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National Nutrition Month : A Library Program, Books, and Online Resources

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National Nutrition Month : A Library Program, Books, and Online Resources

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National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created 50 years ago in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.

This year’s theme is “Beyond the Table,” which addresses the farm-to-fork aspect of nutrition, from food production and distribution to navigating grocery stores and farmers markets — and even home food safety and storage practices. It also describes the various ways we eat — not only around a dinner table, but also on the go, in schools and restaurants, at games and events. This theme also includes sustainability, for instance, decreasing food waste from school and work to home and beyond.

On March 20th at 2pm, we present a talk entitled “Sweet Freedom: Break the Sugar Enchantment.  In this workshop you will learn potential risks associated with excessive sugar intake, identify hidden sugars in common foods, and learn practical strategies to naturally reduce sugar consumption. 

Health coach Elizabeth Girouard will delve into the intricate world of sugars, distinguishing between natural and added varieties, while exploring how sugar can impact your overall well-being. You will learn to identify hidden sugars lurking in everyday foods, learn to quickly read a food label, and be empowered to make informed choices for a healthier lifestyle. 

Practical strategies for naturally reducing sugar will be shared. You will leave equipped with the knowledge and tools to break free from your sugar spell, to embrace a more balanced and mindful approach to your dietary habits for lasting wellness. 

Here are some recently published  titles on nutrition, diet and cooking available with your Livingston Library card that will help reveal the transformative powers of healthy food choices and dietary practices. 

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Calm Your Mind with Food: A Revolutionary Guide to Controlling Your Anxiety by Uma Naidoo

Dr. Naidoo presents cutting-edge research about the ways anxiety is rooted in the brain, gut, immune system, and metabolism. Drawing on the latest science on the connection between diet and anxiety, she shows us how to effectively use food and nutrition as essential tools for calming the mind.

Change your Diet, Change your Mind : A Powerful Plan to Improve Mood, Overcome Anxiety, and Protect Memory For a Lifetime of Optimal Mental Health by Georgia Ede

In this provocative, illuminating book, Dr. Ede explains why everything we think we know about eating for neurological psychological well-being is wrong. Most of what we accept as true is based on studies that take an “outside-in” approach, making associations between healthy people and what they eat. In her book, Dr. Ede takes an inside-out stance, drawing on a range of disciplines like biochemistry, neuroscience, and botany to explain why a ketogenic diet combined with “kinder, gentler plant foods” is the best way to nourish, protect, and energize the brain.

Diabetes Meal Planning & Nutrition for Dummies by Simon Poole

This book helps you understand what defines healthful eating for diabetes, its crucial role to long term health, and how meal planning is a key to successful diabetes management. Learn how to receive all the nutrients necessary for glucose control while managing Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and maintaining ideal weight. Discover how to supercharge your diet and protect yourself from the complications associated with diabetes with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods.

Does Coffee Cause Cancer? : and 8 More Myths About the Food We Eat by Christopher Labos

In this fascinating, refreshingly clarifying book about food, food myths, and how sloppy science perpetuates misconceptions about food, a medical doctor on his way to a conference gets drawn into conversations that answer the following questions and plenty more: • Does vitamin C prevent the common cold? And if it works, why does it only work in Canadian soldiers, ultramarathon runners, and skiers? • Was red meat really declared a carcinogen by the WHO? Does that mean I should become a vegetarian? And who decides what gets labeled as red meat and white meat? • Is salt really not that bad for you and did a group of researchers really want to experiment on prisoners to prove the point? 

Eat & Flourish : How Food Supports Emotional Well-Being by Mary Beth Albright

Food has the power to nourish your mind, supporting emotional wellness through both nutrients and pleasure. Journalist Albright draws on cutting-edge research to explain the food/mood connection. She redefines “emotional eating” based on the science, revealing how eating triggers biological responses that affect humans’ emotional states both immediately and long-term.  Readers will come away knowing how certain foods help reduce the inflammation that can harm mental health, the critical relationship between the microbiome and the brain, which vitamins help restore the body during intensely emotional times, and how to develop a healthful eating pattern for life–with a 30-day kickoff plan included.

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Foodwise : A Fresh Approach to Nutrition with 100 Delicious Recipes by Mia Rigden

Conquer cravings, reset your eating habits, and heal your relationship with food with this 21-day reset program full of delicious, satisfying recipes from trained chef and nutritionist Rigden.

Macro Diet by Malia Frey

This book teaches you everything you need to know to master the popular meal plan that has helped athletes, celebrities, and people just like you build lean muscle and lose fat for good. On the macro diet, you track macronutrients instead of calories, so you know you’re giving your body the correct balance of daily nutrients to feel energized, strong, and healthy.

Simply Nutrition by Fiona Hunter

Covering a range of topics – from the anatomy of the digestive system to the variety and function of macronutrients and micronutrients – each entry provides a succinct and engaging explanation of a key aspect of nutrition in simple terms. 

Sugarless : A 7-Step Plan to Uncover Hidden Sugars, Curb your Cravings, and Conquer your Addiction by Nicole M. Avena

A pioneering neuroscientist on food addiction-spells out sugar’s detrimental effects on the brain and body. She empowers readers with an easy 7-step program to help them find the hidden sugars in their foods, control their sweet tooth, and break the vicious diet cycle for good. The book also includes 30 sugar-free recipes.

This is What You’re Really Hungry For : Six Simple Rules to Transform your Relationship with Food to Become your Healthiest Self by Kim Shapira

Dietitian Shapira has developed six simple rules that will change your relationship with food forever. She breaks down the science to get your brain and your body on board; replaces fad diets that do not last with a sustainable method that encourages you to eat what you love; and empowers you to be the authority in your own body.

The online resource Universal Class available to Livingston Library cardholders has the following nutrition focused classes– Nutrition 101 and Nutrition 201.

Gale Courses offers a certificate course in Food, Nutrition and Health that gives a  holistic overview of current food and nutrition issues and their impact on physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health.

–Archana Chiplunkar, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

 

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