nourish |ˈnəri sh; ˈnə-ri sh | verb [ trans. ]
1 provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition
What food will nourish us?
We have all been told to eat fruits and vegetables. Yet, did you know that fruits and vegetables are not the most nutrient dense foods?
You may be surprised to read that we recommend that your diet regularly include some of the very foods we are commonly told not to eat: red meat, butter, eggs and raw milk as captured above. These foods from grass-fed/pasture rasied sources will nourish you. You might ask:
What about saturated fat and cholesterol?
We would assert that saturated fat and cholesterol are vital for optimal health.
In light of the vastly different dietary recommendations put forth, many of us are confused about what a healthy diet is.
South Beach Diet?
Blood Type Diet?
USDA Dietary Recommendations?
As Sally Fallon Morell, President of the Weston A. Price Foundation states:
“Today most people—even those within the conventional medical system—understand that what we eat has a bearing on our health. The problem is that there are so many conflicting claims about what constitutes a healthy diet. Proponents of everything from a diet based on meat to all-raw veganism claim that theirs is the proven pathway to good health. Most of the diets listed here can be classified as “schemes,” thought up by men (sorry, guys!) who never had to put meals on the table, day after day, for a large family. When you are faced with the challenge of providing nutritious meals that everyone in your family will actually eat, and that you can afford, you cannot be bothered by preparing foods specifically for the blood type or metabolic type of individual family members! All kidding aside, how are we to make sense of all these conflicting claims in order to choose a diet that works for ourselves and our families? And not only in this generation but in the generations to come. Good health has to do not only with how we feel today, but the health of the future generations we produce.”
Nourishing Ourselves is inspired by the Weston A. Price Foundation to teach the nutritional dietary wisdom of the healthy population groups that Dr. Weston A. Price discovered in the 1930’s. We will launch and develop a website in the coming weeks and months ahead in order to answer this very question: what is a healthy diet? Meanwhile, you can get a sense of the dietary recommendations we will focus on here:
Nourishing Ourselves has evolved out of the Nourishing Our Children educational initiative. We are currently creating a dynamic presentation that will explain why many traditional foods now considered unhealthy are, in fact, vital to our well-being. Stay tuned …
9 Responses to What food will nourish us?
I REALLY appreciate this blog! Anytime I began gaining weight since I got married in 2007 I would revert back to dieting. Most of the time I would blame it on taking birth control (which still could be part of the reason) because before I was on it I was able to eat as much as I wanted and maintain 110-115 lbs. I have been off the pill since April 2011 because my husband and I want to start a family. Since then, I have been on two different “diets” and have gone back to weighing 140-145 lbs. I try not to focus on weight but I know I should be about 10 lbs lighter and feel healthy. Beginning this year, I’ve decided to change my way of thinking and approach a healthy way of living the natural and whole way, not just for myself but for my husband and our future kiddos. So far, I have read three blogs (including this one) and have really been inspired! I am really considering beginning my own to help myself be accountable and also be able to look back to what I started from.
food is a very intimate object, we all have our comfort foods which nourish us in many ways from when we were children. Although some comfort foods aren’t quite nutritional, we can convert most unhealthy food items into something so nutritionally delicious that this new creation could soon replace the old standby. Nourishing Traditions has so many recipes that can replace unhealthy, un-nutritional, comfort foods that most anyone will love. This book is a keepsake, and i have had great experience with turning people on to new ways of comforting their hankerings with delicious, nutritious foods from this book. enjoy!
I have been learning and collecting information on nourishment via real, traditional foods. While I have yet to take off much weight, there are some underlying issues, I just plain feel better. I, like Paula, have spent years on and off various diets and while with some I did lose weight I did not feel all that good. Now I have the energy to go out of my way to find the organic fruits and veggies and to get the pasture raised meat, poultry, eggs and dairy. I am putting my own raised bed veggie garden in which seemed like far too much work only a few months ago. I love learning info on the websites in support of this and am looking into what formal classes are available to increase my knowledge and spread the word.
I’m relatively new to TF (a couple months now) and before that had been a vegetarian for almost 20 years. After having two children (now 4 and 2, spaced 20 months apart) I noticed I was experiencing chronic fatigue, cloudy thinking, cavities and other things. That sent me on this journy 🙂 I’ve up’d my raw dairy, grass-fed butter, and pastured eggs. I’ve also been trying to sneak in bone broth when making rice, quinoa and soups. And I just got some desicated liver capsules from Radiant Life. I want to eat meat again but I find it makes me gag, even the bone broth in soupes/rice makes me gag if it’s not diluted with something else 😦 I feel like I’ve read a lot about vegetarians converting but no one ever seems to have problems with it. I was just wondering if you’ve come across this before and had any thoughts, ideas for getting myself eating meat again. Or any other suggestions are welcome as well! Thanks!
How to get ALL the seeds out of a pomegranate in less than 2 minutes (I’ve actually never timed myself, but it feels about like that):
1–You need a pomegranate, a medium- to large-size bowl, the kitchen sink, a sharp knife, and a long-handled wooden spoon (Yes. Wooden. I’ve tried others, but they just don’t work the same). Oh, and an apron. Though I don’t wear one, this can be a very exuberant activity and juice spraying is a possibility.
2–Place the bowl down in your kitchen sink.
3–Slice the pomegranate in half, on a cutting surface, around its equatorial zone.
(You lefties do the next steps with the opposite hands).
4–Left palm up, cradle one hemisphere of the pomegranate, cut side down, in your fingers. The idea is to leave space–about an inch–between your palm and the cut surface of the pomegranate, so the seeds can rain down into the bowl (you’ll see what I mean in a moment).
5–Grip the wooden spoon firmly in your right hand by the end of the handle.
6–lower your left hand, holding the pomegranate, down into the bowl.
7–Begin to whack the leathery outside surface of the pomegranate (which should be facing up) with the backside of the head of the wooden spoon. Whack firmly–perhaps even vigorously–placing blows at different points all around the surface of the fruit. Wrist action is definitely important in this process.
8–The seeds should be dropping out of the pomegranate and into the bowl with very little pulp or membrane.
9–Of course, repeat for the other half of the pomegranate.
10–Have fun! This is a great party trick. I’ve brought salads to potlucks, saving the pomegranate so I can demonstrate this technique. It never fails to generate enthusiasm.
Enjoy and pass it on . . .
p.s.: Since I learned this from my sister, over the phone, I figured that others could learn it from my written description
I agree! There is so much conflicting information out there. I loved your guys DVD and it made so much sense to our family. Then we watched Food Matters and Forks Over Knives, both which harold the plant based,vegan diet. We just want to be healthy and no one seems to agree on the best way to do that! Feeding our family nutrient dense foods makes the best sense so far!
I followed your website link and was very surprised to discover that you created this page about vegetarianism “Living Meat Free” and posted about the benefits of a plant based diet on the very day that you posted here! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Living-Meat-Free/180927675340974 — perhaps the movies you watched has left you ambivalent? May I recommend this tour: http://www.westonaprice.org/about-the-foundation/vegetarian-tour
Yes I did create a page for sharing recipes that are meat free. I posted on your wall on facebook as well shortly after watching Forks Over knives to ask your view point on the science behind the plant based diet and eating raw, whole foods. Your links through the weston A Price page were very helpful. We read through all the links on that page, the debunking of the china study, the response etc. They were all very good links. I firmly believe that if you are able to get organic, grass fed, meat, that it plays a very important role in nourishing the body. At this point we haven’t tracked down a good supplier of that, although we have lined up to purchase into a cow share program. At this point my husband and I have decided to get our nourishment from a mainly plant based diet but our still looking to nourish our kids based on what we have learned from your website. Come Spring we will be raising our own chickens, we get our eggs from a neighbouring farm, will have our raw milk and we will continue to do more research into the diet you suggest…learning to make yogurt, kefir, etc…Stuff I have no idea about at this point! We have gotten the garbage out of our diet and the kid’s, now to work at replacing it with things of value! For my husband and I, we haven’t found any contradicting evidence of how beneficial a plant based diet is yet. Most website seem to agree that the casein in milk is a cancer catalyst. Most website agree that the nitrites and additives in store bought meat are carcinogens. Even organic stuff often contains the ingredients we are avoiding! We are in a state of ambivalence…wanting to nourish our growing kids (we have 5) and wanting to make sure we will be around to see them grow!
Nourished Kitchen sent me, I am grateful for the info. I drink only raw milk. Only eat grass fed beef and bought a freezer to buy 1/2 cow. Only eat farm antibiotic free eggs. Buy organics and have found some sites that actually have coupons for organics. Thanks.