Community Interest

No More Diets!

By Tiffani Stewart,
St. Charles City-County Library District

There were cookies and candy and cake,
Ham, potatoes, and steak.
The holidays brought treats,
Stews, sweet stuff, and meats…
Eating ‘em all might have been a mistake!

So you indulged a bit over the holiday season and put on a few pounds.  And now your New Year’s resolution is to lose a few.  It’s important to pay attention to your diet, but research shows that it’s best to lose weight carefully, in a healthy way that you can commit to for the long term.  If you jump into a diet that promises quick weight loss results, but the habits you build are not sustainable, you can do more harm than good.  How? Why?

According to Men’s Journal, (“Yo-yo Dieting:  What It Is and How It Can Wreck Your Body”, Smith & Bible, 2016), there are three serious problems with so-called yo-yo dieting.  First, you can actually gain weight with repeated dieting.  Your body interprets extremes in eating patterns as food shortages.  It will store fat vigorously in order to prepare for future famines. 

Second, yo-yo dieting can create problems with digestion.  Your “guts” are home to microbial cells that influence metabolism, immune function, and gastrointestinal function. When these levels are abruptly disrupted, inflammation and disease can result.  Finally, severe diet changes can negatively impact your emotional well-being.  Rebecca Scritchfield, a registered dietitian and nutritionist warns, “Dieting is not the same as healthy eating, and this leads to a sense of deprivation, which can derail your healthy intentions.” 

So how do you get into shape without falling into the trap of yo-yo dieting?  First, always check with your doctor before starting a diet and exercise program. He or she will likely suggest that you start with your attitude.  Make food choices based on how a particular food makes you feel, and not on how it will make you look.  Eat for energy, long life, and wellness.  Exercise to feel strong and happy.

The Library offers a variety of books to guide long-term weight loss resolutions including:  The Diet Myth:  The Real Science Behind What We Eat by T.D. Spector, Why Diets Fail by Nicole Avena, The Diet Fix by Yoni Freedhoff, and Food:  What the Heck Should I Eat? By Mark Hyman.  These and other similar titles are all available for check out.

We are here to help you with your health and wellness goals and all of your New Year’s resolutions!  Ask Library staff for ways the Library can support you.  If you’re working toward healthy weight loss, check out cookbooks, workout videos, and exercise equipment.  Take a class that focuses on healthy living and exercise.  And don’t forget to reward yourself along the way.  Try one of these activities at the Boone’s Trail or Augusta Branch Libraries just for fun!

•    All Day Craft Day:  Pasta Art (Augusta), Tues., Jan. 8th, drop in. What’s better than eating pasta?  Making art with it!  Stop in during open hours to create with noodles of all shapes and sizes.

•    I Love Quilts (Augusta), Tues., Jan. 15th, 10:00 a.m. The name says it all!  If you love quilting, come for a demonstration of a quilting technique.  Bring your project for Show and Tell, and don’t forget Block of the Month.
•    New Melle Nonfiction Book Discussion Group* (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Jan. 17th, 10:00 a.m. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen when she first entered a classroom. Join us to discuss her fascinating memoir, Educated.
•    Augusta Book Discussion* (Augusta), Mon., Jan. 21th, 2:00 p.m. After a layoff sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at an unusual bookstore. Read Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, then join us for a great discussion.
•    Book Purse* (Augusta), Jan. 28th, 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. Create a fun and usable purse from a book.
•    Let’s Play Rummy*(Boone’s Trail), Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Playing cards is a fun way to relax and socialize.  Register to play a variety of rummy games.
•    Coffee at the Library (Augusta), Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. Come in for a hot cup of coffee and great conversation.
•    Hand and Foot Canasta* (Boone’s Trail), Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. Join us to play this fast-paced rummy game.  Beginners welcome!  Please register.
•    Yarn Arts (Augusta), Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. The Augusta Yarn Arts group meets every Thursday to create, share, and chat.

•    Shrinky Dinks (Augusta), Mon., Jan. 7th, drop in. Create your own artwork, then bake it into a hard plastic figure.  Great as a decorative keychain!
•    Discovery Kids:  Milk Painting* (Boone’s Trail), Mon., Jan. 7th, 6:00 p.m. How do interacting molecules make wondrous art?  Join us to discover!
•    Story Time (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Jan. 10th, 10:30 a.m.
                                                  Mon., Jan. 21st, 6:00 p.m.
                                                  Thurs., Jan. 24th, 10:30 a.m.
    Stories, songs, and crafts to enhance early literacy.  Story time is open to children ages 3-6.
•    Lego Builders (Augusta), Sat., Jan. 19th, drop in. Stop in to build with an impressive collection of LEGOs.
•    Snowflake Bentley (Augusta), Tues., Jan. 22nd, 4:00 p.m. Learn about Wilson Bentley, one of the first known photographers of snowflakes, then make a borax crystal snowflake.
•    Puzzle Picture Frame (Augusta), Tues., Jan. 29th, drop in. We’ll make good use of puzzles with missing pieces by creating fun and interesting picture frames.  Open to school age children.
•    Tale Waggers:  Read to a Dog* (Boone’s Trail), Tues., Jan. 29th, 6:00 p.m. Bring a book or choose one from our shelves to read to an adorable attentive dog from Love on a Leash.

•    Club Read:  The Tail of Emily Windsnap* (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Jan. 3rd 17th, and 31st, 6:00 p.m. Join us for a read-aloud hour of coloring, snacks, and discussion.  At this month’s Club Read, open to grades 4-8, we’ll enjoy an enthusiastic reading from The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler.  Come once, or hear the whole story by attending all of the dates.
•    College Prep and Tackling the A.C.T.* (Boone’s Trail), Thurs., Jan. 10th, 6:30 p.m. Learn how to plan for college and get tips for scoring well on the A.C.T. college entrance exam.  Presented by Sylvan Learning.

* Register at or call Boone’s Trail at 636-398-6200 or Augusta at 636-228-4855.
The Boone’s Trail and Augusta branches are open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. 
** All library branches are OPEN on January 21, 2019 during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.