In the quest for health & healing, there can be a lot of paths to take. Each road advertises the only way to true health. As someone who has come from the deepest despair of illness, I know firsthand what an overwhelming process it is to choose a diet and hoping it will give the thing I most desire.
You see, when you feel so very sick, it’s almost like you aren’t living. Not really. You go through the motions and try your best to hold your head up, but inside you’re dying and yearning for that life you used to have.
Because you desperately want to be healed, to reverse what has become your painful normal, you often are misled & you forget to listen to that voice inside. This was me.
When I decided that doctors weren’t going to help me and I stepped into the world of natural healing, I was not prepared for the “education” I’d get.
Natural Healing 101: are you confused yet?
You see what I mean when I say confusing? I don’t knock anybody for choosing to eat these ways, but after all my research it seemed like EVERYTHING was bad for me.
Although I was confused, I knew to avoid 3 things that would definitely harm me.
Processed food. Refined Sugar. Refined Flour.
But what about everything else? Was meat bad? Should I eat plant-based? Since raw veggies and fruits are good for us, shouldn’t I consume them the most?
After losing 25 lbs. on a Whole Foods Diet, I knew that I was making my body clean, but what about healing? Why hadn’t that happened yet? Was I doing something wrong?
I was eating whole grains, plenty of fruits and veggies, minimal meat and keeping my body low-fat by eating dairy only in moderation. I avoided sugar & white flour like the plague. Sounds like you can’t get much healthier than that, right?
After a year of living a Plant-based Whole Foods diet and not feeling a whole lot better, I tried to go gluten-free thinking that was my last and only option. Luckily for me, it wasn’t.
Learning from the Past to Live in the Future.
Somehow, someway I came into contact with a group of bloggers known as Real Foodists. At first I thought they were just Whole Food eaters like me. But then I started to see some pretty weird recipes, and soon noticed their diet was nothing like mine.
It was then I was introduced to the most amazing book ever written about health and nutrition.
You might think this is a new diet book, but it’s an oldie. In the 1930’s, Weston A. Price, a dentist, wanted to know why Americans were so unhealthy. (1930’s, UNHEALTHY? I know, right!) He wanted to know what was causing the increase in tooth decay and general illness. So he set off to find cultures untouched by modern foods to see how they were faring. What he found was amazing.
Overall, he visited 14 different isolated traditional cultures. Every culture hadn’t been exposed to modern foods such as white flour & refined sugar. You would think this is a no-brainer, of course they would be healthier. And they were.
But that’s not the most amazing thing. The most amazing thing about each one of these societies is that although they knew nothing of each other, they ate similarly high amounts of the same vitamins & fats. Also, they weren’t just healthy, they were gorgeous, had zero cavities, broad jaws and straight teeth, strong backs, amazing fertility, longevity and VITALITY!
And not one of the 14 cultures were vegan, vegetarian or even plant-based.
Depending on what was available to them, each of these 14 cultures ate a balance of:
- Meat, grass-fed – using all parts of the animals including organs and using bones to make healing broths.
- Grains & Legumes – but ONLY prepared properly. Soaking for 24 hours, Sprouting, or using a natural yeast like sourdough to break down the gluten, phytic acid & anti-nutrients.
- Seafood – and plenty of it.
- Dairy, grass-fed – rich, high amounts of raw milk, butter, and cheese.
- Fruits & Vegetables – but only in season. They couldn’t grow year-round. No green smoothies or 5-a day. Just plentiful amounts in each season they could grow it.
- Preparing Grains PROPERLY – before I make beans, rice, quinoa, etc. I always soak for 12-24 hours. I’ve sprouted wheat for pies and tortillas and used natural wild yeast to make bread. (And let me tell you my body is THANKFUL for it)
- Increase my Fat intake – Yes you heard me! Butter, cheese, whole milk. I try my best to get grass-fed/organic. Also including lard & tallow in my diet.
- Buying meat in whole portions, bones included – This way I can make gravy from the vitamin filled drippings and used the bones to make broth which is incredibly healing to the gut.
- Eating fruits and vegetables local, and in season. I am really loving this part. Our produce tastes amazing and I feel like I’m eating a natural, balanced amount of it.
- Taking Fermented Cod Liver Oil every day. Interested? Buy HERE.
Finally, I wouldn’t be where I am without the help of fellow bloggers and friends…