05 March 2012

my new bible

I've done a lot of research on the topic of nutrition. It's a major interest, as you can probably tell by now.  I know that there is so much wrong with our food today, with all of the heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc, etc, etc, affecting everyone we know. You are what you eat. Right? Disease isn't caused by a drug deficiency. And they say we're going to live shorter lives than our parents.

The problem I guess, is that there is a lot of knowledge that has been lost over the last generation, in the name of capitalism. I try to do what I can with what I have, but I still don't really know if what I'm doing is what should be done, or whether I keep falling for popular diet marketing.

In my research, I have read many blogs that mention the book "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon, so that definitely peaked my interest, and I put it on my must read list.

So I started reading. I'm not all the way through, but so far, it is amazing. It explains in detail, with scientific explanations, and repeated references to studies that we should be eating the way our ancestors did. I will quote a reference from the book:

"Before 1920 coronary heart disease was rare in America; so rare that when a young internist named Paul Dudley White introduced the German electrocardiograph to his colleagues at Harvard University, they advised him to concentrate on a more profitable branch of medicine."  
"by the mid-1950s heart disease was the leading cause of death among Americans".

Sorry vegetarians and vegans, as much as I wish I didn't eat animals, it's the way humans have evolved, and the way, I believe, we are supposed to eat. I think that using this book as a guide, we can all be a lot healthier. It has many recipes, some more available to us in our modern grocery store world, than others. I see the challenge of sourcing out food, ahead of me. It's a little disheartening to read that my stiff joints may be helped by raw milk, which is illegal to buy. I guess I'll need a cow.

I'm asking everyone I love, to read the book. I'm sure you won't all take it as far as I think I'm prepared to, but everyone can at least learn something from it. Of course it's difficult to change our eating habits. It's just a matter of taking one small step at a time, forgeting the setbacks and pushing forward. It would be too hard for anyone to change everything at once, then expect to maintain it.

If there is one change that would be easy for anyone (non-vegan), it would be to follow the recommendations for fats. Good fats are good for you. Stop using vegetable oil and margerine. I'm not going to get into the full explanation, when it's explained so well in the book. Cook with butter, coconut oil and animal fats. Use extra virgin olive oil and small amounts of flax seed oil cold, as in salad dressings.

Also, eat the whole egg, stop all of this egg white nonsense.

Like I said, I haven't finished reading yet, but so far it has made all of the scattered puzzle pieces of nutritional info I've picked up over the years fit together, I think it's my new bible.


  1. Sounds really interesting, Amber! Going to have to look for this book.


  2. Oh I think you'll like it. Lots of lacto-fermentation and stuff. I think I'll try making "real" saurkraut soon :)

    1. Awesome! Keep us posted on how it goes :)