joy of gf cooking This book has inspired me that I can bake for my family members again. There are several diabetics and my young niece has been diagnosed with Celiac’s. I used to love baking but haven’t done much for the last few years. All the recipes in this book are suitable for gluten-sensitive, diabetic and low-carb or low-sugar dieters. The recipes are from legendary bread maker and James Beard Award-winning author Peter Reinhart. The main difference is the type of flour and type of sweeteners used. Carefully crafted for anyone who is gluten sensitive, diabetic, or needs to reduce carbs to prevent illness or lose weight, these forgiving recipes taste just as good as the original wheat versions—and are easier to bake than traditional breads. By using readily available or home-ground nut and seed flours and alternative and natural sweeteners as the foundation for their groundbreaking style of baking, Reinhart and Wallace avoid the carb-heavy starch products commonly found in gluten-free baking. Additionally, each recipe can easily be made vegan by following the dairy and egg substitution guidelines.

20. April 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Cookbooks, Informational Book, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking: A Full Year of Delicious Menus and Easy Recipes by Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, Bucko Lamplough, Jennifer, 445 pages, read by Tammy, on 04/19/2015

healthy calendar This cookbook teaches people how to transform their diet permanently to one healthy for diabetics. Each month new recipes are added that teach new good habits. Weekly menu lists are included as well as full nutritional information for each meal. This is the second edition of this book from the American Diabetic Association and includes new tips with what medical science has learned about blood sugar in the last couple of years. Most recipes have common ingredients and are easy to prepare. With hundreds of recipes and an innovative design, it’s easy to see why this is one of the American Diabetes Association’s all-time best-selling cookbooks. In addition to new recipes and menus, this updated edition includes dozens of recipes and recipe alterations designed to created gluten-free meals. Like many with diabetes, author and dietitian Lara Hamilton was recently diagnosed with celiac disease and subsequently went on a gluten-free diet. Using her firsthand experience, she gives readers expert tips on how to plan meals, alter recipes, and follow a gluten-free diet.

simply sugar free This book has lots of healthy recipes with normal ingredients and common cooking techniques and supplies. However, I was hoping to find a book that would give me information on carbohydrates and sugar as well. My husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes and my niece was diagnosed last fall with Celiac’s disease. I was hoping for an “all-in-one book. So, this book is not exactly what I was hoping for but did have some yummy sounding recipes that I may use for the nieces and nephews visits. If you are looking for general healthier eating this book could be for you. If you need specific nutritional information for the recipes you will need to look elsewhere.

03. April 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: How To's, Informational Book, Kristy, NonFiction, Self Help · Tags: ,

Zero Belly Diet: Lose Up to 16 lbs. in 14 Days! by David Zinczenko, 336 pages, read by Kristy, on 03/13/2015

24180113NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Zero Belly Diet
is the revolutionary new plan to turn off your fat genes and help keep you lean for life! Nutrition expert David Zinczenko—the New York Times bestselling author of the Abs Diet series, Eat This, Not That! series, and Eat It to Beat It!—has spent his entire career learning about belly fat—where it comes from and what it does to us. And what he knows is this: There is no greater threat to you and your family—to your health, your happiness, even your financial future.

(goodreads.com)

26. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Informational Book, NonFiction, Self Help · Tags:

Get Up!: The Dire Health Consequences of Sitting and What We Can Do About It by James Levine, 224 pages, read by Kristy, on 02/13/2015

18594358“Get Up” is a book that explores the detrimental health consequences of our chair-addicted society. Humans are not meant to sit all day, and doing so results in a wide array of issues from back pain to obesity. “Get Up” is a fascinating read, and it has inspired me to move more through my day and maybe even get a treadmill desk. The only problem with this book is that it didn’t give much practical day to day advice for people to be more active and less chair-addicted.

19. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Informational Book, Kira, NonFiction, Science, Self Help · Tags:

The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease by Daniel E. Lieberman, 460 pages, read by Kira, on 06/16/2014

humbod  Fabulous HominidTimelinediabetesWhats-the-Paleo-Diet-3book!  The first half recounts the changes in human physiology, from the time we first diverged from apes (chimpanzees specifically) to modern times. Dr Lieberman discusses the physical adaptations and what they mean for the way our bodies function.  Then he takes this history of the human body and shows us evolutionary mismatches between our physiology and our modern lifestyle, first starting with the foods we eat, and then discussing our bodies needs to be physically active, that we were born to run/walk long distances, and that our bodies suffer if we fail to be active.  For example he notes that people that run barefoot, rarely suffer foot injuries, in contrast to runners that wear shoes (barefooters also hit with the ball of the foot first, unlike shod runners who strike with their heel).  Type II Diabetes, Heart disease, and cancer are discussed in detail.  I found it especially interesting how our bodies process different types of foods, how damaging starches and carbs are, compared to protein, fat, fiber, and how the composition of what you eat, affects whether it is sent for fat storage, whether it triggers insulin shock or absorbed slowly and more healthily.

06. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

Drink This, Not That! by David Zinczenko, Matt Goulding , 319 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/30/2014

drink thisThis book gives you advice on how to avoid all those “hidden” calories in what we drink from lemonade to chocolate shakes. I can’t really sum it up better than these statements from the book’s publisher:

“Did you know:
*One bottle of Sunkist orange drink has more sugar than four packs of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
*A large Grape Expectations II Smoothie from Smoothie King has more sugar than 13 Twinkies!
*If you turn your large latte into a large cappuccino, you could lose more than 9 pounds this year!
*A White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks has more than 20 times as many calories as their regular coffee!”