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Old 03-05-2011, 09:08 PM   #26
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Re: Nourishing Traditions Support Thread

Originally Posted by 3 ladybugs View Post
- Welcome!

- I am going to have to check out BJ's a bit more for produce. There is a Costco about an hour north of here but I would rather stick a bit closer to home. I should try the apple butter in my crock. How do you store it?

Welcome! Sounds like you are doing great! What kind of wheat do you get? Or where is a good place to get it?

I get hard white wheat (it works great as an all purpose flour) from Wheat Montana. I love it! I found a little local shop that sells it by going to there website and searching for my area. And by finding that I am actually able to get a lot of other healthy and natural products that the store sells so I don't have to shop around as much!

The honey says organic and not raw. I have the choice of raw or creamed honey from where I can get my milk. Which do you think is better? (if you want to see what I am talking about).
I would personally just go with the regular raw so it would be easier to use. Raw liquid is what I get locally (though I am really considering buying just organic from Amazon as I heat it anyway and it would save me so much money!)

How do you store coconut oil? Will it go rancid quickly?

I just keep coconut oil in the jar it came in. It definitely does not go rancid quickly (though I guess over YEARS it would) which is a good thing about it. Did anyone notice this in one of the prior links? I am debating getting it for a month just to see. Right now we use e-mealz and DH is a bit scared to leave it.
I've seen that and would probably actually try it if I wasn't so cheap

Originally Posted by myfrugalfunlife View Post
Please give the link anyways-I may be able to save up gift cards to get it I can't find it IRL so I'm going to have to start ordering it online if I make the switch.
This is what I buy. I just had it delivered Monday (from a subscribe and save I had forgotten to cancel...) and paid $37.98! I now get it from a local source (well did...I just got a 50lb bag so I'm pretty set for awhile!) that I found when searching Wheat Montana's website for a local seller. It is just a little shop I probably wouldn't have found anyway and now I get lots of products from them. I would suggest that or even checking for shops (not just farms are listed).

One of my big goals is to get involved with the local farmers markets this summer. I did an online search and we actually have several that I've never gone to before. I'm hoping that I'll be able to find local sources for meat, produce, honey, as well as starter plants for my container garden. We live in a big farming community so there's got to be at least a few farmers who are doing what I'm looking for
I was surprised to find so many farmers in my area once I really started looking that do what I support!

Originally Posted by photocat View Post
We do NT here too, nobody around me IRL seems to know anything about it though and my MIL still insists on using margarine, blerk. I think price is an issue for many people, because eating this way is def' more expensive for us. We don't have GMOs (yet....) or hfcs so at least those are out of the equation.

I'm off to the farmer's market this morning: organic vegies, raw milk, grass fed beef, pastured eggs, non-organic but unsprayed fruit (ya gotta take what ya can get!).

Can I give a few book titles and blog links that people may be interested in?

180degreehealth.blogspot - read the link 'all newcomers read this' in the top right hand corner so you can find out a bit about Matt Stone and where he's coming from.

Underground Wellness - This guy does podcasts as well with guest interviews, very interesting.

Living La Vida Low Carb - I go on and off this one, the blog I don't usually check but he does have some really interesting interviews on his podcast show.

The coconut oil miracle, by Bruce Fife.
Eat fat, lose fat, by Sallon Fallon and Dr Mary Enig

Thanks for the links!
Originally Posted by chmom77 View Post
I hope you ladies don't mind if I join you. I started researching Weston A. Price after Jennifer (3ladybugs) posted about it on another thread that we both frequent and I noticed that the Nourishing Traditions food recommendations are very similar to what I was taught by my reproductive endocrinologist several years ago. When I learned what they taught me 5 years ago, it made a huge difference in my health and helped me conceive my DD. I'm still doing some of it, but I've gotten off track in a lot of ways and I would like to follow NT more closely. Here's where I am with it:

Already buying organic as much as possible.
Trying to reduce sugar. We currently use a combination of local honey, raw organic cane sugar, Splenda (I know, not good, but we have a strong family history of diabetes, so we use it in our tea), and occasionally pure maple syrup.
Currently buying ultra-pastuerized organic 1% milk. There are no sources of raw milk/dairy in my entire state and my DH is totally freaked out by the thought of unpastuerized milk. Our compromise will be switching to pastuerized (but not UHT) organic 2% milk for now.
Other dairy products are organic when possible (always butter) and at least hormone-free when I can't find organic (usually cheese & yogurt).
Eggs are always at least free-range, if not organic. There is a CSA farm about an hour from my house that has amazing eggs, but I can't get there very often. They deliver within 25 min. of me, but only once/week May-Sept, so I can at least get them during the summer.
Produce is organic when possible and local when possible. We're going to be joining a new CSA farm about 20 min. from our house for produce this summer.
Trying to use whole wheat flour as much as possible. I do still have white flour in the house, but I'm planning to get rid of it by just never buying it again. I buy organic whole grain bread. I have never soaked any grains, so that's something I need to learn more about and start trying.
We do eat breakfast cereals. I limit them to relatively healthy ones, but we need to reduce how often we eat them. I doubt we will eliminate them completely... I just don't think I can live without Cheerios. Can I just say that I love Cheerios and grab them out of the box by the handful at my mom's house?
We buy all of our beef from a local farm (I justput another 1/4 cow in our freezer last week ). It's pasture-raised and hormone-free. If/when we run out of ground beef, I occasionally buy ground bison at the commissary.
Sometimes get free-range turkey from a local farm, but more often end up just buying supermarket chicken. Chicken farming is huge here... there are more chickens than people in the state of Delaware. LOL
Have been buying supermarket pork, but probably switching to buying it from the local butcher shop that butchers our beef.
We eat a lot of fish, usually in the form of sushi/sashimi in restaurants. My favorite way to eat fish ! Lots of other seafood, too, usually local.
Drinks- I really only drink water, tea that I brew myself, and an occasional glass of wine. My DD drinks water, milk, and watered down 100% juice. I've been trying to eliminate the juice for a while, but my DH keeps buying it.
Cooking oils- We only use organic olive oil and raw organic coconut oil.
Avoiding processed soy products.
Grow our own small garden. Last summer, we had strawberries, tomatoes, summer squash, bush beans, pumpkins, mint, cilantro, basil. We will do something similar this year.

We shop at a variety of places- local farms, farmer's markets, Acme, Redner's, Costco, military commissary... no one place is very big in this area, so I feel like I have to go a million different places to get everything. It's worth it for our health, though. DH and I both have a family histories of diabetes, I have PCOS, we both have other infertility diagnoses, and DH has a documented history of neurological problems due to B12 deficiency... so we have a long list of motivating factors to eat healthy, not to mention trying to keep our DD healthy so that hopefully she won't have all of these problems!

Other things I would like to do:
Trying to get rid of pre-packaged convenience foods and canned foods. I just can't bring myself to waste what's already in the house, but definitely not buying any more of them.
Have never fermented any drinks; would like to give it a try.
Currently eating an occasional Lean Cuisine for lunch at work. I'm picky about getting healthy/realmeat/whole grains ones, but I would like to eliminate it altogether and just eat leftovers and salads for lunch.
We eat out way too much. My first goal is to limit it to once/week. Once we get there consistently, I would like to limit it even more than that.
Looks like you are doing good! There are a lot of things that I am not perfect on but we all do the best we can!

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