I am a total book nerd. And, an old-fashioned one to boot. I love to hold books, dog-ear poignant pages, reference and re-read them. While I read much more quickly before the sleepless nights (and early mornings) that is with two young children, I still love opening a new book. Especially, a nutrition- or food-related book. (Yeah, I know, that’s a real surprise.)
Fellow RD Hillary Wright, M.Ed, RD recently wrote and published her latest book, The Pre-Diabetes Diet Plan. Hillary is well-known in the nutrition world for her work in the field of insulin resistance and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). So, I was intrigued to read her take on pre-diabetes, a serious condition that affects 79 million Americans.
Hillary writes that “most individuals with pre-diabetes–possibly as many as 70 percent–will eventually develop type 2 diabetes.” This is a scary prediction, considering that type 2 diabetes is a major cause of death in the U.S. due to the close link between type 2 diabetes and chronic disease like heart disease, stroke, hypertension or high blood pressure and cancer. There is no doubt that type 2 diabetes greatly impacts quality of life.
Insulin resistance can sometimes be a difficult topic to explain. Hillary delves into insulin resistance with great ease and makes this complicated medical term easy to understand. She discusses the factors that increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, like obesity, physical inactivity and low-fiber diets. She then dives into the meat of the book: managing pre-diabetes through smart carbohydrate intake.
Hillary discusses two approaches to managing carbohydrates: building a better plate and counting carbohydrates. Because nutrition is not one-size-fits-all, I really appreciate that she offers her readers two approaches. And, she offers great detail and valuable tips for both of these approaches, letting the reader decide which one works best for his or her life, personality and eating habits. I have to point out that carbohydrate counting can sometimes be overly-complicated, but Hillary makes “counting carbs” simple and practical.
Other golden nuggets in her book that I love… 10 strategies for weight loss, tips and lists for grocery shopping and great ideas (and carbs) for convenient meals and snacks.
The Pre-Diabetes Diet Plan doesn’t disappoint. This is one comprehensive and valuable resource for anyone looking to reverse their pre-diabetes diagnosis, lose weight, lower their risk for heart disease or even just follow a more nutritious diet.