February 6th, 2007

reading, activism, writing

Book 7: Get the Sugar Out

No, this is not a spy novel about ejecting a mole, but a book about the process of removing one of the most insidious "foods" in our diet. Sugar is everywhere and it's the root of multiple evils. Getting it out of my diet has been a goal for the last year.

Get the Sugar Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet, by Ann Louise Gittleman is a good part of the program. Anyone who looks at my reading list can see that I read the book Beating Diabetes, by David M. Nathan & Linda M. Delahanty last year. The question is does Deirdre have diabetes?

Answer: no and I don't intend to get it. Diabetes runs through my family, tearing out members here and there. Both my parents got Type 2 adult onset in their later years. It made my father miserable and I believe hastened his death. My mother manages her disease with a strict diet regimen, but still, it has the potential of exacerbating other conditions that she has.

So, last year I made the effort to remove processed sugar from my diet. In the US this is no small task. Sugar, in all it's forms, is stuffed into so many foods that getting rid of it became a challenge. Label reading, waiter quizzing, and bringing my own foods to family gatherings became the norm.

Now I want to reduce the amount of foods with a high glycemic index and Gittleman's book is an excellent tool for doing that. She has detailed information that I haven't seen elsewhere like a list of what foods have a high glycemic index which tends to raise blood sugar quickly. She has a list of the 41 names that appear of food labels for sugar in most all of its forms. And while I don't need all of the 501 tips, just reading a book about sugar is helpful reinforcement for my process.
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