Vintage Cookbook Rings True to Wholesome Way of Eating
This is a peek into a cookbook from 1915, giving vintage advice from a lady named, how apropos, Phillis apparently, which sings true to the ways of Wholesome eating.
With the vintage cookbook’s meals mainly focusing on PROTEIN, FAT (good fat), DARK LEAFY GREENS, RAW DAIRY, and little WHOLE GRAINS, it may seem completely universal in non-westernized societies, but foreign to us “modern westernized folk” for some reason. The cookbook is in stark comparison to our food pyramid now:
The basis of our diet is…Grains??? What are we all cows? They don’t even bother to mention how to properly prepare those grains so they are of any substance, which is soaking them before we use them. But that topic is for another day!
The way we ate for thousands of years dramatically changed starting in the 20th century. We eat even more so differently now in the 21st century . The focus is no longer on fresh, local, seasonal, sustainable food. It’s…what can we mass produce for the most amount of money, and…let’s make every type of food accessible all year around no matter what.
Compare to the food pyramid that our ancestor’s generally went by:
From the site, Nourishing Our Children “We propose that a healthy diet emphasize the foods that are most nutrient dense – those containing high levels of vitamins and minerals: wild caught seafood, and the organ meats, raw dairy, eggs and meat from animals on pasture. That is why the foundation of our food pyramid pictured above includes some of these items. A healthy diet consists of whole foods – specifically, whole, raw, milk and milk products that haven’t been pasteurized or homogenized nor reduced in fat content, as well as grass-fed meat with the fat. We would not recommend lean meats or skinless chicken breast, nor a diet that is low in saturated fats or cholesterol. We propose that organic fruit be eaten more sparingly and that organic grains be sprouted or soaked before used to make them more digestible. We would discourage any consumption of trans fat, and margarine, however we do encourage the consumption of traditional fats from animals on pasture such as lard and butter.
It’s hilarious how I came across this article about the vintage cookbook, the same day the ever so stupidly-brilliant (yes that was a hyphenated oxymoron on purpose) AKA: US Department of Health put out their 2011 Dietary Guideline’s for us, Americans. Wow, as you can see, my taste for the USDA, FDA, USDHHS… is about the same as a hot dog that has fallen on the streets of Pamplona Spain during the Running of the Bulls festival.
and here’s the rant…
All of us are putting WAY too much trust about what’s healthy for us in the hands of corrupt organizations. Believe me, there is proof out there, you just have to take the time to read it.
In short, yes, those government organizations do some good. But please always question and read up on what your eating for the sake of your health, and your family’s health. Keep in mind, for example, those same organizations where the ones that told us Trans Fats where healthy for us for a long time back in the mid 1900′s all while knowing they weren’t.