“Friday Reads” is a weekly blog written by reference librarian Faith Lee about great books, magazines, and the occasional reference work. Topics may be new titles added to the library, selections from the Staff Picks shelf or about something she recently read. Admittedly, there is a definite slant toward nonfiction, because, well, she’s a reference librarian and likes to learn new things. Guest bloggers take a turn sometimes too. No matter the source, good reads are featured here.
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Did you make a new year’s resolution to improve your health? Are you curious about the paleo diet? If you answered yes to either question, you ought to take a look at Paleo magazine in our reading area.
Their mission statement is, “Paleo magazine was founded with the purpose of providing readers with the information they need to live strong, vibrant, healthy lives. We are dedicated to partnering with leaders in the Paleo community to spread the knowledge of ancestral health principles, without the influence of Big Pharma or Big Agriculture.” The magazine promotes eating real food, such as vegetables, wild fish, seafood and game, grass-fed meats, eggs, healthy fats, fruits, nuts & seeds, and avoiding processed foods, refined sugar, legumes & soy, grains and dairy.
To that end, Paleo contains many regular features that guide the reader to a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle, and several “highlight” articles. Check out these regular columns you will find in each bimonthly issue:
Research Roundup: a summary and analysis of research done on topics of interest to the paleo community by a registered dietician.
Herbs for Thriving: Each issue features one herb. The February/March 2018 issue features plantain. Did you know traditional uses for this herb include a poultice, spray or salve for insect bites, acne and other skin irritations? You can also make tea and cough syrup with it.
Product Reviews: From food to gadgets, you can read brief reviews for several products. Unlike Consumer Reports, they do not make their acquisition of products or testing methods known.
Book Corner: Read author interviews here. Books are about a variety of topics related to “strong, vibrant, healthy lives.”
Blog Review: Reviews of paleo-related blogs and websites, including interviews with the bloggers.
Business Spotlight: features a business of interest to the paleo community, such as “Kimera Coffee” in the February/March 2018 issue.
Foraging: features one plant each issue that can be harvested from the wild.
From the Doc: A doctor explains a current medical topic, citing studies and providing connections to our daily lives.
Real Talk with Dietician Cassie: Like “From the Doc,” but focusing on nutrition and written by a registered dietician.
Recipes: Lots of recipes with scrumptious photos and instructions suitable for a beginner covering breakfast, lunch, dinner … and dessert.
Average Joe Paleo: A personal column reflecting an issue readers are likely to identify with.
Movement: Features a few exercises, stretches or massages.
You can find Paleo magazine in our reading room shelved alphabetically by its title. Back issues can be checked out.