A traditional foods diet consists of eating:
- a whole-foods nutrient-dense diet
- organic locally grown vegetables in their season as nature intended
- “tip to tail” when it comes to animals (such as nutrient rich organ meats and bone broth)
- pasture-raised animals or wild animals (if you are lucky enough to be able to get them)
- farm-to-table as much as possible
- healthy animal fats such as fatty fish, butter (yes, butter!), cream, lard (really!!) and tallow (beef fat).
- healthy vegetable fats such as from fruits like avocado and olives, nuts, and some minimally processed oils such as extra virgin coconut oil, avocado oil, and extra virgin olive oil.
- fermented foods. These 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.
A traditional foods diet means that you eat much likE your great-great grandparents did
Many people choose to follow this about 80-90% of the time (because of course there has to be room for Aunt Pat’s sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving or going over to the neighbor’s house for dinner). Because a traditional foods diet is nutrient rich, the body doesn’t think it is starving like it does on a low-fat, low-protein, or low-carb diet. When a person eats a very restrictive diet or a diet low in nutrients but high in calories, the body thinks it is starving and gains weight to survive the “famine”. A person who eats a traditional foods diet will be getting the macro and micronutrients that their body 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.
You don’t have to go all in all at once. Just incorporating some traditional food recipes into your meal plans will add much needed nutrients to you body. Give it a shot!