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Friday, September 17, 2010

Nourishing Food Guidelines For Ourselves and Our Children....

I have Nourishing Our Children as a link through Facebook and I was blessed to receive a list of their "guidelines". (Nourishing Our Children is inspired by the Weston Price foundation.)

It was so wonderful, I really wanted to share it here! :)

  1. Eat whole, natural foods.
  2. Eat only foods that will spoil, but eat them before they do.
  3. Eat naturally-raised meat including fish, seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, game, organ meats and eggs.
  4. Eat whole, naturally-produced milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as whole yogurt, cultured butter, whole cheeses and fresh and sour cream.
  5. Use only traditional fats and oils including butter and other animal fats, extra virgin olive oil, expeller expressed sesame and flax oil and the tropical oils—coconut and palm.
  6. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, in salads and soups, or lightly steamed.
  7. Use whole grains and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid and other anti-nutrients.
  8. Include enzyme-enhanced lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis.
  9. Prepare homemade meat stocks from the bones of chicken, beef, lamb or fish and use liberally in soups and sauces.
  10. Use herb teas and coffee substitutes in moderation.
  11. Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
  12. Use unrefined Celtic seasalt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
  13. Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and expeller expressed flax oil.
  14. Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, dehydrated cane sugar juice and stevia powder.
  15. Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.
  16. Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass or good quality enamel.
  17. Use only natural supplements.
  18. Get plenty of sleep, exercise and natural light.
  19. Think positive thoughts and minimize stress.
  20. Practice forgiveness.

and the second page for our children...

  1. Don't eat commercially processed foods such as cookies, cakes, crackers, TV dinners, soft drinks, packaged sauce mixes, etc.
  2. Avoid all refined sweeteners such as sugar, dextrose, glucose and high fructose corn syrup.
  3. Avoid white flour, white flour products and white rice.
  4. Avoid all hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats and oils.
  5. Avoid all vegetable oils made from soy, corn, safflower, canola or cottonseed.
  6. Do not use polyunsaturated oils for cooking, sauteing or baking.
  7. Avoid fried foods.
  8. Do not practice veganism; animal products provide vital nutrients not found in plant foods.
  9. Avoid products containing protein powders.
  10. Avoid pasteurized milk; do not consume lowfat milk, skim milk, powdered milk or imitation milk products.
  11. Avoid battery-produced eggs and factory-farmed meats.
  12. Avoid highly processed luncheon meats and sausage containing MSG and other additives.
  13. Avoid rancid and improperly prepared seeds, nuts and grains found in granolas, quick rise breads and extruded breakfast cereals, as they block mineral absorption and cause intestinal distress.
  14. Avoid canned, sprayed, waxed, bioengineered or irradiated fruits and vegetables.
  15. Avoid artificial food additives, especially MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and aspartame, which are neurotoxins. Most soups, sauce and broth mixes and commercial condiments contain MSG, even if not so labeled.
  16. Avoid caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee, tea and soft drinks. Avoid chocolate.
  17. Avoid aluminum-containing foods such as commercial salt, baking powder and antacids. Do not use aluminum cookware or aluminum-containing deodorants.
  18. Do not drink fluoridated water.
  19. Avoid synthetic vitamins and foods containing them.
  20. Do not drink distilled liquors.
  21. Do not use a microwave oven.

Some of these are kind of duplicated, but I wanted to copy the lists entirely. I especially like #20 from the first list...be forgiving! To yourself and to those around you. We aren't all able to eat perfectly 100% of the time.

What I do, is to do the best I can, within our financial and time budgets, and leave the rest to God. I am not going to stress if once in a great while, we have to have Taco Bell for dinner. And I'm not going to be a rude guest and not eat what someone else is serving...AND, I am not going to put our family into a bad financial position to buy groceries. I do the best I can, with what I have and I leave the rest to the Lord. :)


Tammy said...

Hi, great blog! I have a question for you: do you take vitamin suppliments, and what brand do you use? I have been trying to find some reasonably priced all natural vitamins, as I believe they're necessary. We do take cod liver oil.

Nikki said...

I enjoyed this post immensely! Thank you for sharing!

Homesteading Dream said...

Thanks to you both :)

I do take some suppliments. In addition to cod liver oil, I also take garlic, an echinacea combo, and a vitamin A & D combo. Some more good ones to add would be calcium and magnesium.

It's very hard to find vitamins that are truly natural...many are synthetic and manufactured.

What I look for is "Derived from Vegetable Sources" or something along those lines. Suppliments can be VERY expensive though, so I follow the "Do the best that I can and let God take care of the rest," with this one. I buy the highest quality I can with the money I have.

The best places I have found locally for natural suppliments are Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and our co-op. :)

Tammy said...