Saturday, February 13, 2010

I'm 'bout to get schooled, folks!

Well, my project is now officially underway. There is a book that I love (it's in my recommended selections on my widget), called Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. It's full of wonderful, traditional whole food recipes. I love this book for many reasons, but the big one, is that it was the book I used when I made all of my little boy's first foods. Since I didn't give birth to him, I couldn't breast feed. The next best thing I could do, was make sure I wasn't loading him full of processed, powdery weirdness that I coudn't stand the smell of, anyway. So, for the first year of his life, I homemade his formula and babyfoods, based on the Nourishing Traditions recipes. It made me feel wonderful being able to do that for him, and it saved us a bundle of money! Not only that, but he was, and still is, one of the healthiest children you will ever meet. I attribute that to the nutritional foundation he got as an infant...something that I was able to carry over into his toddler years. That's a post all on it's own, and I definitely WILL post it, but for now, let me tell you about Nourishing Traditions.

Sally Fallon's book is FULL of information on eating traditionally. It's absolutely wonderful...although, not for the faint of heart. In this way of eating you soak your own grains, make your own flour, create your own broths, make your own yogurt, etc. Now, to some, this may sound purely ridiculous. I understand that, I really do. There are aspects to it that I just plain can't see myself doing...much less eating. I will not...I repeat...will not be eating organ meats (liver, kidney, heart)...I'm all for whole food, but I have an equal opportunity gag reflex, and's just not going to happen. Fermented foods...ok, well I will eat sauerkraut like there's no tomorrow, I LOVES me some red wine...but, I lean towards...what's the word?...NO, when it comes to eating things that have essentially spoiled. I am thrilled at the thought of making my own yogurt and sourdough starters and simply CANNOT wait to make my own cheese, but there are aspects that I find difficult to envision. As you can imagine, for someone who lives in this convenience-obsessed, ready made society, this may be a little overwhelming.

Enter...GNOWFGLINS (God's Natural, Organic, Whole Foods, Grown Locally, IN Season)!

I have just signed up for a series of E-courses, taught by Wardeh Harmon, on I am so thrilled to do this, I can't even tell you! She basically takes the Nourishing Traditions book, and walks you through it in these courses...showing you how to do it through practical application. I will most likely be updating on a weekly basis on these courses, and hopefully, it will bring me as much information and joy as I expect! More than that, I hope it brings me and my boys that much closer to health, the way it was intended. So...with that being said, say a little prayer for me, as I learn to create bacteria and sprout grains, and pre-digest proteins:) I'll let you know how it works out, and how much of my mindsets are I'm sure they will be:) Here's to health and freedom!

P.S. If you're interested, I have placed a green button on the side of my blog, and a banner at the top. Both will take you to the Course overview! I hope you'll join me!


  1. Aleisha,
    I have to confess my ignorance on this whole subject of truly natural foods. But it sounds fascinating. Will be following your food adventures.
    PS. If you ever adopt again, it IS possible to breast feed your baby.

  2. I'm so proud of you! You'll have to let me know how it goes. I wish I had your determination!



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