This is true in regards to fashion, décor, furniture and even television programs. If only we used the same concept for what we eat.
Our forefathers, or perhaps I should say ‘foremothers’, had the knowledge needed to keep her family healthy without running to the pharmacy for medication or to the doctor at the first sign of a slight fever or sniffle. There would have been a pot of simmering broth on the hearth consisting of such delicacies as chicken heads, pigs feet and large bones full of nourishing marrow.
Every part of the animal was used; organ meats, bones, and even the fat was rendered down into lard. Saturated fat is a necessity for healthy brains and healthy bodies, our ancestors ate this way without incidence of diabetes, Alzheimer’s, asthma, or cancer. After rendering, the solids remaining could be turned into bread or fried up for tasty snacks. There would be crown jars full of preserves and crocks brimming with fermented vegetables, such as sauerkraut, in the pantry or out building.
Though I grew up on a farm, I now live in a small town. Luckily, I have access to organic vegetables from April to October, I purchase free range eggs from a local farmer and I buy pastured pork and grass fed beef from another farm in the area. If I thought my neighbours wouldn’t mind, I would consider a goat or two in the back yard…no more grass cutting, abundant supply of fertilizer plus raw goats milk at my finger tips…literally! Though my husband supports most of my crazy ideas, I think this may be too much to ask.
I have been listening to Weston A Price podcasts for a year or so and have put some things into practise . I make bone broth every couple of weeks to replenish my supply since I drink a cup every morning. Lately I have been adding sauerkraut and gelatin powder to each cup for the extra collagen and gut health. Plus, it combines two elements of my routine. I also make beet kvass regularly as well as Kombucha. I have been mixing the two together in a cup as per my sisters suggestion and am enjoying that as well. There is always something brewing on my countertop, (much to my partners dismay). I even tried my hand at rendering fat, and the crackle was an unexpected bonus.
I often encourage friends, family and even sometimes strangers I meet in the grocery store, to eat butter, eggs, bacon and high fat yogurt. Slowly, the word is getting out. Let’s pass it forward!