This is a picture of a meal based on the meal that Dr. Price had served to malnourished children to help rebuild their dental health (as mentioned previously, he was highly successful in doing just that!).
There have been some really great questions since I started posting in this series about Dr. Price and nutrient dense foods ( (Other posts: Are you really eating a nutrient dense diet? The diet that cures cavities, and The synergy of nutrients)). Questions that I hope to even have some guest bloggers/experts help answer for me. But one of the less complicated, yet most complicated (if you know what I mean) questions I have had is how to make this diet practical for everyday living. This is one of the most important questions to answer. Yet, it is also one of the least complicated.
Is eating this way time consuming?
Can this diet with lots of nutrient-rich foods be possible on a daily basis? I think that it can be. Just look at the picture above. The milk and OJ took little prep time (and the cod liver and butter too)! My pot of seafood stew took about 45 minutes total time to make, the biscuits only about ten minutes of prep time. The apples (or orange juice) may not be necessary, but the baked apples(being my simple super easy recipe for baked apples) also took only about ten minutes to prep. So in about the time that it would take you to watch one 1-hour show, you could have this nourishing meal finished and served. Considering that Americans can average 2.8 hours of TV time per day, this is a doable time frame for most of us, if we are willing to rearrange our schedule a bit.
Can it be done on a budget?
But what about frugality? This meal is not Kraft Macaroni and Cheese cheap. I can’t deny that. But it also isn’t as expensive as you’d think.
The chicken broth used in my stew was made out of frugal and nutritious homemade broth. Salmon is running pretty darn expensive right now, so I used a compromise food in this stew: Canned salmon (skinless, boneless), and it was wonderful!
The biscuits were quick to make with inexpensive whole grains (they were gluten-free too!). The apples were made with bulk apples that I buy for about four dollars for three pounds (they are on the small side so you also get a lot of apples per pound). Really the most expensive part was that cup of raw milk you see pictured. I pay more then most, as we are 1. Getting raw goat’s milk 2. Buying it at a local co-op, instead of driving to the farm, but I am looking for ways to get my milk fresh from the farm too.
If this is the most expensive meal of the day, you are doing really well. You will have paid less then the average take out meal too, for a very filling, nutritious meal.
Can you really eat all of that food at once?
Some of us were talking about whether or not you really had to eat all of the food at the same time (because of the need of a synergy of nutrients). The answer is perhaps not, especially if you have a good body store of certain nutrients. However, I find that if I spread it out too much, I may not always be getting everything in everyday. Plus, many felt that it was too hard to eat all of that food at once. Well, I can say that a 6-year old might not be able to eat a whole pint of soup (2 cups), but I can eat most of it at one time (I cut the milk in half and drink the other half later, and I have a little break before dessert). Once again looking at our picture, it really isn’t a huge amount of food, just a hearty meal. It’s a meal worth slowing down to savor.
When I look at that meal, I see a nice, but very doable meal. I hope you do too. But I know this one meal isn’t enough help to really adequately answer the above questions. I answered one of the comments from you, “Is this really doable?” with “It is as doable as we make.” Which wasn’t at all meant to be a snide remark, but rather a musing one on how to make a super nutrient dense meal plan doable time-wise, budget-wise, and tummy-room wise.
In order to best give answer to that important question, I am working behind the scenes to put together an eBook with menu plans that help put together entire meals based on some of these nutrient dense principles put forth by Dr. Price – principles I am still researching. I may change things up a bit, and have plenty of substitutions, but it will be founded on his principles.
I want people to find out that these principles can be simple and easy to follow! And reasonably frugal too! This will hopefully be a help to those of you willing to do my challenge (coming up!).
But because I am writing this eBook for you guys, I want to make sure it serves you the best. Would you mind telling me what you’d like to see in this eBook? I don’t plan on this being a full sized book like my 300 page book, Ladled. (Though who knows! Maybe I will expand it later to be another big book). But I do want it to be a helpful (and frugal!) resource.
Here are a couple of questions I’d love for you to answer for me.
1. Dietary Restrictions you’d like to see options for in the eBook
2. To get you started in eating this way, how many menus would you think adequate?
3. What types of food do you like best? American/British, Indian, Asian, a mix?
4. Any suggestions for how this eBook can be the most helpful for you?
5. Name ideas for the title, anyone? I don’t know if I can legally use the name, “ Dr. Price” in the title, but I could certainly use the words, “nutrient dense”. Free copy of my upcoming eBook to the first person who comes up with a name that I use for this eBook!