How can you contact me?
You can contact me directly these ways:
Melissa Ramirez Naasko is a wife and mother to ten home schooled children. She has five boys and five girls and the same twenty-four hours in a day that you do. She is Mexican-American and married to a Finnish-American man and they raise their “Mexi-Finns” in Colorado, where she cooks and blogs about nourishing food as a part of the Village Green Network. You can read her blog at dyno-mom.com or follow her on Twitter @DynomomBlog or "Like" her page on Facebook but take what she says with a grain of sea salt.
What is the focus of this blog?
I am a lover of lard, butter, coconut oil, bacon and fresh raw dairy and write about them because I want you to love them as much as we do! I just published my first book to help get the best start on a nourishing diet, you can find out more, buy or sample by clicking HERE. On this blog and in my book, I write specifically about the Weston A. Price Foundation or Nourishing Traditions method of eating. Dr. Price, D.D.S. was a pioneering nutritionist and a dentist by training and profession who travelled the world to compare populations on modern and traditional diets to determine what constituted the best diet. I always spent a lot of time reading books about nutrition but the greatest revelation was Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig, PhD. Suddenly I did not feel the need to weigh every trend and news report on nutrition and saw food in light of historical eating; it was a compendium of information and a singular source with significant references to support what my instincts were telling me. It was okay to eat the lard that my grandmother always insisted was necessary in tortillas! I dove in and am grateful I did. I am also the mother of ten homeschooled children and I write about how to accomplish this diet in the context of a busy household with school, dance lessons, choir practice, picky eaters, infants, toddlers and teens who just want to be cool.
But to talk about food is to talk about how to acquire and prepare it, so you find a lot of talk about that here. Because I have a large family and home school, you will also find a lot about meal planning, family schedules and mothering. If you notice a lot of Math in my posts about things like costs per serving of freshly grated Parmesan or how long it takes to actualize savings on a wheat mill it is because I am married to a wonderful man who works in retirement planning and needs to know the numbers. I would do it even if I didn't blog.
But the main point I want to get across is that you can make better choices no matter your cooking skills, your income, or your location but on this blog I am not trying to make you feel guilty or inadequate. I sincerely want to empower people to make better choices about food and nutrition given the resources they have. While I wholeheartedly believe that better food choices can result in better health and better moods, it does not make us better people.
Has my family always eaten this way?
My food philosophy was shaped in part by my mother who breastfed her kids and looked for organic produce in a time when the motto was "better living through chemistry". But my husband and I together further developed our personal philosophy after marriage and made the decision to intentionally choose the substantive over the artificial, the unrefined over the manufactured. My husband was determined to make a conscious effort to avoid food substitutes for our children despite the fact he was raised on them. He wanted butter not margarine, lard not shortening, fruit juice not fruit drink, and mayo not "salad dressing".We started our marriage by filling our kitchen with local whole (but pasteurized) milk, butter, lard, and eggs and a dedication to always making and eating dinner at home despite being barely out of our teens and both being full time students. Sometimes we questioned ourselves and sometimes we were questioned by others for not eating the "proper" diet but largely stuck to our guns and rejected low-fat dairy, margarine and soy and were better for it.
My disclosure statement...
Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, which means that I would earn a referral fee from either sales generated from my site or per click on ads, but not all endorsed products or sites are sponsored. I try to be very clear about which products and sites are and are not sponsored though these may change from the time the post was written to the present. See below for my current affiliate relationships. When you purchase products through my site, you provide a small amount of compensation to me for the time, energy and cost of providing this blog which can be accessed for free. Thank you, I appreciate it.
As of 08/14/2012, current affiliate programs include: Cultures for Health, GNOWFGLINS, Kelly the Kitchen Kop Shop, Kitchen Stewardship books, and Tropical Traditions.