Eating healthy is about getting in touch with your roots. Eating healthy is about what connects you to life. It is about what connects you to the Earth and to a feeling of being well here. One way to connect to your roots is to recall some experience of real food in your life, particularly from your past. See what comes to mind for you right now. One example might be the memory of a family member who cooked a traditional dish from your cultural heritage. Or for someone who has immigrated to the United States, it would be the favorite foods from the past from your home country that were real foods. Meals made from foods from your family’s roots evoke memories of feeling connected.
Often these homemade meals consisted of nutrient-dense dishes made with bone broths, organ meats, and high quality fats. From my past it was as simple as my cousins who ate wild salmon every day, and my father who would prepare a simple dinner of rice, vegetables and fish or chicken. My grandmother would make chicken soup with the entire chicken, and eat the marrow in the bones. In my more ancient roots, before I was born, my grandfather grew up where people carried animal skin bags of fresh pastured goat milk and drank from them all day. No matter where you are from, one key to finding a healthy diet for you is to go back to your own past.
Maybe that connection was a special restaurant or a memorable meal in a friend’s or relative’s home. See if you can recall that wholesome good food from your past. Many people have grandparents who used to eat wholesome foods, or own nearly forgotten cookery websites full of golden recipes for real foods. And here lies the untapped wisdom of the older generations. No matter where you live, connecting to your roots can connect you with a diet that is nourishing, life sustaining, and rich in fat-soluble vitamins.
No matter where you are from, or where you live, reach for that distant but ever-so-close connection to wholesome foods. And then make it present here and now in your life. Seek out the old family recipes, contact relatives who live in far off lands, or create your own traditional foods with a little help from recipe websites. It will probably take some work, but the rewards will be more health and happiness.
In this post I will present you with specific recipes, meal ideas and I will tackle the complex question of how to prepare grains safely.
Doctor J.D. Boyd created a grain-free diet that turned soft cavities into hard glassy surfaces. The diet contained milk, cream, butter, eggs, meat, cod liver oil, bulky vegetables and fruit. The daily menu included one quart of milk with plenty of cream. Dietary fat came from cream, butter and egg yolks. The diet contained no processed sugar, bread or grains of any sort.
I am using a grain-free diet as the baseline of my recommendations because I want to give you material that I am certain will work. One method that I suggest for some people is to start with a low grain or grain-free diet, try it out a few weeks and then add grains gradually later so you can feel how grains affect your body.
Here is a modified outline of Dr. May Mellanby’s tooth decay remineralizing diet. Each category contains several meal ideas. In this diet cod liver oil was given daily to the children and is a key element in allowing this diet to arrest cavities.
Omelet, cocoa with milk.
Scrambled egg, milk, fresh salad.
Omelet containing two ounces of ground beef.
Fish cakes with potatoes dipped in egg and fried.
Bacon, fried or finely chopped with parsley and scrambled egg.
Eggs that are boiled, fried or poached.
Fish fried or steamed.
Lunches—Lunch is the biggest meal of the day.
Potatoes, steamed ground beef, carrots, stewed fruit.
Irish stew (a Iamb or mutton stew with soup bones), potatoes, cooked fruit and milk.
Cold meat cut into small pieces with cold diced cooked carrot, onion and potato, and served on lettuce leaf.
Desserts—Dessert is served after lunch rather than after dinner. This is the ideal time to have something sweet in the day.
Fresh fruit salad with egg custard or cream.
Baked apple with center filled with golden syrup before baking. Fresh fruit salad, cocoa made with milk.
Baked apple, centre filled with maple syrup before cooking.
Honeycomb which contains bee larvae.
Dinners or Snacks
Minced beef warmed with meat juice and a green salad.
Potato cakes or fish cakes.
Eggs, cooked in various ways.
Fish and potatoes fried in lard or tallow with milk to drink.
Thick potato soup made with milk.
Lentil or celery soup made with milk and chopped meat.
Cheese, served in various ways.
Potatoes, steamed minced meat, carrots, cooked fruit, milk.
In Dr. Mellanby’s plan lunch is the main meal of the day, and sweets are eaten after lunch not after dinner.