@ Your Library 3.6.18

Food: What the Heck Should I Eat by Mark Hyman, MD


@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


In honor of National Oreo Cookie Day (today!), I want to highlight some of our books and cookbooks that focus on LOWERING or stabilizing blood sugar levels.  

Recently my husband - a fit 46-er, disciplined runner and biker - was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  He is slim, he certainly looks healthy, and nobody believed him when he first told them. But numbers don’t lie and his sugar levels were dangerously high.  High enough that he needed to administer 3 insulin injections a day immediately after his diagnosis.

We did some reading.

Thankfully, three solid months out from his diagnosis, I can report that he has not needed a single insulin injection, nor any other kind of medication to treat diabetes, for the last two of those months!  A strict reduction of carbs and a drastic reduction in sweets (including fruits) - along with an uptick in his already-rigorous exercise regimen - have resulted in freedom from a dependency on medication for diabetes. We did have some excellent medical advice, which we supplemented with reading and research.  It made me more fully aware and appreciative of the wealth of information we have here at the library!

The resources on our shelves are not only helpful to diabetics like my husband, but to anyone who wants to ensure they are investing in the best health they can through diet. Celebrate National Oreo Cookie Day by taking a walk to the library! Check out some of these books for information on ways to reduce sugar and carbs for a healthier diet:

  • Food: What the Heck Should I Eat: The No-Nonsense Guide to Achieving Optimal Weight and Lifelong Health by Mark Hyman, MD

  • Naturally Sweet: Bake All Your Favorites With 30% to 50% Less Sugar by America’s Test Kitchen: "It's no secret that sugar is in the crosshairs right now--but simply taking the sugar out of your favorite dessert recipes can have disastrous results.  Add to that the challenges inherent in using natural sweeteners (like coconut sugar, honey, and maple syrup), and it becomes clear that baking this way requires creative techniques and thoughtful solutions.  Enter America's Test Kitchen. We've developed more than 100 revolutionary recipes for great-tasting baked goods and desserts that rely only on natural, less processed sweeteners. Plus, every recipe contains 30 to 50 percent less sugar overall."-- back cover.

  • JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars to Lose up to 10 Pounds in Just 2 Weeks by JJ Virgin  "Most people know sugar is bad for them, but few people know the sugar impact of seven common foods - grains, roots, fruit, low-fat and no-fat diet and dairy foods, sugary sauces and condiments, alcohol and sugary drinks, and natural and artificial sweeteners-can be the real cause of inflammation, bloating, metabolic disorders, fatigue, and weight gain. JJ VIRGIN'S SUGAR IMPACT DIET will revolutionize how readers think about (and eat) sugar. This two-week, low-sugar diet helps retrain taste buds, restore sugar sensitivity, heal the digestive tract, rev up metabolism, and promote rapid weight loss. It also helps reverse premature aging, while heading off most chronic and inflammatory illnesses where they start"--|c Provided by publisher.  

  • Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease by Gary Taubes:  “Not another diet book: After seven years of research in every science connected with the impact of nutrition on health, science writer Taubes shows that almost everything we believe about a healthy diet is wrong. We are taught that fat is bad for us, carbohydrates better, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more--yet we see unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Taubes argues persuasively that the problem lies in refined carbohydrates, via their dramatic effect on insulin, and that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number. He also argues that there is no compelling scientific evidence that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease. Based on the evidence, he concludes that the only healthy way to remain lean is to eat fewer carbohydrates or to change the type of carbohydrates we eat”.--From publisher description.

  • The Low GI Cookbook : 100 Simple, Delicious Smart-Carb Recipes - the Proven Way to Lose Weight and Eat for Lifelong Health by Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell, and Joanna McMillan-Price

Library Programs:

Baby Storytime happens on Tuesdays from 10-10:45am. Children ages 0-18 months and their caregivers are invited to experience books and participate in bounce rhymes, songs, finger plays, and social/play time. There is no registration necessary for this program.

Toddler Story Time (18-35 months) meets Monday mornings 10:30am-11am and runs in 4-week sessions. Registration is required, so please be sure to contact Valerie White at 315 386-3712 ext. 4.  There are still openings in the Toddler Story Time sessions in March, April, and May, for which children ages 18-35 months may be registered.

Preschool Storytime meets Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15 am. This popular program features books, flannel board stories, songs, finger plays, movement, and crafts. Preschool Storytime is designed for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. No registration is needed. Please note: There will be no Pre K program on March 7th, as Ms. Val will be at a workshop about our exciting Summer Reading Program!

The Junior Writers’ Group at the Canton Free Library meets from 3:30-4:50 pm the second and last Thursday of every month. This creative and lively group is for children ages 8-12 who like to have fun with words. Children should bring paper and a writing instrument. Questions? Contact Linda Batt 344-6592 or linda.batt06@gmail.com

Teen Programs:

Teens! Anime Club continues to gather on Fridays 5:00-7:00 pm to enjoy some sweet, sweet anime!

Casuals Wielding Dice meets each Wednesday from 3pm-5pm at Canton Free Library. Join Game Master David Crowell for imaginative adventures involving critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and creativity!  

Clash of the Readers will be getting a new schedule this year. Our annual reading challenge, which has taken place in March during Teen Tech Week, will now take place during Teen Read Week in October 2018. Stay tuned for more information!

Hours: Canton Free Library is open Monday 9:30am - 8pm, Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm, Wednesday 9:30am - 8pm, Thursday 9:30am -5pm, Friday 9:30am -5pm, and Saturdays from 10am -3pm. Please note that the book drop remains open 24/7 for returns. Rensselaer Falls Branch Library is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3pm -6pm. Morley Branch Library is open Tuesday and Thursday 1pm -6pm.

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Get healthy @ your library!