‘The Real Mediterranean Diet’ offers readers a digestible explanation of the health benefits of the diet and tips on how to improve daily eating habits.
The Real Mediterranean Diet: A practical guide to understanding and achieving the healthiest diet in the world is the latest book by Simon Poole, who offers readers a practical, daily-use guide to improve and enjoy their dietary habits.
“My interest in the Mediterranean diet began over 20 years ago, as scientific research began to reveal just how powerful this diet can be,” the author, a Cambridge-based physician, told Olive Oil Times.
“I began to tell patients and colleagues, with a particular focus on how best to support others to discover and share the extraordinary benefits of this way of life,” Poole added.
In my experience, it is the understanding and enjoyment of the Mediterranean diet which results in an enduring love affair with the lifestyle.
An author, broadcaster and commentator, Poole is an internationally renowned authority on the science and application of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. His first book The Olive Oil Diet, co-authored with Judy Ridgway, was awarded the International Gourmand Prize for the world’s best Mediterranean cuisine book.
Poole is among the instructors in the Olive Oil Times Education Lab, where he provides insights into the key role of extra virgin olive oil within the Mediterranean diet.See Also: Olive Oil and the Mediterranean Diet, Online Course
“It became apparent that the majority of chronic illnesses might be prevented through lifestyle changes,” he said, explaining how the idea for the book came about.
“I began to advise my patients to adopt a more Mediterranean way of eating,” he added. “For some, there have been moments of epiphany, when an understanding of the way the diet works has sparked profound changes in their life, which can be measured in their improved health and wellbeing.”
“Many were astonished at improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol levels, weight and even their sense of happiness and wellbeing,” Poole continued. “They reported feeling fitter and more energetic.”
Backed by his direct experience and knowledge, Poole offers an interesting and rich overview of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle, which readers may use as a practical handbook to take full advantage of this way of eating and living. The book explores the value that the Mediterranean diet can bring to everyone, young and old.
From polyphenols and macronutrients to the multitude of available ingredients and how to combine them, the book helps to understand how food is prepared, cooked and combined to maximize the positive effects.
These topics and more are covered in a clear, concise and easily digestible format to suit any reader. A key focus of the book is to explain the science that underpins the Mediterranean diet and its positive impact on heart health, longevity and protection from inflammation, heart disease, cancers, dementia and more.
“Many simply adopt the Mediterranean diet because it is such a pleasurable way to enjoy truly wholesome foods and to celebrate the art of preparing and sharing simple yet exquisite meals,” Poole said.
For this purpose, The Real Mediterranean Diet includes numerous recipes from leading chefs from around the globe who are advocates of the Mediterranean diet.
These include United States-based celebrity chefs Maria Loi and Amy Riolo, renowned Lebanese chef and television personality Joe Barza, Tokyo-based chef Yurie Honda, Chilean celebrity chef Pilar Rodriguez and Sereen Kurdi, the head chef to Queen Noor Al Hussein and numerous others.
“In my experience, it is the understanding and enjoyment of the Mediterranean diet which results in an enduring love affair with the lifestyle,” Poole concluded.
The Real Mediterranean Diet: A practical guide to understanding and achieving the healthiest diet in the world is available globally through leading booksellers. More information can be found on Poole’s website.