Where to Start

So maybe you have just read part or all of Nourishing Traditions, or heard about the benefits of a traditional diet from a friend, and although you may be inspired and fascinated, you also may be asking yourself the question “How do I do this? or Where do I begin”

That is where many people can try to change everything in their house over night, and then crash and burn, and give up and go back to eating a standard american diet. However as a Holistic Health Practitioner, who was in the same position a few years ago when I read Nourishing Traditions, let me share with you what worked for me and my family.

-Start with one change a week, how about switching over your factory meat for some grass-fed, pasture raised meat, switching to raw milk, try out store bought Kombucha and then transition later into making it yourself. Changing one thing a week will get you used to the new food.

-Start getting acclimated to the new tastes and textures of fermented foods. Many of these foods have been missing from our diets for so long, we just are not used to the unique taste of fermented foods, however just like as how our taste buds evolved as we went from childhood to adulthood, so do fermented foods become an acquired taste that after time you may find yourself really appreciating and looking forward to.

-Make cooking and food preparation a family affair. It can be a great way to get children(and adults, let’s be honest) off of electronics, and begin to remember the art of conversation. Make it a fun, playful experience where it is okay to make mistakes, experiment, and reconnect with creativity. We can however use electronics as a tool however to learn new cooking techniques and ideas, with all the available content online, you can learn how to do so much online these day in terms of cooking, so connect with friends, family and loved ones as you experiment in the kitchen

-If it is in your budget, take a cooking class. I personally offer a 6 week cooking program, and there are many other cooking classes offered in the area as well. It can be great to watch someone hands on as well, and bounce ideas off of other people in the class. Sometimes the TV cooks are not cooking in real world situations, so watching it in person can be very helpful.

Hopefully these are some helpful ideas to get you started on your journey to healthier eating, for as we are at a place and time in history where we are needing to transition our world back to small, sustainable farms, and traditional ways of eating, it is important to remember just to do the best you can with what is available to you.

All My Best,

Eve Mitchell, Sacramento Chapter Leader of the Weston A Price Foundation and Holistic Health Practitioner at A Proven Theory Holistic Health

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