Nancy Peckenpaugh, R.D., Medical Nutrition Therapy
Nancy grew up in Trumansburg and comes from an old Ithaca family who first arrived in 1816 by covered wagon. Her original ancestor came here as a silversmith and jeweler, and his first born son was one of the earliest photographers in Ithaca.
Nancy began specializing in diabetes while living in Bermuda. Even before it had a name, Nancy recognized the insulin resistance syndrome, And it was apparent that along with diabetes came high blood pressure, central obesity, high triclycerides and low HDL-cholesterol (dyslipidemia). This experience prompted Nancy to become a certified diabetes educator. She brought the concept of carbohydrate counting to Ithaca. Her continued experience in the field of diabetes stimulated her to write her own book, Peasant Eating for Royal Living, AKA Beans and Greens.
This book helps the reader to understand the problems with either a very low fat diet or a very low carbohydrate diet. The basic premise of the book is that if we eat like our peasant ancestors, we allow our bodies to live royally, but if we eat royally, we make our bodies live like peasants. The book is directly aimed at managing insulin resistance syndrome and covers carbohydrate counting along with weight loss strategies.
Nancy is also the author of Nutrition: Essentials and Diet Therapy, 6-8th editions. She is currently working on the ninth edition of this text to be published in 2003 by Harcourt Brace Publishers. This is a college level textbook for beginning nursing students.