Each time we inquire about nutrition, we are faced with images of perfect bodies and contradictory advice. How do we distinguish between marketing and science? What can we do when conventional wisdom fails us gays and LBTAs? What’s the beef with our body coexisting with our foods?
To find answers, I headed to the Weston A. Price Foundation’s (WAPF) 2014 Regional Fall Conference in Southbridge, MA, where experts shared up-to-date health information on traditional diets, holistic healing, and nutrition.
WAPF is rooted in the studies of Canadian dentist Weston Andrew Price (1870-1948) who traveled the globe examining teeth and studying the diets of different cultures. Imagine Swiss villagers and Yukon tribal members lining up and opening wide for Doctor Price. As early as 1894, Price (who went on to become the Darwin of nutrition) honed in on diet as the culprit of tooth decay and physical degeneration.
Dr. Price found that primitive nations never ate lean meat. Much like wild predators, they first ate the organs when they killed an animal. Traditional people saved all the fat to render it into lard or tallow. They fermented fish below dirt and grass. Follow Dr. Price’s prescription: include as many nutrient-dense foods as possible in your diet.
Nowadays, President Sally Fallon Morell, leads the WAPF nonprofit that circulates Price’s research findings. Morell hails the virtues of nourishing traditional diets, singing the praises of nutrient-rich pastured organ meats, bone broth, coconut oil, cod liver oil, raw milk, butter, cream, fish, shellfish, bacon, and eggs. These foods are laden in saturated fat, what many have been avoiding for decades. It turns out some guilty pleasures are wholesome after all.
Note, however, that not all foods are created equal–quality matters. You are familiar with ubiquitous meats and dairy products derived from industrially raised animals. Imagine growing up crammed into a crowded dance floor without ever getting a peep of the sun—I mean disco ball. Think about how sick and depressed we would feel.
Judging by the palpable enthusiasm of the numerous lesbian couples in attendance at the conference, the demand for non-industrial, animal-friendly farming products is bound to expand on its current estimated 15 percent annual growth.
Is it just me, or does it never get old to watch happy cows masticate in the field?
Pasture-raised cattle may take an extra seven months to mature in a natural environment. Free-range chickens mow the lawn for chirp. They gobble insects, grass, and clover. Go ahead and benefit as often as possible from the rich nutrients passed on to us. You deserve and can afford the best quality. You have every reason to choose the happy meat (the gay kind) over cuts of creatures under the weather.
Did you know that chicken thigh with skin contains ten times more Vitamin A than skinless chicken breast? Bring on the dietary fat!
Let us seek the density in nutrients. We all have experienced bothersome and distracting cravings. Let the fat intake calm you. You have better things to do than obsess about food.
Dietary fat also allows your body to readily absorb nutrients such as fat-soluble Vitamins A, D, E, and K. When you nourish your body, it functions properly. Your brain, which contains about two pounds of fat, will relentlessly protest nutrient starvation by shooting hunger signals.
But if you wanted food cravings to control your mind, low-fat and fat-free diets would be the way to go. Lean snacks or meals easily trigger a shocking hormonal reaction, which in turn may lead to problems such as quick fat storage, oxidation, and inflammation. On the other hand, saturated fat naturally helps protect you.
Sally Fallon Morell dismisses food trends: “[Modern] diets are made up by men who have never had to fix a meal or put dinner on the table.” So, what is the key to vibrant health? “Health is not about what we’re serving,” says Morell, “but how we prepare our food.”
Morell unequivocally recommends choosing high-fat and high-cholesterol foods. But don’t fats make us fat? WAPF’s Healthy4Life Guidelines state that several studies have shown that you can be healthier and lose more weight on a high-fat diet.
“The last thing you need to worry about is cholesterol,” Morell asserts. “Cholesterol is the mother of all hormones. Don’t lower your cholesterol. You’re going to feel miserable and depressed.” The thyroid gland requires healthy animal fats to function properly. When it doesn’t, you have low metabolism and gain weight easily.
Morell and Doctor Mary Enig have sold over 400,000 of the Nourishing Traditions cookbook. It features recipes such as chicken liver pâté, bone broth, sourdough bread, kombucha, yogurt, and lacto-fermented vegetables such as Korea’s national dish kimchi, a powerhouse of healthy bacteria and vitamins.
The two prolific women also co-wrote Eat Fat, Lose Fat in 2006. Enig, whom we sadly lost in September, believed we should consume more butter and coconut oil because they promote heart health. Without restrictions, Morell encourages gay and straight Americans alike to “consume whatever fits you, depending on what you can afford, your time, and what you like. You work it out in your own diet.”
Vitamin B12 can only be found naturally in animal products. Morell makes a connection between its deficiency and the symptomatic angry calls the Foundation receives from vegetarians.
Morell raises a roar of laughter when she declares: “Vegetables are an excellent vehicle for butter, and fruits are a great vehicle for cream.” Dr. Price observed that obesity and cavities were extremely rare among primitive people. Health reasons abound for us to eat a lot of animal fats. Saturated fat is your ally. Fat is on your side. Make no missteak.
To learn more, visit www.westonaprice.org
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15 Health Tips
1. Stay away from refined or denatured foods.
2. Include animal protein in your diet.
3. Only eat protein that naturally comes with fats.
4. Eat some of your animal foods raw.
5. Seek high levels of enzymes and beneficial bacteria.
6. Soak, sprout, ferment, or naturally leaven seeds, grains, and nuts.
7. Eat a lot of saturated fat to protect your heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, and immune system.
8. Eliminate commercial vegetable oils to help balance out your intake of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids.
9. Embrace salt in its rainbow of colors and digest protein with ease.
10. Boost your mood and regulate dopamine production with your own gelatin-rich bone broth or chicken broth.
11. Cook, eat, lead by example, teach and share the health.
12. Eat veggies with butter and fruits with cream, as produce are not nutrient-dense on their own.
13. Stay away from trans fats and eat saturated fats to improve or maintain your sex life.
14. Beware of cruel anti-nourishment breakfasts such as breakfast cereal, skim milk, and orange juice.
15. Jumpstart your day with nourishing farm-raised bacon, eggs, sautéed potatoes, whole yogurt or kefir, fruit, and coconut oil.