Based on the work of Weston A.Price is a dietary approach that uses traditional eating patterns as its foundation. At first the traditionally based diet can be a bit overwhelming, as any new diet can be, but the Weston A. Price Foundation has a new PDF version of its Healthy 4 Life Booklet that makes it easier. The booklet is a great resource and offers a short description of the traditional diet benefits and recipes. I follow some of the Weston A. Price diet but not all of it and like its emphasis on whole nutrient-dense foods. I do make my own stocks, cook with whole foods, make some fermented foods, eating organic and pasture raised often but I only consume raw milk in the form of cheese and I rarely soak my grains. I am happy with that for now.
A good start page about the Weston A. Price Foundation
The Healthy 4 Life Booklet
Weston A. Price Dietary Guidlines
- Eat whole, unprocessed foods.
- Eat beef, lamb, game, organ meats, poultry and eggs from pasture-fed animals.
- Eat wild fish (not farm-raised) and shellfish from unpolluted waters.
- Eat full-fat milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as raw milk, whole yogurt, kefir, cultured butter, whole raw cheeses and fresh and sour cream. (Imported cheeses that say "milk" or "fresh milk" on the label are raw.)
- Use animal fats, especially butter, liberally.
- Use traditional vegetable oils only--extra virgin olive oil, expeller-expressed sesame oil, small amounts of expeller-expressed flax oil, and the tropical oils--coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil.
- Take cod liver oil regularly to provide at least 10,000 IU vitamin A and 1,000 IU vitamin D per day.
- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables--preferably organic--in salads and soups, or lightly steamed with butter.
- Use whole grains, legumes and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid, enzyme inhibitors 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 and fish and use liberally in soups, stews, gravies and sauces.
- Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
- Use unrefined 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 a small amount of expeller-expressed flax oil.
- Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, maple sugar, date sugar, dehydrated cane sugar juice (sold as Rapadura) 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, food-based supplements.
- Get plenty of sleep, exercise and natural light.
- Think positive thoughts and practice forgiveness.
I have some stock simmering on the stove right now!
Sabra Way MNIMH Editor in Chief and Founder, Galen's Watch
Galen's Watch: A Journal Watch for Integrative Health Professionals