Reading List for Traditional Food and Health

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The books listed below are recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation and are GREAT to help you on your food and health journey.  If you want the full list from the WAPF website, head over to –> Nourishing Our Children and search for book recommendations.

Note:  I’m only including books that I personally own on this reading list.  I prefer to pass on book ideas that I have personally tested and found to be excellent.  The books that are *starred* are books that I added to the list according to the benefits I’ve found from these particular books.

New Years Reading List

Traditional Food Reading List

–>  Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats

This book has the basic information on the dietary principles of the traditional food ideals.

–> Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World

One of my first steps into real food was making my own broth.  I felt healthier, I looked healthier, and I began to nourish my family.  What a beautiful gift!

–> Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A. Price

The Weston A. Price Foundation is based on the information provided by Dr. Weston A. Price in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.  As a dentist in the turn of the century, he began to notice his patients getting more cavities and having poor oral health.  He had no answers for them, so he sought out the answers.  He traveled the world and found that cultures who did not eat a diet full of processed foods had less dental carries (cavities) and babies were born with wider jaws.  If you are interested in finding out exactly what he recorded on his journeys, you will want to own this book.

–> Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz

This is the quick book on fermentation.  You will love learning about fermenting your own vegetables and having a resource to reference when you need guidance.

–> The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz

This is the master book on fermentation.  It is a thick book with everything you’ll ever need to know about fermenting your food.

Natural Healing Reading List

–> The Fourfold Path to Healing: Working with the Laws of Nutrition, Therapeutics, Movement and Meditation in the Art of Medicine

Honestly, we own this book and sometimes I think it’s a bit far fetched.  However, I’ve also found it to have a lot of helpful ideas that make me question the world around me.  Take from it good principles to help you heal, but expect to see some very strange ideas!

–> Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition by Rami Nagel

I’ve always noticed that those who end up doing the most research on a matter have a personal need in the area of research.  Rami Nagel researched teeth, because of his own health issues relating to his teeth and chose to pass that knowledge on.  While many in the dental field do not believe that cavities can be healed, I personally have read too many accounts of people remineralizing their teeth to discount this.  Our teeth are alive and the food and nutrients we eat can rebuild our teeth.

–> Eat Fat, Lose Fat* by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon

Sometimes part of the journey for healing is shedding some extra weight.  Being over or underweight is not healthy for our bodies.  Both situations tax the body in ways it wasn’t meant to be taxed.  After learning some of the ideals in this book, I integrated more healthy fats into my diet and found that I lost body fat.  Check out this book if you are interested in finding out about the health benefits of healthy fats and their role in losing body fat.

–> Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia*

The GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet is so important for those wanting to get their lives back.  If you or someone in your family has a problem with autism, ADD, ADHD, depression, etc. then the principles in this book can help you to change the future for that person.  Our guts are completely connected to our brain.  Heal the gut, the brain is greatly helped.

–> Freedom From Fibromyalgia: 7 Steps To Complete Recovery* by Leah McCullough

After hearing Leah McCullough speak at the Weston A. Price Conference in 2016, I realized that I was dealing with more pain and fatigue than I should be experiencing at only 33 years of age.  She had struggled with fibromyalgia for 8 years and after learning its root cause, she completely recovered from fibromyalgia.  My life has been greatly improved by her advice and I’d suggest anyone who is dealing with fibromyalgia, depression, infertility, or chronic fatigue to contact Leah and buy her book.

Crunchy Mama Book List

–> The Nourishing Traditions of Baby & Child Care

Those within the Weston A. Price Foundation give great recommendations for nutrition for mothers, babies, and children.  I love the information about traditional baby’s first foods.  I’ve heard some people become frustrated by some of the recommendations, but ultimately each family has a choice of which ideas they wish to use for their own family.  Instead of throwing out an entire book of excellent recommendations due to disagreeing with one idea (such as keeping at least a two year space between each child), you simply use the advice you want.

–> Beautiful Babies

Personally, I recommend this book prior to conception if at all possible.  Kristen Michaelis provides great information about pre-pregnancy nutrition, pregnancy nutrition, and breastfeeding nutrition.  I love her ideas on magnesium deficiency being connected to morning sickness and suggest any mother wishing to avoid morning sickness to read the section in her book regarding this.

–> Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby’s First Foods 

Great information for fertility, pregnancy, and baby’s first foods!

–> French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters*

While the food recommendations in this book may not align to WAPF, the concepts are excellent.  If you want your child to learn to eat real food, pick up this book.

–> Sweetening the Pill*

After getting on hormonal birth control for three months, I immediately knew I could not continue this method of BC.  My body responded horribly to the pills I was given.  I found out so much more information later about why my body had this reaction and how hormonal birth control is ruining so many women’s lives and bodies.  If you want to find out what the pill is doing to your body, read this book to find out more.

–> Taking Charge of Your Fertility*

I own two copies of this book.  Why?  Because I intend to lend it out to as many ladies as I possibly can in my lifetime.  I want women to know how to be in charge of their fertility, their cycles, and to understand how their bodies work.  This book is an amazing resource to those wanting to become pregnant, but also to teenagers who need to understand that their body was made for a purpose.  Periods aren’t scary.  We do not need to interrupt our cycles, but embrace them.  Also, we need to learn what our dietary choices are doing to our cycles.  So much great information!

I hope this reading list is a great resource to you and your family as you seek to integrate real food into your life.  Traditional food is such a blessing to my family and I love sharing it with you!

Ciao for now!

Brooke Shambley

THE Boholistic Mom


Book Recommendations for Real Food

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