A traditional food diet is a fairly basic way of eating like our great-great grandparents did.
It consists of eating:
- a whole-food,s nutrient-dense diet
- organic locally grown vegetables in their season as nature intended
- “tip to tail” when it comes to animals (nutrient rich organ meats and bone broth come to mind)
- pasture-raised animals
- farm-to-table as much as possible
- healthy animal fats such as fatty fish, butter (yes, butter!), cream, lard and tallow (beef fat).
- healthy vegetable fats such as from fruits like avocado and olives, nuts, and some minimally processed oils
- fermented foods are another important part of a traditional food diet as this was a natural way to preserve the harvest.
- seeds, nuts, and grains that are generally soaked, sprouted, or fermented to improve digestibility.
As you can see, there aren’t any foods that are avoided. All are eaten in moderation. This is a basic diet that you can follow 90% of the time (because of course there has to be room for Aunt Pat’s sweet potato casserole, after all) that won’t drive you absolutely crazy. Because it is nutrient rich, your body won’t think it is starving like it does on a low-fat, low-protein, or low-carb diet. (We all know what a body taht thinks it is starving does, right? Yep, gains weight to survive the famine.) Your body will be getting the vitamins and minerals that it needs to perform the thousands of crucial functions it needs to.
For a great resource on eating a Traditional Foods diet, read the informative cookbook, Nourishing Traditions.
Another favorite Traditional Foods cookbook of mine is Nourished Kitchen.
Even just incorporating some traditional food recipes into your meal plans will add much needed nutrients to you body. Give it a shot!