The Book that Started it All

My Well Loved Nourishing Traditions Book

Our real food journey started in January of 2009 with the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enid.  That book opened up an entirely new way of thinking as far as food and nutrition was concerned.  Among other things Nourishing Traditions showed me that saturated fats were not the enemies and that butter was good. I learned about enzymes, probiotics, soaking, sprouting and souring.

From Nourishing Traditions I was led to the Weston A. Price Foundation of which Sally Fallon Morell is the President. The Weston A. Price Foundation and the book Nourishing Traditions are both founded on the teachings and research of Weston A. Price, DDS author of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration was published in 1939 and is an in-depth summary of his worldwide expeditions. He started his journeys as a search to find control groups that were not affected by modern degeneration. He studied primitive, isolated cultures to determine primarily how affected they were by tooth decay. He compared these with their more ‘socialized’ counterparts, those who had access to modern foods such as white flour, white sugar, etc. In addition to tooth decay he noted bone structure and general health of the societies.

For the next several weeks, I’d like to break down Nutrition and Physical Degeneration for discussion. Something like a book review or book club.  So pull out your copy of Nutrition and Physical Degeneration or order a copy.

Wednesday (January 25) we’ll start with the Preface, Forward, Introduction, Chapters 1 and 2.  I’ll share my thoughts and what I found to be ‘highlights’. I hope you will do the same in the comments/discussion section.

While the book Nourishing Traditions began this journey for our family, the book that really started it all was Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. I look forward to really reading it in depth and continuing to learn from it.

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