Food used to always be so simple for us before children; see it, like it eat it. Suddenly I’m passionate, I wanted the best for my family. I read books, blogs and experimented with food. As I read more and got advice I found so many different food life style choices. I don’t like to use the word “diet” as it’s a life style choice for us.
I was getting so confused, what should we do? Paleo? Weston A Price Foundation? Keto? What should we eat or not eat? I took it back to basics, Weston A Price. I got a breakdown from the Weston A Price Foundation website and created myself an info sheet that I can look at when I feel confused!
Eat the whole animal, including the meat, fat, organ meats, bones, cartilage and skin (poultry, pork).
Slow cooked chicken, brisket, lamb, mince, liver and bacon.
Should be pasture raised and you should always have the fat or add fat if lean. We find eating pasture raised meat hard because of the cost, we try to go free range when we can afford it, we are using our local butchers a lot more. We always eat the fat, it’s the best bit.
– Organ Meats
It’s more important to eat organs than the muscle meat and you should have it regularly. We have liver grated in mash potato often, but we need to try more organ meat.
You should eat the skin, fat and make pate with the livers and heart. I made some pate but wasn’t so keen on it when I was dairy free, I should really try again.
Bacon and ham should be cured or marinated in acidic medium before cooking or eaten alongside a lacto-fermented food such as sauerkraut. We have too much pork and I haven’t got to grips with marinating it yet, and we don’t eat it with lacto food all the time, but we do have a lot of lacto-fermented drinks and fruit after dinner usually. We also get are bacon cured from the butchers now.
Seafood should be wild, shellfish, oily fish, fish heads, fish liver oils and fish eggs. Eaten with added fat and the fish skin. At the moment this is a no go for us, apart from tinned tuna and shellfish, as our son is allergic to fish. We do need to have more shellfish but I think it’s more a case of I don’t know what I’m doing.
– Raw Animal Food
Raw dairy, meats, fish and shellfish should be eaten. All traditional cultures do this. We could get some raw cheese but it’s more expensive so it’s a treat. I would love to get raw dairy, but you have to get it straight from the farmer and there is nowhere close to us. We need to experiment with raw meat, but one step at a time.
It’s better to have the egg yolks and best that they are pasture-raised. My son and husband have eggs but my daughter is allergic to eggs. We always get free range eggs.
Cooked or uncooked, but served with fat. I serve mine with beef dripping, ghee or the fat of the meat I’m cooking.
Again raw or cooked and served with fat, like butter or cream. We don’t do this as my daughter can’t have butter and its not convenient to do this when the children want an apple. But we have a lot of fat in our diet.
Many traditional diets had grains in their diet. To make them easier to digest by neutralising the anti-nutrients, you should soak the grains for at least 8 hours in filter water with something acidic.
Every night, I soak oats with milk kefir for my son to have in the morning.
– Legumes (beans, lentils, etc.)
Again, like grains, they should be in the diet but you need to neutralize anti-nutrients. Soak for at least 8 hours with filter water, some types with something acidic. This is something I’ve just started, they can take so long to cook I find it works best to do it in the slow cooker for the day.
– Nuts and seeds
Another food group that needs to neutralize anti-nutrients. They are so good for you. You should rinse, soak for 6-12 hours with filter water and 1 tbsp of salt. Then rinse and bake for 12 hours. I do this once a week with almonds, walnuts, seeds and pine nuts as these are the nuts my son aren’t allergic to. I also find this makes them safe from cross contamination with other nuts.
– Starchy carbohydrates (potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes)
These should be cooked and eaten with fat. I add beef dripping, coconut oil or goose fat to mine.
– Dairy (milk, cheese, cream, yoghurt, kefir, etc.)
Should be raw and whole. Lots of milk and butter as it’s so good for you. We would love raw dairy, but as mentioned before, it’s not possible right now for us. We always have whole milk. I use Kerrygold to make ghee as it’s grassfeed.
– Meat fats — lard, tallow, etc. Consume liberally, we do and we love it!
– Saturated Fat
Have as much as you want, they are important for good health.
Industrial oils (corn, soy, canola, etc.) shouldn’t be used at all but olive oil and coconut oil are allowed. They don’t cope well under high temperatures.
– Lacto-fermented foods
Try to have these with every meal. We love fermented grated carrots and courgettes as I can mix them in with things like mashed potato or buckwheat pasta and the family will eat it. Another favourite are fermented fruits; blueberries and apples or drinks; kombucha or water kefir. Fermented foods and drinks are so important for the gut and repopulating it with microorganism’s.
– Bone broths
These should be eaten lots, I found it hard to get into the rhythm of making bone both at first but now I slow cook a whole chicken, then pop the bones, veg and water back into the slow cooker for 48 hours. I do this every week and use the bone broth in: soups, smoothies, milkshakes, mashed potato and more. Bone broth is so good for gut healing.
This is best found in raw dairy foods. Another good source is bone broth, I make my with chicken.
The most important WAPF principle; consume liberally of foods that contain Fat-soluble activators, Vitamins A, D and K.
The more I read the book “Nourishing Traditions” the more I understand that each piece of vegetable, fruit, meat, nut, oil or anything has a balance of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. All of which are required to get what the body needs. Our body is a delicate eco system and we need to nourish it and support all those good bacteria inside that support us. What we eat the body runs on and will, of course, decide how we feel mentally and physically.
Having this life style change has been a step by step progress, it hasn’t happened over night. It’s been a challenge to get my head round it and for my family to understand. However, the difference in us all is amazing, I feel and look better than I ever had. I’ve lost over 3 stones/19 kg.
I feel confident in what we are eating because the research in the books and websites I am reading make sense to me and I can see the results. Weston A. Price looked at a variety of traditional cultures around the world and compared them to the modern diet. The results of the diet he found are astounding and I fully recommend looking into his research.