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Zest for Life: The Mediterranean Anti-Cancer Diet

Middelmann-Whitney, Conner

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ISBN 10: 0956866506 / ISBN 13: 9780956866509
Published by Honeybourne Publishing, 2011
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Title: Zest for Life: The Mediterranean Anti-Cancer...

Publisher: Honeybourne Publishing

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

Edition: 2nd edition.

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Without prevention, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the industrialized world will develop cancer. What many people don't know: at least a third of cancers could be avoided through a healthy diet and lifestyle. Zest for Life, the first anti-cancer health book with recipes based on the traditional Mediterranean diet, provides all the guidance and practical advice you need to prepare delicious, easy and affordable meals to boost your defenses against cancer.

Zest for Life does not propose a short-term "diet" of hunger or imbalanced eating. On the contrary, it shows how easy it is to enjoy a wide variety of tasty, healthy foods every day and in doing so to reduce not only your cancer risk, but also the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The Zest for Life diet emphasizes vegetables and fruits, fish, olive oil, legumes, fresh herbs and spices, and highlights the importance of conviviality and the guilt-free enjoyment of food, thus nourishing both body and soul. The healthy, modern recipes are inspired by rich culinary traditions from around the Mediterranean: Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Morocco and others.

Zest for Life comprises a 120-page science section outlining the principles of anti-cancer eating based on the latest scientific research, followed by 150 easy, family-friendly recipes (using American and metric measurements). Most of the recipes are plant-based, although healthy fish and meat dishes feature too, as do low-sugar, gluten-free cakes and other desserts.

The 150 innovative, inexpensive and simple anti-cancer recipes in Zest for Life include:
- Red cabbage and walnut slaw
- Garlic eggdrop soup from south-western France
- Spanish sweet-potato omelet
- Provencal salmon parcels
- Mackerel fillets in a creamy mustard sauce
- Lentil moussaka
- Crispy garbanzo dumplings (falafel) with garlicky sesame-paste dip
- Gluten- and yeast-free flax seed and almond 'pizza'
- Barley risotto with wild mushrooms
- Speedy Mediterranean Brussels sprouts
- Home-made tomato ketchup and cashew cream (a dairy-free alternative to cream)
- Healthy breakfasts (including Bircher muesli, almond waffles with blueberry sauce, hazelnut-chocolate spread, Kousmine-Budwig cream, and olive-oil granola)
- Mixed-berry summer pudding
- Tasty hot and cold drinks made with green and white tea or unsweetened cocoa

The book is supported by a website, zestforlifediet.com featuring cooking videos by author Conner Middelmann-Whitney, a frequently updated cancer-prevention blog, healthy eating advice and culinary tips.

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People affected by cancer are looking for guidance as far as what foods to eat and how to prepare these healthy food options. Unfortunately there are very few resources that support that need. Conner Middelmann-Whitney approaches this topic in a practical way in Zest for Life, a wonderful guide for people looking to enhance their nutrition as another tool to increase their defense against cancer.

This book is divided into two sections. The first, explains the science behind nutrition as a tool to prevent cancer. The second part provides over 150 great recipes and ideas on how to move from the science to the practicalities of making these healthy food options.

As an integrative physician providing practical advice to patients and families affected by cancer about healthy options that they can integrate in their care, I see this book as a great resource for information and help in addressing some of the nutritional questions that patients bring.

Moshe Frenkel MD, Chair of  The Israeli Society of Complementary Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor University of Texas, Founder of the Integrative Oncology Clinic in MD Anderson Cancer Center, Chair of Clinical Practice Committee of The Society for Integrative Oncology; moshefrenkelmd.com
As an integrative oncologist, I firmly believe in the importance of consuming as many 'anti-cancer' foods as possible in our diet. Zest for Life is an excellent reference for anyone who wants to learn about how the foods we eat contribute to our overall health and the prevention of cancer.

Zest for Life discusses the science on how the Mediterranean diet protects against the DNA damaging effects of inflammation and oxidation, provides dietary tips to help mitigate some of the untoward side effects of cancer treatment, and shares practical food shopping guidelines to help us buy the best ingredients and not break the bank as we prepare easy to follow and tasty Mediterranean recipes.

Conner Middelmann-Whitney is an inspirational Mediterranean diet expert and chef. The pages of her book are filled with passion, clarity, and fun. This is a fantastic reference for my patients, and so well-written that it should be easy for everyone to follow. With enthusiasm, I highly recommend Zest for Life.

Brian Lawenda, MD, integrative oncologist at 21st Century Oncology, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; integrativeoncology-essentials.com

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