Hello all, I am so happy there are some traditional food mamas on here
, I didn't think any existed here and didn't even try searching...I'm glad you found me.
I'll tell you all a little about myself...My name is Stephanie, I'm 21 and married to my dh Nathan for almost 3 years. We have a 21 month old son and I'm about 6 mo. pregnant with our second child (don't know the sex, didn't have an ultrasound). I'm due May 1st. This baby is my experimento baby since I concieved him/her exactly one month after going the TF way. If any of you are familiar with The Weston A Price foundation (Sally Fallon is one of the founders), you may know that he recommended cod liver oil, lots of eggs, and raw milk products for pregnancy and nursing...well that's what I am doing with this pregnancy and I feel great (although I have gained about 5 ponds more than with my first, but it's okay since I am the type who loses weight very quickly while breastfeeding.)
I own Nourishing Traditions and use it for almost every meal, it's like my how-to manual. One big piece of advice I can give NT/TF mamas just starting out is to visit the WAPF website and look up your local chapter and contact them, I am a WAPF member and they were a big help to me. Most chapters already have a source of raw milk found, along with eggs, chicken and beef or lamb. A lot of the members produce their own food and are usually willing to sell it at a fair price or barter for it...for instance, my chapter leader raises her own pastured organic lamb but she hates baking, I bake 2 loaves of sprouted whole grain bread for her each week and she gives me lots of lamb...especially a lot of the bones and organs, since almost no one will buy them, not even any of the other chapter members. The fantastic thing about joining WAPF though is you are supporting local farmers and businesses and increasing local commerce which is exactly what we need to do to kick down the mega-food corporations and keep food production where it belongs...in the local community. If anyone is interested, here's the link...List Of WAPF Local Chapters
I bake a lot and can give advice about baking the TF way if anyone needs help. For me personally, I have found I like hard white winter wheat the best and use it for both yeast breads and quick breads. My son loves the NT pancakes and I make them all ways...with spices, with berries, with carob chips, and dry them crispy (I use my excalibur food dehydrator, I bought it 5 years ago while going through one of those raw foody vegan fads
:. I highly reccomend it, I have used it for everything from fruits and veggies to grains and nuts, and it works really well for making deer jerky) and make mini pizzas out of them, it's a very versatile recipe.
The following quote is from an article from the WAPF magazine called Wise Traditions, it's one of my favorite articles and easily relates my view on the way life should be and could be:RAW MILK ECONOMICS
You have two cows, non-genetically manipulated and produced through natural breeding, who feed on fertile green pastures and produce delicious high-fat milk. They are cheerfully milked by your round-faced children having naturally straight teeth and wearing pure cotton clothes, colored with natural dyes and produced in the nearby town. The cows give birth to calves every year and soon you have a herd of 30 cows, all producing delicious healthy milk. Sam and Dave have retired and bring their grandchildren around to help with the milking.
Out-of-work orthodontists gather up the manure in the milking shed and distribute it on your pasture in which happy chickens run around, turning over cow paddies and eating bugs to produce nutrient-rich eggs. You make naturally yellow butter from the cream, and a delicious cheese. You feed the whey and skim milk to your small herd of hogs, which they thoughtfully turn into bacon and lard for cooking.
Reformed FDA officials help you make lacto-fermented juice from the fruit grown in your orchards and pickles and chutneys from your garden produce. All these products you provide in your on-farm store to your farm shareholders, many of whom are grateful survivors from the lowfat era. You make more money than you can possibly spend on yourselves and so donate to your town's schools, theatres, symphony orchestra and opera company. You also build a nice house on another part of your farm where another family lives, and you pay this family handsomely to help you on the farm. That allows you to take a big vacation twice a year and learn how people live in other parts of the world. Missionary groups teach raw milk economics to people living in other countries and every year two foreign exchange students come to help out on the farm.
You have two. . . hundred thousand farms, all producing raw milk products and providing them in on-farm stores or by home delivery. These farms create an explosion of prosperity on the local level. Small towns revive and along with them, small businesses. Every town produces a distinctive lacto-fermented soft drink and every town supports several great restaurants. Fast food places transfer into local hands; new owners cook the french fries in tallow or lard. Unemployment disappears and everybody makes a decent wage. No one uses pesticides on their farms so the chemical companies close down that part of their operation. Many corporate employees are freed up from the system and find better pay and more fulfilling work with local businesses or on farms. It will become more profitable to put land just outside cities and towns into dairy farms than houses. Towns and cities will grow while urban sprawl will give way to green spaces. Wealthy farmers and wealthy small businessmen put their money in local credit unions; the power of international banks wanes, and so does their influence in Washington. This new wealth is real, so there is no need to wage war any longer to keep the economy afloat. The health crisis resolves; inner city hospitals are torn down and replaced with inner city dairy farms, supplying fresh milk to inner city families. School lunch programs feature raw milk and products of local farms. Because the children are eating real food, their brains get wired properly; they are filled with curiosity and learn easily; teaching becomes a joyous profession once again. Happy, well nourished children contribute to an artistic flowering—music, painting, literature, dance and the dramatic arts flourish.
You have two. . . hundred million people who drink raw milk. And all of them live happily ever after.
For the rest of the article, click here...The Politics and Economics of Food