At least 350 girls with whom I went to high school will develop breast cancer. This scary statistic is not based on where I went to school, but on the fact that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. That is scary.
One of the things that women can do to avoid this devastating possibility is maintain a healthy weight and eat a diet that is olive oil and plant based. It appears that there is a link between weight and breast cancer: the higher the body fat, the greater the risk.
The Pink Ribbon Diet is subtitled A Revolutionary New Weight Loss Plan to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk. Women may be the target audience, but men also get breast cancer and might do well trying to prevent it.
Part One of The Pink Ribbon Diet explains the reason a change in diet is important and describes the diet, “A New Way of Life.” It tells us “What to Eat, What Not to Eat, and Why.” It’s sad but true — for some of us, taking care of ourselves represents a major lifestyle change.
Part Two is the fun part — recipes! Lately I’ve been thinking about soup (it’s starting to get cool up here in the mountains), and when I opened The Pink Ribbon Diet the first recipe I came to was for “Simple Vegetable Soup.” But its neighboring recipe, “Ribollita,” a Tuscan soup with cabbage, beans, and tomatoes got my shopping list started. Many of the recipes have Italian or Greek connections, which makes sense in a Mediterranean-style diet. I found quite a few recipes that are similar to the foods I grew up with in an Italian-American home.
In the same section, “Soups, Sandwiches, and Salads,” are recipes for sandwiches that I’m ashamed I never thought of, particularly “Grilled Cheese and Spinach Sandwich” (it substitutes Olive Oil for the butter or margarine usually used for grilled cheese). Another suggestion is one of my favorite combinations, “Portobello Mushroom, Onion, and Roasted Red Peppers with Provolone on a Whole Wheat Roll.” The diet offered here certainly doesn’t sound like one would sacrifice much by following it.
The Pink Ribbon Diet offers breakfasts, side dishes, main dishes, and — best of all — desserts (including cranberry/almond biscotti). Those following the diet will be working with food values (or points), but those who would like to gradually integrate healthful meals into their own diets will find a wealth of wonderful choices.
The Pink Ribbon Diet does not require total abstinence from meat, but with dishes like “Eggplant Lasagna,” who cares? If you are as fond as Rachel Ray and I are of EVOO, this cookbook is for you! Friends who are making healthful changes to their lives would also appreciate a copy. Holiday season is nearly upon us (or… if you go into stores you’ll find it IS upon us), and cookbooks make wonderful holiday gifts.
Bottom Line: Would I buy The Pink Ribbon Diet? Yes, it is filled with recipes designed to satisfy the healthy Mediterranean in me. It’s also especially suitable to the flexitarian diet.