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OPINION The Anderson News | Wednesday, May 9, 2012 | A5 Looking for life When food is sugar free, look more closely in weekly obituaries I love reading obituaries. Not because I am happy to learn that someone died. But because it’s an entire epic novel squeezed into miniature, tracing life from birth to death. It’s Homer’s Odyssey compressed down to the time it takes Meaghan to read a Downs haiku. Staff columnist Is this morbid fascination? I don’t think so. For one instant, in a few, compact lines, we learn that someone’s ordinary life wasn’t so ordinary. Read between the lines. We have more in common with the dead than you’d think. 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 teacher. And I’m glad I did. Through a series of short poem obituaries, the reader learns about ordinary people: farmers, mothers, children and grandmothers. 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 people. Parenthood. Work. Religion. 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 community. 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 in common. Before all we know of others’ lives is what we read in obituaries, interesting though they may be. Next week’s column: Secrets of the Motherhood Have a recommendation for this column series? E-mail staff writer Meaghan Downs at mdowns@theandersonnews. com. Last week I met with the group at the Senior Center to discuss carbohydrate counting, diabetes management and sugar free foods. 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 Joan FDA regulations Martin that any sugar free Guest columnist food that is not low or reduced in calories should disclose that fact. 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 necessarily. 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 level. 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 weight management. 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 control. 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 bread Grains (rice, corn, wheat, oats, bulgur, couscous) Dried beans (red, navy, black, garbanzo and pinto beans) and soy products Starchy vegetables (potato, corn, peas, winter squash and pumpkin) Fruits (fresh, canned, dried) and fruit juices Milk and yogurt Sweets like candies, jams and jellies Snack foods like chips and pretzels 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 Check Us Out Online @ 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 Children. This well-known community effort has provided warm coats and shoes for children for 26 years. 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., Versailles. For more information, visit w 2012 Rabies Clinic SE OU H PEN y, May 12e O rda Satu til Noon Shin n or Rai ?– On hand to answer wood- and lumber-related questions will be: Dr. Terry Conners UK Associate Extension Professor, Forest Products Carroll Fackler Research Specialist, UK Department of Forestry Holger Groessler Owner, Maple Log Farms Logging Wayne Miller Demonstrating woodworking using hand tools Tommy Yankey 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 WWW.KYSAWMILL.COM 859-608-1060 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. All animals must be 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.

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