The following dietary guidelines are based on the years of research conducted by Dr. Weston A. Price during his years of traveling and investigating the eating habits of indigenous peoples around the world.
In his travels, Dr. Price noted that most of the chronic, degenerative diseases that are so commonplace in modern society were virtually non-existent among the peoples he investigated.
Further inquiry on his part revealed that all of them shared common eating habits, leading him to attribute their health and long life spans to what foods they ate and how they ate them. In the midst of so much current trendy and often conflicting dietary recommendations, Dr. Price’s recommendations, which he first established early in the 20th century, offer a common sense solution that enables anyone to follow the dictates of Hippocrates (“Let thy medicine be thy food, and thy food be thy medicine.)
1. Eat whole, natural foods.
2. Eat only foods that will spoil, but eat them before they do.
3. Eat naturally-raised meat including fish, seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, game, organ meats and eggs.
4. Eat whole, naturally-produced milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as whole yogurt, cultured butter, whole cheeses and fresh and sour cream.
5. Use only traditional fats and oils including butter and other animal fats, extra virgin olive oil, expeller expressed sesame and the tropical oils—coconut and palm.
6. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, in salads and soups, or lightly steamed.
7. Use whole grains and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid and other anti-nutrients.
8. Include enzyme-enhanced lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis.
9. Prepare homemade meat stocks from the bones of chicken, beef, lamb or fish and use liberally in soups and sauces.
10. Use herb teas and coffee substitutes in moderation.
11. Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
12. Use unrefined Celtic seasalt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
13. Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and expeller expressed flax oil.
14. Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, dehydrated cane sugar juice and stevia powder.
15. Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.
16. Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass or good quality enamel.
17. Use natural supplements.
18. Get plenty of sleep, exercise and natural light.
19. Think positive thoughts and minimize stress.
20. Practice forgiveness.
Thank you Larry Trivieri, for reminding us about Weston Price's research during this holiday season.
For more about his body of work, visit the A. Price Foundation at http://www.westonaprice.org.