Video: Wise Traditions 2010

by Ann Marie Michaels on November 17, 2010

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Joel Salatin

This past week I was in Pennsylvania at the Wise Traditions conference, the annual conference for the Weston A. Price Foundation. I’m not sure what the final headcount was but I think there were over 1,500 people in attendance.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore, a video must be worth a billion words (there are a lot of frames in a video). Hence, I chose to do quick video montage of my experience at the Wise Traditions conference. Words cannot express how awesome it was.

Watch the Video

Here’s the video. Please go share it on Twitter/Facebook/blogs etc.!

I tried to get as many people into this video as I could — although I know I missed so many of you. I am sorry! All my love goes out to each and every one of you.

The Politics of Food

Wise Traditions 2010

The theme of this year’s conference was The Politics of Food. You may wonder why in the world we have to have a whole conference just to talk about food politics. I’ll tell you why.

Last month, two small family-owned dairy farms were raided by the Food & Drug Administration: Morningland Dairy and Estrella Family Creamery. Both farms had their merchandise “confiscated” (ahem — STOLEN). Losses combined totaled a half a million dollars.

Estrella Family Creamery

Here’s how the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) describes it on the Action Alert on their website:

Farmstead cheese operations–Morningland Dairy of Mountain View, Missouri and Estrella Family Creamery of Montesano, Washington–face upcoming legal battles which could result in court orders for each dairy to destroy its entire cheese inventory for allegedly being adulterated. The FDA is now taking aim at raw cheese producers and has created a climate of fear among those who make farmstead cheese for a living. The agencys longterm goal is to eliminate access to raw dairy products. Read “FDA’s Ace in the Hole” at www.farmtoconsumer.org/ace

Note: Here’s how to donate to Morningland Dairy & Estrella Family Creamery:

For Morningland Dairy, donate at http://pledgie.com/campaigns/13790. To learn more, go to http://uncheeseparty.wordpress.com/

For Estrella Family Creamery, donate at http://pledgie.com/campaigns/13917. To learn more, go to http://estrellacheese.wordpress.com/

Folks, this sort of behavior on behalf of our government is revolting and horrifying and completely out of line. So we WAPFers are organizing and mobilizing for, what Joel Salatin called the coming “tsunami”. Please go and donate to these two dairies right now!

Wise Traditions Highlights

I’m still flying high as a kite on a blend of super-charged-activist-adrenaline and a deep, resounding love for humanity. Not only did I get more hugs in five days than I get all year, hanging out with these folks fills your heart with real hope for the planet.

I have never in my life been so blessed and honored to know such an incredible group of highly intelligent, creative, caring and dedicated people. I am profoundly grateful for the Weston A. Price Foundation, which is why I have dedicated my life’s work to this organization.

I want to highlight just a few of the amazing memories I have from this year’s conference. There’s no way I can cover it all in one post so I’ll just hit on a few of the high points.

Brilliant Farmers

Sharing dinner with two sustainable grass farmers, Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures Raw Dairy and Chris Kerston of Chaffin Family Orchards, two of the smartest people in agriculture on the planet today, and both brilliant marketers.

Filmmakers and Lawyers

Hanging out in a sports bar after Joel Salatin’s brilliant keynote speech with “Farmageddon” filmmaker Kristin Canty, listening to Gary Cox, General Counsel for the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, explain his legal strategy for his lawsuit against the USDA. Boy, are we ever lucky to have these two brilliant minds on our team.

Here’s the Farmageddon trailer (due out next year):

Cod Liver Oil Captains of Industry

Hanging out on another night in the bar with Maureen Diaz, one of the very first WAPF chapter leaders (there are 500 chapters now). We were very blessed to get to hang out with Dave and Barb Wetzel of Green Pasture Products and they told us the amazing story of what on earth inspired Dave to start a dairy farm and start making butter oil and fermented cod liver oil. This is a story you have GOT to hear — I’ll let Dave tell it on an upcoming podcast.

Nutrition Science Geniuses

Listening to nutrition-scientist-genius-academic-nerds (that’s a compliment — I love nerds), Stephan Guyenet of the Whole Health Source blog and Chris Masterjohn of The Daily Lipid debate about nutrition at the VIP dinner. They may as well have been speaking Chinese.

Teaching the Next Generation

Watching Sally Fallon Morell present her Powerpoint about sustainable farming to the children’s program. The kids were raising their hands and saying, “That’s a feedlot!” After that, Sally taught them how to make omelettes.

Chef Shane Kelly, WAPF Comedian

Having lunch with Chef Shane Kelly who made me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants.

Wilderness Family Adventures

Eating dinner with Wilderness Family Naturals, Ken and Annette Fischer and two of their children. Annette captivated everyone with tall tales about wild frozen pine martens from the Minnesota tundra and a mind-blowingly fascinating story about how her arthritis was cured by a dentist in Texas who spent 9 hours cleaning out the rotting infection where her wisdom teeth used to be. A story I hope Annette will tell on a podcast. Needless to say, I’m booking a trip to Texas to see that dentist (more on that later).

What About the Lectures?

I didn’t get to see very many lectures (too busy) but I will be getting the mp3s in the mail (so will all of the Real Food Media featured bloggers) so you can expect lots of great posts coming soon on the Real Food Media blog network.

Wise Tradition Recap Posts from Other Bloggers

Check out the following posts from other bloggers…

Kelly the Kitchen Kop: Monday Morning Mix-Up 11/15/10: Wise Traditions Edition and Weston Price Foundation 2010 Activist Award Winners.

Hunt Gather Love by Melissa McEwen: Wise Traditions Recap

The Healthy Home Economist: Wise Traditions 2010 Roundup

Kat’s Food Blog: People I Met at Wise Traditions

Hunter Gatherer: Idiosyncratic Observations from Wise Traditions, the 2010 Weston A. Price Conference (I really enjoyed meeting Hunter Gatherer blogger, John Durant. He has the coolest business card ever — each one has a fossilized shark tooth glued onto it!)

Whole Health Source by Stephan Guyenet: Impressions from the Wise Traditions Conference

You can also read through the Twitter feed from Wise Traditions by using the hashtag #wapfconf.

Also, in the next couple days, we’ll be posting all the photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/realfoodmedia/ Please feel free to use them on your blogs, post on Facebook, etc. to spread the word.

Wise Traditions in Dallas 2011

I can’t tell you how excited I am that Wise Traditions is coming to Texas next year. Especially because we have decided to move back to Austin. As we say in Texas, “Yee haw!”

Kelly the Kitchen Kop just posted on her blog that you should start saving your money now so you can afford to go. I wholeheartedly agree. Do not miss it. This is the biggest event of the year for sustainable food and agriculture and if you want

I am not exaggerating when I say that the Weston A. Price Foundation Wise Traditions conference is my favorite thing all year. I’m even planning the birth of my next baby so I can attend!

Share Your Comments

If you attended the conference, share in the comments below what you thought about it, and what were some of your favorite things. How did you like the food? What were some of your favorite lectures? What new things did you learn?

Can’t wait to see you all next year!

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amber November 19, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I actually LOVE liver but haven’t had it in years. It is extremely difficult to find pastured/organic liver down in S. Texas and of all things I refuse to eat liver unless it is pure. Even the grass-fed beef sources I’ve reached with a reasonable day’s drive don’t offer liver. I wonder if that is why other WAPF folks don’t eat it. Guess since I’m going to be “trying” for a bairn soon I need to break down and order some online. But I’ve never understood why people don’t like it, I get all excited when I see liver, hehehe.

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Shannon November 19, 2010 at 7:24 PM

I just wanted to clarify that I am not blaming grains on obesity. I am saying that people aren’t properly preparing them and that can lead to ill health (gut damage, poor nutrient absorption, etc). Not the actual grains, but the preparation is what I was criticizing.

Also, I believe our diet is so bad that our guts have been significantly damaged. Therefore certain proteins like gluten and casein that may not have been problematic say 50-100 years ago, maybe be damaging now.

Whether or not you believe in this is up to you. I just know from personal experience that both my daughter and I do not grains well (aside from white rice).

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Shannon November 19, 2010 at 8:20 PM

(Rather, I’m not blaming obesity on grains!)

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Shannon November 19, 2010 at 8:23 PM

I also meant to say that I don’t believe grains and dairy are inherently bad (in fact, some good grassfed butter/raw milk, etc is awesome). However, some people with damaged guts don’t tolerate them until they start healing their guts. I think bone broth is an awesome healer.

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CP November 19, 2010 at 8:54 PM

why all the trouble over grain anyways? for the people who properly process the grains every time before cooking, how often do you do this? every day? once a week? once a month? is it a treat? is it a staple? if you do do it, is it to enjoy the process, or the tatse, or for the nutrients?

i hear about nutrient dense super foods. what do grains offer that don’t come in greater abundance from veggies, fruits, nuts or meats? btw, my garden, csa, and half grass fed cow are 20-30 minutes from the garden/fridge to my mouth.

i am just having a hard time putting my head around putting all that work into something that doesn’t have that much return on time invested. we all struggle with work, raising a family, keeping a clean house/yard, and trying to get some exercise. we don’t have the leisure time our ancestors did and we have much more abundance of food choices. is spending time to prepare grains and making room in our bellies for these grains the best option?

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Annie November 20, 2010 at 5:25 AM

Shannon,
First , I want to say, I do not have time to read all these emails!
But I do want to say to you, its too bad you did not see Dr. Oz the other day.
As he had on Women that lost Over 100 pounds and have kept the weight off for over 5 to 8 years.
Those women also thought it was there family genetics. It was not, it was the
way they where eatting, and exercising.

Take care, be kind to your self.
Annie..
ps . As I said I do not have time for these emails..
I well be unsubscribing.

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cheeseslave November 20, 2010 at 8:56 AM

@ Shannon

Also, I believe our diet is so bad that our guts have been significantly damaged. Therefore certain proteins like gluten and casein that may not have been problematic say 50-100 years ago, maybe be damaging now.

Very true!

I used to be gluten intolerant (when I was in my 20s). Removing gluten from my diet, avoiding all sweeteners (except honey and fruit, sparingly) and taking large quantities of strong probiotics and other supplements helped me heal. (It took about 2 years.) I am no longer gluten intolerant.

I think antibiotics, the birth control pill, chlorinated water, and lots of other drugs and toxic things we put into our bodies or absorb through our pores really do mess up our gut. When our gut is messed up, it leads to gluten intolerance and other food allergies, as well as arthritis, asthma, lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic sinus infections, chronic fatigue, skin disorders, etc. etc.

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cheeseslave November 20, 2010 at 9:26 AM

@CP

for the people who properly process the grains every time before cooking, how often do you do this? every day? once a week? once a month? is it a treat? is it a staple? if you do do it, is it to enjoy the process, or the tatse, or for the nutrients?

In traditional cultures, they typically used one, maybe two grains in their diet. For example, the Swiss who ate rye sourdough bread or the Scottish who ate oats… Or Latin Americans who eat corn and rice.

It’s harder today because we eat all different kinds of grains. But if you just stick to one or two, it’s easy to process grains for every day use.

For example, take brown rice. I don’t eat white rice much b/c I don’t like the taste. And brown rice is much more nutritious.

We like rice in our home and it goes well with many meals. Stephan Guyenet has a great post on how to soak rice:

http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/04/new-way-to-soak-brown-rice.html

I haven’t been soaking my rice this way regularly yet because I haven’t gotten the hang of it but I am going to start doing it. It’s easy to just toss the rice into a bowl or Pyrex glass measuring cup, add the soaking liquid and let it sit in a warm place for a day or two. Then you reuse that rice liquid over and over. You can store it in a small mason jar in the fridge when you’re not soaking rice or when you’re out of town or whatever.

Sourdough works much the same way, so if your family enjoys eating bread, it’s good to learn to make sourdough and it becomes part of your regular routine.

Corn is also very easy to soak in cal (lime water). I am going to buy a better corn grinder since my food processor doesn’t work as well as I’d like and then I’m going to have our housekeeper make fresh corn tortillas every week. (She’s from Honduras so she is an expert!) If you add more corn to the fermenting mix every time you make tortillas each week, it’s a very easy routine.

I also just ordered some of the sprouted corn flour from To Your Health. I order her sprouted flour, too, and I just ordered some of her new sprouted rice. I will still soak the sprouted rice and corn, but this way they will be even more digestible.

Oats are another thing that are easy to soak. I typically soak for at least 24 hours, sometimes 48. I add a little whole wheat flour since most oats today are heat treated.

I also take advantage of the following prepared grains:

Sourdough (naturally fermented) wheat crackers (avail at health food store)
Sourdough bread (long fermented, avail at my farmer’s market)
Soaked granola (I found some great granola at the WAPF conference that will ship)
The aforementioned sprouted flour and other grains from To Your Health
Sprouted corn tortillas (avail at health food store — I also make these into corn chips using coconut oil or lard)

I tend to buy all of the above in bulk and freeze in my big chest freezer (along with all my raw dairy and my half a side of grass-fed beef)

i hear about nutrient dense super foods. what do grains offer that don’t come in greater abundance from veggies, fruits, nuts or meats?

Actually nuts, seeds and legumes also need to be soaked. Beans need to be soaked AND cooked. Many vegetables need to be either fermented or cooked.

So it’s not just grains that require special effort. Contrary to popular belief, most veggies are NOT best eaten raw and can actually be damaging to the gut. Many veggies also have toxins like goitrogens and other anti-nutrients. The best things to eat raw are dairy and meats — which of course is the opposite of conventional wisdom.

I don’t think grains are more nutrient-dense than meats or veggies. For us, grains are a side dish, not typically a main dish.

i am just having a hard time putting my head around putting all that work into something that doesn’t have that much return on time invested. we all struggle with work, raising a family, keeping a clean house/yard, and trying to get some exercise.

It’s really not a lot of work at all, as illustrated above.

we don’t have the leisure time our ancestors did and we have much more abundance of food choices. is spending time to prepare grains and making room in our bellies for these grains the best option?

Honestly we have just as much leisure time as our ancestors did. We just choose to use it in different ways — for example, sitting in front of the TV or futzing around online, etc. I really enjoy cooking and as my daughter gets older, it is a fun activity for us.

My housekeeper from Honduras gets together with her family every single Saturday here in LA. It is her job to make the tortillas each week and she enjoys it. Everyone makes something different to contribute. For them, their get-togethers are centered around food and cooking is a fun family ritual that they enjoy doing together. It is the same in cities and towns I have visited in Spain, France, Italy, etc.

I also love gardening, harvesting, fermenting, even shopping at the farmer’s market and visiting farms — all the activities around food.

Wow clearly I have a lot to say/teach on this issue. I think maybe this should be my next online cooking class — How to Properly Prepare Grains. I could do some interviews with Rami, too. That would be neat!

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Elizabeth Walling November 20, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Ann Marie, I loved this:

“Here’s another idea, and probably the more important one: maybe our body image is what’s so f*cked up. I really think I need to do a whole post on this. Why is everyone so focused on being lean and is that even something we should want? My WiFit still tells me I’m in range of a healthy weight — so why do I feel the need to drop 20 pounds so I can be skinny? Why is “skinny” better and more attractive? I propose this is a cultural thing. Skinny and lean was never held in high regard — not for centuries. Only recently has this been in vogue.”

My weight is also in the healthy range, yet I have often been compelled to lose 10-20 lbs to achieve the “in” look. The body image issue is something I’ve been researching lately and plan to dig very deeply into it, because I think that is at the center of many people’s health issues. Letting go of my own obsession with my weight is something I’m working on right now and I find it’s made an enormous impact on my life already.

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cheeseslave November 20, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Cheers, Elizabeth! Toasting you with a glass of raw milk. :-*

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cheeseslave November 20, 2010 at 8:52 PM

WAIT SHANNON OF NOURISHING DAYS IS MOVING TO TEXAS TOO?

WHAT?

REALLY?

WHERE IN TEXAS?

Sorry to yell with all caps. I’m just stunned.

How awesome!!!!

How did I miss that comment before????

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Elana November 21, 2010 at 11:07 PM

It was meeting you at the conference, Ann Marie! I felt so honored to be at the bloggers dinner the last night (came with Alex) and am really excited to figure out how to organize in this movement. I also learned about your blog at the conference and have been enjoying reading past posts. Looking forward to being a regular reader now – just subscribed too!
Warmly,
Elana

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cheeseslave November 22, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Thanks for saying hi, Elana! It was nice to meet you! Keep in touch and let me know how I can help you.

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bobcat November 22, 2010 at 4:02 PM

My only observation with the video, is that the few times it showed a plate of food……was that I thought, “I’d never be able to eat all that food in one sitting.”

The first plate I saw had some delicious looking slaw, some shredded meat, etc. It looked like a fabulous, healthful meal, that I would love to eat. However, I would only be able to eat about 50-70% of that food on the plate, before my stomach would stop me.

The second plate I saw (the roast turkey slices, brussel sprouts, shredded beets, with two other side plates) looked equally healthful and delicious, something I’d be glad to eat, but again….I would only be about to consume about 50-70% of it, and that’s if I ate a very light breakfast, and I was hungry.

Overall, I think one of the reasons I am slim, is that I seem to have a built in mechanism that stops me at a certain point. Eating with others, it seems like many people lack that mechanism, and I am shocked at how much people eat. More like, shocked they are even capable of eating so much, without being uncomfortably full. I don’t think it’s their fault; I think they have just become used to eating that amount.

I think it just makes sense that native people probably did not eat the surplus of food we do.

Anyways, the people in the video do not look too overweight to me (though a few may fit the definition, technically). I agree with Ann Marie that they look healthy. I am thinking though, that eating that amount of food would certainly take me from looking slim/”average” at a size 4/6, to looking more stocky like some of the people in the video.

I hope I’m not coming across as judgemental. Just being honest that the shocker for me was not the size of the people, but the size of the meals.

Then I do agree with Ann Marie and others that hormones probably play a role.

And also, I know that my personal experience with pregnancy, was that I was hungry all the time, so my stomach did stretch during that time, and after the pregnancy was over (I miscarried) it took me awhile to get used to eating normal portions again, because I was eating a lot during the pregnancy due to hunger pangs.

So again, that’s an example of getting used to eating more, when your body tells you its necessary, but then at a certain point, you need to go back to eating what your “normal” is.

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cheeseslave November 22, 2010 at 4:44 PM

@ Bobcat

It was a buffet, so I’m sure people loaded their plates a little more than they normally would.

Also, I agree with you – part of my problem w/ excess weight is I ate a lot more when pregnant and have not gotten used to eating less again.

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Rita November 22, 2010 at 5:47 PM

@bobcat
The buffet food at the conference is so appetizing, delicious and plentiful it is hard not to overload the plate. Just taking a little of everything to get a taste makes the plate overfull. I suspect most of us never eat that much under normal circumstances…. well, maybe next Thursday some will.

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CP November 22, 2010 at 6:31 PM

@BOBCAT
those people with the full plates are on the High Everything Diet. They are tryng to reach their fattest point so they can then lose weight.

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CP November 23, 2010 at 9:58 AM

to those worried about getting back in your size 6….you might get there without changing your body. check out the phenomenon called vanity sizing.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanity_sizing

it is a reaction to the ballooning of clothing buyers bodies. overtime, we continue to accept more and more body fat. that is a problem. i do not think BMI is an accurate way to evaluate health but it is widely used as a way to judge whether people are overweight or not. 70% of america is overweight by these standards. diabetes is very common in overweight people. it is estimated that half of america will have diabetes by 2020. our children are predicted to have a shorter lifespan than us for the first time in 200 years.

it is time to quit skewing the fat acceptance higher and higher. especially if the tax payers are going to have to pay for healthcare.

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Rita November 23, 2010 at 1:16 PM

cp says:
“it is time to quit skewing the fat acceptance higher and higher. especially if the tax payers are going to have to pay for healthcare.”

CP, I’m getting tired of your judgmental comments. No one is fat because they woke up and decided to weigh 400 lbs, or in my case 150 on a 5’1″ frame with a burned out thyroid from autoimmune inflammation. Most fat people are STARVING for nutrients but don’t know how to get them from proper food because they’ve been brainwashed that Cocoa-puffs are “heart healthy”. I’m a retired pediatrician and watched, ignorantly, the explosion of childhood obesity. Without great evidence, the USA decided to adopt a low fat diet to prevent heart disease, most of us thought that was a fabulous idea. In the 1990s pediatricians did the same for children with disastrous results—kids got fat, and also got type II diabetes, previously unheard of in children. These were unintended consequences, few in my field really realized what would happen, and most still don’t understand these consequences. This is why I love the WAPF mantra of “you teach, you teach, you teach”. We can make fun of Ancel Keys and the McGovern committee (and all the resultant fatties), but they had good intentions, they were just WRONG and overstepped bounds with global recommendations about diet. The AAP is wrong about many things, but they are wrong because they don’t understand, not because they are inherently evil, they actually have the best intentions.
You and your family may have escaped the obesity epidemic, but many did not. Not because they are genetically or morally inferior, or lacking in willpower, but because the “times” were against them. They are still human beings who need compassion and care just like the rest of us. Let’s learn from the last 50 years, teach others about the unintended consequences, encourage all to eat “real” non-corporate food, and please forgive, love, and have compassion for those who, in their bodies, bear witness of the consequences of poor quality food either because they are obese or in poor health.
We should have solidarity in health care. You’ll pay for the obese and I’ll pay for vitamin deficiencies in thin vegans. Any of us could have a devastating health issue no matter how scrupulous we are. Should I deny you health care for MS because you lived in the north and didn’t get enough Vitamin D? Or you deny me care because I went hiking the woods and got Lyme disease? The obese are no more to blame than northerners or hikers and deserve care. Meanwhile, we can all teach, teach, teach (esp. educate your doctors).
(BTW. My grandmothers, both not thin, lived into their 90′s. My mother, also decidedly not thin, is now 80 and in great health. A non-PC appearance does not mean one is not healthy, double chins and all).

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CP November 23, 2010 at 2:13 PM

@rita

although i agree with a lot you are saying, if we continue to trend higher and higher as to what is an acceptable amount of body fat, we will never work toward a solution to the problem. we will just accept the problem and keep passing out drugs to extend lives but not extend enjoyable years.

btw, i discovered a solution to my problem 4 years ago before it spiraled out of control. i try to educate every chance i get but a lot of people just accept their problems and are unwilling to make the sacrifiies necessary.

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Paula Runyan November 23, 2010 at 8:47 PM

@cp,
No one on here is justifying bigger size as better. In fact we are all doing our level best to raise the next generation to have better physical structure, Structure that is “old fashioned”.

You have mentioned several times that you have “the” solution.
What was it?

As to not being willing to make sacrifices? You have no idea what sacrifices most if not all WAPFers have made.
The volumes that we could write!
And no, limiting real food is not the correct sacrifice, if that is what you are driving at.

We are a very small minority in the US today. We out our money where it counts, but it is going to take several generations to get back what has been lost.

If I could actually finally carry a pregancy to term, you better believe my child would be raised on the correct path!
But, you want to talk sacrifice?
If however this is not God’s will, and it allows me to devote more time to teaching
Real Food, then so be it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Kat November 24, 2010 at 5:06 AM

@bobcat
Those two plates were mine. I’m underweight. I eat that much most days (and have been for a few years now) because I’m trying to gain weight. And I felt comfortable eating that much, probably because my body needs it. I would say most people at the conference did not have so much food on their plates.

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CP November 24, 2010 at 10:09 AM

@paula

to be clear i never said i have “the solution”. that eludes to the fact that there is one solution which there isn’t. i did say i found “a solution” for myself 4 years ago. for me it was a lowish carb paleo way of eating (i hate the word diet so i won’t use it). i started eating this way and went from chubby to lean. i am able to retain muscle mass without strenuous weight lifting. i went from frequent colds to only missing work due to illness once in the last 4 years. my wife recently adopted this way of eating and has lost 15 pounds without trying. unfortunately, she doesn’t exercise like she should but her weight loss has been steady and effortless. as a mother of 2 in her late 30′s she doesn’t have the metabolism of a teen anymore. i have spread the word and seen this way successful for friends, family and mothers of many children.

i eat lots of meats, veggies, fruits, and cook with butter and lard. i have no problem with weight control. I eat much the same as what the WAPF advocates except I avoid the tough to prepare grains. they cause more problems than they are worth. calorie for calorie, they are nutrient deficient. they do help fatten you up if that is something you desire. if you want an autoimmune disease, you may want to add copious amounts of grains to your diet. that is unless you want to spend the time to properly process those foods to remove the toxins. myself, i prefer minimally processed foods.

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Anna November 24, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I’m skinny, too, and don’t think the plates looked like they had too much food. I would have added more carbs, personally, but would have had similar amounts. I, too, have been trying to eat MORE, not less.

CP, be careful with recommending low-carb/paleo to others. Matt Stone’s blog has a lot of info on low-carb consequences. It may be okay for a small number of people (assuming it’s not too low) but a lot of people really wreck their health and adrenals long-term (even though they appear to have weight loss and health gains in the near-term).

Personally I think the only recommendation we can all safely make to others is “eat real food.”

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CP November 24, 2010 at 12:57 PM

i am not saying paleo is the way to go for everybody. it just has been very successful for everyone i know who has tried it and been disciplined. low carb is very subjective. i eat up to 125 grams of carbs per day. many would say that is a lot. relative to the general us population, that is very low. i have read matt stone’s blog and am not convinced his results are based on a true paleo lifestyle.

he does advocate unprocessed foods which i will not argue with.

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