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Can you eat a nourishing diet on a budget? My ecourse, A Peasant’s Feast: Nourishing Food on a Budget, is all about answering that question in detail (starting in just a few days!). But I am not the expert. I am just a mom trying to do the best with her resources. However, I find it comforting to know that Weston Price (the inspiration for Sally Fallon Morell’s book, Nourishing Traditions and for many of us), also had to face this issue because he lived through the Great Depression.You can read more about him here.
We can take comfort in knowing that we aren’t the first ones who have had to be on a budget before! Weston Price’s goal was to make sure that children didn’t suffer from malnutrition during a tight time. So he gave advice on what was most important to eat and buy. I thought his advice was interesting and helpful so I thought I would give a few quotes and thoughts from one of this letters to his nieces and nephews in 1934.
1. “I am deeply interested not only in your health individually but in the efficiency and welfare of your families. It is particularly important in these times of industrial and financial stress, that children shall not suffer defeats which may mark and handicap them for their entire life. Fortunately, an adequately defensive nutritional program can be provided without much expense and indeed often more cheaply than the currently selected foods. ”
2. He gave advice for overall principles rather than a daily menu plan.
3. Concentrate on foods high in nutrients. Our appetite can be satisfied on nutrient lacking food. “Modern civilizations had modified this by providing us with menus that tend to be too high in calories and to low in mineral content.”
4. “Cereals (not cold cereal, but whole grains), milk and sea foods are the foods that Nature has provided us with in natural form, which will satisfy our hunger and will at the same time take care of our body’s requirements.”
5. Get vitamins, especially the fat soluable vitamins (such as vitamin A and D) from food, not synthetic vitamins.
6. Don’t concentrate on fruits, they are overrated nutritionally.
7. “The basic foods should be the entire grains such as whole wheat rye or oats whole wheat and rye breads, wheat and oat cereals, oat-cake, dairy products, including milk and cheese, which should be used liberally, and marine foods. All marine or sea foods, both fresh and salt water are high in minerals and constitute one of the very best foods you could eat. ”
8. “Cut down on starches and sugars. Sweet things satisfy the hunger and provide calories and thus not only displace foods higher in minerals, but reduce the total amount of food eaten by satisfying the appetite. Reduce white flour products and pastries to a minimum.”
9. Eat pastured butter and take cod liver oil ( a little with each meal).
10. “The protein requirement can be provided each day in one egg or a piece of meat equivalent to the bulk of one egg a day. The meals can be amply modified and varied with vegetables, raw and cooked, the best of the cooked vegetables being lentils used as a soup.”
11. Eat cooked cereal made with freshly ground grains with cream and just enough sweetener to lightly sweeten.
12. Snack idea: Whole grain muffins made with freshly ground wheat and slathered with pastured butter (served with lightly sweetened applesauce).
13. Avoid skimmed milk.
Thanks Dr. Price for some great advice!
Do you have any thoughts to share on his advice? Or do you have further advice for how to eat nutritional food on a budget?