Synopses & Reviews
At last, a book about eating (and eating well) or health -- from 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 bestsellers Spontaneous Healing
and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health
have made us aware of the body's capacitiy to heal itself -- provides us with a program for improving our well-being by making informed choices about how and what we eat.
Dr. Weil 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.
Eating Well for Optimum Health is 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.
This book has everything you'll want or need in commendably accessible form. I can't recommend it too highly. The West Virginia Register-Herald
Pointing out that a healthy diet is the cornerstone to a healthy lifestyle, the bestselling author of "Spontaneous Healing" and "Eight Weeks to Optimum Health" provides the basic facts about human nutrition. This new book includes complete weekly menus and customized dietary advice for dozens of common ailments.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-282) and index.
About the Author
Andrew Weil, M.D., a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona and director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at that institution. He is also the founder of the National Integrative Medicine Council, creator of the monthly newsletter Self-Healing, and editorial director of the "Ask Dr. Weil" website (www.drweil.com). Dr. Weil is the author of eight books, including most recently Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health.
Table of Contents
1. The Principles of Eating Well 5
A Healing Story: From French Fries to Kale 27
A Healing Story: The Knife and Fork Are Powerful Tools 29
2. The Basics of Human Nutrition 31
I The Macronutrients: An Overview 31
II Carbohydrates Revisited: Staff of Life or Stuff of Sickness? 48
III Fat Revisited: The Best Part of Food or the Worst? 72
IV Protein Revisited: How Much Is Enough? 102
V The Micronutrients 124
A Healing Story: A Successful Encounter with Integrative Medicine 144
A Healing Story: Overcoming Allergies 146
3. The Worst Diet in the World 148
A Healing Story: Learning to Make Healthful Food 152
4. The Best Diet in the World 155
A Healing Story: A Healthy Civic Leader 169
A Healing Story: I Gave Up Fast Food 171
5. A Matter of Weight 173
A Healing Story: Conquering an Eating Disorder 187
6. Buying Food and Eating Out (With a Word About Vibrations) 189
A Healing Story: Nothing Is Easy 200
7. An Alchemist in the Kitchen 202
A Healing Story: Why I Eat Healthy 207
8. The Recipes 209
Pasta, Rice, Potatoes 238
Appendix A The Optimum Diet 261
Appendix B Dietary Recommendations for Common Health Concerns 264
Appendix C Answers to Common Questions About Food and Nutrition 273
Appendix D The Possibility of Surviving Without Eating 278
Appendix E Sources of Information, Materials, and Supplies 281