the doctor’s diet
Dr Sandro Demaio, of ABC TV’S Ask the Doctor, is on a mission to help us eat better and improve our health. In his first book, The Doctor’s Diet, he shares his simple, affordable and delicious recipes for a healthy life.
Dr Sandro Demaio shares his simple, affordable and delicious recipes for healthy living.
growing up in an Italian family, food was never far away. Being surrounded by friends and family, sitting at long tables crowded with our favourite dishes was the norm. From an early age, I loved spending hours in the kitchen with my parents and grandparents, exploring traditional recipes and flavours. Summers would see the entire extended family come together to make the year’s passata, and we’d spend a day in June turning an entire locally bred pig into salumi, prosciutto and capocollo. With this deep respect of food, four hungry boys and a few chooks in the backyard, nothing was ever wasted. For its ability to connect, nourish, entertain and sustain, food was, and still is, a treasured part of the Demaio life. Yet, as a doctor, I’ve seen the health consequences of our disconnect from food, from the most remote communities across Australia to the wealthiest inner-city suburbs, and around the globe. So, I’ve made it my mission to find ways to unlock the health-promoting power of food. What we cook and eat offers us a world of opportunities. Here are some ways that food can make a positive impact on our lives:
It will help you achieve a healthy weight: making smarter choices about the type and amount of food we consume will bring positive gains in health and help reverse the slide towards obesity. It will improve your wellbeing: good food is not just about our waistlines, it’s about wellbeing. The nutrients in good food allow our bodies to grow, develop, age healthily and thrive. It will help your brain: poor nutrition is associated with reduced cognitive function, impaired concentration, increased illness, and absenteeism and early school dropout. It will minimise waste: we can all do our bit by buying less, but more frequently, and avoiding impulse buys.
This book is the outcome of my scientific and medical knowledge, with a focus on solutions – and food. It is based on the principles of a Mediterranean diet, which has been shown to offer significant health benefits. The recipes are all simple, delicious, traditional and honest. They’re my own recipes from my own kitchen. This is how I cook for myself and for my family. I’m not just inviting you to come cook and eat with me, I’m holding out a hand and a frying pan to a future we can all be proud of – and look forward to.