With the amount of health concerns we have in the modern world, a lot of the health trends now are reverting to approaches from yesteryear. Something like the paleo diet, for example, is an oft-used example. But, is there any case for eating like our grandparents did? It seems that our grandparents didn’t have food allergies, but a lot of us do now, so are there any food trends that we can take from our grandparents and great-grandparents, and apply it to our modern eating methods?
Avoiding Processed Foods
The vast majority of foods on sale now consist of additives and preservatives designed to make the food last longer. Our distant relatives didn’t have that luxury, and so they ate what was readily available. So, how can you do this now? To get the benefits, you need to go to two places, the butchers and the greengrocers. These suppliers get their food and meat directly from a natural source for the most part, which helps to minimize processes. This also means cooking everything from scratch! You feel so much better when you’ve had a meal rich in flavor, and was prepared from scratch. Such is the way of the world now, lots of people don’t have time to make their own meals, but, for those that think like this, two simple words, slow cooker!
Eating The Whole Animal
For meat eaters, we tend to ask for lean cuts, and only eat certain parts of the animal, for example, the breast of a chicken. But our ancestors didn’t have that luxury and had to make do with whatever they had around, and this meant using every part of the animal. And, in fact, the common trend of drinking bone broth, as well as eating organ meats was commonplace back then. And these aspects of the animal are rich in the essential minerals and nutrients, such as vitamin B12, iron, and magnesium. For those that don’t eat meat, there are various sources of these nutrients, there are many magnesium rich foods, and you can take a supplement, but if you are trying to be like your grandparents were, supplements were seldom used.
Eat Foods In Season
The one thing with having all manner of foods available to us now is vastly different to the early 1900s, where you had to eat whatever was in season. Food had to be bought and cooked according to what was growing at the time. So, your best approach to eating in season is to go to your local farmers market, and buy local. Your diet can be rich in nutrients if you avoid fad diets, as well as eating foods in season that aren’t processed.
In addition to these, remember, our ancestors were outdoors a lot more than we tend to be now and never played games with their metabolism, they simply ate whatever was available to them, which doesn’t help in the modern world where everything is readily available. But if you go back to the basics, go to your farmer’s market, as well as your butchers, and eat as nature intended for us to, you will feel the benefits, not just in terms of your weight, but in terms of your overall health.