To say I’m exited to be here is an understatement. I was a bit worried that all the hype over it was just people being a bit dramatic. But not so! This conference has met and exceeded my expectations not only because of the sessions, the vendors, the foods, but also because of the people.
And maybe it has something to do with the fact that we all feel normal here. No one bats an eye when you say you want butter in your oatmeal. No one thinks it’s odd that there is a kombucha stand instead of a pop stand! And nobody thinks your crazy when you start talking about health issues and food and toxins and vaccines and….and….and….
The people here are fabulous! And from all different walks of life. It’s also amazing to hear their stories of how they came to eating a Weston A Price type diet. There are stories of reversing infertility, complete healing, people who were wheelchair bound walking again.
Yesterday (Friday) I was able to attend the first 2 parts of the GAPS diet session with Baden Lashkov and I was truly amazed at the information. She started off by telling us about her son. He woke every couple hours at night until he was 3 years old. Couldn’t take more than breastmilk until 2 years old – not even water. Would vomit profusely. Iron level was dismal. Teeth were disintegrating, he bashed his head repeatedly on things, he didn’t respond to communication.
After finally finding the GAPS diet he was able to heal and is now a very normal little boy.
Some of the things she taught us:
- The common manifestations; Acne, Adrenal burnout, Allergies, Anger, Anxiety, Appetite issues, Asthma, Auditory hallucinations (that would be hearing things), Bipolar, Bedwetting, Celiac, Colic, Cravings, Dental enamel problems, Picky eating, Inability to toilet train, Irritability, Learning disabilities, Obsessiveness, OCD, Muscle pain, RA, Reflux, Eczema, Social challenges, Stool abnormalities, Thyroid issues, Short temper
- What the diet does; Allows the gut to heal, restores balance of bacteria, and relieves toxic load in the body.
- How to poop when constipated. I’m not kidding! (fyi- put your feet up on a stool when going)
- She also touched on how to deal with the die off phase, where symptoms can actually get worse as your body kills off the bad bacteria and purges toxins.
“All disease begins in the gut” – Hypocrites
I was also able to attend the Food and Mood in children and adolescents with Jeanette Turner. Again I was amazed at how the food that is served to our kids causes so many different issues. Hoe our modern diet not only doesn’t feed the brain, but how it depletes these little bodies of what they need to grow successfully.
A couple of points she made;
- We all need fat, but kids especially! Our brains are 60% fat
- To keep mood stabilized one must eat fat and protein each meal.
- Common deficiencies in kids are magnesium, iron, and zinc.
- Food additives like MSG and aspartame cause brain cells to fire uncontrollably.
This session really makes me want to buckle down on my own kids diet!
Today I hope to sit in on some more fabulous sessions and get to some of the booths as well to talk to the vendors and see their products. The booths here are just amazing!