You have heard me talk a lot about traditional foods, but what are they? Traditional foods are the nutrient dense foods that our great-great-grandmothers ate. Traditional foods make up the most authentic cuisine. Traditional foods are nourishing, satiating and just pure simple. These nutrient dense traditional foods are high in vitamins and minerals and are a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K. These are the foods our ancestors ate, in their most natural, unadulterated, and unrefined state.
Nutrient dense traditional foods are the most nutritious foods you can consume! There are numerous diets out there today and it can be overwhelming and confusing. There are also many philosophies for different ways of eating. But I do know one thing, eating like our ancestors is the forgotten link to optimal health. How do we know this? Think about how we got here. Our great-great-great grandmothers and grandfathers must have been doing something right to allow your family’s bloodline to get to this point, it wasn’t just luck. It was a sort of survival of the fittest. The strong, healthy and sturdy individuals survived and they held the knowledge of how to be healthier than us today and to produce healthy and strong babies.
Think back to the way your grandmother cooked, you would think “woahh hold the butter” or “lard! what is that!” Egg white omelettes were the way forward and you avoided egg yolks, fat and skin on meat and whole milk like the plague. Well, your grandmother was right. We need fat, the fat soluble vitamins and those minerals.
Eating this way does take some changes and commitment on your part, but the benefits are worth the learning curve. So what exactly are these traditional foods I am so fond of?
-Grassfed, organic WHOLE milk, cream, yogurt, kefir, butter, cheese (even better is raw milk, raw cheese, home cultured yogurt)
-soaked and /or sprouted wholegrains, beans and lentils
-nourishing fats such as butter, ghee, lard, tallow
-consuming the whole animal (muscle meats, off cuts, bones made into broth, fat)
-naturally fermented and probiotic foods such as sauerkraut, lacto-fermented veggies, yogurt, cultured cream
To get you started here are some nutrient dense swaps you can make:
-replace margarine or spreads with real butter
-replace semi-skimmed or skimmed milk with whole milk
-replace morning cold cereal with soaked oats topped with butter, cream, chopped nuts and fruit
-replace bread with sprouted grain bread or genuine sourdough
-no more egg white omlettes, egg yolks are where the nutrients are
-replace skinless chicken breast with chicken thighs, skin on
-start making bone broth with those leftover bones from roasts and chickens (you can even ask your local butcher for bones, they cost next to nothing)
-make all soups and stews using bone broth
-most baked goods can be made using whole grain flours such as spelt, rye, Khorasan, emmer, or bulgar wheat
Most importantly do not consume refined or processed foods, including refined flour, refined sweeteners, ultra-pasteurized and lowfat milk products, protein powders, industrial fats and oils and chemical additives.
I 100% understand and accept many peoples reasons for their dietary stance, whether that be vegan or vegetarian and this is not a “hate on veggies” post. I am simply sharing information that I passionately believe in.