Nourishing Our Children

Today I want to introduce you to an organization I had the pleasure of meeting at the Wise Traditions Conference. And I’m really excited to tell you all about them! See, this is a NON profit organization, not backed by a large corporation, not led by any other reason than the pure desire to teach others how to fully nourish our kids.

Nourishing Our Children is a non profit organization, and project of the San Fransisco Weston A Price chapter, started by Sandrine Hahn in 2005. Their goal is to “address the dramatic deterioration in the health of our children.” With the focus of the campaign being “not just about identifying the dangers of Oreos, cola, candy and other obvious junk foods. The campaign also presents research illustrating how foods widely assumed to be nutritional – including packaged foods commonly described as “organic,” “natural” or “fortified” – are themselves heavily processed and stripped of nutritional value. Although these labels provide a convenient way for parents to determine which foods to buy, the items associated with those labels often betray the standard of optimal nutrition.”

While I had the pleasure of viewing some of the materials at the conference, (and chatting a small bit with Sandrine herself) Sandrine has also sent me the presentation as well as some of the other educational materials they offer to check out. And you know, I don’t even know what to say about it.

Other than this should be a required course for every parent! I truly wish I had been shown this information when I had my first.

For those of us who already know what true nutrition is, they offer beautifully designed slide presentation and corresponding study guide for ease in presenting to a group. (Which hopefully I’ll be doing myself sometime very soon)

For those who want to learn, they have a downloadable book and wonderful MP3 audio book. (which I’m currently listening to right now, and it’s very pleasant to listen to. She’s engaging and provides information without being boring)

They also offer free downloads on their website (NourishingOurChildren.org) where you can download flyers on The First Steps, Overview on Grains, and many recipes.

I would love, love , love it if you spent some time clicking around their site. It’s beautifully designed and chock full of fabulous information!! I really just can’t say enough good things about this organization, what they do, and what they offer. I know so many of you truly desire to feed your family healthy and nourishing foods and this site will help you in your journey.

Seriously, if you’re still here reading this.

Go!

Go now!

Nourishing Our Children

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. THANKS so much for this!!! I teach a class to a group of families in transitional housing every two weeks and am always looking for good things to pass along! I actually think it would be neat to host a kind of “playdate” with my mommy friends and present this material! They would totally go for it!!

  2. Thank you so much for this. I am pretty new to the TF/real food scene and am also looking for more resources. That article about breakfast cereal scared the crap out of me. My 1-year-old son has a dairy allergy and possibly a sensitivity to eggs, so it kind of limits what I can give him for breakfast. Sadly, he’s eaten more than his fair share of Cheerios, and while I always knew they weren’t the ideal, I had no idea how bad they really were. Well no more. A typical breakfast for him is Cheerios and some kind of fruit…blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or pieces of mango. Does anyone have any suggestions for breakfast for him if he can’t have eggs or dairy?

    Thank you so much.

    alissa

    Sandrine Hahn Reply:

    @alissa,

    In our presentation, we suggest the following for healthy breakfasts …

    “When considering breakfast options, keep in mind that traditional societies usually ferment their grains before eating them. Natural fermentation neutralizes phytates, and enzyme inhibitors, and breaks down the gluten molecules into small peptides and amino acids – in effect predigesting grains in such a way that all their nutrients are available to our body and no potentially toxic substance is left intact. There are a number of artisan breads sold locally in stores and farmers markets that have been been traditionally prepared such as those made by Mario Repetto of Grindstone Bakery http://www.grindstonebakery.com/. The links found on our website under community resources will have listings.
    So back to breakfast … dietary recommendations would include French toast with homemade sourdough bread, cooked in butter and coconut oil, topped with maple syrup and organic berries or with fresh cream or crème fraiche, or porridge with soaked grains and lots of butter, cream, and organic fruit, or eggs and naturally made sausage or bacon.
    What about cereal? We suggest breakfast cereal made by soaking and dehydrating as per Sally Fallon Morell’s recipe in Eat Fat Lose Fat. We recommend that the cereal be consumed with whole raw milk or cream.
    Optional to read:
    Other cold breakfast alternatives would be to make a buffet platter consisting of slices of raw cheese, cultured yogurt, cut apples or pears, a glass of raw milk, hard boiled eggs, buttered whole grain bread and crispy nuts (which are nuts that have been soaked in salt water and dried at low heat to ensure their digestibility). Another cold breakfast alternative is a blended smoothie made with yogurt or homemade kefir with egg yolks and a small amount of organic fruit.”

    Have you investigated your son’s allergic reaction to dairy? Is your son allergic to raw milk or pasteurized milk and what kind of eggs — are they eggs from hens raised on pasture? I am not referring to free range organic eggs (sometimes with the cage-free label) but, pasture-raised eggs. The local Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader in your area may guide you — http://www.westonaprice.org/chapters/

    What about cheese – is it raw cheese or pasteurized cheese he is having a reaction to? Whole milk, organic yogurt?

    Sometimes, parents conclude that their child is allergic to diary or eggs, but it may very well be pasteurized milk they are reacting to.

    If you have already tried raw milk and raw milk products and pasture raised eggs, and there is still an allergic response, I would suggest breakfast sausage made from animals on pasture, and/or bacon for breakfast. Soaked oatmeal with organic ghee (an alternative to butter for those who aren’t tolerating butter), and perhaps coconut oil or coconut milk topped with crispy nuts and fruit. Here are recipes for crispy nuts — http://www.nourishingourchildren.org/Downloads_files/NT-snacks.pdf

    Also, you could make smoothies with whole, organic coconut milk and fruit

    Do you have the book Nourishing Traditions? It has many recipes you may find invaluable for nourishing your family.

    Join us on Facebook so you may receive more opportunities for guidance – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nourishing-Our-Children/165679030171?ref=ts

    Abundant blessings,

    Sandrine
    Director, Nourishing Our Children