Saturday, April 30, 2011

Nourishing Traditions

In my opinion, this book is definitely one of the most important to read if you’re serious about restoring your digestive health and enjoying optimal nutrition. For me, it’s been a long road to complete health and wellness and I'm eternally grateful to Sally Fallon for publishing this book. The premise of the book is that modern food choices and preparation techniques constitute a radical shift from the way our ancestors nourished themselves years ago and represent a trend that has severely compromised our health and vitality. The research findings of Dr. Weston Price are included; Dr. Price was a scientifically curious man. He discovered that the innovative food manufacturing companies of the early 20th century and their way of streamlining the production process of canned and frozen foods, sugar-coated cereal, assorted candies and pasties were wreaking havoc on our health. Dr. Price traveled all around the world to observe population groups that lived entirely on local foods. While many of the particulars of these diets varied, there were several common threads. Almost without exception, they ate liberal amounts of seafood (or other animal proteins and fats including raw milk), along with fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole unrefined grains.

The book is chock full of delicious recipes and I’ve had the pleasure of trying quite a few of them! There is also some fun food trivia included: “Know your Ingredients” quizzes demonstrate that certain ingredients recur in processed foods. A few of them almost made me laugh…until I realized it wasn’t a joke! See if you can guess this one (no cheating, don’t scroll down until you’ve given it some thought.)

Know Your Ingredients: Name This Product #15

Salt, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, sugar, monosodium glutamate, dehydrated onion, maltodextrin, dextrin (with beef extract and partially hydrogenated soybean oil), caramel color, autolyzed yeast, corn oil, dry malt syrup, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, natural flavoring, not more than 2% silicon dioxide added as an anti-caking agent.

One word (yuk!)

Okay are you ready?

And the winner is, Weight Watchers Beef Broth Mix!

If you’re serious about taking charge of your health, this book is a must read. Also, if you’re interested in learning more about Dr. Weston Price, visit The Weston A. Price Foundation was founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price. Dr. Price’s Research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.

As always, bon appétit!

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