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!