I was listening a good interview yesterday with Sally Fallon of the Weston A. Price Foundation on food and health. She reminded me of some interesting facts about food and health I hadn't thought about in a while.
For instance, did you know the traditional Native American Cure for infertility is one month of Bear Fat?
I found the wisdom of Weston Price many years ago and on my greatest wish list would be to have access to the real foods that will create better health. You can listen to the full interview below:
It strikes me with no great irony or remorse that I live with 10+ cows that eat grass and have milk but I can't get access to this precious real food plus the butter, cream, and whey they make. Deep sigh....
But the baby cows are ultra healthy.
The short version is Dr. Price was a dentist in search of the best food for optimal health as witnessed by good teeth. That is the picture below - a broad face, perfect teeth, and no cavities were the result of real food that was available and pre-western influence. It was the animal foods the natives valued most. And it was the fat soluble vitamins: A,D,K that were the common link in the diets.
In contrast to the Paleo diet beliefs, native people ate LEAN MEAT LAST - often throwing it out when animals were plenty. Just like the bears do with the salmon when it is abundant.
The explanation I'll leave for you to listen to the interview - fascinating! But the bottom line is food matters.
As Christmas is on the horizon, one of the best books on all of this is a cookbook by Sally Fallon. The recipes are less exciting then the details of HOW to prepare the foods in the ways that extract the highest level of nutrition. It is filled with facts and processes that will take you a long way with or without electricity!
The book most famous by Dr. Price on Nutrition is a bit hard to read - I kept waiting for the actual diets to be described. The Cookbook Nourishing Traditions is a better investment and useful.
I know most days I cover the more abstract and thoughtful as I ask you "who do you want to be?"
But the saying we are what we eat is more true than not and as the weather turns cold cooking something seems to be more inviting!
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