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Karen Buch, RDN, LDN

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About the Book
Three European countries—Switzerland, Italy, and France—are worldwide leaders in longevity with very low rates of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Yet, these countries are known to serve some of the world’s most decadent foods. In this book, author and culinary nutritionist Layne Lieberman, MS, RDN, CDN, sets out to reveal how readers can make Europe’s health secrets work for them and avoid becoming part of the obesity epidemic. She states, “It’s true! You can become slender and healthy while enjoying pasta, chocolate, cheese, bread, and wine.” Beyond the Mediterranean Diet was a finalist in the Health/Wellness category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Dietitian’s Review
Beyond the Mediterranean Diet is divided into three main parts. Part one provides an introduction to Europe’s three healthiest countries with three subsequent chapters with summary checklists dedicated to the secrets attributed to the Swiss, Italian, and French diets. Part two explains what to expect beyond the Mediterranean diet including specific tips that will show you how to: reduce portion sizes, change your attitude toward food, shop for food the European way, and dine out boldly. Finally, part three provides 50 recipes for guilt-free indulgence that are categorized into three main meals, snacks and hors d-oeuvres, as well as desserts and fabulous finales.

This book points to a lifestyle that emphasizes a combination of balanced eating and healthful lifestyle habits needed to achieve optimal health and longevity. Readers are encouraged to adopt habits such as: listen respectfully to hunger cues, merge freshness with convenience, turn off electronics, and find ways to be active throughout the day. The bottom line? Delicious, high quality (not quantity) foods are meant to be enjoyed in moderate portions in the company of others.

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