Your Heart Needs the Mediterranean Diet: Learn How Mediterraneans Have Kept a Healthy Heart for Centuries
by Emilia Klapp, R.D., B.S.
A healthy lifestyle does not have to mean deprivation and sacrifices. Author and registered dietitian Emilia Klapp believes that you can enjoy delicious meals and live a healthy lifestyle. In fact, Mediterraneans do it all the time and they are renown for being some of the healthiest people on earth.
Your Heart Needs the Mediterranean Diet: Learn How Mediterraneans Have Kept a Healthy Heart for Centuries reveals a nutritional and lifestyle plan that sustains the whole person, including what you eat, how you get physical activity, and ways to make time for family and community. Learning about the Mediterranean diet is enjoyable in this fact-filled, easy-to read book sprinkled with simple and delectable recipes. Written in a dialogue format, fictional dietitian Emi and her patient Al discuss, over a period of weeks, ways to reduce Al’s high blood pressure and high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. Together they embark on a journey to good health.
Klapp delves into the science of the Mediterranean diet with tables and charts to explain why some foods should be avoided and why many foods can be enjoyed in quantity. It is no news to most Americans that processed foods, sweets, and saturated fats can lead to health problems. The good news is that many foods we associate with the Mediterranean countries like olive oil, garlic, and tomatoes are excellent at supporting good health. Klapp’s gift is in combining the science of nutrition with her enthusiasm for the lifestyle of the Mediterranean region. Preparing meals together, enjoying the company of friends and family around the table, and living a more physically active life can make you a happier and healthier person.
As their sessions progress, Al learns how to cook, become more active, relax at work, and enjoy his family more. Al begins walking, takes a class with his son, and gets to know his coworkers better.
Laura Calderon, Professor and Associate Director at the School of Kinesiology and Nutrition, California State University of Los Angeles, says that “The Mediterranean lifestyle has been proven by scientific research to have health benefits, and now it can be followed easily with this handy and entertaining guide.
I recommend Your Heart Needs the Mediterranean Diet to anyone who wants to make a change to a healthier lifestyle.” Buying this book is like taking a dietitian home with you.
If you, or someone you know, are looking to support the health and happiness of the whole person with both the diet and lifestyle of the Mediterraneans, Your Heart Needs the Mediterranean Diet is a must.