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!