Nourishing Traditional Diets- For those with PCOS and anyone else desiring good health!

I have been leading up to writing more specifically about what good nutrition looks like for those living with PCOS. Although what I have to share today is not specifically about PCOS, it is solid, nutritional teaching that will benefit anyone and is the backbone of overall good health.

These are the teachings of Dr. Weston Price, whom you will learn more about in these videos and articles. Throughout the years that I have been studying nutrition (6 years going on 7), this is without a doubt the most solid and excellent teaching that I have come across. Over the past 3 years, my family has been slowly adapting more and more of these principles into our diet. We are not there 100% yet, but we are closer than ever, and continually working to improve our diet more and more.

I believe that we are starting to see more of the fruits of that, in the good health of our children and in my health in particular! There is still some work to do on my husband's health, and some obstacles to overcome (namely, his work schedule and the difficulty for him to avoid eating poor foods with clients and coworkers, and to be able to consistently eat more of what I prepare for him), but we're working on that, too!

Getting Started

These 3 videos are an excellent introduction to understanding what traditional diets are all about! They are from Sally Fallon, the president of the Weston Price Foundation, and author of Nourishing Traditions

They're each just under 10 minutes long, and I'm pretty sure that they skip over some parts of Sally's speaking, but what they do go through is excellent and very thorough, and will give you a really good introduction to the ideas behind her nutritional teaching (which is based on Dr. Weston Price's work)

Additionally, these two articles are a bit long, but they give a great overview of Dr. Price's work and findings, including pictures comparing those who did and did not eat traditional diets, and applications from his teaching for us today.

Ancient Dietary Wisdom for Tomorrow's Children

Dr. Weston A. Price

I will try to give a more step-by-step outline of how to adapt these nutritional principles to how your family eats in the new year, but in the meantime, I hope that they inspire you to begin to learn more!

I am not the only one out there seeking to follow these principles and teach them on my blog! This teaching is definitely spreading and becoming more well known and accepted. Why don't you get to know these wonderful blogging friends of mine as well, for more encouragment and help on your journey to better nutrition and health?

Lindsay @ Passionate Homemaking
Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet
Kelly @ Kelly the Kitchen Kop
Donielle @ Naturally Knocked Up and Raising Peanuts
Michelle @ Frugal Granola
Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers

What do you think about the concept of traditional diets? Have you begun to apply any of these principles to your own eating habits (and if not, what holds you back)? For those who have begun to, have you noticed any difference since making these changes?

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  1. I’m living with PCOS too. I’ve been moving into a whole food diet for some time and I can tell you it works. That’s what got me started with my foodie blog Whole Food Cookin’

  2. I’ve been a lurker here for a while, but I have been learning a lot from your about nourishing cooking and natural living. I do have one question for you. Was your husband on board with these concepts right away? I find that I have trouble convincing my husband that things things are truly better for us. I’m becoming especially interested in it now that we are about to have our first child in a matter of days. I’m trying to figure out how to educate my husband about this stuff without him thinking I’m a nut 🙂

  3. Melissa, my husband still thinks I’m a bit nutty or off the wall. But after seeing how drastically my cholesterol dropped (it was at 268 a few years ago now down to a healthy 158!) and the fact that it changed my own health for the better having PCOS. I went from almost no ovulation to regular ovulation just by changing my diet! So now he knows it’s a better way to eat, but I’m still trying to sell him on things like kefir, kombucha, and fermented foods. 🙂

  4. We’ve begun drinking raw full fat milk, using butter instead of margarine and I just bought some coconut oil but haven’t used it yet and trying to do away with canola oil(which I always thought was healthy before!). We’ve been buying more organic meats and better eggs. We eat mainly whole foods already but still a lot of refined sugars, which I’ve been making baby steps on. My husband is fine with it as long as it doesn’t seem too radical. My main problem, especially with soaking grains is the fear that I will have to relearn my baking methods. I am pretty good at baking and the idea that I will have to go back through the learning phase is overwhelming. The other fear is whether or not my husband will like the soaked grain products, although everything I’ve read leads me to believe that we would both feel better if I learned that step. Another issue is that we both need to lose some weight and I’m not sure how to go about that with this kind of diet.

    I always appreciate your insight!

  5. Thank you for posting this. I am trying to add more organic things to our menus. My husband thinks I am crazy and he is not a vegetable eater…except corn. I am trying to stay away from foods with refine sugars. The only one not on board with this is dh. He likes what he likes and he is healthy so far so he doesn’t see the need to change. I will keep working on him though. My cooking has been healthier but I have to do it without being too radical. Slow and easy.
    Thank you again and have a blessed day.

  6. Thank you so much for these videos I did not know that they were available. Most of what she talked about I already knew but I think it’s easier for me to understand when I hear her explaining it so well. I wish I could remember all the info so that when people think I’m crazy I could explain it to them.

    My husband acts like I’m crazy to everyone else even though he really sees how much better we feel eating whole foods. As long as I make him some Pizza or Lasagna every once in awhile he doesn’t seem to mind!

  7. thank you for posting sally’s videos. i believe it is so important to incorporate the nourishing and tratitional ways of living and eating into our overly processed lives. i am a chapter leader of the weston a price foundation here in virginia as well as a holitic nutritionist, and yoga teacher. i am so blessed and grateful to have found you and your site. i would love to link to you on my site if you feel that is ok.
    a client of mine switched her kids over to raw milk and they are no longer getting colds and ear infections. i have been drinking/eating raw milk and yogurt for several months now and am looking forward to a very healthy winter.

  8. Love Sally Fallon. Did not know she was on youtube!

    Have you read W. Price’s book published way back when in the 20th century? The photographs in it had me convinced of the advantages of a whole foods primal diet. Great post!

  9. hi has anyone found a good extra virgin olive oil in the grocery store? one that is not fake or diluted? any brands to look for would be helpful. i have a list of brands NOT to buy but am having trouble finding one to buy. thanks

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