The Wise Traditions Diet is a delicious, satisfying, inclusive diet. Many dietary plans condemn certain food groups -- such as grains, dairy foods, meat, salt, fat, sauces, sweets, and nightshade vegetables -- but the Wise Traditions Diet does not exclude any major food group. With wise choices and proper preparation techniques, you can have a varied and interesting diet, one that is both delicious and nutritious.
The most serious falsehood about healthy eating is the claim that we need to avoid animal fats. In fact, animal fats are essential to good health, proper growth, fertility and longevity. Traditional cultures valued animal fats above all other foods. Animal fats are demonized because they are rich sources of saturated fat and cholesterol, but saturated fat and cholesterol are actually essential to good health!
Butter - on bread, vegetables, meat, porridge - butter on everything!
Lard, Bacon Fat, Duck Fat and Goose Fat - for cooking
Tallow - for deep frying
Olive Oil - for salad dressings
Coconut Oil - for medium-chain fatty acids
Cod Liver Oil - for vitamins A and D
When it comes to animal fats, grass- or pasture-fed is best. Animal fats like butter, lard, bacon fat, duck fat and goose fat are rich sources of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2, which Dr. Weston Price discovered were very high in the diets of healthy, primitive peoples.
Industrially processed liquid vegetable oils (corn, soy, canola, safflower, sunflower)
“Healthy” low-trans spreads
Partially hydrogenated vegetables oils (margarine and shortening)
Commercial fried foods
Processed foods containing these industrial fats and oils
Industrial fats and oils are the number one problem in the modern diet. They are the main cause of chronic disease, and they replace the nutrient-dense animal fats that nourished our ancestors.
We all know about omega-3 fats as being “heart healthy” but what do omega-6’s do? While omega-3s are necessary to thin the blood, omega-6s are used to clot the blood. Yikes! No thank you.
In a perfect world, a ratio of 1:1 is ideal for your body to function optimally, however, due to the high consumption of processed foods (such as many of these vegetable oils which are found in almost every food you can buy) many Americans have a ratio of 20:1 (high in omega-6). Omega 6s wreak havoc on your body as they are responsible for inflammatory diseases (heart disease, diabetes, obesity, auto immune diseases, cancer).
This doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy pie any more. We all know the holidays wouldn’t be complete without it. The solution? LARD! In the past few years, lard has made a huge come-back as more people are being conscious of what they are eating.
The Shoals’ favorite farm-to-table grocery store, Cottonwood Farm & Grocery, now partners with United Natural Foods (UNFI) to offer all of your niche organic and natural favorites – right around the corner.
UNFI, the same distributor who stocks Whole Foods, has already delivered their first truck to the Shoals, allowing Cottonwood customers to enjoy their big-name favorites without driving more than an hour to purchase them.