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Book Review: The Miami Mediterranean Diet

Updated on July 18, 2011

Are you wondering if it's true that following a Mediterranean diet is a good way to lose weight or reduce your risk of developing heart disease and other serious illnesses? You can learn more about what following a Mediterranean diet can do for you when you read the Miami Mediterranean Diet , written by Dr. Michael Ozner.

About the Book: The Miami Mediterranean Diet

This book is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn about the benefits of following a Mediterranean diet and to find out how to incorporate this style of eating into their daily lives.

The Miami Mediterranean Diet book opens with a discussion of the way that diet and lifestyle impact overall health and wellness and provides practical suggestions regarding how to adopt and follow this way of eating.

The book makes a compelling case for the benefits of a Mediterranean diet and also provides readers with numerous practical meal plans and easy-to-follow recipes for delicious dishes that can be enjoyed while following the diet.

Health Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

When you read this book you'll learn about the potential health benefits of following a Mediterranean diet, including the possibility that following this type of eating plan can help reduce your risk of contracting many diseases and enable you to live a healthier, and possibly longer, life.

For example, you'll learn about the relationship between following a Mediterranean diet and reducing the likelihood of developing heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, allergies, asthma, and many other serious and life-threatening ailments.

Understanding the Mediterranean Diet Lifestyle

The Mediterranean diet involves eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors, nuts and beans. For protein sources, fish, skinless poultry, and lean red meat are recommended.

The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid also recommends consuming low fat dairy products, cooking with extra virgin olive oil, and drinking red wine in moderation.

Non-food related components of the diet plan include participating in daily exercise, stress reduction through relaxation, and – for those who smoke – quitting smoking.

Miami Mediterranean Diet Recipes

Changing your eating habits so they are compliant with the lifestyle recommended in the Miami Mediterranean Diet is easy when you use the recipes provided in the book. You'll find instructions for preparing 300 different recipes that follow the principles of the diet.

Selections include healthful traditional Mediterranean dishes as well as ideas for how to prepare dishes your family already enjoys in a manner that is consistent with a Mediterranean way of eating.

Examples of diet friendly, heart healthy recipes published in the Miami Mediterranean Diet include:

  • Basil Pesto Sauce
  • Basic Rice Pilaf
  • Grilled Blackened Salmon
  • Recipe examples include:
  • Mixed Vegetable Frittata
  • Lemon Sherbet
  • Nutty Whole Wheat Bread
  • Orange Angel Food Cake Cupcakes
  • Pizza Margherita
  • Savory Mediterranean Chickpea Soup
  • Spicy Shrimp with Angel Hair Pasta
  • Many other delicious dishes

About the Author

Michael Ozner, MD, FACC, FAHA is a true advocate for the prevention of heart disease. He works as the Medical Director of Baptist Health South Florida.

Dr. Ozner's impressive credentials include the fact that he is a board certified cardiologist, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a Fellow of the American Heart Association.

In addition to writing the Miami Mediterranean Diet, Dr. Ozener is also the author of The Great American Heart Hoax.

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