What’s really in the cereal bowl?

Corn flakesIn essence – toxic grains.

A typical American breakfast consists of a bowl of cold cereal, which is made by a process called extrusion.

An extruder is an industrial machine that produces little flakes, O’s and other shapes and puffed grains using high temperatures and pressures. This includes puffed rice cereal, and rice cakes, neither of which we recommend. The Weston A. Price Foundation asserts that the cereal industry has convinced the United States Food and Drug Administration that extruded grains are no different from non-extruded grains and has contrived to ensure that no studies have been published on the effects of extruded foods on either humans or animals. However, two unpublished animal studies indicate that extruded grains are toxic, particularly to the nervous system.

Studies Show Extruded Cereal is Toxic

Paul Stitt described one in his book Fighting the Food Giants, linked to from our Amazon affiliation. Stitt worked for a cereal company and found this study locked in a file cabinet.

Four sets of rats were given special diets. One group received plain whole wheat, water, vitamins and minerals. Another group received Puffed Wheat, water and the same nutrient solution. A third set was given water and white sugar, and a fourth given nothing but water and the chemical nutrients. The rats that received the whole wheat lived over a year on the diet. The rats that got nothing but water and vitamins lived for about eight weeks,and the animals on a white sugar and water diet lived for a month. But [the company's] own laboratory study showed that rats given vitamins, water and all the Puffed Wheat they wanted died in two weeks. It wasn’t a matter of the rats dying of malnutrition; results like these suggested that there was something actually toxic about the Puffed Wheat itself. Proteins are very similar to certain toxins in molecular structure, and the puffing process of putting the grain under 1,500 pounds per square inch of pressure and then releasing it may produce chemical changes which turn a nutritious grain into a poisonous substance.

The other study, described in Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig, was performed in 1960 by researchers at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Eighteen rats were divided into three groups. One group received cornflakes and water; a second group was given the cardboard box that the cornflakes came in and water; and the control group received rat chow and water. The rats in the control group remained in good health throughout the experiment. The rats receiving the box became lethargic and eventually died of malnutrition. But the rats receiving cornflakes and water died before the rats that were given the box – the last cornflake rat died on the day the first box rat died. Before death the cornflake rats developed schizophrenic behavior, threw fits, bit each other and finally went into convulsions. Autopsy revealed dysfunction of the pancreas, liver and kidneys and degeneration of the nerves in the spine – all signs of “insulin shock.” The startling conclusion of this study is that there is more nourishment in the box that cold breakfast cereals come in than in the cereals themselves.

Millions of children begin their day with a bowl of extruded breakfast cereal. Do the toxic protein fragments in these cereals explain why so many of our children cannot concentrate at school?

What about organic cereals?

Organic cereals sold typically at health food stores are made by the same process, and often in the same factories, as the cereals sold at the supermarket. These cereals are made with organic grains. Organic grains contain more protein than non-organic grains, which means that these health food store cereals probably contain more toxic protein fragments than supermarket cereals.

So our message – avoid all extruded cold breakfast cereal.

Read more from the Weston A. Price Foundation’s article Dirty Secrets of the Food Processing Industry.

Healthy Breakfast Recommendations

  • Old-fashioned oatmeal with butter or cream and a natural sweetener
  • Scrambled eggs. preferably soy and corn free from hens on pasture …  and sautéed potatoes
  • Fried egg with bacon and whole-grain sourdough toast. Read more about our bacon recommendations.
  • Smoothie made with whole yogurt, and/or raw milk, fruit and egg yolks
  • Sourdough whole-grain toast with raw or cultured butter and raw cheese
  • Homemade cereal

Learn more in the following discussions on Facebook:

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What do you and yours eat for breakfast?

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Top 10 Facts You May Not Know About Your Diet

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Drum roll, please …

  1. Eggs are healthy: Eggs are nature’s perfect food, providing excellent protein, as well as the gamut of nutrients and important fatty acids that contribute to the health of the brain and nervous system. Americans had less heart disease when they ate more eggs. Egg substitutes cause rapid death in test animals. Chirs Masterjohn, PhD, teaches us about the Incredibly, Edible Egg.
  2. Butter is good for you: Butter contains many nutrients vital to growth and brain function. Butter has nourished healthy populations throughout the globe for thousands of years. Read more about why Butter is Better from the Weston A. Price Foundation.
  3. Saturated fats and cholesterol are vital for optimum health: Cholesterol helps babies and children develop a healthy brain and nervous system. Saturated fats provide integrity to the cell wall, promote the body’s use of essential fatty acids, enhance the immune system, protect the liver and contribute to strong bones. Saturated fats do not clog arteries, nor do they cause heart disease. In fact, saturated fats are the preferred food for the heart. Learn more in an article titled The Skinny on Fats.
  4. Foods from grass-fed animals are important for good health: Red meat is a rich source of nutrients that protect the heart and nervous system, including vitamins B12 and B6, zinc, phosphorus, carnitine and Coenzyme Q10. The fats of grass-fed meats contain vitamins A, D, E and CLA, a substance that prevents obesity and protects against cancer. Read more in an article tilted Splendor in the Grass.
  5. Lean meat and low-fat milk should be avoided: Lean meat and low-fat milk will cause depletion of essential vitamins A and D, needed for protein and mineral assimilation, proper growth, thyroid function, healthy brain and nervous system and normal cell function. Learn more about low fat diets and about how to take the fear out of eating fat from the Weston A. Price Foundation.
  6. Modern soy products are dangerous: Modern soy foods, such as soy protein powders and soymilk, block mineral absorption, inhibit protein digestion, cause endocrine disruption, depress thyroid function and contain potent carcinogens. Read about the Ploy of Soy. We recommend The Whole Soy Story by Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD via our Amazon affiliation.
  7. Hydrogenated and liquid vegetable oils contribute to heart disease and many other health problems: During the period of rapid increase in heart disease (1920-1960), American consumption of animal fats declined, but consumption of hydrogenated and industrially processed vegetable fats increased dramatically. Processed vegetable oils have also been linked to cancer, bone problems, growth problems, learning disorders, autoimmune dysfunction and infertility. Read about The Oiling of America in an article by Sally Fallon Morell and Mary Enig, PhD. We also recommend the DVD Sally recorded.
  8. A vegan diet leads to serious nutritional deficiencies: Vital nutrients found exclusively in animal foods include complete protein, cholesterol and vitamins A, D, B6 and B12. We can’t get sufficient true vitamin A from plant foods, nor can most of us get enough vitamin D from the sun alone. Vitamin B12 is not absorbed from plant sources, and modern soy products actually increase the body’s need for B12. Those who do not eat meat can have a healthy diet by consuming eggs and raw dairy foods from animals on pasture, and by avoiding modern soy foods. Take a Vegetarian Tour from the Weston A. Price Foundation. We recommend The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith.
  9. Not all “organic” foods are healthy: Organic pasteurized milk, breakfast cereal, chips, cookies, crackers and fruit juice are highly processed, refined convenience foods lacking vital nutrients. Although the organic label for meat and milk ensures the absence of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides, such products may still come from animals in confinement and therefore lack vital nutrients for growth and immune function.
  10. Breakfast cereal is a junk food: Cold breakfast cereals, even organic ones, are produced by a process called extrusion, which causes the deformation, disruption and dispersion of the proteins in grain. Studies indicate that these chaotic protein fragments are toxins, causing havoc in the gastro-intestinal tract and nervous system of test animals. Read more about the concerns we have about breakfast cereals. We also recommend Fighting the Food Giants by Paul Stitt.

What would you recommend for another 10 to list?

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First Steps Guide

First StepsHow do I get started with the dietary principles you recommend?

  • Buy a copy of the book Nourishing Traditions to serve as a foundational guide and cookbook.  Read about how the book has had a lasting impact on me and community members in my 10 year anniversary post.
  • Read the booklet Healthy 4 Life which you may download for free.
  • Join your local Weston A. Price Foundation chapter for free! Join the international organization as a member to receive the yearly shopping guide and quarterly Wise Traditions magazine.
  • Join our Facebook group for support.
  • We encourage you to start with a single item from the list below and create changes one step at a time. These are not listed in any particular order.

1. Eliminate all commercially processed soy foods from your household.

See more on the topic discussed on our blog and on Facebook:

2. Replace sugar with natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw local honey, grade B maple syrup, rapadura and sucanat.

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3. Replace fruit juices with lacto-fermented beverages, such as kombucha, traditionally made ginger ale and beet kvass.

See more on the topic discussed on the Weston A Price Foundation’s website and on Facebook:

4. Replace poly-unsaturated vegetable oils and trans fats with traditional fats such as raw and cultured butter, olive oil, sesame seed oil, coconut oil, lard, chicken fat, tallow, etc.

See more on the topic discussed on our blog, on the Weston A. Price Foundation’s website and on Facebook:

5. Replace industrially produced breakfast cereals with nutrient dense eggs from hens on pasture, bacon, homemade kefir, whole milk yogurt, and soaked oatmeal.

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6. Replace pasteurized dairy products with raw and cultured dairy.

In California, the two raw milk dairies are Claravale and Organic Pastures. Beyond California, see raw milk sources listed on the Real Milk website.

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7. Replace processed, convenience foods (boxed, packaged, prepared and canned food items) with fresh, organic, whole foods.

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8. Take your daily dose of high vitamin cod liver oil – with no synthetics added, in addition to high vitamin butter oil. 

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How to Take It:

Have you integrated some or all of these recommendations? What was your first step?

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What about prenatal vitamins?

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We do not recommend prenatal vitamins.

One of our supporters wrote to me for feedback about this particular prenatal vitamin and I forwarded the question to Sally Fallon Morell, President of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Her response was: “We do not recommend prenatal supplements. For starters, this one is calling carotenes vitamin A (which they are not, and can actually be very dangerous), and contains EPA, which interferes with DHA and AA. Pregnant women should be following our dietary recommendations and taking a good quality high-vitamin cod liver oil. Best, Sally”

Also, regarding vitamins in general: Sally Fallon Morell considers this statement to be “perfect” … “I am very careful with multi-vitamin, mineral and amino acid supplements. With the majority of patients, I don’t give it at all. I just tell them to implement the diet fully. Once the diet is fully implemented, the nutritional deficiencies just go away because the body knows what to do with vitamins, minerals and amino acids when they come as food. When they come as supplements the majority are synthetic. They don’t come with the right kind of co-factors, the right kind of friends holding hands, so the body doesn’t recognize them. And for most of the common supplements on the market today, the absorption rate is very low.” – Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD

These are some of the recommendations made to fortify a prenatal diet from the Weston A. Price Foundation in their article Vitamins for Fetal Development: Conception to Birth:

  • Good maternal nutrition during pregnancy can protect the offspring from diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and memory loss later in life.
  • Special preconception and pregnancy diets emphasizing foods dense in particular nutrients were universal among the traditional groups that Weston Price studied.
  • Modern science has shown that fat-soluble vitamins are necessary for growth and development; the omega-3 fatty acid DHA is necessary for brain development; the need for biotin during pregnancy increases; folate boosts growth and decreases the risk of birth defects; choline causes a lifelong increase in memory and attention; and the amino acid glycine is required for growth.
  • The Weston A. Price Foundation recommends a dose of high-vitamin cod liver oil per day to yield 20,000 IU of vitamin A, 2,000 IU of vitamin D, and 2 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (about 1 3/4 teaspoon per day).
  • Grass-fed animal fats supply vitamins E and K2; palm oil, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and freshly ground grains are also sources of vitamin E; fermented foods are also sources of vitamin K2. Leafy greens supply vitamin K1.
  • Biotin can be obtained from liver and egg yolks. Raw egg whites should be strictly avoided and cooked egg whites should be consumed in moderation. Egg yolks can be added to smoothies and ice cream to boost biotin status.
  • Folate can be obtained from liver, legumes, beets, and greens. Choline can be obtained from grass-fed dairy, egg yolks, liver, meat, cruciferous vegetables, nuts, and legumes. Figure 7 provides examples of how to meet the folate and choline requirements.
  • Muscle meats and eggs should be liberally matched with the above folate-rich foods and with skin, bones, and bone broths to obtain glycine.

Read more Vitamins for Fetal Development: Conception to Birth.

We recommend the books The Nourishing Traditions of Baby & Child Care as well as Beautiful Babies via our Amazon affiliaton.

What was your prenatal diet like?

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We Can All Scream For Ice Cream

I downloaded this ebook We Can All Scream For Ice Cream and immediately decided to become a referral partner! The ebook is offered for 5.99 and includes ice cream and sorbet recipes, as well as popsicles and other treats. I am so excited about the recipes, which are all made without the top 8 allergens!

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Here is one from the book, reprinted by permission!

Mint Chip Ice Cream

Ingredients, with some recommendations via our Amazon affiliation

Directions

Pre-freeze your ice cream maker’s insulated container. Or if you do not have an ice cream maker, place a baking dish in the freezer. Make your ‘chips’ by combining the coconut oil and carob powder in a shallow dish, and place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes, or until completely frozen.
In a blender or food processor, combine your coconut milk, peppermint extract, mint leaves, and maple syrup. If you want
a greener looking ice cream, add in the fresh baby spinach. Blend until the leaves are well combined and your mixture is
smooth.
Remove your frozen carob mixture from the freezer, and break up the thin, frozen layer into chips with your hands or a fork.
Add chips to ice cream mixture. If using an ice cream maker: pour mixture into ice cream maker and follow the directions for your machine. Serve when ready.
— or —
If not using an ice cream maker: pour mixture into a baking dish, and place it in the freezer. Freeze for 45 minutes.
Remove the mixture from the freezer and stir it well with a rubber spatula, making sure to break up any hard, frozen sections. You can also use an immersion blender, in your baking dish to do this. Place the mixture back in the freezer.
Every 30–45 minutes, check the ice cream mixture and mix or churn it, until the ice cream is of the desired consistency. This should take about 2 to 3 hours.
Freeze longer for a harder ice cream, or allow to thaw slightly before serving for a softer texture.

Recipes without the top 8 allergens

All the recipes are made without milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, seeds, artificial flavors, artificial colors, excess fructose and even chocolate. As some of you are aware, we recommend that one avoid chocolate. Note that these recipes don’t even require that we have an ice cream maker!

  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • Strawberry Ice Cream
  • “Chocolatey” Ice Cream
  • Mint Chip Ice Cream
  • Tangerine Dream Ice Cream
  • Jasmine-Tulsi Ice Cream
  •  One (or Two) Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
  • Piña Colada Sorbet
  • Raspberry Lime Sorbet
  • Lemon Basil Sorbet
  • Berry Rocket Popsicles
  • Palate Cleanser Ginger Popsicles
  • Kiwi Blackberry Popsicles
  • Banana Split
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Dark Magic Fudgy Brownies
  • Neapolitan Stacks
  • Sea Salted Caramel Bonbons
  • Sparkling Grape Slushie
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Choco-o-shell
  • Coconut Whipped Cream
  • Strawberry Sauce
  • Ice Cream Cones and Waffle Bowls

I highly, highly recommend: We Can All Scream For Ice Cream. At 5.99, I consider it to be a bargain!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

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The Adventures of Andrew Price

cropped-coverAs a community we don’t have a children’s book … yet.

So I have partnered with Mohammad Naser, a 3D Modeler and Illustrator,  to create The Adventures of Andrew Price.

This book is being created by popular request from community members who hope to have such a book to read to their children, and to have their children read themselves.

Join Andrew Price, the great, great nephew of Dr. Weston A. Price, the dentist, as he delivers a “show and tell” to his classroom. He will recount the travels that his great uncle took to Switzerland, Alaska and Africa. As the narrator, he will teach those who are reading the book about the nutritional principles that support optimal health.

This is a story about an adventurous child teaching children about traditionally prepared, real foods with humor and art.

View a sneak peek and behind the scenes of the book.

We seek your support to complete this book.

This is a community supported book. Our plan is to create the children’s book as a hard copy, an e-book, an audio book, and eventually an animated story. That is why the character and scences have been created as 3D models. Once we receive the financial support we need to complete the book, we will notify our supporters of an estimated timeline.

We are offering all of the Nourishing Our Children’s educational materials at a greatly reduced price to those who support our book in progress!

If you have ever had an interest in our materials – this is the time to order them.

What do you want your children to know as you read them this story or as they read it to themselves?!

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Resources for Baby’s First Solid Foods

Egg YolkYou may be surprised to read that we don’t recommend rice cereal as baby’s first food!

What, then, if not rice cereal?

We have covered this topic fairly extensively, and so have others in our community in articles and in books.  As such, we will simply link to various resources rather than replicate the information here. We recommend the free online reference Baby’s First Foods Chart created by Annika Rockwell, Certified Nutritionist, for an an overview.

Additional resources are these articles and books:

What was your baby’s first foods?

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