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Show 1014: Dr. Andrew Weil on Good Food Fast (Archive)

Dr. Andrew Weil show us how to make good food fast–easy, tasty and healthful–with his new cookbook Fast Food Good Food.
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Dr. Andrew Weil on Good Food Fast (Archive)

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Dr. Andrew Weil, the country’s leading expert in integrative medicine, believes that good health begins in the kitchen. It’s hardly revolutionary to propose that diet matters when it comes to our health, but so many people feel that eating delicious, healthy home-cooked meals isn’t possible for them. They don’t have time, they say, or they can’t afford good food.

Quick Tasty Meals:

Dr. Weil shows us that tasty, healthful food can be prepared quickly and easily, and it isn’t especially pricey. His new cookbook, Fast Food Good Food tells us all how we can enjoy good food fast.

What are his favorite recipes? (Hint: guacamole, roast salmon and dark chocolate date & nut truffles all count.) How does he stock his pantry? Get the inside secrets on healthy cooking made easy from Dr. Andrew Weil.

This Week’s Guest:

Andrew Weil, MD, is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and a cofounder of True Food Kitchen Restaurants. He has written or co-written many best-selling books, including Spontaneous Happiness, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Eating Well for Optimum Health, Healthy Aging and his most recent: Fast Food Good Food: More Than 150 Quick and Easy Ways to Put Healthy Delicious Food on the Table.  

His website is and his Facebook page is Reach him through Twitter: @DrWeil

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The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99.

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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Somewhere in the past 30 years women have been told that spending time in the kitchen wasn’t necessary, just go buy prepared foods and come home and heat them up. No one thought about what was in that food to preserve it or to make it taste better. Spending time preparing good food in my kitchen is my way of treating myself to good health. Choose veggies and meat that you like and tastes that you like and go from there. I believe you can eat just about anything you like as long as you use Moderation. Just stay away from GMO foods as much as you can.

For those of you (Joe from IL — I had trouble replying to your comment directly) who believe that organic foods are pesticide-free, you are mistaken. Pesticides are used in the production of organic food. The pesticides were approved (grand-fathered) based on their “natural” status (as opposed to synthetic), but efficacy and safety were not necessarily considered. (Rotenone for example.) But whether you eat conventional or organic food, you should wash your food and remember that the any residue on your food is within acceptable safety levels. (Dose makes the poison.) Really, just eat more veggies, whether conventional or organic, to increase the healthfulness of your diet (and per the dictates of your pocket book).

I would love to eat organic and I even tried for 1 week because of my breast cancer but the cost was not in my budget. I tell my daughter that eating healthy is expensive and is not for the poor. The building I live in is partly funded by the state and we have a very poor quality of food in our dining room. It is not healthy and I keep gaining weight and cannot lose because of it. Now that is a dilemma. Everyone else here is having the same problem. Any other ideas?

Your site makes the following generous offer regarding Dr. Weil’s presentation:

“The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast.”

It’s now December 27, 2016. I tried to download the MP3 of Dr. Weil’s December 25, 2016, podcast. But clicking on the “Download the MP3” did not offer to download the MP3, free or otherwise. It took me to a page that offered to ship me a CD (presumably) for $9.99.

Is there a way to take advantage of your original offer?


Yes. You were on the right page. But you missed the opportunity to “select option.” That allows you to choose the CD for $9.99 or the mp3 for $0. Once you make your selection, click “Add to Cart” and then you can check out, for free.

Dr. Weil would have more followers if he was not overweight himself. After all his years in the public eye, it’s curious that he has not found the means to reduce. Perhaps it’s a case of “take my advice, I’m not using it anyway”.

I find it interesting how some folks feel that you have to be scrawny in order to be healthy. Gaunt is not the same as health. The metabolism of most of the world’s (healthy, non- famine-stricken) population leads them to become “rounder” as the years go by. Dr. Weil’s “roundness” is an indication of his health and his happiness. Anyone who has ever met him will testify to his emotional well-roundedness, if you will excuse the pun. (Why are militant vegetarians always so harsh and judgmental? Very unhappy people! They should gain a little weight. They would be healthier and happier!)

Dr Weil is, and has always, been of interest, even if it is commercially-based (in my opinion).

One has to watch out for gurus or heroes in any walk of life, and just because they say something does not make it gospel.

Don`t get me wrong but he is a bit of a celebrity and probably well-informed on many issues but:

The development of Weil’s ideas and of his brand have not been without criticism. His experimentation with drugs during college and after and his relationships with Harvard faculty during the tumultuous early 1960s has received attention (e.g., from Don Lattin in The Harvard Psychedelic Club, 2010). Moreover, there have been recurring reports in which mainstream medical professionals have criticised Weil for specific cases where he has appeared to reject aspects of evidence-based medicine or promote unverified beliefs; and critiques by scientific watchdog organizations for his failing to disclaim in cases of his writings that have had connections to his own commercial interests. For example, he refused to be interviewed by FrontLine for their January 19, 2016 episode about health supplements.

Finally, academics have taken him to task, in print, for his and his peers downplaying social, structural, and environmental factors that contribute to the etiology of disease in the West and for the clear component of entrepreneurialism associated with his establishing his brand of health care services and products.

Think for yourselves.

I think that the answer to enjoying home-cooked food, prepared quickly, is the planning, i.e., in some shopping trip, buying ingredients that will work in different ways. This assumes basic knowledge of food preparation, e.g., which foods work well together, what are the basic components of a salad, a stir-fry, etc., what you can substitute when you don’t have x or y.

Dr Weil is very knowledgeable, and I have gone to his website when reasearching health related information. He may be healthy himself, but he is overweight, and not just slightly. Wish he try to lose weight in order to portray a more healthy image to the public, and his followers.

I am a female in my upper 80’s. My main health problem is gastro. When I went to the Internal Medicine doctor that is assigned to the Retirement Center where I live, he said “I know nothing about Gastro problems. You will have to go your Gastro Doctor for that.”

I researched the Gastroenterologists in my area and thought I chose a good one. Part of her training was at the Cleveland Clinic. When I asked her about food, she said you will have to see a dietitian about that. She actually had her assistant tear from a telephone book–yes there still is such a thing–a listing of local dietitians. My experience with dietitians has been that they know a diet should be balanced, but little else. I learned that Gastro Doctors know how to diagnosis WHAT is wrong by doing invasive procedures or giving drugs, but GASTRO doctors know nothing about the foods that fuel the gastro system. Unbelievable!

Fortunately, the Internet offers helpful resources such as the People’s Pharmacy and Dr. Perlmutter, Neurologist. I also find that research and technology is moving so quickly that some of the old up-to-date doctors we have depended upon are a bit behind.

Having listened to Dr Weil on your program, my husband purchased the book as a Christmas gift for me and we were eager to use his recipes. Imagine our dismay when we realized that most recipes include ingredients we had never heard of. The recipes, far from being fast, include long lists of ingredients that require a lot of slicing and dicing. The cooking part is fast, but the shopping and preparation are not. So it may have lots of healthy recipes, but mostly they are beyond my ability and budget. I can’t go and buy all this strange (to me!) stuff when I have no idea if we will like it and how to use it outside of a couple of recipes. I am disappointed.

One of my favorite Docs, a common sense approach to treat mind and body. Thank you! :)

Great show today

Thank you!

I was ver disappointed by the discussion of organic food. I and all the folks I know who buy, raise, and eat organic food do it for environmental reasons. This means the food doesn’t poison the earth when it is farmed. And Joe and Dr. Weil are behind the times on cost; organic foods in many cases are nearly the same price as non-organic ones.

Organic in central Indiana is definitely higher than non…just so you know,

Not all people who buy organic do it for environmental reasons. I buy organic food because it is grown without using pesticides or inorganic fertilizers so I consider it a healthier option, especially for foods on the dirty dozen list. I also think that organic fruits and vegetables taste better. However, in my corner of the world, organic foods are still pricier (anywhere from 25% to 100%) than their non-organic equivalents.

I have a question. In recent years “Coconut Oil” has become a more acceptable FAT to use in food preparation. I am wondering about Dr. Weil’s and other’s information and opinion about using this fat in cooking.

I will add my opinion: I am very glad to have discovered a VEGETABLE FAT that offers me a cooking option as a “solid” fat (the sign of a saturated fat yet a plant based saturated fat). I can use this fat in cooking especially baking yet it is not an animal fat. So, I particularly use it when I do not want an animal fat as an ingredient -as in baking especially with some grains and desserts. It does add a particular flavor yet it seems to be a good option for fat in cooking. Am I deceiving myself?

No fresh air in my neighborhood. No cold water fish only GMO salmon raised in ponds. Of course my food stamps don’t always stretch that far. Yes we do have sunshine. When the smoke clears.

As a long time follower of Dr. Andrew Weil, I am thrilled to be able to gain even more important insight from this most knowledgable integrative medicine forerunner. Thank you Dr. Andrew Weil

As Hippocrates said,food is thy medicine. Omega 3 fatty acid from cold water fish, vitamins and minerals from organically grown vegetables, fresh air and adequate sunshine providing vitamin D are all vital factors to a healthy productove lifestyle.

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