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I am a real food forager. I admit it. Not the kind that that rummages around in the forest. Oh no. You wouldn’t catch me getting my hands dirty or, heaven forbid, touch a worm. Yuck! No, I am a modern day, suburban real food forager.

Let me explain. You may think it impossible to forage in a suburban area, but what I mean is, I forage in the stores and markets that sell real food. First and foremost this means that I belong to a buyer’s club that has a real farmer deliver real fresh pastured foods like eggs, meat, poultry and dairy products on a weekly basis.

I also shop at health food stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and my local health food store. Most of the stuff these stores sell is not what I call real food, but there are things there that I can use.

I also forage on-line for various staples and bulk buying for the specialty items necessary for traditional cooking as well as the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and the GAPS diet. You can find some resources for these items in the resources link. (here).

What with all this foraging, I have found that the very best quality foods comes directly from the farmer and that is why I founded The Great South Bay Chapter of the Weston A Price Foundation, with my co-leader, Rita. Through a great deal of effort, Rita organized and created a Buyer’s Club with a local farmer for fresh dairy, eggs and grassfed meats, as well as a Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) group with a local organic farmer.

Farm to consumer food is by far a win – win situation for all involved. It allows the farmer to directly sell to consumers and get a higher price for their goods. It allows the consumer to buy the highest quality and freshest possible products at reasonable prices. And equally as important, it cuts down on fossil fuel usage as well as pollution by eliminating shipping across the country.

In my house we follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) Diet and many aspects of the Paleo/Primal Diet. As a nutritionist/chiropractor I thought I knew a lot about nutrition. I gave a lot of the “usual and customary” dietary advice and did a lot of supplementation in my practice. When I discovered the work of Weston Price, Sally Fallon’s wonderful book Nourishing Traditions, and the Weston Price Foundation, I felt like I had come home. I felt that this is what nutrition REALLY is all about. Consequently, in my house, we also follow the Weston A Price Foundation (WAPF) as the basis for our nutritional protocol.

This blog features recipes that are gluten- and grain-free, dairy-free, sucrose-, starch-, and soy-free and appropriate for the SCD/GAPS diets as well as ancestral diets like Paleo and Primal diets.

Welcome to this blog and find out more information about real food, the dangers in our commercial food supply and the implications to our health, what good nutrition really is, and how to follow these restricted diets and still eat like a king!

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1 Katie September 26, 2012 at 6:43 am

I am so excited to have found your site! I am currently enrolled in holistic nutrition courses and am excited to help educate people about diet and how it can impact the gut and health. We are paleo at our house, and I offer a Paleo Meal Monday feature on my blog to share grain-free recipes. Thanks for all of your great information!

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2 Jenni@MomEssentials.Net October 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Hi!
Thanks for letting me share my own recipe of tasty and delicious
Healthy Homemade Pizza!

Here’s the link:
http://www.momessentials.net/healthy-homemade-pizza/

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3 stephanie October 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

i am very happy to have found your blog. I too have read Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions and feel I have found my place in the food world. My family also follows the GAPS diet and I feel better than ever. Stomach and neurological problems developed by one of my daughters have led us here and I would never go back. I am grateful to find people who can add to the dimensions of what at first seems like a complicated way to eat, but far from it. I look forward to sharing my mania for food by looking at your blog. I have a cooking school background and wish others could see how are modern diet is harming them. Thank you.

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4 Jill October 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

Hi Stephanie,
Thanks for your kind words and for sharing.

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5 Kristin January 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I have been experimenting with a gluten free diet on/off for about two years now. I feel better without gluten and am beginning to think that my increase in food allergies and severe chemical sensitivity is related to environment and diet. In trying to cook for a GF diet, I find that many recipes use almond flour. Annoyingly, I am deathly allergic to almonds but. Is there a GF alternative flour that is a good substitute for almond flour?

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6 Jill January 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Hi Kristin,
Coconut or other nut flours are used for grain-free cooking.

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7 Adam Tucker March 3, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Hi Jill, I came across your blog on village green network and wanted to invite you to our green social network – http://crunchyhippie.com – I think you would bring a great contribution to our community and we’d love to have you!

Wishing you all the best :)

Live, love, and lead by example,
~Adam

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9 Brian Faulkner September 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

TIME SENSITIVE INQUIRY from Jeffrey Smith / IRT

Hi,
Thank you for the important work you do to better our world and its inhabitants.

The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT) is entering into a partnership with The Food Revolution Networks (FRN) to launch a mini-Summit on our driving focus: GMOs.

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The ideal mail dates will be October 13th-24th. If you can, and it fits your mission statement, please save the date now so you can join our promotion calendar then. If you have any questions or thoughts regarding this, please do share with me. As well, if you want, you can also go ahead and sign up as an affiliate now at http://www.foodrevolution.org/affiliate. Make sure to check the box for “Super affiliate”, and then we can be sure to get you the tools to help you spread the word.

With great appreciation and best wishes,

Brian Faulkner
Affiliate Leader
Institute for Responsible Technology
responsibletechnology.org

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10 Yvonne January 31, 2014 at 9:14 pm

I feel betrayed on so many levels ‘ not only was Brad unfaithful but he had lied to me. Knowing what makes life meaningful to you and re-committing to your essential values will be the motivational force and the foundation for the work ahead.

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