The Anderson News | Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | A5
Looking for life When food is sugar free, look more closely
in weekly obituaries
love reading obituaries.
Not because I am
happy to learn that
But because it’s an
entire epic novel squeezed
into miniature, tracing
It’s Homer’s Odyssey
down to the
time it takes
to read a
Is this morbid fascination? I don’t
For one instant, in a
few, compact lines, we
learn that someone’s
ordinary life wasn’t so
Read between the lines.
We have more in common with the dead than
You’ll find a lifetime of
work, family and living.
Not death. Not mourning.
Edgar Lee Masters’
“Spoon River Anthology,”
used the fictional voices
of the dead to bring a
small town’s history to life
on the page.
As a high school freshman, I was forced to read
this collection of short
stories by my English
And I’m glad I did.
Through a series of
short poem obituaries,
the reader learns about
ordinary people: farmers,
mothers, children and
How they wished they
lived their lives.
What they’d like to say
to those they left behind.
How unusual and fragile and beautiful the act
of living can be.
If I possessed multiple
life spans — and hundreds
of reporters’ notebooks
— I’d devote myself to
the singular purpose of
recording the extraordinary stories of ordinary
people, just to get it all
down before it was lost.
I suppose this brief column will have to suffice.
For the next couple
weeks, I’ll be focusing on
those seemingly ordinary
roles that can define us,
that sometimes tear us
apart or bring us together
As residents of Anderson County, we’re a community that feeds into
other parts of the commonwealth while trying
to sustain its own sense of
history and place.
It’s often easy to forget,
however, that we are a
The heart of downtown
has been lost to time and
a difficult economy.
Fewer people are buying homes, and fewer are
able to sell.
We go about our business, keeping our heads
down in order to survive
to fight another day.
But in the process of
ignoring each other, we
can take the time to stop.
Recognize what we have
Before all we know of
others’ lives is what we
read in obituaries, interesting though they may
Next week’s column:
Secrets of the Motherhood
Have a recommendation
for this column series?
E-mail staff writer
Meaghan Downs at
Last week I met with the
group at the Senior Center to
discuss carbohydrate counting,
diabetes management and sugar
The big question was if sugar
free foods are really
good for you.
The true definition of a sugar
free food is that it
has less than .5g of
sugars. Some manufacturers are not
complying with the
that any sugar free
food that is not low
or reduced in calories should disclose
Americans generally believe
that sugar free means that it’s
low calorie. This is frequently
not the case. Statements such as
not low or reduced calorie or not
for weight control should also be
on the label if it states it is sugar
free and actually is not low calorie, etc.
Read the label on sugar free
cookies. You’ll be surprised to see
that they aren’t low in calories
and frequently have more fat
than regular cookies.
Not only that, they are usually
not as tasty and are more expensive.
I’m not recommending that
you eat cookies as a healthy
choice. But sugar free foods are
not always the best choice. Some
people tend to eat more of a food
if its labeled sugar free because
they think it’s good for them.
This is not true.
Diabetes management is not
about eliminating the sugar you
eat. You need to manage all the
carbohydrates you eat, not just
sugar. So eating bread or rolls is
just as bad for you in some ways
as eating a candy bar. The candy
may have more calories, but not
Carb counting is a way of
keeping track of the amount of
carbohydrates you get from the
foods you eat. All carbs count.
Carbohydrate counting can help
you manage your blood glucose
All food is a combination of
protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water. Carbohydrates, which include starches
and sugars, have the greatest
effect on blood glucose.
Carbohydrates in foods are
changed into glucose in the body
about 1 to 1.5 hours after you
eat them. Eating carbs in small
amounts several times a day will
keep blood glucose as close to
normal as possible. It is never the
goal to eliminate carbohydrates.
Fats and proteins don’t raise
blood glucose but should be
managed to control overall calorie intake and therefore provide
Counting carbs will help you
spread your carbohydrate intake
throughout the day. It will help
you manage weight and help
keep your blood glucose under
The following foods contain
carbohydrates. Notice that they
aren’t all sweet foods.Some are
vegetables, fruits and dairy foods.
Breads, cereals, crackers, biscuits, pasta, tortillas, bagels, pita
Grains (rice, corn, wheat, oats,
Dried beans (red, navy, black,
garbanzo and pinto beans) and
Starchy vegetables (potato,
corn, peas, winter squash and
Fruits (fresh, canned, dried)
and fruit juices
Milk and yogurt
Sweets like candies, jams and
Snack foods like chips and
Desserts such as cookies, pies,
ice cream and puddings
Sugary drinks such as sodas,
juice drinks and sweet tea
The Extension Office has a
publication on carbohydrate
counting that will help you
determine the amount of a food
item that has 15 grams of carbohydrates.
Search for FCS3-546 for the
publication on-line or come by
the Extension Office for a copy.
Joan Martin is a family and
consumer sciences agent at the
Anderson County Extension office.
Woodford Woman’s Club plans annual garden tour
The Woodford County Woman’s Club Garden Department
will host its third annual Garden
Tour on Saturday, May 12 from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m.
The tour will showcase eight
private gardens that incorporate formal and casual styles,
expansive and compact gardens,
and both town and country settings. Included on the tour is a
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mix of professionally and owner
designed gardens, organizers said.
A portion of the proceeds will
support the Coats and Shoes for
Kids Project for Woodford County
This well-known community
effort has provided warm coats
and shoes for children for 26
The event is rain or shine.
Advance sale tickets are $15 and
available through May 10 at
a variety of businesses in Versailles, Midway and Lexington.
Tickets purchased the day of the
tour are $20 and available at The
Little House, 247 Lexington St.,
For more information, visit
2012 Rabies Clinic
PEN y, May 12e
On hand to answer wood- and lumber-related questions will be:
Dr. Terry Conners
UK Associate Extension Professor, Forest Products
Research Specialist, UK Department of Forestry
Owner, Maple Log Farms Logging
Demonstrating woodworking using hand tools
Anderson County Extension Agent for Agriculture
Tony s Barn – Food Vendor
Porta-potti furnished by Schell Septic Systems
Traf c control by Hugh Jones- Harrodsburg Area ATC
Gary McInturf • 1136 Ballard Road • Lawrenceburg
(For Dogs, Cats and Ferrets)
Saturday, May 12
1 - 3 p.m.
Anderson County Park
Lions Club Shelter
5* per animal
*Cash or Check Accepted.
Other vaccines also may be available
for an additional charge.
on a leash or
in a carrier!
All pets must
be at least
3 months old.
For more information:
502-839-4551, ext. 1116
Visit us online @
This event sponsored by Anderson County
Health Department, Anderson County
Humane Society and local veterinarians.