Incorporating organic, nutrient dense foods into your diet

Now you might be thinking that raising your own chickens and making your own bread is a bit extreme -- and I'm not saying we should all go out and buy a chicken coop and grain mill -- but shouldn't we care and be more conscientious when it comes to the food that we put into our bodies? After all, if we don't take care of ourselves, then no one else will.

Why not start small as this family did? When one task becomes routine, move on to the next challenge. Before you know it, your family will not only learn how to be self-sufficient and appreciate their food but, best of all, be healthier for it.

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I recently attended a class at Green World Path, a company who manufactures organic and sustainable products for lawns, gardening, golf courses and farms. Every Thursday, from 6 until 7 p.m., they open their doors for others to learn and share different ways of living a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

The featured guest speaker that evening was Ivette Palomo from the Weston Price Foundation, a non-profit charity dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. Yvette brought along her son and daughter to talk about how to eat organic on a budget and their current focus on eating foods that are nutrient dense, such as organic fruits and vegetables, unprocessed foods and meat and eggs from pasture-fed animals. She pointed out that they started small, first eliminating certain foods they knew were not healthy for them such as white flour and sugar. Then they went on to add quality foods to their diets, like grass-fed beef and organic fruits and vegetables.

The Palomos then decided to raise their own chickens. Her son even brought a live chicken to the presentation, talking about how he is in charge of taking care of them and how important it is to have that connection with your food. After deciding to eliminate store bought bread from their grocery list, they learned the process of bread making, purchased a mill and the daughter now handles the task of making the family's bread from scratch.

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