At the Library: How to live a more plant-based, whole-foods lifestyle

At the Library: How to live a more plant-based, whole-foods lifestyle


Gosh, which diet to pick this year? Am I worried about carbs or protein? What kind of fat am I supposed to eat? Does my blood type require I eat extra cabbage, and shall I swap KitKats for dark chocolate? Am I counting calories or juicing? Good gracious! It’s enough to make your head spin.

Then I picked up the DVD “Forks Over Knives” from the shelving cart, and haven’t looked back. If you too are interested in a whole-foods, plant-based diet, here are some reliable science-based books and DVDs to get you started. The “Forks Over Knives” DVD gives a good overview. “The China Study” is probably the most important work on the subject, and has been recently updated. The “PlantPure Nation” DVD is very enjoyable.

“Forks Over Knives,” written and directed by Lee Fulkerson (2011)

“Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods”

— IMDb

“The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition,” by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D (2016)

“More than thirty years ago, nutrition researcher T. Colin Campbell and his team at Cornell, in partnership with teams in China and England, embarked upon the China Study, one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted”

— back cover

“PlantPure Nation,” directed by Nelson Campbell (2015)

“From the Producer and Writer of ‘Forks Over Knives,’ the documentary film ‘PlantPure Nation’ tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time”

— Amazon

“How Not to Die,” by Michael Greger (2015)

“The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. Greger examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America — heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, and more.”

— provided by publisher

“A Plant-Based Life,” by Micaela Cook Karlsen (2016)

“‘A Plant-Based Life’ guides you each step of the way as you slowly replace animal products and processed food with healthier choices that replenish your energy and boost well-being.” — back cover

Here at the library, we have been toying with the idea of starting a Cookbook Club to try a variety of recipes and share our successes. We are very much in the beginning stages of planning, but if you would be interested in potentially joining this group please contact us and we will be in touch with you as plans develop: or at the Reference Desk at (401) 596-2877 option 3.

Note: the library does not endorse any particular nutrition advice.

Top-requested books

1. “The Fix” by David Baldacci

2. “The Black Book” by James Patterson

3. “16th Seduction” by James Patterson

4. “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family & Culture in Crisis” by J. D. Vance

5. “Right Behind You” by Lisa Gardner

6. “The Whistler” by John Grisham

7. “If Not for You” by Debbie Macomber

8. “The Girl Before” by J. P. Delaney

9. “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

10. “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult

Top-requested movies

1. “Fences”

2. “La La Land”

3. “Hidden Figures”

4. “Lion”

5. “Manchester by the Sea”

6. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

7. “Arrival”

8. “Hacksaw Ridge”

9. “Moonlight”

10. “Jackie”

Top billing

For all ages

MONDAY — 4-7 p.m., Tax Prep Help – AARP will be here to help all ages with their taxes. First come, first served, so no appointments are necessary; 4-6 p.m., Teen Crafting Mondays – Use your imagination and crafting skills (or Pinterest ideas!) to create something great; 6-7:45 p.m., An Irish Celebration with the Vox Hunters – Join the Irish Coastal Club and the Vox Hunters for a night of delightful Irish tunes, as well as refreshments!

TUESDAY — 1-2 p.m., Afternoon Book Discussion – This month’s selection is Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. New members are always welcome; 3:30-5 p.m., Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Celebration – To celebrate the season, Teens will be making Spring-themed crafts and snacking on worms in dirt (the delish gummy kind!); 5:30-7:30 p.m., Knit & Crochet Club – bring your project, work on a project with others, or swap yarn and ideas with fellow yarnies; 6-6:45 p.m., Meditation Group – Work on becoming more present and mindful through the practice of meditation.

WEDNESDAY — 10:00-11:00 a.m., 1 to 3-Year-Old Storytime – This fun filled storytime intertwines movement and stories to amuse and appeal to toddlers; 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Homeschooler’s Book Club – This session is FULL; 6-7:15 p.m., Introduction to Investment – Join us in the auditorium for this free presentation!

THURSDAY — 10-11 a.m., 3 to 5-Year-Old Storytime – Join us each week as we explore a new theme through stories, songs, and crafts; 3:30-5:30 p.m., Teen Anime – We’ll be watching anime, enjoying some snacks, and working on anime-themed crafts; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Wellness Within – Brad and Pamela Thompson will present an innovative self-administered technique that can help you relieve stress; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Chess Club – All ages and experience levels are welcome. Chess sets and roll up boards will be provided; 6:30-7:30 p.m., Salt Pond Coalition Talk – Representatives from the Salt Pond Coalition will be here to speak about the importance of this diverse ecosystem, and to answer your questions!

FRIDAY –– The Library will be closing at 4:00 p.m. for our Tour Through Time event. 2-4 p.m., Learn to Make Your Family Tree with Ancestry – In our free workshop, you will learn to search the millions of original documents in Ancestry Library Edition, and save your finds on the Family Tree. Signup is required for this event; 4-8 p.m., A Tour Through Time – Celebrate the 125 years of Westerly Library & Wilcox Park with a guided tour through the original areas of the library! This event is SOLD OUT.

SATURDAY — 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tax Prep Help – AARP will be here to help all ages with their taxes. No appointments necessary, as this will be done on a first come, first served basis; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Learn Your Name in One of Tolkien’s Languages – Celebrate Tolkien Reading Day by dropping by the Makerspace (any time!) to learn to write your name in Elvish or Dwarvish; 1-3 p.m., Teen Movies – Join us in the Teen Space for a cinematic showing and, of course, some popcorn and beverages!

Jules Belanger works in the Reference Department at the Westerly Public Library.

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