nutrition [Hardcover]

Andrew Weil
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1 Mar 2000
At last, a book about eating (and eating well) for health -- from Dr. 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 best-sellers Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health have made us aware of the body's capacity to heal itself -- provides us with a program for improving our well-being by making informed choices about how and what we eat.  

He gives us all the basic facts about human nutrition. Here is everything we need to know about fats, protein, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins, and their effects on our health.
He equips us to make decisions about the latest miracle diet or reducing aid.
At the heart of his book, he presents in easy-to-follow detail his recommended OPTIMUM DIET, including complete weekly menus for use both at home and in restaurants.
He provides eighty-five recipes accompanied by a rigorous and reliable nutritional breakdown -- delicious recipes reminding us that we can eat for health without giving up the essential pleasures of eating.

Customized dietary advice is included for dozens of common ailments, among them asthma, allergies, heart disease, migraines, and thyroid problems. Dr. Weil helps us to read labels on all food products and thereby become much wiser consumers. Throughout he 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.

In sum, 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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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; Stated First Edition edition (1 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375407545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375407543
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.1 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,290,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the 25 most important people in America (TIME)

Warning: this man can seriously affect your health. For the better (GUARDIAN)

Full of common sense...what is comforting about the Weil philosophy is that he recognizes conventional medicine has its uses (DAILY EXPRESS)

His advice is pragmatic, sensitive and positive. His central concept is that our body has a healing system: learn how to use it. (EVENING STANDARD) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* In this new book, the immensely popular Dr Weil shows how the optimum diet should not only provide nutrition but also reduce the risk of illness --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This Book After Live Right 4 Your Type 3 Aug 2004
I have found Live Right 4 Your Type to be the best single book I have read about healthy eating, but I could appreciate that book as much as I did because of what I learned from reading Eating Well for Optimum Health. I recommend that you read both books, with this one being the second in order.
If you are tired of trying to make sense out of all of the conflicting claims about foods, diets, and various diseases, this book is your answer. The author bravely takes on any school of thought about food (including unhealthy ones), and provides a balanced perspective on what is wrong with that approach.
Health is not only about eating. It is also about exercise, sleep, relationships with others, genetics, and environment. But for the part of health that relates to food, this book is the overall be-all and end-all for now. I say that not because of any weakness the book has, but simply because scientific information about health is expanding so rapidly.
As Dr. Weil points out, the information he shares in this book is often news to medical students and physicians. Food and health are subjects that are poorly connected in our minds at this time.
The book begins with an excellent section on what food means to us. While most health books focus on the disease related issues, Dr. Weil points out that food not only runs our bodies as fuel, but also is a source of pleasure (did you ever think you would hear that from a physician?), a way to create social interaction, a part of health, and a way to address some diseases toward restoring health.
The second section is on the basics of what our bodies need. This is where scientific studies are neatly put together into a consistent description. I was especially impressed with the section on fats.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I actually bought this book while on holiday in the USA. Dr Weil deals with all the major food groups and offers sensible, easy to follow advice on how to improve one's diet for health. He also be-bunks a few 'diet' myths and gives guidelines on diets for specific health problems, including weight loss although this is NOT a 'diet book'. He is obviously an enthusiastic cook but the recipes (in my edition at least) are not for people who don't know their way around a kitchen. They also rely heavily on 'American' ingredients and measuring cups.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable reading 9 July 2000
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Of the many health books I have read, this is undoubtedly one of the best. In addition to providing a wealth of nutritional information, Dr. Weil evaluates various diet plans and exposes the dangers inherent in a number of currently popular ones. He offers medically sound and practical guidelines for healthy and enjoyable eating, stressing that for a diet to be followed successfully over a lifetime it must be a source not only of ample nourishment but also of ample pleasure and that healthful food need involve no compromise in taste. An especially useful feature of the book is the tips it contains for shopping and menu planning as well as for making sensible choices when dining out. Readers will also find Dr. Weil's advice very helpful when consulting cookbooks. For example, following the basic principles set forth in his book, I have discovered a gold mine of great eating in Sonia Uvezian's masterpiece, "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen", which is filled with recipes for a myriad of easy-to-prepare, utterly delicious, and wonderfully healthful dishes that have earned raves from my family and guests.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An authoritative guide 27 Jun 2002
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About a year ago I took the advice offered in a customer review of the hardcover edition of this book and purchased the paperback edition as well as Sonia Uvezian's "Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen". I have been using both volumes regularly ever since. Dr. Weil's advice is sound, realistic, humane, and practical. I especially appreciate his concerns about the unhealthiness of fast food and his recommendation of the Mediterranean diet. Uvezian's book is a treasure trove of recipes for dishes that are both truly healthful and utterly delicious, and it is fascinating to read. These two books are exceptionally informative and easy to follow. I recommend them highly.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Dr Weil has not written a conventional diet book. Of course, nobody ever claims to have written diet books, just "ways of eating" - but we all know people often buy things like this to lose weight. In my case, I also wanted to prevent/ delay type 2 diabetes as I have a strong family history of it. He explains why we need the three major foodgroups, in what proportions, what micronutrients do for you, says how to cook with them, includes a brief chapter on weight loss and all of it is backed up by real, generally accepted science (as confirmed by my medical student friend). It is evident that Dr Weil hasn't got his doctorate via mail order (cough) and that it is in a subject where he might be expected to know about diets (ie not a cardiologist - why do so many presume that they know anything about diets when they work with hearts?) It's sensible, doable and unjudgemental. It is also very achievable - thank goodness for an author who understands the pleasure food offers and accommodates it without declaring any foodgroups out of bounds. You just have to use your common sense (not to mention natural instincts) as to how much is too much fat, how healthy a cookie is likely to be, etc. The recipes are Americanised but the point is to provide examples and much can be substituted. I'm really excited by what I've read (did I mention it was very readable too? Read it in an intense 2 day stint) and am trying now to include more veg and soy products.
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Published 2 months ago by Lana Germanova
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok, bit too supplement-reliant for me.
Published 3 months ago by sl
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS
....if you want to be healthy! Everything in this book is clear and thoroughly set out and gives a sense of taking one's health into one's own hands
Published 6 months ago by ms r dicker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A really well researched and written book. Demystifies everything you ever wanted to know about diets. I have since looked up Dr Weil on youtube and he is truly a brilliant mind.
Published 7 months ago by ArtshowDecor
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and informative
This book is very text-heavy, which I wasn't expecting, but I committed to reading it anyway and am very glad that I did. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Carla Freeman
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
Nice to tuck into very approachable and broad widens your interest and knowledge and is very helpful with some nice recepies to try out
Published 18 months ago by Nicole Ougham
4.0 out of 5 stars A good back to basic book about nutrition
Really good, no nonsense book about nutrition. Most of it is common sense but with so many diets out there it is hard to lose track of what we should be eating. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
I chose this book because I wanted to learn HOW to eat well and WHAT to put in my body!
This book is recommended to all those who WANT to turn their life around and need some... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Chris Curran
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy enough to understand, seems to work!
Alongside doing more exercise this has improved my overall wellbeing, at least I believe it has.
I found the book informative and well put together with concise and detailed... Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by Fiona
2.0 out of 5 stars One of the most 'un-readable' books I have ever come across...
I honestly can't get my head around why everybody else has rated this book so highly. I have only read about half of this book so far, and I really have no desire to finish it. Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2011 by Miss K. Sanderson
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