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I've been starting down the path of traditional foods with Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions book. I'd like to focus on a few key staple dishes to start with (at least until I get a reasonable start). My main goal is overall health. I know there have been several "top ten" threads already, but I haven't seen one that really focuses on best health.<br><br>
Would anyone be willing to list their top five (or ten, or whatever) staple dishes for best health? Kimchi? Liver & onions? Lentils and rice? Fish soup? Mixed greens? Stewed beef? Miso? Steamed sprouts? Scrambled eggs? Raw eggs? Shrimp? Kefir? If you've got something that really works for you from a health perspective, I'd really love to hear! There has to be some way to start narrowing this down to a good, healthy starting point. Simple is good, but whatever works best is best!<br><br>
Thanks!<br>
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This may not be what you're looking for but i have decided that these foods can give you an iron clad immune system.<br><br>
Tea: White preferrably, but also green and black. (I know it's "fobidden" in NT but that's a <b>huge</b> flaw to the book imo) Tea is loaded with antioxidants and White tea has strong anti-viral/bacterial qualities.<br><br>
Kombucha: Loaded with important nutrients and probiotics<br><br>
Homemade soup: think bone broth and TONS of veggies<br><br>
Fresh/Raw fruits and veggies: a no brainer. Key ones would be berries, citrus fruits, greens<br><br>
Grass fed beef: a must!<br><br><br>
For the record, I live in MN where it's currently -15 degrees outside and I am surrounded by coughing, stuffy-nosed people everyday. My DS also goes to daycare and picks up all sorts of nice germs to bring home to me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> But by eating the above foods I've stayed 100% healthy. I haven't gotten sick at all this winter.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot">
 

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Not really dishes, but my top favorites that I think are making the biggest difference in our health are:<br><ul><li>Fermented veggies like kim chi and sauerkraut - both DH and my digestion improved so much with fermented foods. Besides helping with digestion, they are great sources of B vitamins and probiotics.</li>
<li>Water kefir and milk kefir - great fermented drinks. We especially love the water kefir; it's our "soda" since we gave up conventional soft drinks.</li>
<li>Raw milk - we just feel great drinking it. Interestingly enough, I sneeze and have allergy symptoms and DH gets reflux with pasteurized milk but neither of us have issues with raw milk. Also a good probiotic.</li>
<li>Liver in the form of Cod liver oil and liver pate - I have less colds with my CLO. I love a good liver pate on crackers!</li>
<li>Truely pastured farm fresh eggs - I have suspected blood sugar and thyroid issues and used to feel sluggish and tired on other breakfast foods. I've now been having one or two eggs with a cup of milk for breakfast for a few months now, and I feel great. It also reduces my cravings for grain and carbohydrates. Farm eggs are sooo much better tasting than organic "cage-free" supermarket eggs!!!</li>
<li>Bone broth - this is one I wished we made more often. We drink it so fast everytime I make it. The last time I had chicken broth, DH and I both had a bad cold and mine went away within two days of having the broth.</li>
<li>Clean water free of additives - I think chlorine and flouride free water are very important to gut health and your immune system</li>
<li>Natural sea salt - our joint pains have gone away since getting rid of our table salt</li>
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The pp's have listed some great things. I think the top five for me are:<br><br><br>
1) <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><i>Coconut oil-</i></span> I love it!!! I have basicially replaced all my oils (sometimes I use a little evoo) with coconut oil. It makes food taste better and it is a source of lauric acid, which has properties to help with immunity.<br><br>
2)<i><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Kefir-</span></i> wonderful, wonderful kefir. I drink both the dairy and water- but the water more often.<br>
Water kefir has taken away my cravings for chemical laden sodas, also it is full of good probiotics. I make smoothies with the dairy kefir.<br><br>
3)<i><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Good quality veggies for salads and cooking</span></i>- veggies help with bowel health and so I'm trying to increase them in my eating now as well. They of course are full of minerals and nutrients. To cooked veggies I add butter and to my salads I add evoo. The fats with the veggies help in the absorption of minerals and vitamins.<br><br>
4)<i><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Bone broths</span></i>- full of vitamins and minerals as pp's have stated. I add it to veggies, soups, rice for flavor as well.<br><br>
5)<i><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pastured fed meat,poultry,eggs,good fish</span></i>- These are of course superior to conventionally grown products. Good protein sources are good for long term energy and strength. Grass fed meats/dairy also have less omega-6, which we get to much of anyway. I love meat because it makes me feel satiated. Fish is full of good omega-3's which is good for the heart.
 

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I've been thinking about this for some time now and here are a few I'm currently working on:<br><br>
* cultured dairy daily - currently yogurt, soon to be replaced with kefir<br>
* coconut oil and honey in morning cereals (soaked overnight with a spoon of yogurt and some fresh ground wheat)<br>
* bone broth with dinner (this one needs more work - i need to make sure I get more bones <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">)<br>
* eating in season (this has been hard since it's winter - way easier to do this when farmers market is open)<br>
* sourdough bread, pancakes, waffles - trying to only eat soaked grains<br><br>
once i have these things down 100%, then i'll be moving on to other things.
 

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Agree with all the PP's great lists, and just a few to add:<br><br>
- grass-fed, organic butter and cream<br><br>
- crispy nuts - soaked & slow-dried<br><br>
HTH !
 

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Thanks for all of your input. I've put together a list of foods to work with:<br><br>
1.) Fresh veggies, particularly greens (just tried swiss chard for the first time - good!)<br>
2.) Fruit, crispy nuts, home-made yogurt, and home-made kefir for snacking<br>
3.) Broths -- Fish, beef, chicken (just made my first fish broth this week - good! Six quarts frozen)<br>
4.) Soaked grain/legume combos, like brown rice and lentils (I've frozen several containers)<br>
5.) Ogi for breakfast, plus some eggs<br>
6.) Long-simmered meat (with some pastured beef), plus liver & sweetbreads<br>
7.) Some fatty fish, like mackerel, herring, and sardines<br>
8.) Some fermented bean products, like miso (unpasturized, from the Korean market) (miso soup with the fish broth is awesome!)<br>
9.) Some fermented veggies, like kimchi (unpasturized, from the Korean market - spicy but delicious) and sauerkraut<br>
10.) Cooking with coconut oil, butter, & ghee<br>
11.) Sea salt, green tea, garlic, onions<br><br>
Until I connect up with better sources, I'm using the Korean market for veggies, greens, fish, kimchi, and miso. I've just picked up my first pastured beef and eggs at the farmer's market. The first batch of ogi is soaking -- no idea how it'll work out (but if it feeds most of Africa, it'll probably work for me). I've also got some beet kvass in the works and I'm trying to start a kombucha scoby from an unpasturized kombucha from the health food store (but these aren't on the main track). I'm working this out on myself before I spring any of it on the family. The only thing that seems like a problem so far is snacks (need something easier). We'll see how this goes...<br><br>
Again, thanks for the suggestions!
 

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Here are my favorite snacks (maybe it will help):<br>
- crispy nuts<br>
- peanut butter/crackers or toast<br>
- raw cheese<br>
- hard-boiled eggs<br>
- glass raw milk or kefir, or smoothie - plus berries, gr. flax seeds, little sweetner<br>
- baked oatmeal or a quick-bread like banana bread, or something - keep frozen in individual portions so it's always ready<br><br>
Good Luck !!!
 

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Thanks, Di! Good ideas. I'm off to look up baked oatmeal. I made fresh-ground barley bread once that would be good for snacking -- chewy, flat-ish, but satisfying. I might try that again, too.
 

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Here is the one posted by Amanda a while ago:<br><br>
Baked Oatmeal<br>
Not crockpot, but have you tried baked oatmeal? It is really GOOD!! It is not mushy at all, more like a cake texture.<br>
INGREDIENTS:1/2 cup applesauce (or veggie oil)<br>
3/4 cup sweetner of your choice<br>
2 eggs<br>
1 cup milk<br>
1/2 teaspoon salt<br>
1 tablespoon baking powder<br>
3 cups regular oats<br>
1/2 cup raisins<br>
1-2 tablespoons brown sugar<br>
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon<br>
--------------------------------------------------------------------------DIRECTIONS:Beat together applesauce and sweetner of choice. Mix in eggs, milk, salt, baking powder, oatmeal. Beat well then stir in raisins. Pour into a lightly grease pie pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Refrigerate overnight. The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake in preheated oven until firm, about 35 minutes. Serve hot. I like mine served with milk and a drizzle of honey over the top!!<br>
Amanda<br><br>
Good Luck !
 

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<a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=470679" target="_blank">Baked Oatmeal Thread</a><br>
I use gardenmommy's recipe, but with coconut milk and oil.
 
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