The Healing Traditions of
Healing Traditions of Foods, Herbs & Essences


What are Traditional Foods?

Traditional foods ARE the foods that our ancestors ate.

Traditional foods ARE the foods available to our grandparents and great grandparents, before modern processing.

Traditional foods ARE often referred to as ‘real food’ and ‘slow food’.

Traditional foods ARE mostly local in source and regional in cuisine.

Traditional foods ARE delicious, full of diverse and naturally occurring flavors.

Traditional foods promote health and vitality and protect us from disease.

Traditional foods offer nutrients needed for healthy conception, pregnancy, growing infants and children.

These ARE foods grown on small to medium-scale, organic farms or ethically wild-gathered from largely local sources.

Animals ARE cared for with traditional and humane husbandry techniques and fed their natural food diets.

Traditional foods ARE nutrient-dense.

Traditional foods ARE foods prepared in ways that maximize nutrients & digestibility.

They ARE prepared in ways that anyone with home kitchen tools could do.

Traditional prepared foods ARE composed of recognizable food ingredients and generally few.

What They Are Not

Traditional foods ARE NOT new, industrial, machine-made foods that were not available to our ancestors.

Traditional foods ARE NOT foods grown on large scale and industrially managed farms.

Traditional foods ARE NOT grown with chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Traditional foods ARE NOT genetically modified and contain no ‘GMO’s’.

Traditional foods ARE NOT from animals or fish that have been industrially raised in inhumane conditions and fed foods that are not natural to their species.

Traditional foods ARE NOT foods that are transported over long distances when similar foods are available locally.

Traditional foods DO NOT have ’empty’ calories, nor synthetic vitamins added.

Traditional foods ARE NOT foods that are processed in a way to unnaturally alter or preserve foods.

Traditional foods ARE NOT foods that have been processed with solvents, high heat, irradiated or otherwise treated in factory machines. They DO NOT have any chemical additives, flavors or preservatives. They DO NOT have large ingredient lists composed of unfamiliar or chemical items.

Tips on Eating Traditional Food

Basically, these recommendations are geared towards eating foods that your grandparent’s generation ate and avoiding the “displacing foods of modern commerce” (as nutrition researcher Dr. Price described modern foods in the 1930’s). While there may be debates about diet particulars, there is a consensus that modern ailments are linked to many of our modern industrially processed foods.

Basically traditional foods is delicious nutrition, food we often crave if we are not addicted to processed foods – not nutrition in a tasteless, hard to swallow, hard to absorb pill

What is offered here is a basic outline of traditional food suggestions based on common modern and Western preferences. It is not exhaustive, nor geared to particular health concerns.

The hope is these guidelines will feel like good common sense. These foods, properly prepared, have been shown time and time again to restore gut and immune health, along with vitality.

Note: Eating at regular times of the day and ‘fasting’ between meals is also very beneficial for digestive health.


Breakfast is an important meal to have everyday. It is desirable to have protein at breakfast as well. Proteins at breakfast are particularly helpful if you if you work physically with your body or lead a high stress life. It is especially important for children to have a nourishing breakfast before school.

Drinks & Supplements


Lunch is traditionally the day’s main meal for most cultures. It is when our digestive fire is at its peak.


While this has become the main meal for people to eat together in modern culture, it is best to eat a bit lighter for dinner and not so late. Avoid going to bed with a full stomach.

Snacks and Quick Foods

These can be good travel foods.


Sweets are a natural taste and the first taste we had in our mother’s milk. Traditionally sweets were difficult to come by and a special treat, rather than a regular taste. Avoid processed, overly sweet and devitalized sweets.