Two Books for October

Susan Silberstein’s book, Hungrier for Health is a follow-up to her earlier Hungry for Health, which I reviewed some time ago.  This one is not only vegetarian, it is also vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher, and as her cover notes: absolutely delicious!

As with the first book, which emphasizes eating primitive, colorful, alkaline and organic, the first half is easy-to-read important, nutritional information. Building on these four, this book goes further and emphasizes: eating natural foods with a discussion of genetically modified foods; eating vegan; eating raw with an emphasis on sprouting, juicing, soaking nuts and dried fruits, blending, dehydrating, and thermos-cooking (very low temperatures) to keep precious digestive enzymes intact and not using the microwave oven; and eating native.

The second half of the book contain Susan’s simple recipes that follow her guidelines of being gluten-free, dairy-free, etc. Below is one of Susan’s recipes. There are 127 in all.They complement the discussion in the first half of the book, although the author does say that balance is the key. Being overly strict will also not bring you health, only guilt. So read the book and gradually make changes as you can is my take on her advice.

Parsnip Soup with Broccoli

2 1/2 cups water
2 C parsnips, scraped
1/2 C  broccoli florets, diced
Pinch sea salt

Cut parsnips into 1/2 inch diameter chunks. Ina medium pot, bring water to boil. Add parsnips and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Pour into blender and blend on lowest speed until well pureed. Return to pot, add broccoli and sea salt, and simmer 15 minutes until broccoli is soft.

Yield: 3 servings

Hungrier for Health is published by Infinity Publishing. Net proceeds benefit Susan Silberstein’s non-profit organization, Center for the Advancement of Cancer Education (CACE) started in 1977. The book costs $17.95 and can be ordered by calling (877) BUY BOOK or via the Net:

The Whole Foods Guide to Strong Bones: A Holistic Approach by Annemarie Colbin, PhD is a powerhouse of information on strong bones. There is so much information in this book that is valuable for older women that I highly recommend reading it as soon as possible. I have underlined so much of the material that I am not even sure what are the most important facts to highlight, so I will just list a few to inspire you to buy the book.

1. Leafy greens, not milk, are the best sources of calcium. Additionally, cauliflower, watercress, parsley, Brussels sprouts, rutabaga, kale, mustard greens, bok choy, broccoli and turnip greens contain highly bioavailable calcium, “almost twice as much ounce for ounce as in milk products and even calcium-fortified foods and beverages.” (p. 31)

2. All forms of exercise that improve your posture and balance act as a deterrent to falls, which can lead to fractures. …”bone mass can be increased at any age,” so it’s never to late to start exercising. (p. 48) Later, the author also discusses exercising in extreme as a cause of bone loss. Balance is the key!

3. Many hormones can influence bone metabolism, but the most important four are: growth hormone, thyroid hormones, cortisol and insulin.  A discussion of each follows.

4. Acid-forming foods (white rice, white flour, refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and other such carbs)
“can lead to  unhealthy amounts of withdrawal of minerals from our bones.” (p. 60) (I discussed acid-alkaline balance under different diets in Nobody Eats Like Me.)

5. “Weight loss by fat restriction appears to directly cause bone density loss; therefore, extremely low fat diets can increase the risk of osteoporosis.” (p. 74)

6. On pages 133-135 Colbin lists the 7 structures that lead to overall inner strength that affects bone loss or gain:
physical (body), tribal (family/friends), emotional (sense of self), intellectual (work, hobbies, study), social (community & ecology), philosophical (view ofl ife), & spiritual (commune with the divine or the transcendental). (I believe all of these are interconnected & interdependent. es)

This is just the tip of the iceberg. While I thought I knew a great deal about osteoporosis, this book showed me so many other links to bone loss that it bears rereading,

The first half of the book stands by itself, but the second half is filled with recipes that support Colbin’s research. There are 16 pages of references at the end of the book, but alas not an index, my only negative comment . However, a list of recipes can be found in the beginning of the book. Below is just one of 85 recipes, which I chose because the holidays are coming and this might be an easy recipe for Thanksgiving.

Yam Puree

Author’s Notes: Here is an excellent way to get beta-carotene and essential fatty acids into people who dislike healthy foods. The unrefined coconut oil adds a delicious taste. Most of the tubers sold as “yams” are actually sweet potatoes; true yams are similar to sweet potatoes but grow primarily in tropical areas and are seldom sold in the United States. However they’re labeled, choose varieties with deep orange color, as they’re sweeter, more moist, and higher in beta-carotene.
My Note: See Glossary for definition of beta-carotene.

2 medium sweet potatoes or “yams”
Vegetable stock (She has 2 recipes in her book)
1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
2 teaspoons unrefined coconut oil

1. Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into big chunks. Place them in a medium saucepan and add enough stock to come up about 1/2 inch from the bottom. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes, until soft. Strain and reserve the stock.

2. Mash the sweet potatoes with a fork or a potato masher, using enough of the reserve stock (About 1/2 cup) to attain the consistency you like. Then add the flaxseed oil and the coconut oil and mix well. Serve hot.

Makes 6 servings.

The book is published by New Harbinger Publications and costs $21.95.

2 thoughts on “Two Books for October

  1. ellen sue:

    Thanks so much! As everyone else, I am afraid of osteoporosis.


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