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Want your family to be healthier?

Want your family to be healthier?

Me, too.

We have all heard that many of the health conditions many of us deal with are modern-day issues, from the increase in cancer and heart disease to the explosion of autoimmune diseases and mental illness.

Undoubtedly these conditions are partly related to things we have no control over, but it seems that many of them can be improved by something we control 100%, what we eat.

And, according to the doctor who has gotten me from barely being able to walk or lift my fork to being able to function adequately, it’s not only what we eat but also how we prepare what we eat.

For example, this doctor wants me to eat traditionally fermented food every day, food like homemade sauerkraut or kimchi or ginger ale.  And I’ve done it occasionally, but I’m always slightly uncomfortable with how I prepare them, wondering if it is really safe.  Especially since my kefir-making adventure went wrong and gave me alcoholic milk to drink every morning….

So I have not been doing it faithfully.

As you may know if you read my blog regularly, I am again struggling with health issues and so is my family, so I have decided to focus on trying these ideas again.

And that turned me to Wardee’s Traditional Cooking School.  I’ve known about Wardee and her GNOWFLGINS (God’s Natural Organic Whole Foods Grown Locally IN Season) project for years and was even featured on her Simple Lives Thursday link up, a huge thrill and encouragement when I was a beginning blogger.  (In case you’re interested, the featured articles were “Goldfinch Nest in a Purple Loosestrife Plant” and “Medieval Cookery.”)

So I tried Wardee’s free mini-course, liked what I learned, and am now going to spend a whole year learning all sorts of traditional cooking methods.  The thought of being able to go for nature walks again, of being able to sing more than one stanza of a Psalm at a time, and of increasing my family’s health is so exciting!

What’s more, my teens will also take some of the courses with me for part of their foods and nutrition high school credit.  Not only that, but understanding traditional cooking methods is a hands-on connection to history that most of us do not have any understanding of and that is certainly also valuable as a homeschool history project.

I am going to be sharing our adventure with you as we learn, reviewing different individual Traditional Cooking School courses every once in a while so you can see what they are about and whether or not they might be something for you and your family.  (If you don’t want to miss any of these posts, feel free to follow me.)

Heads Up:  If you are even slightly interested, I suggest you look around Traditional Cooking School right away, since costs for both the cooking school membership and for the individual courses will go up on April 1.  Wardee has a blog full of information, a huge recipe data base, and over a hundred podcasts.  If these appeal to you and you want to dig deeper, you can read Wardee’s story and sign up for the free introductory mini-course at the bottom right of the page.

Disclosure:  When I looked around for an independent review of Wardee’s Traditional Cooking School to help me decide if it would work for my family, I could find none.  What does a reviewer like me do in such a circumstance?  Offer to prepare a review, of course.  So I have a one year membership in the Traditional Cooking School in order to review some of its courses.  As always, I am not compensated for this, nor have I promised to give positive reviews.

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This post is linked to Inspire Me Monday, Raising Homemakers, Friendship Friday, Make My Saturday Sweet.


  1. Nelleke says:

    Thank you so much for this! My oldest son has a mild autoimmune condition (psoriasis). In my husband’s family, psoriasis has been the precursor to more sever autoimmune disorders, so naturally I am trying to learn all I can and do all I can to help him (and all of us) be as healthy as possible. My first introduction to the connection between diet and autoimmunity was a book on AIP (a Paleo-based elimination diet). The problem with that was that I just could not make myself buy into the paleo philosophy, and I felt very hesitant about eliminating whole food groups, especially for a growing child. The philosophy expressed in the website you sited makes so much more sense to me, and is very similar to the direction I’ve been going so far (buying my meat at the local butcher, making sourdough spelt bread, trying to eat more veggies, completely cutting out sugar except for small amounts of honey and maple syrup, etc.) I’ve subscribed to the podcast and look forward to learning more!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Oh, I am so glad! I think this will work for you. And you’ll love the fact that Wardee is unabashedly Christian, too, and comes at natural cooking from that point of view.

  2. Thank you for sharing this information!

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