For my birthday my other half brought me to an event at London Borough Markets called FareHealthy. This is a day long wellbeing festival dedicated to healthy living. The line up included foodie favourites Hemsley +Hemsley and Deliciously Ella who gave lectures and demonstrations on the day. I was lucky enough to get a ticket to the Hemsley +Hemsley lecture which I am so glad I went to as I learned so much. My sister in law bought me the Hemsley+Hemsley cook book for Christmas so I was excited when I got to see them in the flesh- they are BEAUTIFUL and I couldn’t stop staring.
They also really know what they are talking about and I loved how they have such a healthy outlook on food. In the last few months I was starting to believe all the hype about meat, dairy etc all being bad for you but after the Hemsley lecture they put all those fears to rest. They recommend a diet that consists of meat, fish, animal fats, dairy and carbs. However, they recommend that we buy grass fed meat, grass fed butter, non pasteurised milk etc.
My biggest take from the lecture was from a book they recommended called “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon.
This book is gospel to the Hemsley sisters and is the foundation of their beliefs of a healthy diet. I bought it straight after the event and I LOVE IT. In the book Dr Price travels to every corner of the earth to study isolated, non-modernised populations who were immune to tooth decay and he found that an immunity to tooth decay was associated with dietary factors and not genetics and the same dietary factors conferred immunity to other degenerative diseases.
There is a strong emphasis in his findings of the importance of animal foods such as raw full fat milk and bones (such as in traditional soup broths), butter, cod liver oil and cholesterol-rich organ meats. After the lecture the Hemsley sisters gave everyone a sample of their ox broth (“oil for the bones”) which they have for breakfast.
After reading the book I realised that I was brought up on the perfect diet up until I went to college and lived on vodka. I grew up on a farm where our milk came straight from a cow, we had our own hens, grew are own vegetables and had our own meat. Then I went to college and my diet went downhill pretty fast!!!!
I currently live in London so replicating my childhood diet is going to be a lot more difficult and a lot more expensive. I am nearly tempted to buy my own cow and a few hens and put them in the garden. But it really opened my eyes as to what I am putting in my body and I immediately wanted all my family to read it to open their eyes to the diseases we could be exposed to by what we eat in modern society.
I have summarised below some of the main points from the Nourishing Traditions book:-
- Animal fats and Cholesterol are SUPER IMPORTANT-necessary for reproduction and normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels
- We should eat grass fed butter such as KerryGold and steer well clear of all other butters
- Always choose full fat over low fat
- Never throw out your yolk
- Sour fermented vegetables should be introduced to our diet
- Grains should be soaked overnight which reduces mineral-binding phyates, enzyme inhibitor and helps pre-digest the grains
- Foods that are healthy still may not be right for you.
- People who can tolerate pasteurised milk report that they CAN tolerate raw milk
- Milk intolerances are largely a secondary problem as a result of gluten intolerance or other factors that have damages ones intestines
- Raw honey and maple syrup may be far healthier than refined cane sugar but one shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that since these are “healthy” desserts they can be indulged in endlessly.
Before I read this book I eliminated animal fats such as butter and cheese believing they were bad for me. I have now reintroduced these back into my diet (grass fed butter such as KerryGold). I have cut back on all refined sugars and reduced my healthy sugar intake.
I definitely recommend this book as a nice stocking filler this Christmas.
I also got to meet other foodies such as Deliciously Ella!!
And to end it off Fergus and I participated in an INSANITY class where we nearly died.
Let me know if you get the book and what you think?