Nourishing Traditions

Nourishing Traditions

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A full-spectrum nutritional cookbook with a startling message—animal fats and cholesterol are vital factors in the human diet, necessary for reproduction and normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels. Includes information on how to prepare grains, health benefits of bone broths and enzyme-rich lacto-fermented foods.

Publisher: Washington, DC : New Trends Publishing, Inc, 2001 c. 1999
Edition: Revised Second Edition
ISBN: 9780967089737
Characteristics: 674 p ; cm
Additional Contributors: Enig, Mary

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khamiltonroth
Jan 11, 2017

When I was introduced to Nourishing Traditions 15 years ago it completely changed how I looked at food. Weston Price's studies of traditional cultures around the world proved the benefit of eating as our ancestors did. They prized certain nutrient-dense sacred foods, they ate primarily local foods and they didn't eat processed foods. It makes so much sense that we need to do the same for our own health!

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gokhals
Dec 24, 2016

Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions changed my life. Over a decade ago, and in the midst of many life stresses, I got a flu shot at work one year, and suddenly developed all sorts of allergies. I started to develop serious health problems – Asthma, Digestive issues, Raynaud’s, Sjogrens. Worried, I went for the first time in years to my Kaiser doctor, who admonished me about my cholesterol levels (228), and recommended statins. Fearing drugs more than high cholesterol, I told him I’d use natural means to reduce my serum cholesterol. And I did. By ingesting large gobs of oatmeal and by shunning saturated fats, I got my cholesterol down to 180 within the year. I was very proud. But I did not get well. I got sicker. I got every office flu, cough, cold out there. After a final bout of flu on top of flu, and probably driven by some shred of self-preservation, I googled ‘cholesterol good’. That is when I stumbled into the WAPF’s realmilk.com site, sampled some raw milk…and never looked back. I read about the cholesterol skeptics. I read about the incredible conflict of interest between Pharma and human health, and I read about the statin scam (that I nearly fell for). I was hurtling down the modern health highway of food shortcuts, to surefire disaster, and it was pure accident (and the good luck of bad health), that I came upon Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. Not everybody is so lucky. Many people get sick on nutrient deficient diets, then try to cure this with drugs, which have more side effects, which cause more knock on diseases, a vicious cycle that frequently damages them beyond repair. Dr. Mary Enig, Sally’s co-author, was a brilliant lipid biochemist who jeopardized her career to get the message of transfatty acids vs. wholesome saturated fats out to the public. ‘Nourishing Traditions’ and ‘Know Your Fats’ are my go-to food and fat-science bibles. These amazing women resisted bullying and bludgeoning by industry to impart their knowledge and wisdom of traditional food-ways to common people like me.
I grasped the notion of ‘body as terrain’ and ‘food as medicine’. I now eat delicious, pastured, fragrant, nutrient dense, food that is rich in butter, cream and coconut oil. I eat ferments, kefirs, kvasses, yogurts, organ meats, broths, stocks and vegetables of course (without pesticides). I prepare my breads the traditional way and the taste and aroma are incomparable. And my belly likes it too. My kitchen is fragrant once again with the Ghee that my mother and my grandmother before her made. Our insurance premiums are completely wasted because we have not been sick in the last eight years. Nary a cough, cold or flu. This way of living and eating has opened up my life in delightful ways to farmers markets, farmers and the wonderful kinship of likeminded people.
If you have children, feeding them NT food will make them stronger, smarter and healthier. If you are sick, you will get well on this food. The body WANTS to heal, and is set up to heal, if properly nourished. Many people with chronic degenerative disease I know, got not just better, but were cured. My recommendation is, ignore all other isms, fads and trends. Don’t just borrow the book. Buy it. Take a week off from work to read it, imbibe the wisdom, and pass it forward. Sally and Mary probably saved my life. I am forever indebted to them.

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kathytada
Dec 20, 2016

Sally Fallon is an English major who grew up in an extremely wealthy family and her assertion that she is challenging the political status quo is the first clue that something is wrong with this picture.

The first edition of this book did not try to hide that it was a promotional piece of marketing and that is still what it is today even though now it is published by her own publishing company to make it look legitimate.

However it is truly just advertising for meat, albeit sophisticated, I will give her that. There is almost no truth in anything in this book. I have gone through each reference only to find that she is often referring to out of print or self-published materials. Rarely is there anything from a good journal and when there is, it does not mean what she says it means.

But most disturbing is the complete overlooking of the decades of high quality research showing that saturated fat and animal protein and yes even cholesterol are all highly correlated with diseases that are so epidemic today.

And of course there is no way she would ever talk about the tidal wave of evidence supporting vegan diets.

This book is just advertising parading as a cookbook. Buyer beware. Her organization, the Weston Price Foundation, is just as bad as Scientology, and they use exactly the same tactics.

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organic69
Aug 24, 2015

Excellent book on preparing the most healthy food.

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actessier
Oct 22, 2014

This book is a great resource for anyone interested in traditional diets, for making bone broths and fermenting foods. I highly recommend it.

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red_fish_1066
Apr 17, 2013

very interesting

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mqian1
Oct 29, 2012

Some of the recipes required ingredients that were too "exotic". The idea of eating more fat and introducing cultured food to our diet. Good intro info using the correct cookware

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bradnhaleigh
Oct 10, 2012

The BEST book on food and health I have ever seen! No fad ideas, just good solid evidence.

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olivecat
Aug 27, 2012

Please order more copies of this book. There are currently 14 holds on it!

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Ebflat4
Jul 17, 2012

Contrary to popular belief, it is not anti-vegetarian. Anti-vegan, yes, in a way. The author maintains that some animal fat is necessary for the proper absorption of nutrients. On the other hand, if you look at the recipes, there are many very nutritious dishes and much sensible eating advice that even the hard core vegans would do well to consider looking it over. And in case you're wondering, I haven't eaten meat in over 30 years. You don't have to agree with everything a book says to learn something useful.
Otherwise the book is a little dated and could do with a revised edition. The author makes a very silly suggestion on how to dry salad leaves (put them in your washer on spin cycle? has she never heard of a salad spinner?).

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