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Book 7: Get the Sugar Out - Deirdre on reading, writing and living

Feb. 6th, 2007 09:45 am 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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From:bluesgirly
Date:February 6th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)

Sugar

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Thanks for the book tip - I need that book. Put you as a friend if you don't mind that is -
Peace,
VF
From:deirdre_nyc
Date:February 6th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)

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Don't mind at all. I liked your website. Life is a bit ridiculous. I put your book in my shopping cart, just waiting for a little bit of money to appear.
From:bluesgirly
Date:February 6th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)

Re: My Book

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Thank you for your support my new friend. I have been trolling for reviewers lately so if you want to do one on LJ and Amazon, I will happily sign one and send it to you- on the house. That way if you hate it- you can always sell it on Ebay as an author signed copy or, in a pinch, use it as a coaster.
From:trekkingkitty
Date:February 7th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
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I hope you win the war. I didn't get so lucky. Diabetes skipped three generations in my family and came to live with me a few years back.
From:deirdre_nyc
Date:February 7th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
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One of the things that has prompted and supported my actions was a series of articles in the New York Times about the potential toll of the disease. There was a story about twin brothers who kept a food journal for 50 or so years.

They were very successful in keeping their diabetes at bay. They had Type I and lived into their 70's. I can't remember if they were still living at the time.

It gave me hope to think about them. I started a year ago keeping a food journal as well. It's been great to have a place to be honest about what I'm eating.

Apparently their food journals were being studied, to see just how they did so well for so long.

Good luck with your health. I'm thinking about you!
From:trekkingkitty
Date:February 7th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
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Thank you and you the same. I'm trying to do better than I have in the past. :)