About the author
Dr. Mehmet Oz is a specialist in cardiothoracic surgery, professor of surgery at Columbia University, directs a program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs over 50 heart surgeries a year. He is a member of all major professional organizations of cardiac surgeons. He is included in the ranking of "Time" magazine for the hundred most influential people. Forbes named him the most influential public figure in the field of he alth care, and Esquire magazine named him one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century. Dr. Oz has been named a Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; he is one of Harvard University's One Hundred Most Influential Alumni and a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He won the prestigious Gross Scholarship for Research in Surgery and is an Honorary Doctorate of Istanbul University.
He became world-famous for his appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and later as the host of his own television show, The Dr. Oz Show, for which he was awarded eight Emmy Awards. He is the author of eight New York Times bestsellers.
Mehmet Oz lives in New Jersey with his wife Lisa, to whom they have been married for 32 years; they have four children and two grandchildren.
About the book
Designated as "America's Favorite Doctor" and one of the most influential media personalities, Dr. Oz has gained worldwide popularity for his helpful and practical advice on the treatment and prevention of the most common diseases. Driven by the belief that food is of great importance to a person's overall physical and mental he alth, in this book he shows how to take advantage of its healing properties.
Food Can Heal You presents the easiest and most proven way to achieve flourishing he alth and high tone, get rid of chronic pain and extra pounds and prevent a number of diseases: the complete diet. The goal is to make it a habit to eat the he althiest food groups: fruits and vegetables, he althy fats, clean proteins, and whole grain carbohydrates.
The book includes special chapters dedicated to the most useful foods for:
- cardiovascular he alth;
- excellent functioning of the digestive tract;
- stimulating the immune system and brain activity;
- high tone and good mood;
- achieving and maintaining optimal weight;
- for beautiful skin, nails and hair.
For the convenience of readers, a 21-day plan of superfoods prepared with quick and easy recipes is provided. The dishes included are delicious and filling and will fundamentally change the way you think about food.
In Food Can Heal You, you'll also find lots of actionable strategies for sticking to a he althy lifestyle - what to choose when eating out, how to plan a family menu, how to deal with stress etc.
Some interesting excerpts from "Food Can Heal You"
HOW TO READ FOOD LABELS
Food labels are often designed to mislead you. Words that sound impressive-like fat-free or he althy ingredients-can be misleading. Skim food can be loaded with sugar, and just because a product contains he althy ingredients doesn't mean it doesn't have unhe althy ones. Also, you may find it difficult to interpret some of the numbers on nutrition tables. Therefore, when choosing foods, remember the following:
- The general rule is: the fewer ingredients, the better. If you don't know any of the ingredients, there's a good chance it doesn't occur in nature.
- Don't just watch the calories; calculate the portion size as well. If a can of canned food contains 100 kcal per serving, that may not seem like a lot to you - until you realize that it contains 3.5 servings, and you intended to eat the whole can in one sitting.
- Consume no more than 4g of sugar per meal, especially if it is added sugar.
- Check for s alt and total carbohydrates (especially if their source is sugar). Look up how much of the recommended daily allowance of these substances is contained in one serving.
- Watch out for labels like "100% natural". That sounds good until you realize that sugar is also completely natural.
No Excuses Salad
Maybe you've decided that making a salad for lunch is a he althy decision. Yes, you guessed it! But it's not easy to transport a bowl of veggies and chicken without turning into a soggy mess once you add the sauce. The solution to this problem is called salad in a jar. It's easy to make and carry, and you don't have to worry about it leaking or wilting. Just make it according to the recipe and shake it up when it's time to eat. (The salad in a jar from my 21-day plan will be the first of many such salads you will make. See recipe on page 198.)
On the bottom: Vinaigrette sauce with olive oil (pour the sauce first so the other ingredients don't get wet)
Second Layer: Crispy Vegetables
Next layer: Dense foods such as hard-boiled eggs or chicken
Top: Leafy greens (so they don't get crushed under the weight of the other ingredients)
Mix and match the ingredients to your own preference, and when it's time to eat, shake to coat the items with sauce.