"May I say... since I’ve been making the recipes from this program, my hubby is no longer a picky eater! He loves traditional food! Thank you Wardee and crew! I’m amazed and so grateful!" -Joan K.
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If you want to get healthier… so you can look and feel great, plus have more energy for God and the people you love…
...and if you're tired of wasting time and money on unsustainable, complicated, time-consuming, and weird-tasting "diets"...
...then this is going to be the most important message you read all day.
Hi, I'm Wardee.
I'm a wife, mom, grandma, and traditional cook in the Boise area of Idaho... and I'm the owner and lead teacher of Traditional Cooking School.
When I was a young mom with three children, we all had issues like food sensitivities and seasonal allergies, but it was especially bad with our third child, our son...
He broke out in itchy red rashes all over his body within hours of birth. :(
The pediatrician gave us a steroid cream but I didn't want to use that because of the side effects.
I got rid of all the grocery store cleaners, soaps, and lotions and replaced them with natural ones. That helped a little but still his rashes got worse and he itched so much the rashes bled.
I felt like I was letting him and my family down... what was I doing wrong? Maybe it had something to do with what we were eating?
Then I learned about some old-fashioned "Traditional" cooking techniques (same ones the Bible mentions).
I tried it out... surprisingly, it took less time and wasn't as hard as I though it might be.
And we could still eat the family favorites we loved, like bread and butter, ice cream and cookies, steak and pizza... just healthier!
The best part... within a few months, our son's rashes completely went away.
It's been nearly 20 years now and my seasonal allergies are all cleared up, too, and the kids never got another ear or sinus infection. We rarely get colds or other illnesses. We have plenty of energy and our weight is stable, too.
I've since devoted my life full-time to helping other Christian moms and dads cook healthy for their families...
...without needing to spend hours in the kitchen or giving up because no one will eat what they make!
Today our home is filled with so much joy. My husband and I both work from home. Over the years, we homeschooled all 3 kids, then our oldest daughter got married, and... today we have two grandsons visiting regularly, too. I couldn't be happier. <3
So... if you're a mom or dad who loves good food and it's also very important to you to glorify God in your entire life, even down to what foods you and your family choose to eat (not because of any rules but because you really love Him and want to glorify Him)...
...then I'm pretty sure you'll be interested in what I'm going to share on this page.
It's the same process our students follow to make and eat simple and yummy meals that are actually healthy ...
- can still eat your family's favorite foods like mac-n-cheese, bread and butter, cinnamon rolls and cookies ......I'll just show you how to make them healthier with Traditional cooking methods that are in the Bible!
- follow just a few simple steps for each dish ...because who has time or energy for a million complicated steps or a big mess to clean up afterward?
- spend LESS time in the kitchen ...so you have more family time or "Grandma" time, 'Date Night' with your spouse, and your own free time, too!
- hear "this is the best EVER!" every day ...and even from your pickiest eater!
- are looking and feeling better ...from feeling happier about your choices and eating healthier yourself ...so you have more energy for enjoying life with your spouse, children, and grandchildren!
- are NOT confused any more about what to try or where to start because all the Traditional cooking methods I'll show you make sense with God's Word ...this is NOT one of those unsustainable, weird, fad diets from the so-called "experts"!
If eating this way sounds good to you, then let me tell you more about how our simple healthy eating plan works.
But first, we have to recognize this simple truth:
God's Foods Heal
I think most people would agree that diet changes are our first and best defense against sickness and disease.
Yet, it's still really hard for most people to make meaningful and lasting changes in their diets. :(
Here are the common reasons people fail at eating healthy:
- there's so much conflicting information out there that we become paralyzed and find ourselves unable to take any real steps forward because we don't know what's "right" or even where to start... so we don't do anything!
- some diets seem so crazy and unsustainable... lots of weird, expensive ingredients and then the food tastes so much like cardboard it's hard to last even a day ... much less the long haul!
- some diets don't make any sense with the Bible ...for instance, many years ago, my family tried the no-animal-food vegan diet but we gave it up because we felt it contradicted God's command, after the flood, to eat meat ...plus we developed nutritional deficiencies and didn't feel so great
- meal times turn into a fight... if everyone's choking down the food, whining, or flat out refusing to take another bite... many throw up their hands and turn to "meat and potatoes" to get back to some semblance of peace.
The irony is that in our healthy eating plan, meat and potatoes are a staple healthy meal (as long as you prepare the right meat and potatoes).
And our plan gives you a shortcut around all the difficulties I just mentioned, from making cooking simpler and more wholesome, to dinnertime being joyous again, while lining everything up with the Bible and God's plan for healthy cooking.
So if all this sounds good to you... then keep reading, because I'm going to show you how to use our simple plan in your kitchen to get healthier and happier.
The GNOWFGLINS Way
The heart and soul of our plan is: We eat and prepare foods according to the GNOWFGLINS way.
I know it's a mouthful, and no worries if your children end up saying "glow-muffins" or something like that... true story, one of our student's daughters called it that!
GNOWFGLINS is an acronym (created by my husband) that describes our process for delicious, healthy eating...
GNOWFGLINS combines ALL the keywords that you might find here or there in various books or resources: God's Natural, Organic, Whole Foods, Grown Locally, In Season...
...and teaches you how to prepare those foods for the best nutrition and digestion.
GNOWFGLINS are what we eat, and we teach GNOWFGLINS and their preparation to others through our healthy eating plan.
To our knowledge, we are the first to put everything that's important about food all together, starting with GOD, into a simple, step-by-step, week-by-week, healthy cooking program where you can still eat the dishes you love... only they're healthier...
...and you and your family will not only get healthier, look and feel better, and save time and money...
...you'll also feel the joy of knowing you're honoring God and His design with every bite!
Since our family started eating this way when our children were young, we hardly ever get sick...
...and we've experienced great relief from food sensitivities, debilitating seasonal allergies, eczema, tummy troubles, and low energy.
So if that's something you want, too... I'm going to walk you through the exact steps of our GNOWFGLINS healthy eating plan right now.
Step 1: Look To God
Step one in GNOWFGLINS is what we call "Look to God".
(It's the G — God — acronym.)
You see... everything we do, including what we cook and eat, needs to be anchored in truth and aligned with God's design.
We know that food is medicine, it's our nourishment, and that's by God's design.
Sure, there are diets out there that claim to be "healthy". But when we look closely, we can tell they're not consistent with God's Word.
For instance, take the vegan diet: a person eats no animal foods whatsoever.
Personally, we don't believe this is Biblical because God commanded mankind to eat meat after the Flood.
He is not a willy-nilly God, so surely, he had a reason for this like everything else... and because He is Good, we believe this command is most likely in our best interest!
And there's even scientific proof to back this up, such as nutritional deficiencies that can only be solved by eating animal foods.
So in this step #1 of our healthy eating plan (it's the "why" behind the "how"), we check in with the Bible to make sure the food itself or the method of preparing it lines up and makes sense with God's word, His design, and His plan for our nourishment.
"You’ve shown me how to transform our food from something we eat into something that heals and nourishes our bodies. I love being able to prepare healthy foods with my family… Praise the Lord for His beautiful ways!" -Michelle P.
I feel like I should bring this up, because you might feel this way, too:
If you want to live for God and yet are eating apart from His design, there's this feeling deep down inside that we're not being true to Him.
I know for me, before we started eating God's way, I had a niggling feeling of guilt that I wasn't being true.
Like I was letting God, my husband and my kids down.
I really, really dislike feeling this way. I want to do my best and I always know deep down whether or not God is happy with my choices and actions.
So in this first part of the GNOWFGLINS process ("Look to God"), you'll:
- select the healthiest ingredients for your dishes (meats, fats, grains, sweeteners, veggies, etc.)...
...i.e. foods that are raised and grown according to God's design... we'll help you sort through all the options by giving you specifics about each type of food and what to buy.
- avoid the pitfalls of the Standard American Diet ...take out non-nutritious "foods" that didn't exist prior to modern times, back when people were healthier ... like trans fats, white sugar, highly processed veggie oils, etc. ...
...because God didn't make these "franken" foods and eliminating them is essential for managing (or even healing) diabetes, weight gain, heart disease, inflammation, hormone imbalances, skin rashes, allergies, and more!
A quick example of what you might experience when you follow our plan that's grounded in truth and God's design... Lisa got off all meds and is down 4 sizes!
"Traditional Cooking School's healthy eating plan has been a wonderful blessing! Having a plan, a group to share with and teaching by Wardee and all the ladies who give so much time. I am learning how to prioritize my time by putting my family's health before "stuff". Positive wonderful things can also be a time robber. Now I plan ahead so I actually have more time. I am off all meds and am down four sizes. My husband feels better, he is more productive and is off most meds. It's getting easier to plan, shop and cook." -Lisa L.
Marlys lost 5 pounds and her husband loves the bread and meats...
"I had dabbled early on just doing my own thing, not too organized. I was compelled to become a member and do your Fundamentals class and I dove right in. Learned lots on healthy eating. My biggest pursuit was sourdough (always loved the flavor). Now that I understand the whole concept, I love sourdough even more!
It's just my husband and me. I believe he is enjoying the bread (a slice of toast every morning) and I know he enjoys the meats! I have lost about 5 pounds. I must reiterate how thankful I am for all that is available!" -Marlys D.
If you want me to help YOU learn our delicious healthy eating plan (that lines up with God's word), please keep reading, because I'm going to explain more about how you can work with me so I can help you and your family, too.
Step 2: Step Out (Simple!)
The next part of GNOWFGLINS is what we call "STEP OUT"... or take action.
This step is by necessity simple. Not only is this how I cook myself, I know that most people need simple or it's just not going to be doable day after day.
So in our healthy eating plan, we go through the fundamental skills (both how and why) of healthy cooking and I show you how to use simple Traditional Cooking methods to make the meals you love most as healthy as possible... so what you're eating doesn't cause tummy aches, reactions, nutritional deficiencies, or cause weight gain.
Many of these methods are mentioned in the Bible! And once you learn our simple traditional preparation methods, you can apply them to your favorite meals and dishes to make them more healthy, too!
"I used to not think too much about what I ate except in terms of "good" vs "bad." TCS has helped me understand that there is more to that. I have more information now as to why something is better for me or why a certain prep method is better than another." —Rebecca J.
In our healthy eating plan, I will guide you through learning all the Traditional cooking skills one week at a time.
The simple skills build on each other... you'll discover and practice one skill, get comfortable with that one, then add the next.
Plus, I also share tons of recipes from my own home, like cinnamon rolls, fried chicken, and more... and they use the simple methods, too.
Within the very first week, you will learn things to help you put healthy, home-cooked meals on the table that your family will LOVE to eat!
"I ate a very clean diet by the time I actually joined TCS but now I have been able to expand my diet to include foods I couldn't eat before (beans, grains, corn, etc.) because now they are traditionally prepared. We have more variety in food on a daily basis and nearly every snack and condiment has been replaced with a traditionally homemade version!" -Carla B.
"I work 2 full time jobs and have for many years. I would eat ready-to-eat or quick-cooking meals. We were malnourished basically and constantly would get ill. Since I started changing our food, we have been getting sick less and have been getting more nutrients. There is still a lot to heal, but we're making progress." -Rebecca E.