My summer driving audiobook was Living Low Carb by Johnny bowden PhD. This is another book that makes the case for the low carb lifestyle and addresses all the skeptical questions you may have. It's a good book that covers all the angles. He has a section where he critiques other diet books Like Atkins, Zone and The Biggest Loser. He has makes a lot of suggestions....maybe too many. Sometimes I felt he was contradicting himself. It's full of useful info and probably good to have as a reference.
Year of No Sugar- This book is fun. A Year of No Sugar is a "delightfully readable account of how [one family] survived a yearlong sugar-free diet and lived to tell the tale...A funny, intelligent, and informative memoir." ―Kirkus
It's dinnertime. Do you know where your sugar is coming from? Most likely everywhere. Sure, it's in ice cream and cookies, but what scared Eve O. Schaub was the secret world of sugar―hidden in bacon, crackers, salad dressing, pasta sauce, chicken broth, and baby food.
With her eyes opened by the work of obesity expert Dr. Robert Lustig and others, Eve challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to quit sugar for an entire year.
Along the way, Eve uncovered the real costs of our sugar-heavy American diet―including diabetes, obesity, and increased incidences of health problems such as heart disease and cancer. The stories, tips, and recipes she shares throw fresh light on questionable nutritional advice we've been following for years and show that it is possible to eat at restaurants and go grocery shopping―with less and even no added sugar.
Year of No Sugar is what the conversation about "kicking the sugar addiction" looks like for a real American family―a roller coaster of unexpected discoveries and challenges.
"As an outspoken advocate for healthy eating, I found Schaub's book to shine a much-needed spotlight on an aspect of American culture that is making us sick, fat, and unhappy, and it does so with wit and warmth."―Suvir Sara, author of Indian Home Cooking
"Delicious and compelling, her book is just about the best sugar substitute I've ever encountered."―Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Powers
We also visited Dolly Parton's Lumberjack Adventure Dinner show. The show was amazing. There was lots of acrobatics and lumberjacking displays. There was plenty southern comfort food too. Corn on the cob, sweet cole slaw, buttermilk biscuits, deep fried breaded chicken and pulled pork with a peach turnover for dessert all washed down with sweet tea or coke.
The south is most profoundly affected by the obesity epidemic and presently, it looks like that's not gonna change soon.
We packed up the minivan and headed to Tennessee. We visited the Smoky Mountains, stayed in a lovely cabin where I cooked up some nice steaks and veggies on the charcoal grill. Good family fun. We also went to Dollywood, the local theme park. My girls are quite fond of the roller coasters.
There is a downside, The food experience in the parks is kinda horrific. They sell these 32 ounce insulated refillable plastic souvenir cups 2 for 20 bucks. I can't imagine how many teaspoons of sugar one would get over the course of the day. There is 23 teaspoons of sugar in each fill-up of the souvenir cup. It was 93 degrees and humid during our visit and plenty of fluids were required. Say, you fill that baby up twice; that's 46 teaspoons of sugar!! Remember 6 tsp is the upper limit of safe intake of sugar for a female and 9 for a male and kids 6. These things ought to carry biohazard labels. They are guaranteed cause fatty liver disease if not hyperglycemia. Fortunately water and ice was gratis there. Too many of the visitors and employees of Dollywood were clearly affected by obesity already and this level of sugar consumption is obviously most detrimental.
Eric Sodicoff MD
Member: Obesity medince Association