… and the Weston A Price Foundation
I am a woman and women, historically have been deeply connected to food.
But not just food, as in what I serve at the dinner table, but the whole tending and caring for food.
I now, really understand the value of:
- The land – millennia ago women were the land owners and tended the Earth for food and medicine
- The garden – cultivating a veggie patch and medicinal herb garden connects you with the seasons, the cycles of the moon, bees and other beneficial insects as well as the weather
- The kitchen – the hearth and the heart of the home, the place where medicine is made and dispensed, the factory of ferments, the gift of creating food imbued with love!
And so, as someone who has rewoven the threads of my connection to food, I’m profoundly grateful for the teachings of the Weston A price Foundation (WAPF).
There are 5 key reasons why I love the WAPF & the Wise Traditions Diet:
1. It’s deeply grounded in traditional wisdom
In my opinion, the best double blind, placebo controlled, evidence based, large scale study (this is the gold standard of rigorous scientific testing) is a study of what tribal and traditional cultures have done for years that worked!
This is what Weston A Price did. He and his wife visited traditional cultures around the world and observed their practices. From this came the foundational principles of the Wise Traditions diet. BTW, you’ll learn more about that tomorrow night’s webinar.
2. The principles have been extensively studied
It’s not enough for me to know that I should eat fermented foods or soak my grains. I want to know why! The foundational principles of the Wise Traditions diet have been extensively studied and backed up by rigorous science. But it’s also not complete. We are learning more and more about food and its affects, so the constant research is essential.
3. It tastes so good
This probably should have been the first point! Food that tastes really, really good, not just in a fake way like sugar and salt, but in that deep, nourishing way like we might remember grandma’s cooking, is also the most nutritious and the most nourishing.
4. Its deeply bound with wise farming and wise healing
Food doesn’t magically appear in our fridges. It was grown somewhere, packaged and shipped. Food production is big business and a lot goes into it making it profitable.
The wise traditions approach encourages small farm lots where there is a diversity of plants and animals. Animals are humanely treated and have a powerful purpose. Chemicals are not required and the foods are naturally delicious, organic and packed with nutrients.
Wise healing is what I do for a living. It’s gentle changes to our diet, herbal medicines that nourish and tonify, small lifestyle choices that gently guide us to better self-care. It’s evolutionary and not revolutionary! It guides instead of intervenes.
Lastly, I love the WAPF and the Wise Traditions diet because:
5. It has helped me heal my relationship to food and my body
A dieting mentality is literally downloaded into a woman’s brain at an early age and it’s a real bummer!
Learning that I’m allowed fats and chicken with the skin on has been revolutionary. Making my own food from scratch and turning my kitchen into a ferment factory has been amazing. Everything I make represents my creativity and I feel a huge sense of achievement.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t do it all the time. I still have a lot to learn and sometimes a woman has just got to buy a pizza! But I’m heading in the right direction.