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lUll Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Bulletin, Kecoro, I~rogresslve, Reporter Cut back r byfoll ing y ti Q: Chuck, refined sugar is in everything -- even bread! I recently went through every loaf in the grocery, and I found only one brand that didn't have sugar in it. I'll admit that I'm a sugar junkie. But I want to start somewhere to detox my body and get off that pervasive sweetener. Where do I start? --"Stop the Sugar Insanity" Smyrna, Del. A: I've got the perfect answer, and it comes from a fantastic article I read a few weeks ago by dietitian Cynthia Sass for Health magazine, "5 Ways to Eat Less Sugar." Let me summarize her advice and add a little of my OWll, but first I want to state a few of the greater dangers of simple sugars. Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, explained in C-FORCE HEALTH AND FITNESS CHUCK NORRIS an interview with CNN, "We actually need sugar; it's our body's preferred fuel." But, he added, we eat too much of it. Regarding how much sugar we need, the Mayo Clinic, citing the American Heart Association, explained that women should limit their daffy intake of added sugar to 100 calories or fewer (6 teaspoons), and men's intake should be no more than 150 calories (9 teaspoons) of sugar per day. (Added sugars are those sugars not included in good food sources, for example, fruit.) The AHA explained that added sugar is responsible for a series of health ailments -- tooth decay, reduced good cholestero! levels, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc. -- and it even could cause or exacerbate mental illnesses. Sass cited a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that reported that the added sugars Americans consume can "increase their risk of death from heart disease by almost 20 percent-- regardless of other health problems. And for the 10 percent of Americans who get a quarter of their calories from added sugar, the risk more than doubles." ' ' And the scary part is that the average American consumes roughly 141 pounds of refined sugars and high-fructose corn syrup a year. That's more than a third of a pound every day. With that in mind, it should be every American's goal to fight to reduce the intake of refined sugars. So here's what Sass advised we can do. At the very least, these ways represent a perfect place to start. --Junk the sugar-filled drinks. Sass noted, "Nearly 40 percent of the added sugar in Americans' diets comes from sugary beverages like soda, sweet tea, lemonad6, and fruit punch." Time magazine just reported that based on a 22-year study of more than 42,000 men, researchers from the Harvard Chester: Food and clothing drive, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Plumas /1Ned- Charter School at 681 ~CJ Main St. Suite A in the Slusher Plumbing building. Student Blue Balcita organizes collection of new, nearly new clothing, boxed or canned food. All donations go to Almanor Basin Community Resource Center. Chester: Almanor Community Supper, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., "~hll Chester Memorial Hall. Twice-monthly event March 20 hosted by different club, organization November through April Free; donations appreciated. For information, to volunteer~ Lisa and Craig Phillips, 714-801-2543 ...... : Greenville: Region 5 Music Festival, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Greenville High School. Features performances by bands, choirs from throughout Plumas, Lassen counties. Free; community members encouraged to attend. Fri March 21 open mic. Admission 283-3402. Portola: Words & Music, begins 7 p.m., Williams House Museum at 424 E. Sierra (Highway 70). Featuring Benny, Penny & Dude. Sign up at the door for $3. For information: Chester: Cabin Fever Dance Party; j 7:30 - 10 p.m., doors open at 7; Chester Memorial Hall. Rock 'n' ~ roll with Edgewater. Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Plumas Arts. Tickets $8/person, $5/Plumas Arts member; available at Good Vibrations, Plumas Bank, Books & Beyond. For information: Jeff Bryant, 259-3757. Greenville: Shanghai Shindig and Talent Show; doors open 5 p.m., show at 7 following dinner; Indian Valley Community Center at 209 Crescent St. (Highway 89). Fine Chinese cuisine, no-host bar, show featuring 10 family-friehdly acts including live music, song, drama, spot cameos. Vote for top three best of show. Fundraiser.for Indian Valley Community Center, Indian Valley Recreation and Parks District. Tickets $30, available at Sterling Sage, Lupines, (use payments tab). Talent-show-only option: $10, doors open 6:45. FOr information: IVCC,, 284-7385; Matt Cerney,, 284-0990. American Legion 95th Birthday Dinner; doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner 6; American Legion Hall on Pine Street. Braised chicken, all the trimmings Tickets available at the door. Stewardship put finishing touches on multiuse trail system. Bring backpack, layers, hat or sunglasses, work gloves, sunscreen. Tools, instruction, breakfast, lunch provided. Free; open to all agesl Wrap-up party, official trail opening follow. Fundraiser car wash, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Les Schwab Tire Center parking lot. Cars washed with interior vacuumed, wiped down for $15. Proceeds support Feather River College equine studies field trips. For information, to donate: Crystal Anderson, 283-0202, ext. 272. Second annual Denim & Diamonds Dance Party, 7 p.m., Veterans Hall. Plumas Health Care Foundation fundraiser. Wear denim and/or real or faux diamonds. No-host bar, appetizers, silent auction, live dance music by Stratus. Tickets, $20, available at Carey Candy Co., Pangaea Caf~ and Pub. Lassen Volcanic National Park: Ranger-led snowshoe Sat-SulR walks, meet 1 p.m. Mar 22-23 outside Loomis Ranger Station on plaza in Manzanita Lake area. Weather permitting. 1- to 2-mile adventure explores winter ecology, Lassen's geologic history. Dress in layers, carry food, drinking water. Limited number of snowshoes available for $1 donation. Quincy: Fundraising service, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Courthouse SUIt Caf& Feather River March 23 College equine studies students serve breakfast, ; all tips go toward field trips. For information, to donate: Crystal Anderson, 283-0202, ext. 272. March 25 Quincy: Fundraising dinner, Moon's. Feather River College equine studies students make pizza, salad, bread for patrons; includes musical entertainment. Proceeds support field trips. For information, to donate: Crystal Anderson, 283-0202, ext. 272. Quincy: 18th annual Women's History Luncheon, begins ~led promptly at noon, Mineral March 26 Building at Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. Presented by Plumas County Museum, Plumas National Forest. Featured speaker Mrs. Elda F.ay Ball discusses historical ranch life in Sierra Valley. Menu by Back Door Catering Co.: grilled Monterey chicken, roasted vegetables, Caesar salad, fresh baked bread, gingersnaps, shortbread cookies, iced tea, lemonade, coffee, hot tea. Tickets $20; seating limited. For information, tickets: Plumas County Museum, 283-6320. Dailey, retired science teacher. Quincy: Community Dodgeball Tournament fundraiser, 6 '~hll p.m., Quincy High School March 27 large gym. All proceeds support QHS. Teams have eight-plus members, pay $80. For information, to register team: Daniel,, 616-1006. "Pure Dead Brilliant Fiddle"; doors open 6:30, showtime 7 p.m.; Town Hall Theatre. Concert by Hanneke Cassel Trio features Celtic, folk fiddle based on Scottish, Cape Breton strains. $15 general admission, $10 Plumas Arts members (presale only). Tickets available at Plumas Arts Gallery (Wednesday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Quincy Natural Foods, For information, to charge tickets by phone: 283-3402 ......... Taylorsville: Public forum addressing forest and fire restoration in Genesee Valley, 5:30 p.m., Taylorsville Grange. Panel of experts hosted by Plumas Audubon Society, Feather River Land Trust. Followed by question-and-answer session. People interested in forest, fire management on public, private lands encouraged to attend. For information: Gabe Miller, 283-5758.. Chester: Fish fry, 5:30 - 7 p.m., I:ri Lake Almanor Elks Lodge March 28 at 164 Main St. $8 per person. Portola: Third annual Plumas Business Summit, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Grizzly Creek Ranch at 5900 Grizzly Road. Theme: "Capturing the Culture of Progress through Action." Presented by chamber of commerce, Feather River College Enactus to bring together Plumas County business community for professional development, networking. Includes business plan competition. Costs $70. Includes breakfast, lunch. For information: Audrey Ellis, 836-6811, Quincy: Two mystery 0ne-acts, Quincy High School small ~ri-SUlll gym. Fri, Sat doors open Mar 28-30 6:30 p.m., showtime 7; Sun doors open 1:30 p.m., showtime 2. QHS senior Brian Wood presents origina! plays for senior project. Tickets $5 presale, $6 at the door. Tickets available at Moon's, Epilog Books, Carey Candy Co., QHS library. Quincy: Country style breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., Feather River Grange 440 at 55 Main St. Choice of eggs "your way," potatoes, bacon or sausage, beverage for $6. All proceeds support Grange efforts to restore building as community meeting center. Final South Park Trail System workday, meet 9 a.m. at swimming hole near Oakland Camp. Volunteers help Sierra Buttes Trail Dinner With a Doctor, doors open 6 p.m., St. John's Hall on Lawrence Street. Community education forum presented by Plumas District Hospital features general/vascular surgeon Dr. Lawrence Milne. $10/person, includes healthy meal. Question-and-answer session follows. Tickets available in hospital lobby, Carey Candy Co. on Bradley Street. Dinosaurs & Fossils, 6:30 p.m., Plumas County Library. Free presentation for all ages by Don School of Public Health found that men who drink roughly six sugary beverages a week are 20 percent likelier to have a heart attack than those who never drink them. And in a 2009 Harvard study, women who drank more than two sugary beverages daffy had a nearly 40 percent higher risk of heart disease than women who seldom consumed sugary drinks. --Investigate hiddensources of sugar. Sugar is hidden in almost everything that lines grocery shelves. Sass was correct when she highlighted 12 products in which most wouldn't expect sugar to be added: soup, salad dressing, crackers, ketchup, sushi, granola, yogurt, bread, spaghetti sauce, frozen dinners and protein bars and shakes. And the added complexity is that sugar comes marketed under so many different names. So, as Sass noted, "the best way to scope out added sugar.., is to read ingredient lists. Look for words including brown sugar, corn syrup, maltose, fructose, dextrose, molasses, agave, brown rice syrup, cane sugar, cane syrup, and evaporated cane juice." If a food or beverage includes any of the above, look for a similar product that does not. --Buy plain foods and. sweeten them yourself. Instead of buying flavored yogurt, oatmeal with brown sugar, sweetened tea, etc. -- even with sugar substitutes -- go plain and then dress them with less and less organic honey or pure maple syrup until your palate changes and your body doesn't crave sugar. Like Sass, I'm not a big fan of all the sugar substitutes, because they can trick the mind into producing sugar cravings. But if you're going to use substitutes, my wife, Gena, and I prefer stevia, which is a natural sweetener that is derived from an herb native to South America and has minimal effects on blood sugar levels. --Swap the sweetened foods for fiber-filled sweet fruit. Remember that fruits are not the fiberless processed candies and foods with empty calories on the grocery shelves. Fruits contain natural, God-given fructose in small amounts, and they also are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber, slowing down fructose's absorption and preventing insulin spikes. And the carbohydrates in fruit -- just as in bread, pasta and healthy cereals -- are common sources of glucose, which our bodies need. (But when buying it in the can, buy fruit immersed only in water and not heavy syrups, which are often loaded with, you guessed it, sugar.) That's why Rachel K. Johnson, professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont, told CNN that "there,s no need to avoid the naturally occurring sugars in fruit, vegetables and low- and nonfat dairy." (For more on fruit, go online and check out Sass' article titled "Fruit Isn't Making You Fat, and Here's Why.") --Limit sugary treats to once a week. This is a great way to' discipline and reward yourself for a week of fighting against your sugar cravings. Don't allow yourself a total sugary splurge, such as the biggest hot fudge sundae you can find. Make it a relatively small treat that satiates most of your sweet tooth -- such as a strawberry dipped in dark chocolate, honey sesame crunch bites, flavored popcorn, fruit s ips and squeezes, prepackaged dried fruits, dark chocolate-dipped fig bars or bites, or any of the thousands of products or recipes for organic sugarless treats you can find online. Train yourself to eat them slowly and savor every bite. Finally, as funny as they can be, it's probably time that we quit using tongue-in-cheek quips and quotations to justify and indulge our sugar addictions -- for example, when Ralph Nader said, "If God hadn't meant for us to eat sugar, he wouldn't have invented dentists.' ...... Write to Chuck Norris ( with questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2014 Chuck Norris Distributed by creators.corn Lun ramp clos According to the Forest Service, due to low water conditions, Lunker boat ramp at Frenchman Lake has been closed. "The boat ramp will stay closed until there is a significant rise in the lake level to make the ramp accessible," said Deb Bumpus, Beckw0urth district. ranger. Boats may still be launched from the Frenchman boat ramp located on the east side of the lake. While this ramp is currently open, some nearby services, including running water and the handling dock, will not be available until later in the spring. Boaters need to use caution when launching their watercraft and navigating the lake due to the lower water levels. "Driving 'on the shoreline is not allowed," said Bumpus, noting all vehicles must stay on gravel or paved road surfaces. Operating or parking a motor vehicle outside of a designated area is a violation under 36 CFR 261.16(m). A violation of this regulation is subject to a penalty of not more than $5,000 or six months imprisonment, or both. Call the Beckwourth Ranger District at 836-2575 with any questions or view for information about other recreation opportunities in the area. p m m m m m m SENIOR MENU Monday, March 24 m High sodium: tuna melt, green pea salad, sliced m oranges, cookie m m mm m m m Wednesday, March 26 Spaghetti/meat sauce, broccoli green salad, french roll, grapes & banana -m Thursday, March 27 Chef salad, navy bean soup, mixed fruit cup, whole wheat roll, ice cream m Tuesday, March 25 Friday, March 28 Pork roast, sweet potato,Beef stir fry, onions/green m peas/cauliflower, wholepepper, brown rice, sliced i grain roll, applesauce carrots, fruit cocktail m ..~/~?~.~``.`~`/4~.~~g~yi~4~`~..~i.~.i~.~l~.~ .'l.rl~ ' , , ~ ~.~ m Nutrition sites: Chester, 394-7636; Quincy, 283-0643;m Greenville, 284-6608 (day before for reservation); Portola, 832- m 4173; Blairsden open Wed. only, call 832-4173 Tuesday form reservations. Suggested donation $2.50 for 60 yrs & older. m One guest may accompany each senior, $6 mandatory m charge. Menus may change. Hours: Noon at all sites. m- m-- mm .m m m ,-m m- mm --m mm mm m-- mm