Curious about what a real foodie wants for the holidays, or a birthday? Ready to take the plunge yourself into the world of whole foods and traditional nutrition? Then take a gander at the lists below. I would personally suggest each item from my own experience. For any newbies out there, I have just been through this transition myself the last couple of years, so I hope you find these items useful as you venture into new food territory!
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Most of the listed gifts are available on Amazon, which is my personal favorite way to do shopping. I really dislike going to individual stores, especially since my tastes have taken a turn for the more natural and green alternatives. So feel good about shopping from your computer and streamlining your energy.
And please, dear reader, at least give the fermented cod liver oil and a copy of Nourishing Traditions a try. They changed my life and started the transformation of my health 2 years ago. And what do you have to lose?
At the very least you’ll have an interesting new book and new supplement to try. But in the best case scenario you will feel a passion for food freedom stirring as you read Sally Fallon’s words. Or maybe you will try the cod liver oil and feel your brain fog lift for the first time in several years, or maybe you will have some enery that you thought was gone. And hopefully you will find inspiration to shift your diet to a more nourishing and traditional diet that we evolved to eat. You are not alone!
For the New Real Foodie
- Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon: this is the book that started it all for me. A friend had checked it out of the library, and when I borrowed it I sat down to read the introduction that breaks down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Something inside me sat up to take notice. I was fascinated. It really didn’t make sense that traditional whole foods were full of saturated fats, cholesterol, and fatty acids only for us to turn around and say that low-fat foods were healthy for us and meant to be consumed. I started buying real butter and full fat dairy at the grocery store. I tried making grass-fed beef. I dripped yogurt to make cream cheese. I was hooked!
2. Half gallon glass jars, quart glass jars, and storage lids: Once you read Nourishing Traditions, you will probably want to experiment with some recipes that jump out at you. The most difficult part of that process for me wasn’t lack of interest, it was finding the proper equipment. Whether it’s making sauerkraut, kombucha, water kefir, yogurt, cultured vegetables, homemade jams and jellies, these jars and lids will make the process much easier.
3.Traditional Fats: Virgin coconut oil (tastes like coconut), expeller-pressed coconut oil (tastes neutral), palm shortening (tastes neutral), grass-fed tallow, pastured lard, and grass-fed butter: traditional fats are not as easy to find at the typical grocery store as you might think. Look at health food stores, by calling your local ranchers and butchers (for lard and tallow) or online with my links above. Fortunately, traditional fats are gaining popularity and are less-maligned than they once were. These are essential to making the real food transition!
4. Yogurt starters and yogurt makers: If you are a yogurt eater, you may want to try your hand at making yogurt at home. It is really quite simple, and is so much fresher than anything you can buy at the store, which means more probiotics! (At the very least, make sure you start buying plain whole milk yogurt from the store and adding sweeteners like naturally sweetened jam, or raw honey or grade B maple syrup.)
5. Lead-free Hamilton Beach slow cooker, OXO large mixing bowl, and a stainless steel large strainer: These items are key for making homemade stocks and broths, which are one of the most nourishing real foods that you can consume. Hamilton Beach makes a lead-free glaze that they use in their slow cookers. That is why I trust them when I make stock overnight in my slow cooker twice a week!
And I have had this mixing bowl for the last two years, but I may need to get this Emile Henry ceramic mixing bowl in the future to avoid the plastic altogether. And of course, you need a strainer to place over the bowl for when yourstock is done and you are separating out all the bones, vegetables and bits.
6. Cast iron skillet and stainless steel spatula: I love my cast iron skillet. This is one of the first items I bought when I realized that non-stick frying pans were made with chemicals that off-gassed into my food at a normal temperature for cooking food. And at the same time I wanted to get away from the plastics on my spatulas and cooking spoons, hence the stainless steel spatula. This set of two items is perfect for when you are starting out on real food and you get your hands on some truly pastured eggs.
7.Microplane zester/grater and citrus juicer: I use this microplane all the time, usually for grating parmesan and other hard cheeses. But now that it’s the holidays, I am using it more and more for zesting all the lovely citrus fruits that are in season right now (especially where I live in Arizona!). I even just bought some whole nutmeg that will need grating over the tops of eggnog and whipped cream on top of hot cocoa! I also love this simple woden reamer for adding fresh juice to both sweet and savory dishes in a jiffy.
8.Fermented cod liver oil: perhaps one of the most important discoveries in Nourishing Traditions was that liver has been known as a sacred food for centuries among various peoples on the Earth. And nutritional breakdowns of liver now show just how nutrient-dense it is. All I know is that when I started taking daily cod liver oil, I was a different person. In particular, my brain felt clearer and I had more energy during the day.
9.Butter bell and sea salt: A butter bell is a lot of fun, keeping your butter fresh at room temperature without exposing it air that makes it turn funny colors. If you try making raw butter at home with raw cream, this is really helpful too. And if you like salted butter, make sure you use real sea salt for vital minerals in your diet (it also helps raw butter keep longer). I am a big fan of Le Creuset, because they are another company that doesn’t use lead in their glazes.
10.Oster stainless steel interior toaster oven: use this instead of a microwave. I have read information on both sides of the microwave health issue. Some say that microwaves cause free-radical carcinogens to form in your food and that microwaved plastic also releases toxins into your food. Others say they are busting that myth by stating that microwaves simply heat the water molecules in the food, releasing steam, and that there is no way that they can cause carcinogens to form. I remain skeptical either way, which makes me think I’d rather be safe than sorry! I am thinking particularly of this article on why microwaves are bad for food here, and another one here that talks about how microwaves are bad for your heart.
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