We loved visiting and having a potluck dinner with folks who value real food. It seems like a funny thing to say, but we have been led so far away from simple food from its source, the farmer, that there are now organizations dedicated to making sure we are aware of how to give our families good nutrition.
The Weston A. Price Foundation is named for a dentist from the 1930’s who travelled around the world to investigate diet and dental health. He was surprised to find the Western diet so lacking in nutrition and proper dental formation.
Hew began educating his patients in proper foods to eat to maintain their dental health. I was introduced to these practices through the cookbook “Nourishing Traditions”, by Sally Fallon.
In addition to recipes, there are insets on each page about the history of food, nutrition and chemical and artificial additives.
I was surprised to learn that i could reform my cooking and reeducate myself even though I had raised my family with traditional home-cooked meals which I had learned how to make at home.
Because of the change in food practices since I was a child, I was happy to discover ways that I could regain the nutrition of past generations with more awareness and knowledge.
We enjoyed the food and conversation with other members of the local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. We were happy to see families with young children who are being raised with healthy food. It felt good to see children playing tag and swinging on the swings with parents near by after dinner. Normal healthy activities outdoors seems so rare to see.
Even though it has taken some effort at self-education and learning new practices, I am glad to include more foods in my diet and to see the increased normal healthy functions for my husband and me.
The Weston A. Price Foundation. Look it up. I’m sure you will enjoy feeding yourself and all the children in your family better, too.
© 2014 Kathryn Hardage