Drs. Cathi and Rajiv Misquitta Announce the Release of Their New Book Healthy Heart, Healthy Planet - Just in Time for World Vegan Month

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New cookbook and health guide provides plant-based recipes, tips, and motivation to readers to reduce heart disease, promote weight loss, and preserve the environment.

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Drs. Rajiv and Cathi Misquitta, authors of Healthy Heart Healthy Planet

If I could bottle the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in a pill, it would become a blockbuster drug.

A new book from Sacramento pharmacist Cathi Misquitta and Dr. Rajiv Misquitta is geared to tackle heart disease and climate change. The newly published book, Healthy Heart, Healthy Planet, is the result of lessons learned shortly after Dr. Rajiv Misquitta suffered a heart attack at the age of 40. He and his wife Cathi set out to find ways to change their lifestyles to ensure they lived long enough to see their children grow up. Now, they want to share what they have learned with others.

Learning that roughly six hundred thousand people in the United States die annually from heart disease(1), Dr. Rajiv Misquitta researched the medical literature and discovered that a low-fat plant-based diet can actually reverse heart disease and help people lose weight—not to mention have a positive impact on the ecosystem.(2, 3)

Finding existing vegetarian and vegan cookbooks less than satisfying, Dr. Cathi Misquitta developed her own plant-based recipes. Compiled and presented in their book is a bountiful collection of more than 100 heart-healthy, eco-friendly, everyday plant-based recipes. Inspired by cuisines from around the world, the recipes include plenty of protein-rich grains and legumes as well as seasonal variations for a balanced diet that’s in tune with nature.

In addition, the book provides advice on transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, and each chapter offers an eco-friendly kitchen tip. With weekly sample menus and grocery lists, Healthy Heart, Healthy Planet delivers both inspiration and empowerment for anyone who desires to live a healthy life and ensure a healthy planet. An accompanying website and social media channels will also help guide readers in making these life-saving changes.

For more information and to schedule media interviews, please contact the authors at healthyhearthealthyplanet1(at)gmail(dot)com.

(1)http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm, 2013, CDC Heart Disease Facts

(2)Ornish D., Scherwitz L.W., Billings J. et al., “Intensive Lifestyle Changes for Reversal of Coronary Heart Disease.” Journal of the American Medical Association vol. 280, no. 23 (1998): 2001–2008.

(3)Pimentel D., Pimentel M., “Sustainability of meat-based and plant-based diets and the environment.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition vol. 78 (September 2003): 660S–663S.


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