Oh my goodness!!! The information I learned today has my head spinning and will take quite a bit of time to digest. Sally Fallon and Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farm, spoke today. I also met some wonderful participants and our Weston Price chapter is becoming a closer group of people. We are going to begin some Nourishing Traditions-based potluck dinners.
Today’s presentation about Traditional Diets was based on PowerPoints from this website: http://www.newtrendspublishing.com/NTDVD/index.php
Yesterday’s presentation on the Oiling of America is based on this PowerPoint: http://www.newtrendspublishing.com/OOA/index.php
I now realize that there are notes for each of these presentations, so once you open them, click on View and then Notes Page. Whew! That discovery saved me a lot of time!
The scope of today’s Traditional Diets presentation is overwhelming. You will be best served by downloading it and reading the notes. Here are a few points that I do not think are included in the presentation:
- Directed detoxification of the body is punishing the body. If you feed it well it will naturally and gently detoxify. Good bacteria in the body help it detoxify. They grab heavy metals and take them out of the body.
- Liver is the most nutrient dense food. For liver scaredy cats like me, sausage can be a good way to incorporate it and other organ meats into the diet.
- All cultures ate some cooked food. All raw is not natural and healthy.
- Low fat diets lead to fatter kids according to a Swedish study.
- The Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio in grass fed versus grain fed beef is misplaced emphasis. The real benefits of grass fed beef over grain fed are higher amounts of Vitamin A, K, E and D.
- When eating meat, it MUST have fat in order to absorb nutrients. Boneless/skinless chicken breasts are not a nutrient dense food. Eat the skin and fat!
- It is normal to gain weight when going through menopause. A healthy woman will gain two dress sizes, and the weight should go into muscle and bone. Embrace the weight gain.
- Butter is the perfect fatty acid.
- The solution to fatigue is raw dairy, properly prepared grains, lacto-fermented foods and bone broths.
- Sally overcame her own nutritional deficits.
Joel’s presentation about his sustainable farm was incredible and inspirational. For those not familiar with Joel, here is his bio from the conference:
Joel Salatin is a fulltime farmer in
Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned
to the family farm fulltime in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents'
ideas which they initiated in 1961. His family's farm is Polyface, Inc. The Farm
of Many Faces (polyfacefarms.com) Joel
passionately defends small farms, local food systems, and the right to opt out
of the conventional food paradigm.
He holds a BA degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres USA, and American Agriculturalist. Joel has also authored six books, and was profiled on the Lives of the 21st Century
series with Peter Jennings on ABC World News.
Here are a few of the points that Joel made:
- Short-term disruption followed by long rest brings the greatest point of healing whether it is healing the earth, healing the body or healing the spirit. The day we quit disrupting is the day we quit growing.
- Today’s society is good at treating health problems but not preventing them.
- It will take a grass roots effort to bring about true healing of the planet and the people.
- People have lost the romance and connectivity to their food. Because of this food does not nourish them as well as it could.
- The heart is the seat of decision making. Science and data are secondary. Intuition dominates.
- Innovators are less than three percent of the population, also known as the lunatic fringe. Four to ten percent of the population is early adapters. The rest are followers. Joel is an innovator.
- If something is worth doing, it is worth doing poorly. Nobody gets it right the first time.
- The opposite of success is quitting, not failure.
- Overcome the fear of doing something by actually doing it, even if it is the wrong thing. Sometimes you just have to do something.
- Kids need to learn to be entrepreneurial, and their business must be separate from their parents. Most millionaires are entrepreneurial and blue collar.
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