Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.
This book has forever changed my life.
I know that is a bold statement. . . but it has.
A few weeks ago, a friend recommended this book to me. I jumped on Amazon to look it over and I and snagged it right on up. I did some digging around and came upon a few other books that intrigued me as well and I snagged those up too. I will list them below. Fortunately, I am an Amazon Prime member and I didn't have to wait very long for my books to arrive. Because patience isn't one of my best traits.
I dug right on in to these books and I haven't put them down since.
They are basically recipe books. But oh so much more.
They look at nutrition and health from an entirely different perspective. One that totally makes sense to me. I have been having tons of problems. . .what I would call old age problems. . .but I am hoping I can "fix" some of these problems, just by changing our eating habits. Which needed to be fixed anyway.
What impressed me the most about the book is the amount of old knowledge and wisdom in them.
Knowledge that is getting lost.
I love knowledge. I love to learn new things and I especially love practical knowledge like this.
I have to admit. . .some (or a lot!) of the recipes kind of gross me out. Who would think to boil chicken feet? Not this girl. But when I mentioned this to my mom, she said, "oh, yeah! My grandpa used to have us suck on chicken feet and they weren't bad at all."
FYI. . .there is only one mention of chicken's feet, but it stuck with me!
Anyway, even if you do not adopt the practices mentioned in the book. . .they are a wealth of information. And really, who can't benefit from eating less processed and more whole foods?
Here is my favorite recipe book out of the bunch
From Scratch by Shaye Elliott
I've tried several of her recipes and they are all spot on and delicious! I've made three batches of her wheat bread already! It is super easy! I've never been a bread maker. I'd make rolls once or twice a year, but that's it. The rolls are super time consuming. This wheat bread is SUPER SIMPLE and DELICIOUS! She also has a great blog, The Elliott Homestead.
the Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther
This book is a little bit more out of my comfort zone. Some of her recipes sound really interesting and I can't wait to try them!
Our garden is growing like crazy and I can't wait to harvest our first vegetables and use some of these recipes.
Right now, I am focusing on gaining knowledge and making little steps toward a more traditional lifestyle. This is a big undertaking. It takes more ahead of time prep (like a day or more ahead of time) and that is tough for me. But probably really good for me too. I'm so bad about planning ahead for meals. I will do good here and there, but there are many nights that it is five o'clock or after and I have no idea what we are going to have for supper. I'm hoping (and so far it's working) this will make me plan ahead and be a little more organized!
I just wanted to share with you how much I have been enjoying reading through these books... you just can't believe the amount of knowledge in Nourishing Traditions! The recipes are in the center of the page. . .and there is a side bar on each page that is where the history of certain foods and preparation methods are. And a few facts you probably didn't want to know about items we eat. :(