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Food for Health (Marshall Factfile) [Paperback]

John Briffa

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30 Oct 1998 Marshall Factfile
Part of the "Factfile" series that provides substantial information in a quick reference format. Small page size and short blocks of text help the reader focus on whatever he or she is looking for. Each title is written by an expert in the field.

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After qualifying as a doctor in London and flirting with a career in surgery, I discovered my true calling was in nutrition and wellness. For more than 20 years my clinical practice has been geared to finding the true underlying causes of illness and symptoms, and giving individuals the tools they need to take control on their own health.

I have a particular interest in weight loss, and don't believe that success here is all about 'eating less and exercising more'. Actually, as I explain in Escape the Diet Trap, taking conventional approaches to weight loss doom most of us to failure.

When I'm writing or lecturing, I always strive to take an evidence-based approach, and refer liberally to published research. I like to bring in my clinical experience too (the approaches that work in the real world with real people). I do like to drop in some common sense for good measure too!

Should you read one of my books, please do share you experiences. You can do this by contacting me at or by leaving a review here at amazon.

My blog contains more than 1,250 articles and podcasts covering all aspects of health and wellness. You can find it at

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Feeling fit and well, both mentally and physically, is a part of everyday life which most of us take for granted until we fall ill.

There are many factors which affect our health and well-being; some of these include the environment in which we live, our genetics and the type of healthcare we receive. The most significant factor, according to author Dr John Briffa, is our lifestyle--and in particular our diet.

Growing evidence shows that the food we eat can directly relate to how well we feel. It can enhance our health or have consequential effects depending on the type and quantity of food we consume, just as in the saying "we are what we eat".

This enables us to take some control over our health because we have the responsibility of choosing what we eat. This handy factfile can provide the reader with the background needed to help make healthy food choices and reduce the risk of ill health in the future.

The book is consumer friendly and is divided into six sections, each of which deals with a different body function and how it contributes to health and well-being. Some of the topics include energy, the heart, the digestive system, weight control and the immune system.

Each chapter explains the role diet can play on that particular part of the body and also mentions food habits that can enhance or hinder health. There is a final section on shopping and cooking which provides useful nutritional advice on the different food groups and the quantities we should be consuming from each. It looks at the types of cooking methods which aid healthy eating, while also offering examples of how to flavour foods without increasing their salt content.

The final pages of the book outline two-week healthy eating menus which are appetising and economical. The book is easy to understand and provides comprehensive nutritional information that can help everyone to adopt a healthier lifestyle. --Louise Coyle

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