Over the last several years, I’ve gotten more serious about preparing healthy meals for us. These meals, while healthier than fast food, still weren’t as healthy as they could be. I recently began reading traditional food blogs, and just purchased a cookbook called Nourishing Traditions.
I’ve learned so much about how bad processed foods really are for us. I always knew that whole foods were better, but didn’t quite comprehend EXACTLY how bad processed food really is. They were just so much more convenient and easier to use. Since I am still learning how to cook, things like roasting a whole chicken, and making my own chicken stock were a little intimidating to me. I can now proudly say that I have done both. Yay for me! 🙂
This book is challenging everything that I have ever thought about healthy eating. I am still working my way through the book and learning, but so far it has been very enlightening. I have to say that the claim of butter being a health food was very intriguing. Real butter? Sign me up!
This is not a fad diet book by any means. This is a very well-researched book that explains how we have been duped by the “Diet Dictocrats” into thinking that saturated fats and cholesterol are bad for us. This book details how high-cholesterol diets promote good health, and that saturated fats can protect the heart,etc. It may sound totally crazy, but the more I read online and in this book, the more sense it makes. I would like to point out that the authors are encouraging raw whole milk products, pastured beef and chicken, not conventional food products. I haven’t made the leap into trying raw dairy yet, but I haven’t ruled it out. That is just a pretty big step for me to take, but I do buy full fat dairy products now. I am seeking out the next best thing to raw dairy. I purchase Kerrygold unsalted butter, which comes from grass-fed cows. The other dairy products that I buy come from grass-fed cows, are non-homogenized and VAT pasteurized at the lowest temperature possible in order to allow the milk to retain more of its nutritional value. The brand that I buy is Kalona Supernatural.
I haven’t had any luck finding their milk in stores, but our Whole Foods does sell milk from a local dairy called Texas Daily Harvest that is low-temperature pasteurized and non-homogenized. It.Is.Delicious. They do sell raw milk at their farm in Yantis,TX.
I’ve also purchased grass-fed beef at my local Sprouts grocery store. Pastured chickens are a little harder to find at the store, but I did see some at one of the Whole Foods here in the DFW area. In the future, I may seek out farmer’s markets or farms themselves to buy these, but for now this is way more convenient for us.
I found my copy of Nourishing Traditions at a Half Price bookstore for about eight bucks. I have the second revised edition that came out in 2003. This book was co-written by Sally Fallon Morell and Dr. Mary Enig, who also co-authored the Eat Fat Lose Fat book. I checked this book out of our local library, and it is a great read also.