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.

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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.

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