Zest for Life, the first anti-cancer health book with recipes based on the traditional Mediterranean diet (new international edition), provides all the guidance and practical advice you need to prepare delicious, easy and affordable meals to boost your defenses against cancer. Without prevention, one in two men and one in three women in the industrialized world will develop cancer. What many people don't know: at least a third of cancers could be avoided through a healthy diet and lifestyle. Zest for Life does *not* propose a short-term "diet" of hunger or imbalanced eating. On the contrary, it shows how easy it is to enjoy a wide variety of tasty, healthy foods every day and in doing so to reduce not only our cancer risk, but also the risk of heart disease, obesity or diabetes. The Zest for Life diet emphasizes vegetables and fruits, fish, olive oil, legumes, fresh herbs and spices, and highlights the importance of conviviality and the guilt-free enjoyment of food, thus nourishing both body and soul. The healthy, modern recipes are inspired by rich culinary traditions from around the Mediterranean: Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Morocco and others. Zest for Life comprises a 120-page science section outlining the principles of anti-cancer eating based on the latest scientific research, followed by 150 easy, family-friendly recipes (using US and UK measurements). Most of the recipes are plant-based, although healthy fish and meat dishes feature too, as do low-sugar, gluten-free cakes and other desserts. Author Conner Middelmann-Whitney, nutritionist, health writer, chef and mother-of-three, overcame early-stage cervical cancer 11 years ago. Pragmatic, not preachy, she shares her personal cancer story in an engaging style and suggests simple, tasty ways in which anti-cancer eating can fit into busy schedules and tight budgets. The book is supported by a website, www.zestforlifediet.com featuring photographs of many of the dishes featured in the book as well as frequently updated cancer-prevention news, healthy eating advice and culinary tips. Conner is donating 25 percent of her royalties (32 pence of every book sold) to Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, a UK registered charity number SC024414 (http://www.maggiescentres.org/home.html).
I've always had a healthy appetite but not always a healthy diet, and this contributed to three decades of ill health: chronic sinus infections, digestive complaints, hypoglycemia, weight problems and, in my early 30s, early-stage cervical cancer.
A nutritionist's advice to change my diet - replacing sugar, white bread and processed foods with fresh vegetables, fruits and home-cooked meals - dramatically improved my health and persuaded me to rethink my life. After 10 years spent working in finance and journalism, I quit my reporting job at the Financial Times in London and trained to be a nutritionist.
Luckily my cancer was caught early and following treatment I returned to full health. Since this experience I have become a passionate advocate of cancer prevention. This is what inspired me to write Zest for Life, for I want to show how easy it is to boost one's defences against cancer while leading a normal, busy life.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be dull or complicated; in Zest for Life, which is based on the traditional Mediterranean diet, I try to show that healthy food can be simple to prepare, affordable and delicious, making it easy to eat like this every day for the rest of our lives.
Now based in Toulouse, France, I offer nutrition consultations, teach health cookery classes, offer personal food-shopping services, work with children in schools and advise canteen operators on healthy school meals. If you want to know more about my work, please visit my website, www.nutrelan.com. I live outside of Toulouse with my husband, three children, six hens and a cat.