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The Mediterranean Prescription: Meal Plans and Recipes to Help You Stay Slim and Healthy for the Rest of Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Angelo Dr Acquista , Laurie Anne Vandermolen
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (309 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The eating style proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.


Renowned for its dazzling beauty and delectable cuisine, the Mediterranean island of Sicily has historically one of the healthiest diets in the world. Recent studies show that this eating style can reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and depression, and that it can even increase fertility rates! Now all the succulent flavors and myriad benefits of Sicilian cooking are yours to savor in the very first weight-loss program that will not only help you effortlessly shed unwanted pounds but will become a prescription for a lifetime of nourishing, palate-pleasing fare.

Created by respected physician Dr. Angelo Acquista, who has successful counseled his patients on weight management for years, The Mediterranean Prescription starts with a two-week weight-loss stage that includes simple, delectable recipes to help you lose eight to ten pounds right away. Still convinced that all diets leave you feeling deprived? Imagine eating Baked Zucchini with Eggplant and Tomatoes, Sweet-and-Sour Red Snapper, Chicken Cacciatore, Pasta Fagioli, and Baked Onions. Dr. Acquista culled his Sicilian mother’s recipe box for the most mouthwatering recipes–plus he includes meals from famous chefs at top Italian restaurants, such as Cipriani and Serafina. If you follow these lifestyle-changing suggestions, you will enjoy

• long-term success: Eat the foods you love and enjoy–bread, pasta, and all your favorite Italian dishes–while adopting healthier eating habits.
• no more addictions: A two-week “tough love” stage helps you kick the habit of sugar, junk food, and preservatives.
• zero deprivation: The Sicilian way of cooking and combining foods means less snacking in between meals, and less temptation to fill up on desserts.
• family-friendly recipes: Children will love and benefit from the dishes as well, so you can share the good eating and the good health.

Plus you’ll find vital information on how being overweight affects each part of your body, including the skin, brain, heart, liver, joints, back, and breasts.

Most people don’t realize that many of their health problems derive from unhealthful weight. Discover the Sicilian secret to a happy life. Capture a pleasurable way of eating that will bring all the blessings and bounty of the Mediterranean to your table, to your life, and to your health!

From the Hardcover edition.

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Dr. Acquista Cooking From The Mediterranean Prescription

Seafood Spaghetti
Dr. Acquista prepared delicious
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Seafood Paella
Dr. Acquista preparing seafood paella.

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Dr. Angel Acquista
Dr. Angel Acquista, physician and chef.

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Advance praise for The Mediterranean Prescription

“We have a saying, ‘He who enjoys good health is rich.’ If that’s the case, my dear friend Angelo is a very wealthy man. If you follow his delicious recipes and nutritional expertise, you, too, will be rich–body and soul.”
–Giuseppe Cipriani

“The Mediterranean Prescription is the ideal weight loss plan–you lose weight and keep your heart healthy without even realizing it. Since you always feel like you are eating gourmet meals, you will be able to stick to it for life and keep the weight off permanently.”
–Lyssie Lakatos, RD, LD, CDN, CPT, and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, LD, CDN, CPT, The Nutrition Twins, authors of Fire Up Your Metabolism: 9 Proven Principles for Burning Fat and Losing Weight Forever

“I have enjoyed Angelo’s delicious meals, and I’ve cooked beside him as well. His supreme knowledge of food will make you feel like he’s right in your kitchen with you, too!”
–Ivana Trump

From the Hardcover edition.

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  • File Size: 4702 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (December 10, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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352 of 362 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Diet - Great Recipes!! March 31, 2007
My husband and I have done them all -- Atkins, South Beach, etc. but this one by far is the best diet. What's not to like - you're eating very very healthy!!!! The recipes in this book are great! There was not one recipe that we did not like. My husband, who hates to each fish, now eats it at least 3 to 4 times a week. He's lost 10 pounds and feels great. There is a two week beginner diet plan and then the maintenance plan which a lot of the other books did not have. I recommend this diet and most specifically this book to EVERYONE who wants a good healthy diet.
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238 of 248 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile for the health advice AND the recipes October 17, 2007
I bought this book because I wanted to try out a healthier eating style - I wasn't too much for salads and vegetables or fish before.... but the text of the book is well written and very convincing, the recipes are very good and easy enough to make - and to experiment with altering them - and best of all, I feel satisfied when I eat, I've lost 8 lbs in 2 weeks (1/4 of my goal) and no more digestive upsets. My sister just had her gallbladder out for the same symptoms I had just started having and they went away completely. I can't recommend it enough! I bought two other books but this was my favorite for the text part and recipes.
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190 of 209 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very simple approach August 13, 2006
I've been on just about every diet known to womankind and have struggled with my weight since childhood. I got interested in Mediterranean cuisine after being stationed in Sicily for 2 years and Spain for 3 while in the US Navy.

What I love about this book is the program is so easy. There are menu suggestions, but you really don't need to follow these to the letter. Grocery shopping is so much easier because you can follow the plan with what is available.

Only thing is there are still questions - like what if you finish the two week initial stage and are not at goal yet, do you keep on doing the same thing or begin transitioning?

All in all, I'm happy with the program. Only wish I could contact the author with further questions.
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94 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! May 13, 2009
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I've had the book for 3 weeks, and every single recipe I've made has been fantastic. I've always hated to cook in the past, because every time I tried to make something, the results just didn't seem worth the time and effort. I actually look forward to cooking now. I feel like I finally learned how to cook food that I actually want to eat!

It was also very difficult for me to cook because I'm what is known as a pescetarian. I don't eat red meat or poultry, but I still eat fish and dairy. There aren't a lot of cookbooks out there for pescatarians, but this book is great because the majority of the recipes are for veggies, beans and fish/shellfish. Perfect! There are also some poultry and red meat recipes as well. My husband loves the Balsamic Chicken.

The diet is basically a lot of fish, veggies and beans. The only fat is olive oil, no butter or vegetable oils. There's only a minimal amount of bread/pasta, and whole grains are encouraged. No sweets, but lots of fresh fruit. It seems like a very heart-healthy diet. It's also a great diet for anyone with IBS, I notice my symptoms have diminished greatly since being on it.

As far as the recipes, the tuna salad using olive oil and vinegar instead of mayo is a revelation, and I don't think I could ever go back to the mayo version again. I made the Shrimp Oreganata, along with the Baked Eggplant and Zucchini for my mom when she was visiting. She's always been an excellent cook, and she said it was the best meal she'd had in a really long time, and raved about it the whole week she was here. I made a lot of meals from the book while she was here, and she liked everything so much, I bought her a copy.

I haven't lost any weight yet, but I haven't strictly adhered to the diet, either.
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78 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! Highly recommend. September 14, 2007
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Started following the diet as outlined in this book three weeks ago. I've lost 13 lbs. and my wife has lost 15! The recipies are fantastic. And this is coming from someone who LOVES food. You're not actually dieting, just eating better. It's healthy and was actually recommended to me by a cardiologist.
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155 of 182 people found the following review helpful
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I've been eating in a Mediterranean-type way for years, and it is truly one of the healthiest and best-studied ways of eating in the world. I've enjoyed many health benefits from this diet, and I'll never return to the SAD diet. Therefore, I'm not giving this book only three stars because it's a bad book. It's a decent book on healthful eating in general. Yet, I had a few problems that simply annoyed me too much for me to even consider a four-star rating.

1. The author bases most of his claims of the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet on studies done in Crete. This is fine for the most part, as the diets of Sicily and Crete are similar (though Greece in general has a lot of healthful influence from the Near East missing from the Italian diet). However, when the two diets differ (such as in the amount of fish/meat eaten), he sides with Sicily for no good reason, it seems, other than cultural bias. The traditional Cretan diet used meat rarely and almost only as as a seasoning or during holidays. Fish was eaten a couple times per week. This author wants you to eat fish several times per week, which brings up the danger of mercury poisoning. It doesn't seem very scientific to use a study done in one area and then change it to fit your own personal ethnic history. There is nothing intrinsically superior about the Sicilian diet nor has any study been done to show that it is more healthful than the traditional Cretan diet.

2. This brings me to another point. The author seems dismissive of vegetarians, even claiming that he can offer no help to them despite the fact that the traditional Cretan and Greek diet (upon which most of the Mediterranean-diet studies are actually based) was widely, though not completely, vegetarian.
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It seems that most of the people responding with comments have lots of time to cook. My wife and I both work full time and don't have a lot of time to cook, and/or are pretty tired at the end of the day. How can we, with limited time and energy, take advantage of the Mediterranean diet?
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