No pun intended. I’m doing my annual chapter leader report for WAPF (the Weston A. Price Foundation) and came across this tidbit in my chapter leader’s handbook. It’s so concise and “right on”, I thought you’d like to read it.
“Dr. Weston A. Price was able to formulate three basic dietary principles as a result of his pioneering investigations of healthy, non-industrialized peoples. They are as follows:
1. The diets did not contain any processed or devitalized food. There were no refined or artificial sweeteners, white flour products, processed vegetable oils, trans fats, pasteurized or homogenized milk, lowfat foods, canned foods, microwaved foods, irradiated foods, industrial additives, pesticides, herbicides or synthetic vitamins in healthy traditional diets.
2. All healthy traditional diets contained animal foods of some kind; none of the healthy peoples Dr. Price studied followed a vegan diet.
3. The diets were nutrient-dense, containing very high levels of vitamins and minerals. His most surprising finding was the fact that primitive diets contained extremely high levels of three fat-soluble vitamins—vitamins A, D and a third fat-soluble vitamin he labeled “Activator X,” now believed to be vitamin K2. Foods containing these vitamins include oily fish, fish heads and fish organs, fish eggs, fish liver oils (such as cod liver oil), shell fish, insects, and butter, egg yolks, organ meats and fats from animals raised in the sunlight and eating green grass. (Vitamin K2 is also found in some fermented foods, such as natto and sauerkraut.) Traditional peoples considered these types of foods as sacred, recognizing them as vital to good health, actively sought after and deliberately consumed.
…the importance of these nutrients [A, D, K2] constitutes the crux of our teachings.”
This is how we strive to eat and we are feeling pretty good. There is something about eating whole, nutrient dense foods — especially those foods we get right from our farmers — that just feels so right!
If you are interested in learning more, please check out their website @ www.WestonAPrice.org. You’ll find tons of good research and articles there. And, if you join ($40/year), you get a quarterly journal that is chock full of timely and solid health information. As I’ve heard other people do, I read it cover to cover when I get it!