The Mamma Mia! Diet: The Secret Italian Way to Good Health - Eat Pasta, Enjoy Wine, & Lose Weight

The Mamma Mia! Diet: The Secret Italian Way to Good Health - Eat Pasta, Enjoy Wine, & Lose Weight

by Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn, Paola Palestini

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ISBN-13: 9781578267323
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn is an Italian pharmacist, researcher and food writer with particular attention to healthy eating. Cooking, eating healthy food and staying active have always been her life-long passion and way of life. She has a cooking blog "Passion and Cooking" and contributes to several international magazines. She has previously published in Italy Love is Eating, focusing on Italian culinary culture.

Paola Palestini
is a biochemistry professor at the Medical School of the University Milano-Bicocca, Italy. She is the coordinator of the Masters in Nutrition and Applied Dietetic programs in addition to teaching in many degree courses including medicine, physiotherapy, nursing, nutrition, and neurology. Recently, Paola has been actively involved in the promotion of the principles of a healthy diet through conferences and in collaboration with several magazines. She is the author of seventy-six scientific articles published in international journals.

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Nowadays, we are exposed to any number of diets, each invented by a so-called nutrition guru, each promising easy weight loss in no time at all. Just a few simple changes, they claim, will get us into perfect shape, toned and in good health. The one thing these diets have in common (besides unsustainable results) is that they are monotonous, unrewarding, and even unhealthy, due to being incomplete or difficult to follow. That’s why it’s always smarter and better in the long run to adopt a healthy lifestyle rather than some crash-course diet. Simple, sustainable changes to one’s diet—changes that are relatively easy to follow, beneficial, and can be easily implemented into your way of life—are the key to improved health and well-being.

But what changes should you be making?

Studies have consistently shown that Italians are some of the longest-living people in the world. Just this year, in the northern area of Piedmont, the oldest living person in the world and the last survivor of the 19th century passed away at the age of 117. And she is no fluke; her sisters lived to be 100 and 102 themselves! In southern Italy, there are several villages that are called “villages of eternal youth” because of the high numbers of active 100+ year-olds.

The secret to this reproducible longevity lies in their healthy lifestyle: the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean Diet, classified by Ancel Keys and part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, consists of a series of foods (fruits, vegetables, legumes, olive oil, wine, fish, and small amounts of meat—preferably white meats) that should be a normal part of nutrition, along with regular physical activity. Consequently, the Mediterranean Diet is not a collection of recipes; it shouldn’t be confused with the concept of Italian cooking. It does, however, emphasize important human values such as hospitality, neighborliness, intercultural dialogue, and respect for diversity—values which are often expressed in pictures of Italian families enjoying a lively conversation over a plate of pasta and a glass of wine. Several epidemiological studies have demonstrated that the Mediterranean Diet is associated with a lower incidence of mortality from all causes, and it is also related to a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases.

So, what is it that makes the Mamma Mia Diet, itself based on the diets of rural areas of the Mediterranean, possibly be the diet of the 21st century?

The Mamma Mia Diet (MMD) reflects the changes in the world since the turn of the century. Many people live by themselves and don’t really have the time for cooking like our mothers and grandmothers did. The MMD is truly special because is based on the principles of the Mediterranean diet, using simple recipes with a modern twist to illustrate how the Mediterranean Diet can reflect a 21st century lifestyle—one where people are have less time to cook, are pressed for time and under a lot of stress, are exposed to more processed food, and do less manual work. We’ve updated our recipes and cooking techniques to reflect the most recent, scientifically supported nutritional discoveries to make it easy, fast, and modern.

The key words are: QUALITY, QUANTITY, SYNERGY and MODERATION.

We want people to start thinking differently about food. Food isn’t just something that feeds, fuels, and nourishes us; it can be used as medicine for the body, mind, and soul. The Romans said it best long ago: “Mens sana in corpore sano.” “Healthy mind in healthy body.”

—Excerpt from the Introduction of The Mamma Mia! Diet

Table of Contents

Preface v

Introduction: Why the Mamma Mia! Diet is Superior to Other Diets ix

Part I The Principles of the Mamma Mia! Diet

The Science of the Mamma Mia! Diet 3

Benefits of the Mamma Mia! Diet 7

Carbohydrates and the Mamma Mia! Diet 11

Fruits and Vegetables and the Mamma Mia! Diet 31

Fat and the Mamma Mia! Diet 51

Protein and the Mamma Mia! Diet 71

Salt and the Mamma Mia! Diet 87

Beverages and the Mamma Mia! Diet 97

Part II Top Tips for Success

Shop Intelligently 115

Meal Patterns and Planning 121

The Benefits of a Home-Cooked Meal 131

The Basics of Healthy Sleep 143

Tips for Increasing Metabolism 149

Part III Recipes and Seasonal Menus

Breakfast 165

Starters 181

Lunch 193

Dinner 235

Desserts 285

Seasonal Menus 303

Appendix A Cooking Techniques 309

Appendix B The Secret of Pasta 319

Appendix C Conversion Tables 325

About the Authors 329

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