Monday, October 28, 2013

Sally Fallon is My Betty Crocker

Time to update y'all. Lately I have been in the kitchen more than ever. No joke. Making meals, snacks, prepping for future meals, fermenting . . . .yes, fermenting.  About a year ago I had purchased a cook book by Sally Fallon titled Nurturing Traditions. Which, you can purchase here. A dear friend recommended it to me and it is now my #1 cook book.  I had always been interesting in organic and local foods but it was only an interest and not a way of feeding my family. As soon as I had the book in my hands I felt deeply connected. Everything warmed my heart: the whimsical cover, simple illustrations, and comforting meals. The book is based on Weston A. Price's research on the traditional eating habits of isolated cultures. He was a dentist who traveled the world and studied groups that had yet to be touched by western influence (canned foods, processed sugars, etc.). What he found was remarkable. I have started reading his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration  but it is a solid read that I find myself struggling to get through. It does, however, have some beautifully compelling images showing the teeth and gums of both isolated and adapted societies. It all just clicked, ya know? Like made perfect sense to me. So much so that I have decided to change the direction of this blog to explore my kitchen adventures with Dr. Price. Here are the guidelines of the diet (I got this straight from the Weston A. Price Foundation)

- Eat whole, natural foods.
- Eat only foods that will spoil, but eat them before they do.
- Eat naturally-raised meat including fish, seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, game, organ meats and eggs.
- Eat whole, naturally-produced milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as whole yogurt, cultured butter, whole cheeses and fresh and sour cream.
- Use only traditional fats and oils including butter and other animal fats, extra virgin olive oil, expeller expressed sesame and flax oil and the tropical oils—coconut and palm.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, in salads and soups, or lightly steamed.
- Use whole grains and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid and other anti-nutrients.
- Include enzyme-enhanced lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis.
- Prepare homemade meat stocks from the bones of chicken, beef, lamb or fish and use liberally in soups and sauces.
- Use herb teas and coffee substitutes in moderation.
- Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
- Use unrefined Celtic sea salt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
- Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and expeller expressed flax oil.
- Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, dehydrated cane sugar juice and stevia powder.
- Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.
- Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass or good quality enamel.
- Use only natural supplements.
- Get plenty of sleep, exercise and natural light.
- Think positive thoughts and minimize stress.
- Practice forgiveness.

While a lot of this seems simple it has been a challenge for me to wrap my brain around it.  I started out slow with organic fruits and veggies. Then, went to raw dairy and grass fed/pastured meats and eggs. Now I am making fermented sauces, bone broths, and fermented dairy items.My kitchen often times looks like some crazy science lab! I am hoping to get into the kombucha game soon which will be sure to raise the eyebrows of guests haha. 
 My brain is filled with ideas for future blog posts and goodies to share. So lets do it! Let's take back the nutrition of our families and start nourishing our bodies!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Breakfast Smoothie

I did not make a resolution this year . . .no real point.  My goals are always the same.  Get healthy, be organized, make time for daily devotionals,  and win the lottery.  Now that I am 6 weeks pp I can start working out a bit but my biggest struggle is eating right.  Having a newborn and a five year old really make it difficult to prepare healthy meals let alone eat them.  I have been getting some inspiration from good ol' Pinterest and will share what I find works.

Breakfast is a toughie.  I find it is crucial to eat a balanced breakfast (Especially while breastfeeding) but it is a challenge to plan, make, and consume one.  An obvious solution is a smoothie.  
Reasons Smoothies are awesome:
  • Don't need a ton of ingredients 
  • Most smoothie ingredients can be frozen so not a huge waste
  • Very few dishes
  • Can eat with one hand
  • Easy to customize to what your body needs
I have seen several on Pinterest that had oatmeal in them and I think this is genius. Oatmeal is such a great way to start your day. It stabilizes blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, heart protection, and tons more.  One night make up a few servings and stick it in a container in the fridge.  Then you can use it all week and not have to make it up every morning. Plus having it cold from the fridge is a bonus.  No one wants a warm smoothie.  Anyways. . . . I could go on about oatmeal for days . ..well at least another paragraph but let's move on to the recipe.

Breakfast Smoothie
  • 2 Frozen Bananas (I wait until mine are brown and then put them in the freezer. Better than adding ice)
  • 1 small container of plain yogurt (use greek to boost protein)
  • 1/3 cup of cooked oats
  • handful of raw almonds
  • 1 tbsp 100% Natural Maple Syrup (or any other sweetener you like)
  • 1/3 cup of non fat milk or almond milk
Add all the ingredients to your blender.  Let them whirl into smoothie perfection.  This is a really yummy and very filling recipe.  I could only drink half.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Welcome Elsie!

Call off the search, I am still alive!!  LOL!  I know I have been missing for a few months but I have a good reason . . .  Elsie was born!  She was 9lbs 15ozs and I had her without any drugs (that's right, don't mess with me).

She was born November 24th and I have been thrown into a spiral of baby and holiday craziness!  I am hoping to start collecting coupons this Sunday and weeding through my coupon binder. I have been getting samples but I fear I would have to do a 3 hr video to cover it all. So my plan is to just start fresh next week (maybe a few highlights of some stuff I have gotten).  If any of you couponing/sampling mamas out there have any advice on how you juggle it all please LET ME KNOW!