He’s a warrior.

Whey, the versatile probiotic by-product of cheese-making, came into my life by way of Sally Fallon’s wonderful book Nourishing Traditions as a food tool used to supply “good bugs” to vegetables in order to ferment them. Fermented foods first came into my life by way of a book called The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates, a diet that my mom used to rid herself of a lifetime of nagging sinus issues. One thing that I have gained from all of the books and nutrition experimentation I have done over the years is the belief that we have the power to fix many things that are broken in our body and our lives. The food we choose to eat. The path we choose to take. The friends we choose to have. Itty bitty building blocks to our own individual whole. That’s exciting! But, we don’t always recognize the available options until a little light shines through our normal routine. That surprising light turns the foreign into the familiar and the different into the norm. Once we see, it’s hard to un-see, but before we see, it’s impossible to fully understand.

A new perspective can throw us off our center a bit. Loosen our grounding. Shake things up until they settle into the new normal. And while they’re loose, husbands, children and family might not understand. That’s hard. But, look around? It’s hard to deny there’s some room for improvement in our food chain right now. It’s big picture problems. Sweeping issues. We’re overweight. Our children are overweight and sadly, not feeling well. There are too many allergies, too much autism and too many degenerative diseases. Our beautiful land and animals are hurting, too. It’s big, which means there’s lots of room for greatness. So I say, follow your light. They’ll understand eventually. You can see a new way, and therefore, you’ve been knighted a warrior. The health of our nation needs many quality champions of real food.

Jamie Oliver sees. He’s a warrior, for sure. Because of his work, Jamie won the 2010 TED Award, which means he received $100,000 and the opportunity to tell a room full of high-profile people his wish for our world. TED then helps organize the resulting offers of support from the audience, channeling them into action. Jamie accepted the award in February, and I wanted to share his 18-minute speech with you.

And in honor of nourishing our families, next week we’re going to be “Making Whey,” the probiotic-rich superfood of traditional cultures around the world. A simple technique that will open the door to fermented vegetables, soaked granola, polenta lasagna and a number of other delicious, nourishing and traditional dishes to gather our families round the table… a kick-off to “Making WAY” for big changes. * Wink Wink *

xo – Organic Spark


  • country girl

    You and Todd are so cute!!
    Thanks for the info. Jamie is so awesome.

    March 3, 2010
  • Fayinagirl (means Free One)

    What a fun photo! Thank you for sharing it.

    I've been thinking of purchasing both the books you mentioned. Maybe it's time. =)

    March 3, 2010
  • Anonymous

    The world needs more Jamie's and more Molly's.

    March 3, 2010
  • Anonymous

    Jamie's TED speech is a must watch. He says it like it is. :)

    March 4, 2010
  • madness rivera

    Damn, Jamie, that was hot. And if you weren't Molly's man already I'd say 'ppurrrrrr'. Gotta get the girls cooking again. 10 Survival Recipes each! I love it.

    Love the photo with Todd. So handsome!

    March 4, 2010
  • Sharon Lovejoy

    I watched Jamie's speech and can only hope that this spreads like the proverbial wildfire.

    I've worked with children, gardens, and food for 20 years. The kids need mentors and they need to dip their hands into the soil and their hearts into the kitchen.

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

    March 9, 2010

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