I have always been interested in nutrition as my mother came down with environmental illness when I was a little girl. I saw her fight for her own health and dig for answers to the real problem teaching the many doctors she saw. I had bought into the view of low fat, non fat and vegetable oils as the way to health. Then, a gal I knew from my bible study asked me if I would be interested in a nutrition conference and I went with her to see Dr. Tom Cowan present the Nourishing Traditions philosophy and I was hooked. It just made so much sense! I bought the Nourishing Traditions Book and a DVD of Sally Fallon’s conference talks and learned all I could about this new way of looking at food.
I joined a WAP chapter and started learning and gleaning all that I could to get my family on a healthier track. Since 2008, I have been eating mostly organic fruits and vegetables, pastured meats and eggs, drinking raw milk and making raw milk products, making and consuming bone broths, added fermented cod liver oil to my daily diet. I have noticed that as I have spent more time carefully preparing and eating traditional foods, my energy level has increased, I don’t get the normal ailments ie colds and flu, and my immune system overall seems to be improved.
I have looked at other claims to a healthier lifestyle, the most recent “Trim Healthy Mama” but didn’t find that the diet was easy nor did it make sense to separate the foods that God put together ie yolk and egg white as one example. Bottom line, WAP makes sense to me from the way food is grown to the way it is prepared and I have great respect for the amount of scientific evidence they present to back up this way of eating. Many do not follow WAP because it does take time to get the quality food and prepare it properly, but I have found that the health benefits and the joy in getting and preparing good food is more than worth it.
What’s important to me about the Weston Price Foundation is the quality of the food. I was in a macrobiotic, near-vegan cooking school in NYC when I met Sally Fallon. I was in my mid-30’s. Somehow the school had invited her to speak on “Why Butter is Better” (!!!). Her message resonated with me so much.
I immediately laid aside my vegetarian strivings and began to eat in the way she described traditional diets. The main thing for me was taste. It made alot of sense to me that food that tasted good was going to good for me.
Through my love of butter, I began to want to be a dairy farmer. I left NYC to start a farming internship in New Jersey. All along the way I adhered more and more to a Weston Price diet. I became a mother at the age of 43, giving birth to an extremely healthy baby at home.
When my son was two, I started a Weston Price chapter in our area (I had since moved to the midwest) — it turned out to be a wonderful boon for me because the people who attend the meetings are really in the know about where to find good locally grown food.
My son and I are still healthy. We never go to the doctor and rarely get sick. My son has never had a vaccination or a cavity (several of his classmates have diabetes and are on the autism spectrum). I raise virtually all of our own meat, and raw dairy is locally sourced. I prepare farm-raised meals for large gatherings, and I see how satisfied people are after a meal that includes lots of healthy fat.
Before I was even an adult, I read Adelle Davis’ book, “Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit.” Her premise in this book was, if you want to be healthy, you have to pay attention to what you eat. Wow! That made so much sense to me, I became an organic consumer immediately. As I perused further, I discovered that growing my own vegetables could be even better. So I learned how.
I discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation soon after Sally Fallon Morell’s book, “Nourishing Traditions” came out. I was already buying all of my meat (including chicken feet for my bone broth soup) from local farmers but this book taught me the importance of fermented foods in the diet as well as many other things. My husband, Bob, and I are not young, but we enjoy great health. We do take supplements, but we are on no medications, have no aches or pains, live strenuous lives and enjoy great food.
One story that is worth sharing: Over a year ago, Bob sleep-walked off of our loft. He woke up on the way down so he knew that he was falling. He basically fell an entire story at the age of 68. Yet, he broke NOTHING. I think that is a testament to the strength of his bones. We eat lots of butter, cream, coconut oil, our own pastured eggs, veggies from the garden all year long and my own version of kimchee. I also drink a splash of fruit kvass in every glass of water that I drink all day long. I firmly believe that eating a traditional diet is the best way to maintain great health.