By: Bettina & Mau
The food philosophy that most jives with both myself and Mau is that of the Weston A. Price Foundation – though we eat less meat than his Foundation currently recommends. The studies of Weston A. Price make lots of sense to us.
Price was a dentist who, after years of seeing crowded and rotten teeth in children in the U.S., traveled the world to study “primitive” cultures who he found had healthy, well-spaced teeth and jawlines (cultures who had never seen Colgate and brushed their teeth with tree twigs). He found that these cultures who all ate Traditional Diets with foods that were local and native to their areas, all had certain foods that they considered “sacred” so these special nutrient-rich foods that were reserved from fertile/ pregnant women, nursing mothers and small children. These foods included fermented foods, organ meats (for example, liver has 10,000 fold the nutrient content of a piece of sirloin), fish oils and other animal fats like seal blubber for Eskimos. Until recently, even in the U.S. kids were given fermented cod liver oil as a supplement (ask your parents if they took something called Scott’s Emulsion). Dr. Price had a few characteristics that he found Traditional Diets had in common which you can read about here.
His basic rules:
- Eat whole, natural foods.
- Eat only foods that will spoil, but eat them before the microbes do.
- Eat naturally-raised meat including fish, seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, game, organ meats and eggs.
- Eat whole, naturally-produced milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as whole yogurt, cultured butter, whole cheeses and fresh and sour cream.
- Use only traditional fats and oils including butter and other animal fats, extra virgin olive oil, expeller expressed sesame and flax oil and the tropical oils like coconut.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, in salads and soups, or lightly steamed.
- Use whole grains and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid and other anti-nutrients.
- Include enzyme-enhanced lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis.
- Prepare homemade meat stocks from the bones of chicken, beef, lamb or fish and use liberally in soups and sauces.
- Use herb teas and coffee substitutes in moderation.
- Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
- Use unrefined Celtic salt or himalayan pink salt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
- Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and expeller expressed flax oil.
- Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, dehydrated cane sugar juice and stevia powder.
- Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.
- Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass or good quality enamel.
- Use only natural supplements.
- Get plenty of sleep, exercise and natural light.
- Think positive thoughts and minimize stress.
- Practice forgiveness.
We will be talking a lot about this diet and cod liver oils and Omegas in the coming posts so we thought this small intro would be a good start for our readers.