This past weekend I attended the annual Weston A. Price Foundation’s conference Wise Traditions. Wow did I ever have a fun time!
I learned so much at the conference but the best part was all the great people I had the chance to meet. Ann Marie of Cheeseslave, was one of the first bloggers I found doing the GAPS diet a couple years ago. She started the Real Food Media, a network of bloggers spreading the word about real food. I had the opportunity to meet quite a few of the RFM bloggers including Kelly the Kitchen Kop, Lisa from Real Food Digest, Raine from Agriculture Society, Jenny from Nourished Kitchen, Kim from the Nourishing Cook, Kimberly Hartke from Hartke Is Online, Alex from Feed Me Like You Mean It, Elizabeth from Nourishing Creations, Sarah Pope from The Healthy Home Economist. What a great group of people and I’m quite excited to say that I’m joining the Real Food Media as a featured blogger! I can’t wait to get to work with such inspiring, dedicated people.
A couple readers of this blog who attended the conference came over and said hello. It was so amazing to meet other people doing SCD. I knew there would be plenty of GAPS followers and met some too. There’s something about following the exact same diet, or having been in the shoes of a person you meet in real life that is so calming. I guess it made me feel normal for once.
I traveled to the conference with my chapter co-leader Gail. She has been involved with Weston A. Price Foundation for a while and knew of pretty much every speaker at the conference. The last one she attended was a couple years ago. This time she was most excited to meet Sarah Pope, the Healthy Home Economist.
I was really happy to have the chance to meet some Paleo friends, Melissa McEwen of Hunt Gather Love, Alison from CrossFit New York, and John Durant from Hunter-Gatherer. That was the first time (in real life) that I met people following the Paleo diet. I tend to follow a diet closer to Paleo than Weston A. Price, and the conversations with this group were so fun. Listening to discussions between Chris Masterjohn and Steven Guyenet was a bit challenging, those guys are geniuses!
It was so nice to be around people who just ‘get it’. They get excited when you talk about organ meats, drink broth for breakfast, and eat butter by the spoonful! No one questions why you’re eating, or not eating, certain food. I only had to mention a few times that I eat SCD and even then I never had to explain it.
I met Dan Corrigan of Corganic whom I had been following for a long time online. I love the work he’s doing and it was a pleasure to meet him in real life. He is a great resource for anyone using SCD, GAPS or real food for autism.
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride gave a full 3 sessions on the GAPS diet. I was impressed with how many people attended her track. It was a bit sad because it shows how many people’s lives are affected by digestive illness, autoimmune disease and autism. But, it also shows how many people are seeking out information for overcoming these diseases naturally. At the very least, the next generation in the families of the attendees will not have to suffer. For a great review of her talks check out Sarabeth’s Life is a Palindrome and Divine Health.
I have to say, I am so thankful for my health (even if not perfect yet) letting me enjoy this event to the fullest. The conference schedule was packed with great speakers and there are so many wonderful people to meet. I managed to keep up with the crowd and even surprised myself with how little sleep I can still function on. I don’t think I could have done this just a couple years ago! I’ll be sharing some posts about what I learned, some more details from a few talks I attended and of course, pictures of the food I feasted on.