Eating Well for Optimum Health:
The Essential Guide to Food, Diet, and
Format: Hardcover, 1st ed., 307pp.
Publisher: Knopf Alfred A
Pub. Date: March 2000
From one of our most trusted authorities on health and alternative health care,
a comprehensive and reassuring book about food, diet, and nutrition. Building on
the scientific and philosophical underpinnings of his Spontaneous Healing -- the
body's capacity to heal itself -- and presenting the kind of practical
information that informed his enormous best-seller 8 Weeks to Optimum Health,
Dr. Weil now provides us with a program for improving our well-being by making
informed choices about how and what we eat. He explains the safest and most
effective ways to lose weight; how diet can affect energy and sleep; how foods
can exacerbate or minimize specific physical problems; how much fat to include
in our diet; what nutrients are in which foods; and much, much more. He makes
clear that an optimal diet will both supply the basic needs of the body and
fortify the body's defenses and mechanisms of healing. And he provides
easy-to-prepare recipes in which the food is as sensually satisfying as it is
beneficial. Eating Well for Optimum Health stands to change -- for the better
and the healthier -- our most fundamental ideas about eating.
"...provides basic facts about human nutrition, explains how to evaluate the
latest miracle diet or reducing aid, presents in easy-to-follow detail the
author's 'Optimum Diet,' and offers 85 recipes with nutritional breakdowns.
From the Publisher
At last, a book about eating (and eating well) for health -- from Dr. 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 best-sellers Spontaneous Healing and Eight
Weeks to Optimum Health have made us aware of the body's capacity to heal itself
-- provides us with a program for improving our well-being by making informed
choices about how and what we eat.
He gives us all the basic facts about human nutrition. Here is everything we
need to know about fats, protein, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins, and
their effects on our health.
He equips us to make decisions about the latest miracle diet or reducing aid.
At the heart of his book, he presents in easy-to-follow detail his recommended
OPTIMUM DIET, including complete weekly menus for use both at home and in
He provides eighty-five recipes accompanied by a rigorous and reliable
nutritional breakdown -- delicious recipes reminding us that we can eat for
health without giving up the essential pleasures of eating.
Customized dietary advice is included for dozens of common ailments, among them
asthma, allergies, heart disease, migraines, and thyroid problems. Dr. Weil
helps us to read labels on all food products and thereby become much wiser
consumers. Throughout he 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.
In sum, 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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - First Course
1. We Have to Eat to Live
2. Eating Is a Major Source of Pleasure
3. Food That Is Healthy and Food that
Gives Pleasure Are Not Mutually Exclusive
4. Eating Is a Most Important Focus of
5. How We Eat Reflects and Defines Our Personal and Cultural
6. How We Eat Is One Determinant of Health
7. Changing How We Eat Is
One Strategy for Managing Disease and Restoring Health
Chapter 2 - The
Chapter 3 - Carbohydrates
Revisited: Staff of Life or Contributor to Illness
Chapter 4 - Fats Revisited
Chapter 5 - Proteins Revisited
Chapter 6 - The Optimum Diet
Chapter 7 - Food Preparation and Ingredients
Chapter 8 - Nutritional Medicine:
Tailoring Diet to Medical Conditions
Chapter 9 - Recipes
Chapter 10 - Sources
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