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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738213942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738213941
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Under the auspices of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, Flynn, a research dietitian at the Miriam Hospital and assistant professor at Brown Medical School, studied the effects of a plant-based olive-oil diet ("PBOO") for overweight women who had undergone breast cancer treatment, compared to a low-fat diet recommended by the National Cancer Institute. Her conclusion--that the plant-based olive oil diet is both more effective and more satisfying--is the basis for this combination research/recipe book, penned with the help of Barr, a cookbook author formerly associated with Julia Child. The authors explain that the PBOO diet concentrates primarily on foods that women should eat in order to lower their risk of breast cancer or to ward off its recurrence, while omitting foods associated with risks; the focus on olive oil and veggies leads to improvement in blood lipids, blood sugar, and insulin, all biomarkers for breast cancer. Part II presents a 1,500-calorie diet that includes 150 simple, affordable, and enticing recipes, ranging from breakfasts, salads, and sandwiches to main courses and desserts. This user-friendly and preventive diet plan will benefit every woman concerned about breast cancer and health.
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Publishers Weekly, 8/16/10
“This user-friendly and preventive diet plan will benefit every woman concerned about breast cancer and health.” 

Library Journal, 8/2/10
“[A] reasonable plan, even if you just want to maintain a healthy weight.”
 
Blogcritics.org, 9/15/10
“Offers breakfasts, side dishes, main dishes, and—best of all—desserts (including cranberry/almond biscotti)…Bottom Line: Would I buy The Pink Ribbon Diet? Yes, it is filled with recipes designed to satisfy the healthy Mediterranean in me.”
 
Infodad.com, 10/14/10
“[The Pink Ribbon Diet] offers some delicious dishes.”
 
January, October 2010
“An interesting—and surprisingly rationale—book…Authors Mary Flynn and Nancy Verde Barr’s guide to diet, weight loss and food is sane and approachable.”
 
Books and Chocolate blog, 12/6/10
“This book…should be shared with any woman who is a breast cancer survivor, has been recently diagnosed, or who wants to lower her risk of getting the disease.”
 
Healthy Magazine (UK), January 2011
“If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, are recovering from treatment or have a family history, this could be the book for you, with 150 recipes to help you stay lean and reduce your cancer risk.” 4 out of 5 stars.
 
Tucson Citizen, 1/19/11
“A delightful cookbook…The plan is convenient and flexible and serves up delicious choices for every meal and snack of the day. Not only is the ‘Pink Ribbon’ program more promising than the conventional, recommended low-fat diet, it also is an eating plan that women find more satisfying and can sustain for life.”

Today’s Dietitian, March 2011
“Nutrition professionals will want to add this innovative book to their shelf.”


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The recipes are easy and very tasty.
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I've always been really in tune to health related matters and I found the particular recommendations in the book eye-opening and very helpful!
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My dietician recommended this book and I am defenately feeling better already.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Knowing women who have gone through breast cancer and having a risk in my family as well, I paid attention when I saw this book. The Pink Ribbon Diet is the result of a study on the effects extra weight has on women with breast cancer (who tend to gain during treatment) as well as those who don't have it but are at greater risk because they are overweight. The findings show that a higher fat (olive oil) plant-based Mediterranean diet not only helps women in all stages of recovery manage or lose weight, but it also helps women who don't have cancer to lose weight and nourish their bodies with cancer-preventative nutrients while also improving biomarkers like insulin, blood sugar, and cholesterol.

I confess I was skeptical at first, thinking this was another diet that was full of "don't's", but I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the recipes (there are 150) are great and foods that are discouraged aren't missed. I love soups and there are plenty to choose from, along with sandwiches, baked goods, casseroles and salads. Meat is allowed, as are cheese and eggs, but in limited quantities for reasons the authors give based on the study. This book isn't pushing vegetarianism, but documents real reasons why some meats in high quantities increase the cancer risk, whereas whole grains, olive oil, vegetables, and fruit actually help the body fight cancer and lose weight. The book outlines a 1500 calorie diet and gives sample weekly meal plans along with recipes and advice on how to stock a pantry with more healthful, cancer-fighting foods.

This is a diet book that does restrict calories and some foods while focusing on those that promote healing and weight management. The reasons for the restrictions are based on what increases the risk of cancer and what helps prevent it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Elaineous on September 27, 2011
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My husband and I both love to cook, and have many cookbooks. This is unique because it offers a scientifically-based rationale for an anti-breast cancer diet. And even better - every recipe I have tried is simple, uses commonly available ingredients, and incorporates loads of vegetables in a truly delicious way. There is a detailed article about the hospital-based study underlying this book in the July/August Brown Alumni magazine available on line.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dolores on August 31, 2011
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Dr. Flynn's book has changed my life! I am almost 70 years old - so I've done a lot of diets, and failed. This is not a diet to me, but a way of living. I am losing weight, feeling good, having more energy and not feeling like I am being starved. Quite the opposite has happened, I am satisfied with my food and do not have cravings. This would a wonderful gift for anyone that you love who needs to improve their physical being. The recipes are easy and very tasty. Thank you Dr. Flynn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AllieA on September 27, 2011
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One recipe from this book was published in an article in the Brown Alumni Magazine--Tomatoes, Basil and Whole Wheat pasta. I loved the recipe so much that I make it once a week. I wanted the rest of the recipes, so I ordered the book, and I am not disappointed--have made many of the roasted vegetable recipes and entrees.The book explains the science behind the "Plant Based Olive Oil" diet and offers a number of studies that confirm its healthfulness and effectiveness. This cookbook is always out on my counter--I use something from it every day.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sweetbrooklyn on March 8, 2011
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My friend recommended this cookbook to me and I love it. The ingredients are natural and easy to find. My entire family has loved all the meals that I have made using these recipes. The only downfall is that the recipes are for 1-4 servings. But they all have doubled or triple nicely for our family of 6.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JKD in NM on January 18, 2014
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Because this book contains charts and recipes, reading it on a Kindle Touch is not ideal. I tried to copy and paste the text for a few recipes on amazon's cloud reader and it didn't work. I'm a secretary by trade and do this on a regular basis. I ended up handwriting a few that sounded especially good. It's probably easier to just buy the hard copy book. With regard to the book's content, it was helpful information but there were entirely too many testimonials for my taste. I'm a "cut-to-the-chase" and tell me what I need to know person. I wish that I had this information four years ago when I was first diagnosed. It might have spared me the third diagnosis that I received yesterday. Take care of your bodies ladies and they will take care of you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. ANNE on December 22, 2010
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This book is not what I expected; however, I am on my second reading and full of praise for her recipes and advice.

Cancer has run through my family; breast, pancreatic, colon.....most of the advice in this book is specifically for breast cancer but anyone who takes her basic eating advice will be miles ahead.

There isn't too much really new here if you keep up with the nutritional news but it is succinctly presented and the recipes are both simple and well organized. I have made several of her recipes and it is especially valuable for the person who cooks for one, although I am sure any could be doubled, etc.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By viewdroid on February 16, 2013
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There are some good ideas in the book. However, I can't see losing weight with the carbs in these recipes. Olive oil is likely protective, but following up good recommendations with the idea that no amount of healthy eating can offset red meat or mayonnaise casts suspicion on the science. Who has never eaten something on the "bad" list or can be sure they never will. So there is will always be a "reason" why you may get breast cancer anyway. Also, I have seen very thin ladies who had breast cancer. One was also a vegan. So being thin and a herbivore is no guarantee. Which comes to the point. They still don't know what causes it, how to cure it and how to prevent it. Take for example the alcohol debate which rages on and a different opinion endorsed by the medical community comes out each week. It would be kinder to just stop the speculation until somebody knows for sure what the Hell is causing it.Or is willing to give up all the money made off the unfortunate people who have it and come out with the real answers and solutions. Most likely good intentions behind the book, but could be a false sense of security.
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