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Don't Eat Your Heart Out Cookbook Plastic Comb – January 11, 1994


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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 2nd edition (January 11, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563055589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563055584
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.9 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #994,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A cardiac patient's step-by-step guide to cooking and eating in the real world

  • How to lower cholesterol, cut fat, reduce salt and sugar, and still eat tasty food

  • How to adapt everyday recipes for healthy eating

  • How to change eating habits permanently

  • How to lose weight and keep it off

  • How to read the new food labels

  • How to eat smart in restaurants

  • And more

    Praise from professionals for the revised edition:

    The present revision is a major one. It applies the most current information on diet and cardiovascular health, and provides a method of dietary change that is both realistic and effective. . . . If we all abided by what Mr. Piscatella says, the health of our nation would skyrocket.

    William C. Roberts, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, The American Journal of Cardiology

    Don't Eat Your Heart Out Cookbook is the best, most focused approach I've seen for changing your diet and reducing heart disease. This is a terrific resource for heart patients and anyone else interested in good health.

    L. Kent Smith, Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Arizona Heart Institute

    If I could spend a day counseling each of my patients, I'd tell them what's written in Don't Eat Your Heart Out Cookbook. . . . It is an exceptional job of balancing information and technique, in language everyone can understand.

    Michael Davidson, M.D., Medical Director, Chicago Center for Clinical Research

  • About the Author

    Author Joseph C. Piscatella has been a keen observer of American eating habits since 1977, when emergency open-heart surgery at the age of 32 forced him to recognize the intimate connection between dietary habits and overall health. His successful recovery and determination to make adjustment in his own lifestyle and diet inspired a new career as an active proponent of healthy lifestyle changes. As president of the Institute for Fitness and Health, Inc. in Tacoma, Washington, he lectures extensively to a variety of clients, including medical organizations, corporations and professional associations, and is a consultant on major wellness projects for Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. Cited in Time for their practicality and effectiveness, his seminars deal with the management of lifestyle habits to increase health, longevity and productivity. Mr. Piscatella is the only non-medical member of the National Institute of Health Cardiac Rehabilitation Expert Panel, which develops clinical practice guidelines for physicians. He is also a member of the Association for Worksite Health Promotion, the American Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and the National Wellness Association.

    More About the Author

    Author Joseph C. Piscatella has been a keen observer of American eating habits since 1977, when emergency open-heart surgery at the age of 32 forced him to recognize the intimate connection between dietary habits and overall health. His successful recovery and determination to make adjustment in his own lifestyle and diet inspired a new career as an active proponent of healthy lifestyle changes.

    As president of the Institute for Fitness and Health, Inc. in Tacoma, Washington, he lectures extensively to a variety of clients, including medical organizations, corporations and professional associations, and is a consultant on major wellness projects for Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. Cited in Time for their practicality and effectiveness, his seminars deal with the management of lifestyle habits to increase health, longevity and productivity.

    Mr. Piscatella is the only non-medical member of the National Institute of Health Cardiac Rehabilitation Expert Panel, which develops clinical practice guidelines for physicians. He is also a member of the Association for Worksite Health Promotion, the American Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, and the National Wellness Association.

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    The information in the first half of the book is priceless.
    Sylvia Pierdolla
    Even if your are completely convinced that you have no cardiac problems at all; have no risk factors; and are a diet guru - get this book!
    James S. Dewar
    Do yourself a favor and get this book--and get one for others in your life who need to take better care of their heart!
    Jennifer

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1999
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    The book provides a thorough description of the workings of the heart and how diet can impact its functioning. An easy to understand guide to nutrition, what is good and not good for cardiac functioning. The best aspect of the book is a simple yet effective method to count and control fat intake based upon ones needs and physical condition. Easy to read and understand. I am purchasing additional copies for family members.
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    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By James S. Dewar on March 24, 2000
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    Having just been told I am a CAD patient, and undergoing the angioplasty/stent process, I had a special reason for picking up this book. What a source of useful information! I was amazed. Yeah, we all know "lots" about proper diet and exercise, don't we? Well, this author covers it in much greater depth. Heck, the wonderful recipies are almost a bonus! Even if your are completely convinced that you have no cardiac problems at all; have no risk factors; and are a diet guru - get this book! It is the best thing you could do for yourself. . . and your loved ones! Bon Apetite!
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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 2001
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    I started using this book for my husband. He as a combination of bad genetics and scant will-power. The dishes are very easy to make, most of the ingredients are already in your kitchen, and best of all, they are delicious. It is very easy to follow and you can't believe you are eating so healthy because it tastes so good.
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    15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on January 11, 2000
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    Not only does the book contain helpful information about the heart, the recipies are delicious. My husband and I found we were eating smaller portions and feeling satisfied which helped us both to lose some weight.
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on March 19, 2001
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    After my father had an emergency triple-by-pass, our entire family experienced a "wake-up call" and finally decided to start learning about our hearts and how to eat for better heart health. One by one, each of us has bought a copy of this book--it is SO well written and Mr. Piscatella explains everything so well that it makes you excited about eating healthier. He is also very realistic about what it takes to change habits you've developed over many years. The first half of the book is all of the background information you need and the second half is the cookbook portion. The recipes are a helpful way to get started in your new appraoch to cooking and eating! Do yourself a favor and get this book--and get one for others in your life who need to take better care of their heart!
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Pierdolla on August 31, 2000
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    I just bought this book for my husband and me, and I can't put it down. The information in the first half of the book is priceless. It goes in-depth about not only the workings of the heart and the causes of coronary heart disease, but also contains a step-by-step guide for how to change your lifestyle to prevent, control, or even reverse heart disease. The recipes in the second half are delicious and practical, if somewhat pricey. The author's focus is on presenting a practical, "do-able" approach to health, and he certainly achieves that. If you aren't buying it for yourself, buy it for your kids... their future dietary habits are determined by how they eat today. And "traces of the disease are common in American children by age 10" (p. 25). I'm buying another one for a friend.
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    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on October 29, 2003
    Format: Paperback
    In this cookbook designed for the heart patient, Piscatella devotes the first half to discussion of heart disease, cholesterol, unhealthy elements of American diet, and a seven-step plan to change eating habits - including reductions of fat, salt, sugar and even restaurant eating.
    The second half introduces the recipes, accompanied by nutritional information, variations and serving suggestions. Recipes range from Italian vegetable soup to grilled swordfish steak, chicken curry and barbecued lamb roast. There's even a pie crust recipe. With an emphasis on herbs and judicious use of small amounts of fat, recipes are attractive as well as healthy.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dottie Randazzo on November 15, 2010
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