I have always been interested in nutrition as my mother came down with environmental illness when I was a little girl. I saw her fight for her own health and dig for answers to the real problem teaching the many doctors she saw. I had bought into the view of low fat, non fat and vegetable oils as the way to health. Then, a gal I knew from my bible study asked me if I would be interested in a nutrition conference and I went with her to see Dr. Tom Cowan present the Nourishing Traditions philosophy and I was hooked. It just made so much sense! I bought the Nourishing Traditions Book and a DVD of Sally Fallon’s conference talks and learned all I could about this new way of looking at food.
I joined a WAP chapter and started learning and gleaning all that I could to get my family on a healthier track. Since 2008, I have been eating mostly organic fruits and vegetables, pastured meats and eggs, drinking raw milk and making raw milk products, making and consuming bone broths, added fermented cod liver oil to my daily diet. I have noticed that as I have spent more time carefully preparing and eating traditional foods, my energy level has increased, I don’t get the normal ailments ie colds and flu, and my immune system overall seems to be improved.
I have looked at other claims to a healthier lifestyle, the most recent “Trim Healthy Mama” but didn’t find that the diet was easy nor did it make sense to separate the foods that God put together ie yolk and egg white as one example. Bottom line, WAP makes sense to me from the way food is grown to the way it is prepared and I have great respect for the amount of scientific evidence they present to back up this way of eating. Many do not follow WAP because it does take time to get the quality food and prepare it properly, but I have found that the health benefits and the joy in getting and preparing good food is more than worth it.