Archives for the month of: November, 2011

I have diligently been making my way through two of Michael Pollan’s books lately, “Omnivore’s Dilemma” and “In Defense of Food.” Over the past year, I’ve fallen in love with Michael Pollan (and not just because he spends so much time talking about Joel Salatin). Michael is able to write about increasingly complex topics from the genetic make-up of cows and corn, to the economic ladder that dictates food subsidies, but he makes it accessible to any reader. If you are at all curious about food production in the United States, Michael’s book are a great resource!

Take a minute to hear from Michael and check out the informational video on The Farm Bill above!

Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch, via Associated Press

Photo by: Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch, via Associated Press "Titus Bailey, a pre-kindergartener, in line for his lunch this month at West Hamlin Elementary School in West Hamlin, W.Va."

Yesterday, Congress blocked the Agriculture Department’s proposed rule change for school lunches. The rule change would require more fruits and vegetables in an effort to fight the ongoing childhood obesity epidemic across the United States.

“Food companies including ConAgra, Coca-Cola, Del Monte Foods and makers of frozen pizza like Schwan argued that the proposed rules would raise the cost of meals and require food that many children would throw away.”

It’s no surprise these big packaged food industries are fighting against healthier lunches. All they care about it making a profit now. Who cares about nourishing the next generation? Pfft.

Read the full article at

I was so lucky to get to meet Canadian dairy farmer, Michael Shmidt this past weekend in Dallas, TX. Michael went on a 37 day hunger strike requesting a meeting with Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to discuss the issue of raw milk and its legal implications.

We were all so lucky to share Michael’s first real meal since his hunger strike at the Weston A. Price Foundation banquet on Saturday night. He is such a fighter for the Raw Milk cause and a wonderful man! I’m so happy he’s eating again!

The Bovine

From Marianne Else:

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Even though my mom has been a member of Weston A. Price for over a decade now, I don’t think I ever really got it. Sure, my mom would tell me all about why raw milk is awesome and butter is supposed to go on everything (I’m talking about a good quarter of an inch spread on your bread), but I never fully understood why. I think it mostly had to do with being a teenager and being socially obligated to roll my eyes at anything and everything my parents ever mentioned. I mean, heck, parents could never be cool, so clearly everything had to go in one ear and out the other.

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This past weekend, at my first Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Conference, my mom told me I had to hear Sally Fallon Morell speak. It was a 5 hour long lecture introducing the work and mission of Dr. Weston A. Price and the work of the foundation named after this amazing man. Within the fist minute of the presentation, everything I had ignored from the mom lectures in the kitchen to the cod liver oil I lied about taking came rushing back in full force, and this time it all made sense.

Dr. Weston A. Price was a dentist who lived from 1870-1948. Intrigued by the increasing number of individuals with dental deformity, Dr. Price hypothesized the malformed dental arches were the result of malnutrition.

Dr. Price turned to studying “primitive” cultures, or isolated cultures that had not yet been breached by the western world. He found diets rich in whole foods, fermented foods and foods dominated by nutrient dense animal fats such as butter, oil, shell fish, fish eggs, and liver. He also found that the overwhelming majority of those “primitive” peoples had no dental deformity or decay, even those who didn’t practice any type of oral hygiene. The “primitive” peoples’ perfect tooth alignment were made possible by the strong, broad, fully developed facial structure and flawless dental arches.

Dr. Price continued to travel the world, finding all of the isolated cultures living on their traditional diets were perfectly formed and healthy through and through. At a time in which many cities were plagued by tuberculosis and other diseases, these people had no signs of these deadly illnesses that had to be attributed to westerners’ new, highly processed diets. (

Photo Copyright © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation®, All Rights Reserved, "Primitive" Seminole girl has a wide, handsome face with plenty of room for the dental arches.

Photo Copyright © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation®, All Rights Reserved, "Modernized" Seminole girl born to parents who had abandoned their traditional diets, has a narrowed face, crowded teeth, and a reduced immunity to disease.

The Weston A. Price Foundation mission statement can be summed up in Dr. Price’s last words, “You teach, you teach, you teach.” Sally Fallon Morell has taken these words to heart. Her cook book, “Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats” shows how to eat as our ancestors did and explains why we need to change the way we eat. The images and breakdown of the nutritional values in their “sacred” foods, allows you to thoroughly understand that the foods of the average western diet lack the nutrition our bodies require.

We, the 20 somethings, need to start eating better. Why? Because we are the future. We are the ones who are going to wind up bringing the next generation into this world, and if we keep eating highly processed food, our children are going to continue to be born with developmental deficiencies.  Humans have only been eating a commercialized, processed, western diet for about three generations. We have the ability to devolve, to be able to return to a healthier, stable physical state. We can do this by changing the way we eat before, during, and after pregnancy. It’s time to step up to the plate and strive to eat wholesome, humane foods that support our bodies and life force.

Even though I still have a rebellious side, I’m finally beginning to heed the advice of my milk smuggling mom. I’m excited to join her on this journey, to begin to heal my body and live in harmony with mother nature’s preserves.

A video of Dr. Weston A. Price.

I just stumbled upon this video from a farm-to-fork dinner party last October at Quail Hollow Farm which was crashed by a Southern Nevada Health Official who insisted the food be destroyed by being drenched in bleach.

You can read more about this outrageous violation of food freedom on the website

What a waste of beautiful, lovingly grown food!

Happy Veteran’s Day Weekend from Dallas, TX! I mentioned a few weeks back that I would be attending the Weston A. Price conference this year, and today is the second day of the Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Conference! This is my first conference and my mom’s 10th, and I am so happy that she brought me this year! (Best 25th birthday present ever!)

Thursday night after we landed here in the Nation of Texas and got settled here at the Sheraton where the conference is being held, we headed out into the city and ate dinner at a fabulous restaurant, Bolsa. Everything is local and organic when it can be, and it was absolutely delicious!

Yesterday morning I attended Weston A. Price Co-Founder and President, Sally Fallon Morell’s talk on what Weston A. Price is and what the type of eating habits they promote. It’s absolutely fascinating and I will definitely be blogging about that soon!

Today I am continuing to hear amazing leaders, teachers, and researchers in the fields of alternative, local farming and nutrition speak on topics that just resonate with the core of my human essence. It’s time to learn how humans are really meant to eat– to support the bodies we evolved to have today! I cannot wait to share more with you in the days to come!

Much love to all of my raw milk smugglers!

My utmost apologies for being away for so long! Luckily, with the change of seasons my schedule has found more space, and thus allowing more me time and you time!

My inspiration today to get back on the wordpress was a fabulous article on Elephant Journal by Kate Leinweber.  (If you happen to be a yogi or yogini, you may have already stumbled upon this awesome site, but if you haven’t you should definitely check it out!) Kate’s article, “The Beauty of Fat” resonated with me at a very deep level.

Butter is always a guilty pleasure in the eyes of the American public. Much of that guilt is created based on what the FDA and heart specialists have been telling us since the early 80s. Margarine was a best seller at that time, and I’m sure most of us can still remember when margarine was always in the fridge. Some people still have margarine in the fridge regardless of the new studies that show that trans fats are bad for you.

I have always loved butter. Loved the taste, the smell, the texture, the everything about it! But, like Kate, I have struggled with the morality of eating meat and animal products, I’ve tried the raw vegan thing, the regular vegan thing, etc. I would feel really great for a while and then something would always come up, whether it was achy joints or acid re-flux. My mom would always tell me, “You need more fat.” It was my journey, though, so I did my thing and disregarded much of the advice I probably should have taken.

Our hearts, our brains, and our bodies need fat! It helps the body to stay smart, young, and supple. It boosts collagen and keeps our bodies healthy, baby making machines (Fertility rates are  dropping drastically all around us, especially among under weight women.) and society and media just continue to tell people that thin is healthy, this is pretty, thin is power. Well, it’s hard to be anything great if you’re not healthy.

So, it’s time to fight the media, and start listening to our bodies. Our bodies have been naturally programmed to crave 3 tastes: salt, fat and sweet. These are the three things that we need in moderation to survive. That’s the reason why cookies made with real butter taste so much better and the cream sauce on dinner is divine! That’s the reason why butter goes on bread, that’s the reason why real, healthy, natural fats are wonderful!

So put down your low-fat cook book and cook up some fat-filled cuisine! It’s time to love our bodies, love our curves, and eat what our bodies want to eat: FAT! (and don’t forget the vegetables!)