I am fascinated by nutrition and as well as having a seasonal appointment with a NatNut trained nutritionist, I also like to read anything I can get my hands on, attend lectures and experiment with different ideas in the kitchen.
The most enduring for me is the work of Barbara Wren, who I had the pleasure of meeting this spring, whilst on a retreat with the inspirational Kirsten Chick and Hayley North.
I discovered Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon a few years ago and unearthed a whole new way of thinking about food. It is a very traditional approach based in part on research done by Weston Price at the beginning of last century. He was a dentist who travelled the world in the 1930s and observed peoples untouched by civilisation, living solely on local foodstuffs. Most of these tribespeople ate seafood and animal proteins, including organ meats. They saw animal fat as vital to good health. Everything that they ate was in it’s natural unrefined state. The one thing that was noticeable about these groups was that they were free from degenerative disease, dental decay and mental illness.
Sally Fallon started the Weston Price Foundation in 1999 in the United States and wrote Nourishing Traditions (a recipe book literally packed with recipes for traditional foods) to bring his work to a wider audience. I use the recipes from this book regularly, although we’ve yet to cross over to the meat eating side (we enjoy raw dairy and eggs from our chickens instead). I really like her ideas for providing nutritious food for your family on a budget.
TRY NOT TO OVERECONOMISE ON FOOD. Instead cut out all the junk food, prepared cookies and cakes, soft drinks, frozen foods, fast foods etc. – and use the savings to buy good quality whole foods. Above all use good quality fats – they keep you healthy during times of stress.
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