Saturday, February 16, 2019

Conquering Type 2 Diabetes

Conquering Type 2 Diabetes

By Richard Shaw

Published by Hammersmith Books, 19 February 2019

Richard was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, most definitely overweight and with a poor diet high in sugar and carbs. He dutifully attended medical appointments, took his prescribed medications, but it was only when he had an eye health scare that he made the conscious decision to improve his health.

He chose to follow the Banting diet, reducing his sugar and carbohydrate intake in favour of  increasing protein, fats, nuts and non-root vegetables. His health did not just improve dramatically, losing 31 kg, but he managed to significantly lower all the biochemical markers of Type 2 diabetes (which is traditionally held to be chronic, progressively degenerative and certainly irreversible) to a non-diabetic level.

This is not a "I am right, doctors are wrong" book, neither is it in favour of jumping on any particular  bandwagon that rolls along and catches your fancy. He is careful to stress that you should not abandon any prescribed medications and that you need to keep your GP/Consultant  aware of your lifestyle and diet changes and for your health to continue to be monitored carefully. He documents medical research and studies which he found of particular interest so the reader can explore the information and incorporate it into a planned change of diet.

Richard provides meal plans and forty recipes suitable for the low carb/high fat diet he chose to follow, along with lots of helpful general advice about exercise, water consumption, dietary modifications, getting into routines, apps and websites that may be of use to the reader too.

He is keen to stress that this worked for him, and the Banting diet - or variations of it - have worked for many people across the world, but it is not a guarantee of completely reversing Type 2 Diabetes for everyone. It will help to improve health, and that can only be a good thing.

This is an easy, quick and engaging read, and is full of useful advice even for those who  are not diabetic. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

The Language Of Kindness

The Language Of Kindness:

A Nurse's Story

By Christie Watson

Published by Chatto & Windus, (Hardback) May 2018

Published by Vintage, (Paperback) January 2019

Christie did not take the typical route into nursing. Unsure of what career she might follow, she read widely, left home and moved in with her boyfriend at sixteen and was left looking for a home and a job when her relationship quickly ended.She found both when she found a job working with handicapped youngsters with severe physical disabilities in a residential home, where she saw caring and nursing in action, and her future career was set.

Managing to get into nursing school at a younger age than normal, she then spent twenty years nursing. In this book she takes us on a tour of a hospital, its departments and staff, bringing in details about people she looked after and worked with, the variety of areas of nursing work she particularly enjoyed, while weaving in the history of nursing, hospitals and health care from before birth to after death.

It is an interesting and moving book, written with a light touch but deep compassion.

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me a digital copy to read and review.

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Sunday, February 03, 2019

The Almanac

The Almanac:

A Seasonal Guide to 2019

By Lia Leendertz

Published by Mitchell Beazley, 2018

I have had occasion to use my copy of The Almanac multiple times this year already, to check sunrise and sunset times and to consult the tides tables, but there is so much more too.

The names on the months of the year are given in different UK languages including Jerriais Scots Gaelic, Ulster Scots, Irish Gaelic, Manx, Cornish and Welsh.

There is information about gardening according to the phases of the moon, religious and secular feasts and festivals, cheeses for each month, seasonal recipes including Epiphany Tart and Cullen Skink for January, as well as songs, folklore, facts about the weather,  the sky at night and loads of details about what flora and fauna can be seen at different times of the year.

It is a beautifully produced hardback book, with something for everyone, no matter their interests, and is a joy to look at and handle.

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