- Why We Need Carbs Chris Masterjohn provides the science for including carbs in our diets
- Challenges with a Low-Carb Diet Kim Schuette gives practical advice for recovery
- Is Sugar Addiction Real? Tiffany Wright explains what sugar does to the brain
- Salt Intake in the U.S. Jack Cameron reveals why cutting back is not such a good idea
- Nutritional Yeast Norman Lemoine and Kayla Grossmann give us the basics on this superfood
- President’s Message: The Wise Traditions Diet
- Letters: Letters to the Editor of Wise Traditions
- Caustic Commentary: Sally Fallon Morell takes on the Diet Dictocrats
- Reading Between the Lines Merinda Teller looks at the connection between soy formula and autism
- The Wise Traditions Pantry Maureen Diaz navigates the big box stores
- Farm and Ranch: Hilda Gore shares her visit with Allan Savory in Zimbabwe
- Homeopathy Journal Joette Calabrese discusses homeopathic treatments for addictions
- Technology As Servant Becky Plotner asks: should we wear clothes made from plastic bottles?
- WAPF Podcast Interview Hilda Gore interviews Dickson Gisa in Kenya
- All Thumbs Book Reviews
- Legislative Updates Judith McGeary provides the latest news
A Campaign for Real Milk:
Healthy Baby Gallery: More Wise Traditions babies!
by Sally Fallon Morell
So many people think that the Wise Traditions diet advocated by the Weston A. Price Foundation is a high-protein, low-carb diet. True, we advocate the inclusion of animal protein in the diet and urge people to avoid refined carbohydrates, but we have also consistently warned about consuming too much protein; and we have never advocated cutting out all the carbohydrate foods. After all, most of the cultures Dr. Price visited consumed some kind of complex carbohydrate—rye in the Swiss Alps, oats on the Outer Hebrides, quinoa and potatoes in South America, cassava in the South Seas.
Still, the perception persists that our bodies have no need for carbs—another myth that needs addressing. We do so in this issue, with an article on why we need carbs by Chris Masterjohn, as well as a piece by Kim Schuette on what she sees in her clinical practice when her patients try to cut out all carbs.
So we do need some carbs in our diets—but this is not an invitation to overdose on sugar and refined grains—as discussed by Tiffany Wright in her article on sugar addiction.
The Wise Traditions diet is a wisely balanced diet. It includes adequate high-quality animal protein, lots of nutrient-dense fats and an individualized portion of properly-prepared grains and legumes, and cooked tubers and starchy vegetables. The amount of carbs you eat depends on your age, activity level and tendency to gain weight, but the danger of avoiding carbs altogether is low energy, low body temperature, low libido, and just a general droopiness.
We are not feeling low energy about our upcoming conference. We have included many back-to-the-basics talks, since our message will be new to many participants. We will have tracks on food preparation; fertility/pregnancy/healthy babies; men’s health; holistic dentistry; and elder care. We will have more advanced tracks presented by popular speakers Chris Masterjohn, Stephanie Seneff and Tom Cowan. Natasha Campbell-McBride will present her gut and psychology workshop on Friday. And we are proud to present Nina Tiecholz to give our keynote address, as well as presentations on men’s health and weight loss. Nina is the author of the excellent and influential book, The Big Fat Surprise, and has an abundance of information to share with us on the sordid history of animal fat demonization.
The chef we are working with is first-class and is very excited to be preparing food for our attendees. There’s also a farm tour, a homeopathy seminar, a workshop on adrenal “fatigue,” an all-day cooking class, and a movement workshop on Monday. And don’t forget our wonderful child care program. In short, we are gearing up for another terrific conference. See you there!