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Elevate Your Kitchen Efficiency

Sunday, April 21st 2024 10:00am 5 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

Navigating the bustling life that comes with having children is a challenge in itself. From the morning rush to get everyone ready to the non-stop whirlwind of activities like soccer practices, ballet classes, school outings, and play dates, finding time can feel like a Herculean task. Yet, despite the packed calendars, ensuring our families are well-fed and nourished remains a non-negotiable priority. Good nutrition is essential for maintaining energy, focus, and overall health. The solution? Masterful meal planning. It’s the golden key for those who find themselves constantly on the go, believing there’s no time to whip up a meal. By adopting a few strategic approaches to your time in the kitchen, you can effortlessly prepare meals, adhering to the enriching standards of wholesome, traditional diets.

 Nutritional Foundations

Referencing the wisdom found in “Nourishing Traditions,” it’s clear that a little planning goes a long way in eating well. Central to this philosophy is the consumption of unprocessed, naturally produced foods. This encompasses everything from vegetables and fruits grown organically or biodynamically, to meats from animals raised in their natural habitats. Dairy items, ideally from grass-fed cows and goats, should be raw or fermented to preserve their nutritional integrity.

The role of traditional fats—such as butter, lard, and various oils including olive and coconut—cannot be overstated, especially for children. Preparing grains, nuts, and seeds by soaking or sprouting is also crucial to eliminate anti-nutrients, ensuring these foods are as beneficial as possible.

Incorporating lacto-fermented foods into every meal is another pillar of this diet, offering enzyme-rich options like kefir and sauerkraut. And let’s not forget the magic of bone broths, which are simple yet potent additions to any meal plan, enriching your family’s diet with essential nutrients and aiding digestion.

 Taking the First Steps

For newcomers to traditional food preparation, the journey might seem daunting. However, by stocking your pantry with essential items and gradually incorporating new techniques, you’ll find the process becomes more intuitive. Start small—perhaps with a couple of “Nourishing Traditions”-inspired dinners each week, slowly expanding your culinary repertoire. Remember, every step towards healthier eating habits is a victory.

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