(Photo from Ann Marie @ cheeseslave.com)
Today has been another full day of information, conversations and product sampling and buying! My suitcase is going to be crammed by the time I’m done!
Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been trying. Zukay (check them out on my Sponsor page) was selling a new product -not yet released- of lacto-fermented (raw) vegetable juices. I LOVED them. One was a ginger beet lacto-fermented juice and I told him that I could easily imagine drinking it every morning! It was very refreshing. Wilderness Family Naturals had a new salt that I bought. It’s a black sea salt. Interesting, I had listened to Dr. Williams yesterday and she has recommended taking organic sulfur as it’s a very important element in our diet that we are often too low on. This new salt that they are carrying happens to be high in sulfur, a whole foods source of sulfur! So exciting. I love how when you are at an event like this there is a lot of connecting the dots. One person talks about an important aspect of health, and you have a conversation with someone who directs you to a source for it, or in my case, I find a source right in the Sponsors! It’s great. I also bought my first bag of their coconut milk powder. I was concerned with the fact that it was spray dried because when you do that with milk, it oxidizes the cholesterol which is very bad for you. That’s why I don’t recommend dry milk powder (including infant formula) if you can at all avoid it. So I was worried about the coconut milk. I talked to the owners, however, and because coconut milk has hardly any protein and the fats are so stable they assured me that it shouldn’t be an issue. They also gave me a sample, which was really what won me over. You know how powdered milk just really doesn’t taste right? It’s just yucky in my opinion. But this coconut milk powder is delicious and you can eat it right off of a spoon with pleasure (it may be my meal on the way home on the plane!). I also met a great lady who does classes teaching you how to harvest your own seaweed close to my area. Can you
I wasn’t able to spend as much time in the seminars (though I will be listening to them later and blogging about it), but I was able to go on the session by Kaayla Daniel on Sacred Foods for Fertility. I missed the first part and had to slip back to our booth about ten minutes early, but what I heard was intriguing, helpful, and amusing. You read and hear a lot of people talk about how a vegetarian or vegan diet is best for your sex life and for fertility, but that’s not true today nor was it historically accurate. In fact, she discussed how religions or health nuts who believe that a sex drive was bad/wrong for you used a vegetarian diet to suppress it. I want to do a whole blog post about that topic, so stay tuned.
So what to eat? Traditional fertility food includes things like oysters (very high in zinc which men must have), organ meats, pastured butter, fish eggs, duck eggs, chicken eggs, any eggs, among many other things. And even, *gasp*, what she modestly labeled as the “naughty” parts of the animal (Yes, I think you can guess what she was referring too). I know that’s a shocking idea for a lot of us, and thankfully not absolutely necessary for good fertility. But many,many cultures do eat all animal part- yes all parts. We are a little silly with our chicken breasts and ground beef and steak limitations. If you want a real cultural shock, go to a good local Asian market. You will find everything for sell there-all parts of the animal.
I am looking forward to listening to the entire session soon.
Later, I was able to listen to just a very short amount of Sally Fallon’s talk on sacred foods. Here she explained a little more of the science on why these foods are so good for you and why it’s important to get them pastured. What I heard was very informative and interesting.
Finally, the keynote speaker tonight was David Gumpert who wrote the book, the Raw Milk Revolution and blogs here. Here he really tried to help the audience understand the so called “mind of the enemies”. How are they viewing things? Let me tell you, it wasn’t encouraging. If you want any of your food to be raw including almonds, milk, vegetables, etc, all of those foods are viewed as being potentially dangerous unless something is done to “sterilize” it. After giving us helpful information on how to understand where the other side was coming from, he then gave five points on how we can help. 1-Keep shining the light of exposure-inform people 2-Fight back with videos, blogs, facebooks. 3-Support organizations that fight back (like the Weston Price Foundation) 4 Milk Producers should be sticklers for safety and put a premium on safety. 5-Finally buy raw milk creating a market for it.
I still don’t tolerate raw milk that well because I do have a bit of a dairy intolerance. But I fully support farmers and customers having full rights to their own life style decisions, including raw milk. Making an informed decision is what matters to me.
Yet another eventful day! Looking forward to another one tomorrow.