Resources


Cookbooks

Nourishing Traditions  by Sally Fallon

I highly recommend this book if you are interested in furthering your knowledge of nutrition and health. Sally is gourmet cook as well as an excellent journalist. Every page has interesting tidbits of nutritional research and information. The introductory section explaining the role of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates in health is worth the price of the book

More With Less  by Doris Janzen Longacre

This is good basic cookbook for whole foods cookery. It is practical, with good suggestions for saving time and money. White flour and sugar are used in some of the recipes, which I do not recommend, even if it is cheaper. If you do use white flour, purchase unbleached flour, which is free of some of the chemicals in bleached flour. A few recipes suggest margarine or shortening, both of which contain trans fats. Butter or lard could be substituted in these recipes.

Whole Foods for the Whole Family  by La Leche League International

Again, a very practical book for busy mothers, this book includes sections on making your own mixes and beginning food for babies. It also contains nutritional guidelines, suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and recipes for desserts with minimal sweetening. I might make this one my first purchase because it is so versatile and sensible.

American Wholefoods Cuisine  by Nikki and David Goldbeck

This is an excellent reference for vegetarian cooking. The dessert section is particularly good as it has delicious recipes using whole grains and natural sweeteners.

Gluten-free, Sugar-free Cooking  by Susan O’Brien

This is an excellent book if you need to be gluten-free and are sensitive to other foods as well. Each recipe tells you what food item is free of and gives adaption’s for common allergens. She does use some canola oil which can easily be substituted with a healthier oil.

Wheat-Free Recipes and Menus  by Carol Fenster, PH.D

Carol has written other books on allergy-free cooking, all of which have some really good recipes in them. She does use some sugar and canola oil.

Grain-Free Gourmet  Jodi Bager and Jenny Lass

These delicious recipes are free of all grains and refined sugar, and low in dairy.

The Coconut Cookbook  by Bruce Fife

Coconut is a wonderfully healthy and delicious substitute for other flours. Bruce Fife tells you how with recipes for baked goods and other foods that are gluten free, and full of nutrition and good taste.

The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook  by Elana Amsderdam

Almond Flour is Elana’s gluten free flour of choice and she shows you how to use it in a wide variety of recipes that are high in protein, low glycemic, low dairy and gluten free.


Reference Books

Eat Fat Lose Fat  by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon

Based on many years of research this is an unconventional view of the many beneficial effects of fats like coconut oil and butter on our health and weight. It includes recipes for the three nutritional programs “Quick and Easy Weight Loss”, “Health Recovery”, and “Everyday Gourmet”.

Adrenal Fatigue  by James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.

Are you struggling to keep up with daily life? Are you having trouble bouncing back from stress or illness? Complete the questionnaire to find out if you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, an often unrecognized condition that can cause a constant feeling of ill health. Dr. Wilson gives clear directions about what to do to feel good again.

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration  by Weston A. Price

Dr. Price traveled to isolated, long-lived people groups over a period of 10 years, inquiring into diet, dental health, and physical health. His conclusions are compelling and still relevant 75 years later.

Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine  by Ron Schmid, N.D.

Dr. Schmid explores traditional foods and how they can help to reduce many of the modern diseases like cardiovascular disease, allergies, arthritis, skin problems, chronic fatigue and headaches.

Gut and Pschology Syndrome  by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD

Dr. Campbell-McBride explains the function of gut health in such things as autism, learning disabilities, and psychiatric disorders. She discusses dietary and lifestyle interventions to help heal the intestinal tract and brain.

Cereal Killer, The Unintended Consequences of the Low Fat Diet  by Alan L. Watson

In this concise but well documented book, Alan Watson, sheds light on the how corporate interests, egotistical scientists, and media delusions have made our children sick and have inadvertently promoted a lifestyle that increases heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other diseases.


Websites

www.westonaprice.org

This site is a mine of information on nutrition and health issues. The articles are generally very well documented and researched. Beware! this is not a “politically correct” site. Be prepared for challenge to your thinking about nutrition.

www.standardprocess.com

Standard Process has been manufacturing quality whole food supplements for over 75 years. Medi-Herb is an associated herbal manufacturer located in Australia. These products are only distributed by qualified health professionals, but you can go online or call the company to find someone near you. These very effective products are ones that I use personally, and I highly recommend them.

www.4radiantlife.com

If you want a source of whole food supplements, this is one that carries good quality supplements and other items that contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

www.mountainroseherbs.com

Mountain Rose is and excellent company selling wildcrafted and organic herbs in bulk along with anything you need to make your own herbal medicines and cosmetics. They also sell a variety of essential oils and personal care items.

www.seleneriverpress.com

This is a great source of books and audiovisuals about nutrition and health. The website also has some free downloadable information.

www.gotthenac.org

A CSA (community supported agriculture) site, this gives information on obtaining fresh produce from the farm in the Cleveland and Lorain County areas.

www.ewg.org

Environmental working group has good information on environmental issues and a free downloadable chart on pesticide amounts in common commercially grown produce.

www.livingwithout.com

Living Without is the title of a magazine but they also have lots of free healthy recipes and articles on the website for those with food allergies.

www.culturesforhealth.com

This site is a source of kefir and kombucha cultures, information and recipes.

www.elanaspantry.com

Elana uses healthy ingredients and almond flour for most of her baked goods. She also sells a cookbook using almond flour. Impressive site!

www.coconutresearchcenter.org

Bruce Fife is the primary researcher on coconut and has lots of information on this website. There are also a lot of good recipes for using coconut oil and coconut flour.

www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com

Wilderness Family Naturals is a family owned company that sells a variety of healthy products including coconut and palm oils.

www.greenpastures.org

Green pastures is a family owned company that carries a variety of healthy oils including fermented cod liver oil and coconut oil.

www.realmilk.com

Real Milk has lots of information and state-by-state sources for raw milk and raw milk products.

www.natural-healthy-home-cleaning-tips.com

This site has lots of tips for cleaning with such things as vinegar and baking soda and articles on health and safety. Highly recommended!

www.passionatehomemaking.com

Simple living, homeschooling, cooking – all the things a homemaker might do, are on this blog with good suggestions and recipes for homemade personal and household items.

www.christianpf.com

This has lots of good articles and suggestions on finance from a primarily Christian perspective.

www.urbanhomestead.org

The Dervaes family has made a successful experiment of urban self-sufficiency in the middle of San Francisco and has created this information site to share their story. They deal with animals in the city, water and waste, alternative energy, and organic gardening among other topics.

www.keeperofthehome.org

This is an excellent site for a variety of traditional foods and other healthy living ideas with links to some other excellent resources.

www.thehealthyhomeconomist.com

This blog is a well-researched and thoughtful presentation of current ideas on many things concerning the health of your family. She discusses issues such GMO’s, oral health, autism, soy, and natural health in relation to women’s issues.

 

Where Can I Purchase Healthy Food?

Grocery Stores

Most of what I buy at these more traditional stores are sale items. Watch sales on produce and meat. Shop around the perimeter of the store where most often they display fresh foods, meat and dairy. The larger groceries will often carry some organic foods and items for special diets. Many larger grocery stores now carry some pastured, organic meats and eggs and will sometimes put them on unadvertised or advertised specials.

Aldi – www.aldifoods.com

Many of Aldi’s products are processed foods which ideally you should avoid; however, they do carry produce and some frozen vegetables at excellent prices.

Marcs – www.marcs.com

Marc’s is a discount store which provides good prices on a wide variety of items. Their produce is generally good quality and they do offer some organic. Marcs also carries a selection of gluten-free items.

Coops

If you are interested in bulk items or organic this can be a good resource, depending on what organizations are in your area. They carry almost any kind of food item you can think of plus various cosmetics and supplements. If you have family that has food allergies and intolerances this is often the cheapest source of substitute items. Raw dairy products and pastured meat and eggs are often available through these resources. To find local coops inquire at health food stores, farmer’s markets, or do an online search.

Trader Joe’s/Whole Foods – www.traderjoes.com / www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Both of these stores are chains that are in many areas of the country. Trader Joe’s carries organic and pastured meat and eggs and some raw cheese. It is one of the cheapest sources of natural nut butters. Some organic produce, both frozen and fresh is sold at good prices. Both these stores are a good source of other specialty items such as unrefined sea salt, sprouted wheat bread, organic catsup, tea, and gluten free items.

Farmer’s Markets/Local Farms and Orchards – www.cityfresh.orgwww.pickyourown.org

Excellent sources of local produce and naturally raised meats and eggs, farmer’s markets and family farms are a fun place to buy your food, talk to your local food growers and find some of the most delicious food around. Ask questions about how the food is grown and what kind of pesticides are used. Farmers can be responsive to what you want if you tell them. You can Google “Farmers Market” with your zip code (eg. “farmers market 44035″) for an amazing array of specific local information concerning Farmers Markets.

Asian or Ethnic Markets

Ethnic grocery stores are good sources of some spices and things like coconut milk and coconut products. Many of these groceries also have fresh produce at good prices. Be sure to check labels for preservatives (like sulfites) and unwanted additives (like MSG). Be aware that food imports can only be spot checked by government officials so you are running a somewhat greater risk of purchasing adulterated food. Get to know the store owners and ask questions about anything you do not understand.

Angel Food Ministries – www.angelfoodministries.com

Angel Food Ministries began in Georgia as a way to reach out and supply food for local families hurting from industry closings. It has spread to many locations across the nation. In looking at the website I am impressed that they have healthy, fresh food for a very good price. There are no eligibility guidelines, you can use food stamps, and there are a variety of plans to choose from. Of course, it is not organic, but if you are hurting financially, this could be a real blessing. There’s lot of information on the website.

Amazon – www.amazon.com

Many non-perishable foods can be ordered thru Amazon.com. Some items that are hard to find locally, like coconut or almond flour can be found here. This may be the best source of allergy free convenience foods, especially if you live in a small town or rural area. I have been amazed at the variety of items and prices so shop around.