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

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

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Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet, and Nutrition 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have found Live Right for 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. It is very easy to omit getting the right fatty acids in your diet, and I was pleased to see this issue addressed well here. The third section then looks at the worst diet you could possibly eat (the fast food diet) and explains why the food is so appealing, yet why those french fries could be the death of you (for more reasons than you probably now know about -- beware of reused cooked fats!). The fourth section goes on to look at the best diet you can eat. Don't worry! It's nothing extreme. In fact, those who are a bit fanatic about their food regimens may be disappointed. I was pleased to find that my regular Saturday lunch of vegetable soup and a half a tuna sandwich are a good idea. There's also no harping on the need to maintain some extremely low weight. Weight is the next subject, and he looks both at how you should think about what your weight should be and how to get to that weight and stay there. A lot of the material on the satisfaction duration of the food you eat will be new and of interest to you. The next section was also very helpful to me. It talks about how to buy food and how to decide what to eat and order in restaurants. Since I travel a lot, I always need help with the latter. I got a number of good ideas. The final section was on recipes that are healthy and quick to make. Many of them sounded very appealing to me, and I was pleased to see that there were
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 classic, 'Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen,' which is filled with easy-to-follow recipes for a myriad of dishes that are both wonderfully healthful and exceptionally delicious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Weil's 8 weeks book was great, but this book made 200% more impact on me. He takes the time to go through and explain the affect of all the different types of food on the body. The affect of the different types of oils and greases, simple sugars, etc. The information is straight forward and simple to understand, but backed up with solid clinical data. Reading this book was a big part of my lossing 85 pounds, and my husband losing 42. My blood pressure was 210/110 with a pulse of 114. Now since changing my diet and following his common sense advice it is 116/70 with a pulse of 58. It works, it works fast (I started his way of eatting at the end of march 2001), and most of all I feel great. The rapid change in my body and health blew my doctor away. I eat great food, and no longer have chest pain. BLESS YOU DR. WEIL. I actually buy people this book, THEN have them read 8 weeks once they have read this book as a nutritional primer. I got this book on tape and listened to it in the car and on walks. Now my dad,a doctor,is listening to it, and loves it too. Change your life, buy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be wonderful! Please take the time to read it and incorporate it into your life. You will not be sorry! You will be thinner and healthier in no time!
HoneygirlCA More than 1 year ago
This book's intro is not for the academic feint at heart--lots of chemistry, biology and historical reference. It is great reading and Dr. Weil is very conscientious about covering everything and simplifying the important points. No photos, lots of reading and not very many recipes. But it is a great book to get one started on an exhaustively informed and mindfully healthier lifestyle.
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I would absolutley reccomend this book to anyone who wants to learn about food and how to lose weight. It's easy to understand and they have very good recipes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine told me to read 2 books this fall...'Eating Well for Optimal Health' and 'The Power of Positive Habits'....WOW!! what a great health combination!! I highly recommend both of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit... I am very sceptical of diet books. I find that many are sensationalized accounts with mediocre science at best, and as such I tend to ignore the genre. I am, however, a fan of Dr. Weil. Having studied nutritional anthropology and ethnomedicine as a university undergrad, I first heard of Weil as his name was often mentioned among students of Richard Schultes, a Harvard ethnobotanist whose work I much admire. Looking into Weil's background -- a medical doctor (Harvard) with training in medicinal plants and nutrition ¿ I decided to read this book, and I was impressed. Weil writes in an accessible but credible manner. He takes the complex scientific processes of nutritional biochemistry and breaks it down in an easy to understand manner. His discussion of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and micronutrients is informative without being overwhelming for the general reader (this information is also readily available in peer-reviewed academic journals. You likely won¿t find theories on low-carb or ultra-low-fat diets with as much support). Weil, most importantly, offers practical advice on how to apply the science into daily living practice. I recommend the book highly for those who want to improve their dietary habits for better health. One more thing: A previous reviewer states that Weil is ¿overweight and in need of exercise¿, and therefore places doubt on his credentials in 'telling others what to do.¿ This is an illustration of the type of diet-culture thinking many of us are lead to believe. I can¿t comment on Weil¿s weight or level of exercise from the books I¿ve read or from the info on his website (www.drweil.com), and I doubt the other reviewer can either (perhaps judging this from the picture on the cover? Can you really see what¿s under the beard?). I do believe with the information Weil presents about diet and exercise that he would practice what he preaches. Weil does not promote the instant-weight-loss angle so common to books in this genre, but presents a rational nutritional lifestyle to better promote health -- which for many people leads to weight loss. It is important to remember healthy people come in different shapes and sizes, and that being thin does not necessarily mean being healthy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A little over a year ago I took the advice offered in a customer review and purchased this book as well as Sonia Uvezian's 'Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen.' I have been using both volumes ever since and am in complete agreement with the reviewer. Dr. Weil's advice is sound, realistic, humane, and practical. I especially appreciated 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. They really do stand out and are well worth buying even if you already have other titles on these subjects.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, not a weight loss book, but a heathly eating book. On the negative side, too scientific for most readers, complicated to remember, and difficult to 'digest'. Somewhat hard to implement for most Americans, and expensive to do. On the positive side, not as strict as some diet plans out there today. Honest about its limitations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the first time I've been able to read and understand a book on eating healthy! The author breaks down the related food groups and explains in simple terms how they affect your body and how you can gain control of this process. The book is not a receipt book of uneatable health foods, but an explanation of what food groups will benifit your body and which do not. It allows YOU to make the choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the better diets because it is one in which you eat healthy while losing weight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 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. It is very easy to omit getting the right fatty acids in your diet, and I was pleased to see this issue addressed well here. The third section then looks at the worst diet you could possibly eat (the fast food diet) and explains why the food is so appealing, yet why those french fries could be the death of you (for more reasons than you probably now know about -- beware of reused cooked fats!).