7 Things I learned at the Coolest-Ever Nutrition Conference
It’s not too often that you find yourself in a room with thousands of other people who believe in the merits of (pasture-raised) bacon, butter & bone broth.
But every year, at the Weston A. Price Annual Conference, this happens. And it’s a beautiful thing.
If you are not yet familiar with the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), you should be. It’s a non-profit organization that exists to connect people with real, local, traditional foods.
It is based on the work of the coolest dentist that ever was, Dr. Weston A Price. He travelled around the world with his wife and observed how traditional societies (who were not exposed to modern foods) were exceptionally healthy.
Today, the WAPF exists to share his work, research nutrition, and act as a liaison for people seeking real food in their community.
Here is a sneak peak of some of the amazing things that I learned at this year’s annual conference:
1. Nothing is random in the body
I love when Medical Doctors (MD) “take a stand” against the majority of their Doctor colleagues. My new favorite MD, Dr. Tom Cowan, does just that by actually taking the time to figure what caused his patients illness. Prostate cancer? Not just bad luck. Heart condition? Your body is trying to tell you something.
Many of us are so disconnected with our bodies and don’t think it’s important to get at the root of your symptoms. You truly need to address the cause (as opposed to suppressing the symptom with some kind of medication).
2. A needle Biopsy is not always a good idea
This is another concern of Dr. Tom Cowan. Why would you stick a needle into something that is potentially cancerous? The cancer cells could easily spread throughout the body via the lymphatic system this way. Just something to consider...
3. Varicose Veins can be minimized with Vit K2
This interesting fact came from a fellow Canadian, Kate Rhéaume-Bleue, ND. If you are getting too much calcium (usually by calcium supplementation) calcium can build up in the wall of the veins and then the vein walls become harder and darker, and the vanity inside us takes the reigns. Hello, varicose veins!
But there is hope! Vit K2 can minimize their appearance! You can do this through supplementation or by eating foods high in Vit K2 (natto, real dairy, egg yolks, organ meats of grass fed animals. But it’s not that easy, ladies. You also need to maintain am overall healthy diet, because the nasty transfat from processed foods blocks vitamin K2 absorption in the body.
4. Feed your taste buds a variety of flavours
The cooking session with incredible ladies Heather Tubbs and Lupa Irie was a great deal of fun. I loved Lupa’s reminder to follow the Ayurveda principle to include the 6 different tastes on a daily basis: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent, and Astringent. While the first 3 are easily attainable in our North American life, it’s important to not forget the last 3!
5. We turn on our genetic switches to cancer on every time we put toxic cosmetics on our skin
Dr. Louisa Williams really inspired me to get rid of the remaining few toxic products that I use. Why? Because by using products that contain chemicals and unnatural products, we are essentially feeding out body carcinogenics on a daily basis.
I know this may sound a little extreme, but think of it like this: sure, a little lipstick for special occasions may not harm you that much, but if you are throwing this on every morning, you are bombarding your body with toxic chemicals every single day. That is big deal, you guys!
This is all something we can work on. Slowly work on replacing these toxic cosmetics and cleaning supplies in your home as you run out of them….
She provides a list of ‘Best Bets’ on her website. Another great resources is the Skin Deep cosmetic database program by the Environmental Working Group. Type in the product you use, and see the breakdown of the ingredients. The concealer I use doesn't have that bad of a rating, but there's definitely some funky ingredients on the list.
My homework: go out and find (or perhaps a recipe to make?) a natural undereye concealer. This is the one product I use every day (thanks mom for giving me your under eye circles but not your blue eyes!) but I'd like to find something a bit more natural.
6. I have the power to be a French Baker
AnnMarie "Cheeseslave" Michael’s talk about making traditional sourdough bread inspired me to want to go out and buy all the supplies for making traditional sourdough bread in my home. Get her recipe and step-by-step guide on how to do so here.
7. (I already new this point, but...) Friends are the best!
After listening to hours of lectures, there is nothing better than spending time with those people who make you smile from ear to ear!
There are so many more lessons learned and ideas garnered from this conference. If you want more info on any of these things, submit a question for Q&A Thursday.
If you are not familiar with the WAPF get ready to have your mind blown and check them out here.
Thank you to all the speakers, attendees and farmers who made this conference an absolutely unbelievable one.
Have a great week & see you in the kitchen,
PS: And now for your viewing pleasure- a look at some of the meals we were fed!