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A while back I posted a recipe for an Oven Pancake, and after feeding my WAP pal, Chad, the other week, he was inspired to try one on his own today! The pancake I made him was with almond flour, but he decided to give it a whirl with some buckwheat flour and had tremendous success! He used a 1/4 tsp. of baking powder to help it rise (my recipe doesn’t use it because most baking powder has corn starch in it, and I worry about GMOs and my mom is allergic, but you can find corn free if you try!), honey for sweetener, and blackberries and blueberries.  Yum!

Have you tried to make anything on the blog, or have a WAP recipe to share? I’d love to hear about it!

I am so pleased to write to you from Rehoboth, DE! Not only is it fabulous to be away at the beach, but it is even more fabulous to be at the beach with my friends from Weston A. Price!

Last November I met two girls (cousins) at the conference and we hit it off. Now, we are reuniting for three days at the beach and to eat as much butter as possible!

After hitting the beach this morning, we followed that by a visit to the Rehoboth farmer’s market.

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It was such a great farmer’s market with tons of fresh organic produce and locally raised meat and eggs, too. We chose to get tomatoes and fresh sour dough bread to take home for lunch, but of course we also ate plenty of yummy, fresh, juicy samples and delicious decaf orange chai iced tea. Delicious!

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After the farmer’s market, we came home to make lunch as good Weston Pricers do– with lots of butter! Lunch consisted of the fresh sour dough bread and tomatoes from the market along with raw milk colby cheese and raw cultured butter from my farmer in Pennsylvania. (Two of us picked up an arsenal of raw dairy products on the way into town.) All of these delicious, wholesome products resulted in combining to make the perfect grilled cheese with tomato.

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And the finished product had to be eaten with naturally fermented pickles and mango kombucha!

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A wonderful first day of vacation with two, wonderful milk smuggling girls!

Living a life dedicated to eating a traditional, wholesome diet is a lifestyle. Cooking real food, and doing the research about what not to put in your food or eat while your out can be a full time job. Adopting this lifestyle can be challenging since it’s not readily portrayed in the media, unless it is a “How’d [insert female celebrity here] loose that weight?” I actually find the media prefers to make fun of us life-stylers since it’s easy… and we’re kind of humorous… But my point is that it is very difficult to find a community, especially as a teen or twenty-something.

I’m 25. Ever since I was in 7th grade and being 12 years old, I have dabbled in the lifestyle (thanks, mom!), and finally made the decision to give in and drink the kombucha when I turned 25. Much of that decision was based on the looming possibility of having offspring in the next few years and the gratefulness of finding a diet that really works. Making that decision was especially easy at the time since I was in Dallas at the convention and hanging out with two very cool girls my age.

The cool thing about these girls, a pair of cousins, was they were “normal” and into food– my kind of food. To have those two there to identify with my current period of life and also support my love of raw milk and all food things awesome was something I had never experienced. People my age always thought it was either weird or gross to drink raw milk. These girls were asking me where they could get it!

It can be challenging cooking for people who don’t understand that the soup they are eating is piece of edible art. The broth alone took 3 days to make, and the beef is grass fed/pasture raised, and the vegetables are organic and there is a science to how you cook them. in what order you cook them, and then you season and the whole process boils down to about 4 days of preparation and they don’t even say, “Yum.” Granted that’s a really awful house guest, but it’s happened.

My version of "cooking for one."

It’s super hard not having people around you who “get it.” Often times I find it’s easier to be bad and eat something someone else made/bought/came out of the freezer. Then I don’t have to think about cooking at all, and sometimes thats better just because it can be depressing cooking for one. (One is the loneliest number…)

Cooking for one is the worst, just because things like making bone broth, roasting a chicken, and all that good stuff can feed a family, and I’m not talking about a family of one. That’s why my freezer is packed.

I treasure those days with my Weston A. Price girlfriends. Coming home was hard. I know there is a support system here for me, but sometimes it’s difficult when a majority of the support system is older and in another stage in life. There’s not much here for younger people a.k.a. singles. I wish I could have a big party of Weston A. Price singles where everyone brings something. Something delicious, fatty, and amazing.

To feel supported and loved in your endeavor of traditional food is crucial. It’s easy to feel discouraged when the people you love most treat you like a wackadoo and roll their eyes when you try to share information that is just so fascinating!

I still keep in touch with the girls, and I look forward to hearing from them and get a huge smile every time something pops into my virtual or physical mail box. My reassurance is that my Weston A. Price friends will continue to multiply. I will get older and more people will get it. I will enter that age of motherhood when the lightbulb seems to go off.

Today I went to the dentist. I’ve never had very good teeth. I’ve had frequent cavities and my orthodontia history is known to make some people squeamish. However, today the dentist told me something that caught me off guard. He said my teeth look terrific! 

I haven’t been to the dentist since just before the 2011 Weston A. Price conference where I was lucky enough to be educated about the importance of a diet rich in minerals and nutrient dense foods. Since then I’ve really been laying on the good stuff,and now I’ve begun to wonder if my good report with the dentist may be due to my recent change in diet.

I started to scour my mom’s bookcase at home (it’s like my private reference library) and found the book, “Cure Tooth Decay” by Ramiel Nagel, who as it turns out even has his own website, www.curetoothdecay.com, dedicated to the message of his book. Much of what he says you can do to restore your teeth to optimal health by following the advise of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and Nagel even references Dr. Price’s work researching the primitive peoples’ dental health around the world.

Since returning from the conference in Dallas, I have  increased my consumption of raw dairy and have been making bone broths fairly regularly. Both of these are tactics Nagel recommends to begin to rebuild the structure of our teeth. Could it be that my change in diet has been unintentionally enhancing my dental health? I know that I’ve definitely struggled with steering clear of the cavity causing sugar and carbohydrates, especially in the midst of Girl Scout cookie season.

I wouldn’t say I’m 100% cured of any type of dental decay, my teeth still have some sensitivity, but if you have issues with your dental health, don’t lose hope! You are what you eat and if your are deficient in minerals there are delicious steps you can take!

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.

Photo Copyright © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation®, All Rights Reserved, http://www.ppnf.org

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. (www.westonaprice.org)

Photo Copyright © Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation®, All Rights Reserved, http://www.ppnf.org "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, http://www.ppnf.org "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.

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!

Here is a message from the Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader who was arrested after protesting the raid of a small family farm that was producing raw milk.

I am so excited to let you all know that I will be going to the Weston A. Price’s 12th Annual Wise Traditions Conference in Dallas, TX this November!

It will be my 25th birthday weekend and I am so excited to spend it with good people, good food, and my milk smuggling mom! Hope to see you there!!

Being in your 20s, you may often find yourself bombarded with questions like: what do you want to do with your life? If you’re dating someone you may get the question: when are you getting married?

I get all of those questions, but one of the ones I got not too long ago kind of caught me off guard. I was asked by one of my mom’s friends, “Why aren’t you a member of Weston A. Price?” The question seemed simple. It was refreshing to get a question that wasn’t about making life decisions, but the question was then followed up, “We need more people your age to join so you can start eating right, and when you start having babies you can bring them up on healthy food and show people how it’s done.”

This woman, all be it my mother’s friend, does not fall into the baby boomers category. She is a tall, beautiful, blond haired, blue eyed 30 something mother of 2 equally beautiful toddlers. She is (hopefully) me in 10 years.

Most 20 somethings are trying not to get pregnant right now. Most women my age are on the pill (which has many harmful risks!) and doing everything in their power to not get pregnant! Having babies just doesn’t fit into the schedule or financial picture at this point in most of our lives. But it happens.

It’s crazy to think, but women who have the potential to have children anytime in the near future, need to be thinking about what they put in their bodies! Pregnant women need to think about their diets, and they do! Pregnant women are constantly agonizing over which cheese is okay to eat, they only order decaf, and often change their eating habits completely! Having a detoxified body during pregnancy, however, can only do so much. From the moment the egg is formed (before you’re pregnant), that’s when we need to be thinking about what is going in our bodies!

If you don’t like babies and are determined to never create little monsters or are an amazing environmentalist who doesn’t want to add to the ever increasing global population that puts stress on our ever dwindling resources, fine. Eat what you want and retox to your heart’s content. But for those of us who hope to one day experience the life of an incubator and push a little sea monkey out, we have some responsibility to keep our body clean.

So, whether or not you actually join Weston A. Price and accept their tradition based diet, think about moving towards a cleaner diet filled with whole foods, lots of raw veggies and fruits, and maybe even adding green smoothies into your daily routine. Even if you don’t have a baby any time soon, I’m sure you will feel 100% healthier and more energetic, and there’s nothing wrong with that!