Mothering Forum banner

1 - 3 of 3 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
110 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So I'd love to hear why you eat traditional foods which from my understanding is natural (preferably organic) meat, eggs, raw milk, unprocessed grains? That's what I understand from a few of the posts I have read. I tend to lean towards a vegan diet- beans, nuts, grains, fruit and veg and I have also been eating plain yogurt (started to buy unpasteurized). I crave sugar and carbs but I do feel well on a mostly veg diet (we do eat some meat and cheese as well). What are the benefits to eating traditionally? Why do you feel it is better than say the vegan diet? I'd love to learn more! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,564 Posts
Traditional foods are simply that--the foods that traditional societies throughout the world ate for millennia before industrialization changed the course of our food history and human health for the worse. In short, it's eating the way our ancestors ate: plenty of local foods, animal foods from animals fed their natural diet (so keywords like "grass-finished" or "pastured" are a little more apt than simply "organic" or "natural"), vegetables and fruits, raw dairy, fermented foods and properly prepared grains, legumes and nuts. Also, those that follow a TF diet tend to eat plenty of traditional fats including coconut oil, butter, lard, duck fat, suet and other fats that have been eschewed by the modern low-fat nutritionists. The focus of TF also includes a return to "real food" and an avoidance of modern foods like vegetable oils, margarine, shortening, preservatives, refined foods etc.<br><br>
Personally, I feel fantastic my health has improved (I'm having periods now when I NEVER had them before). I haven't lost any weight, but my cellulite has disappeared. I also take solace in knowing that by eating this way I'm respecting the diet that humans evolved on.<br><br>
I feel it's healthier than a vegan diet for a couple reasons: humans are not natural vegans, and the vegan diet lacks some critical nutrients including DHA/EPA, cholesterol and true Vitamin A. Many vegans will say that these can all be manufactured in the body and--to an extent--that's true; however, the human body's ability to metabolize and convert nutrients into these substances is largely ineffecient and inadequate. Besides, humans evolved on an omnivorous diet. I was a veg*n for a while and felt considerably better on a omnivorous, TF diet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
240 Posts
I have been vegan, vegertarian, omnivorous off and on several times in my life. What seems to happen is I'll be going along happily eating my meat and dairy and feeling great, when my conscience kicks in and I go back to being vegan. This will go on for a bit before my body really needs some heavier food and I'll start back with dairy, and eventually that won't be enough either. I'll be feeling really weak, losing muscle, and in general becoming quite sickly, that's when I'll starting dreaming about meat 24/7. This last round we had been eating vegan when we discovered our gluten intolerance, then dairy, then it became all grains except corn, eggs, several fruits and some fish. This left some fruits, corn, veggies and meat. Without the meat it's incredibly lacking in protein. We have tried eating high quantities of beans but this doesn't seem to sit well with me and it's near impossible for me to get my kids to eat. I feel so much better with meat and a good dose of fat in my diet. My face is brighter and my skin glowing, I heal faster, and I stop craving foods. I believe the TF's is the healthiest way for humans to eat in spite of my heart wishing I could thrive as a vegan.
 
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
Top