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My Weston A. Price Conference 2010 Experience

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I attended the Weston A. Price Conference this weekend in King of Prussia, PA, and what an experience this was! The entire weekend was an overwhelming, wonderful, rewarding mix of meeting people, attending lectures, and learning new information…oh, and the food. Did I mention food?

Our morning started out with the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund breakfast, which I was told was an oatmeal bar. Now for someone who doesn’t eat many grains, I wasn’t sure I would find much to eat. I was told there were other things to eat like eggs too, so I decided to go anyway. What I found was an amazing offering of a huge variety of foods. I got so full, I nearly rolled out of the dining hall afterward. Here’s what I had:

Pasture-raised sausage, a hard boiled pastured egg with butter, yogurt from raw milk with blueberries and maple syrup, organic herbal tea, beef broth (from pastured cattle), and a glass of raw milk. It was delicious and filling!

Then I attended some lectures with Sarah Pope (The Healthy Home Economist) and Elizabeth Grange (Nourishing Creations). We saw Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, M.D. speak on holistic cancer treatment and Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, M.D. talk about GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) – and the connection that what we eat has EVERYTHING to do with disease and illnesses – from autism to ADD and ADHD, to other mental disorders like depression, anorexia, bulemia, schizophrenia, and bi-polar to digestive ailments and respiratory problems, as well as asthma, osteoporosis, allergies and food intolerances.

Then we went to lunch. Every meal we had at the conference was incredibly filling and satisfying (and delicious!). Amanda Love (The Barefoot Cook) is the amazing chef who led an exceptional team of others who prepared all our food. All I can say is WOW – thank you Amanda for all your hard work and efforts to make the food as spectacular as it was! I’d also like to thank Cathy Raymond – what a magician she is! I can’t even imagine how much time she and her staff spent making sure every detail was just right and thought of – they are incredibly efficient and marvelous group of people who work for one of the best causes I can think of. I am so grateful for their efforts!

I can’t write this post without saying how much I loved meeting and appreciate every one of the bloggers in Real Food Media. What a wonderful bunch of motivated, inspiring, and great people. It’s so great to be part of such a fantastic group of people who I consider to be like my family.

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You are all supportive and caring in a way that I can’t express my gratitude for sufficiently in mere words. I’m so lucky to be able to work with people I like and respect so much, and have the chance to make such important changes with for our food and health environments.

Here are some of the other great bloggers I met: Lisa Rose from Real Food Digest, Kathryn Garson from Kat’s Food Blog, Kelly The Kitchen Kop, Alex Lewin from Feed Me Like You Mean It, Kim Knoch from The Nourishing Cook, Lydia Shatney from Divine Health, Jenny McGruther from Nourished Kitchen, Kimberly Hartke from Hartke is Online!, and Jo-Lynne from Musings of A Housewife.

Two bloggers from Real Food Media also received activist awards this weekend from Sally Fallon Morell at the Awards Banquet on Saturday Night – Ann Marie Michaels (of Cheeseslave) and Sarah Pope (of The Healthy Home Economist).

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These amazing women are two of my friends and people whom I admire very much. Ann Marie has worked consistently for the past couple of years to make Real Food Media what it is today, and without her the real food movement might not be as far along as it is. Sarah writes amazing content for her blog and she has a large following of readers. Both of these women and all the other bloggers inspire me to do the work I do – and I just want everyone to know how much I appreciate them!

All weekend there were people to meet like Kaayla Daniel, David Wetzel, Stephen Guyanet (of Whole Health Source) Mark McAfee, Sally Fallon Morell, and so many others who make it their mission in life to produce sustainable products or travel to give seminars, and work constantly to educate and inform the world about a better way to maintain health and eat food. These people do amazing things and I am so thankful they are there, doing what they do to return our ways of producing and eating food to how they used to be, as well as helping to shape the way people view health.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the Saturday dinner event and awards banquet where Joel Salatin (one of my biggest heroes) spoke about how we need to be the change that’s necessary to alter the way we think about food and how we grow it, prepare it, and eat it. Watch this short excerpt from his speech:

Joel runs Polyface Farms in Virginia, and is a farmer, statesman, scholar, and activist. He is helping to change the way our culture thinks about raising animals for food, and being in harmony with the land while doing it. Thanks Joel and all the other folks at the conference this weekend who made this event one of the most fantastic I’ve ever attended in my life.

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Nina Planck Talks Candidly About Industrial Food

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There is a lot of conversation taking place about how our food affects our health. That’s because our overall health profile is critical – as a culture, we continue to experience rising numbers of heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, autism, osteoporosis, many auto-immune disorders, food allergies and intolerances. Despite diets prescribing low-fat eating, meal plans, weight-loss schedules, and exercise regimens we have embarked upon, we are getting sicker.

It’s pretty obvious the food we eat affects our health, and I believe it’s one of the most pertinent and important issues we face in the world today. Our food system affects us socially, economically, politically, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

One of the most active voices on this this topic is Nina Planck, author of Real Food for Mother and Baby and Real Food: What To Eat and Why. She is also an entrepreneur of the first farmer’s markets in London.

Nina has focused on the fact that our ancestors ate very differently than the modern counterparts of today’s society. She believes the health problems of today are very much linked to our diets, which are totally different than those eaten by people all over the world through the history of time, until the last hundred or so years.

Bigthink has an exclusive interview featured today with Ms. Planck that is definitely worth watching. She talks about how the foods we eat are not foods of civilization, they are particular to the development of industrialization – or since the Industrial Revolution (originating somewhere around the 1870s). She examined all the modern foods and compared them to traditional foods eaten by people around the world for thousands of years.

Here is part of that interview. You can view the rest of the interview in its entirety at Bigthink.

 

Here are some of the main points she touches on in her interview:

  • Engineered foods are not whole foods; they have been reassembled – i.e., low carb bread and orange juice or pasteurized milk with vitamins added are industrial foods.
  • Real food spoils quickly.
  • Carbohydrates need the aid of fat to digest them.
  • Traditional foods need the entire component of the food to work – such as in the case of milk or eggs. You need the whole food for digestion and health. Once you alter or denature foods, such as skim milk or egg whites, you lose nutritional value and food ceases to be healthy and contributes to disease.
  • Fattening up animals on feedlots and with cheap, industrial food is only a short-term solution about how to feed people. It harms human health, the ecology, and the planet.

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Weston A. Price Foundation – a non-profit organization founded by Sally Fallon to create awareness and education about sustainable food, living, and farming for health

This post is part of Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesdays Carnival.