We may take for granted the fact that traditional diets are more nutritious than most modern diets…
…but it was Weston A. Price who first brought the benefits of traditional diets to light in the late 1930s.
Welcome back to my blog! As you can see I want to talk about the “traditional diet” today, about why going back to the roots might save our life – not to be dramatic!
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Price was a dentist who traveled to far-off regions to explore the health of indigenous cultures throughout the world, including small villages in Australia, Africa, and South America. During his travels, he found that each group followed slightly different diets, but the people were healthy – they didn’t suffer from tooth decay, chronic diseases, or other maladies often seen in Western cultures.
Price felt that modern diets high in processed foods, sugar, additives, and refined grains/oils were to blame for the higher levels of chronic disease in the United States. He credited modern diets with causing deficiencies and imbalances that didn’t exist in cultures that followed traditional diets.
Unlike modern diets, traditional diets are usually rich in fat sources – meats, eggs, oils, fatty fish, and full-fat dairy. They were also high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Price’s research is sometimes criticized for being nonscientific, but he was able to bring awareness to the decline in health that often follows when individuals abandon their traditional diets and transition to a more modern way of eating and food production.
Traditional diets are making a comeback now, and many people are trying to avoid processed and refined foods. No matter how “traditional” you’re willing to go, keep in mind that limiting your exposure to processed foods and eating a variety of whole foods will inevitably support your well-being.
Below are the principles of a traditional diet:
No refined foods
- No refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup
- No white flour or canned foods
- No pasteurized, homogenized, skim, or low-fat milk
- No refined or hydrogenated vegetable oils
- No protein powders or synthetic vitamins
- No additives or artificial colorings
- Eggs and whole milk products
- Reptiles and insects
- Land and sea mammals, including land and water fowl
- Fish and shellfish
- Whole animal consumption preferred (i.e., muscle meat, organs, bones, and fat)
Minerals & Water
- Fat-soluble vitamins (e.g., vitamins A, D, E, and K)
- Water-soluble vitamins (e.g., B vitamins and vitamin C)
Enzymes & beneficial bacteria
- Dairy products and meat
- Lacto-fermented vegetables
- Fruit and fruit beverages
• Sprouted and soaked seeds, legumes, nuts, and grains
A traditional diet basically means being plant based mainly and then enjoying animal products occasionally and as a treat. The majority of calories aka protein & fats come from natural products and not from animal products like at a modern diet and that’s the main factor why it is more healthy!
Moreover, the products consumed are produces in a holistic way without massive farms or pesticides or antibiotics. The animals are raised naturally and have the chance to live a life of joy and only get slaughtered at a certain age.
The fact that there is no high processed food is obvious I guess and surely another huge factor why a pure traditional diet is healthier!
If you look at the Blue Zones, you will see that these people eat a traditional diet and have the longest life expectancy. And almost more important:
It’s not about how old we get but how we get old.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and it helped you understand some of the current misconceptions with food. I would love to hear from you 🙂
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