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Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet and Nutrition Hardcover – 1 Mar 2000


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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: 1,393,791 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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WHEN I USE the words eating well, I mean using food not only to influence health and well-being but to satisfy the senses, providing pleasure and comfort. Read the first page
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 15 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on 9 July 2000
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Customer on 27 Jun. 2002
Format: Paperback
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 By "student_alibob" on 28 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
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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