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Episode 169 | April 18, 2022

Health Benefits of the Sicilian Diet

Dr. Sandra Cammarata and Dr. Giovanni Campanile

Co-Authors of The Sicilian Secret Diet Plan


Welcome to Difficult Conversations with Dr. Anthony Orsini. Today, I am lucky to have as my Co-host, Elizabeth Poret-Christ, who is the Managing Director of The Orsini Way. Our two guests today are, Dr. Sandra Cammarata and Dr. Giovanni Campanile, who wrote the book, The Sicilian Secret Diet Plan, which introduces the pleasure and wonderful health benefits of the Sicilian version of the Mediterranean Diet. Dr. Campanile is a Clinical and Functional Cardiologist and Founding Director of the Chambers Center for Well-Being in Morristown, NJ. He’s board-certified in five different specialties and subspecialties including Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology, Integrative Medicine, Anti-Aging Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Sandra Cammarata practices Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Tufts University. She was raised in Catania, Sicily, graduated from Catania Medical School, and moved to the U.S. with her husband Giovanni.

Giovanni and Sandra share their backgrounds with us. We find out what makes the Sicilian Diet unique. We discuss their book, The Sicilian Secret Diet Plan. Sandra points out five things that help us live long: healthy diets, healthy sleep, exercise, connecting with others, and the ability to stay in the present. Giovanni explains it’s not just diet, but how we live our lives that is so important . We learn what prompted them to write their book. Liz shares her concern on so much misinformation about how to eat healthy and if you’re one of those people that is trying to focus more on your health we find out where you can begin. We hear some history, facts, and information about the Sicilian Diet and their book, Sandra shares a story of growing up in Sicily, how no one ate anything from a box, and some really great information on pasta. Find out how you can use the Sicilian way of eating to lose weight, what you should be looking for when purchasing meat, chicken, and fish, and why Giovanni tells his patients that a half a pound a week is twenty-five pounds at the end of the year.

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