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The Traditional Food Movement Defined


Here’s another quote from Jennifer McGruther in her new cookbook, The Nourished Kitchen:



A Traditional Foods Movement:

Traditional foods are the foods of our great-great grandmothers–the foods of gardens and of farms.  They represent a system of balance, emphasizing the value of meat and milk, grain and bean, vegetables and fruits.

There is a movement afoot to restore this way of eating The movement honors the connection between the foods that we eat, how we prepare these foods, and where they come from.  In this way, the traditional foods movement celebrates the connection between the farm that produces the food, the cook who prepares it, and the individuals who eat it.  Traditional foods is a system of connection, emphasizing support for time-honored ways in farming, cooking, and eating, and finding a place for fat and lean, animal and vegetable, raw and cooked.

Where other diets and philosophies of eating emphasize good and bad, black and white, a message of balance exists within the traditional foods movement.  Unlike vegan and vegetarian diets, which restrict animal foods, the traditional foods movement emphasizes their importance while encouraging the purchase of locally produced meats, milks, cheeses, and fats from grass-fed and pasture-raised animals.  Where the Paleo diet restricts grain, pulses, and dairy, the traditional foods movement embraces them, focusing not only on how the food is produced, but also on how it is prepared to maximize the nutrients it contains.  While the raw foods movement restricts cooked foods, the traditional foods movement embraces the, honoring the place of cooking as one of balance in partnership with raw foods, and fermented foods, too.

Emphasizing whole and minimally processed foods, the traditional foods movement calls you back to the kitchen, to real home cooking, and offers you an opportunity to weave the connections between the food on your table, the time you take to prepare it, and the farms that produce it (1-2)


Join a CSA.  Hold a community supper featuring wholesome, local foods.  Celebrate the beauty of your foodshed, and support local farmers practicing sustainable agriculture.  Support nutritional advocacy groups like the Weston A. Price Foundation and the Savory Institute, as well as the work of farmer and consumer rights organizations like the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (5)

I am old enough that I can tell you that the generation referenced here is not my great, great, but my grandparents.  I remember these food practices well, especially from my rural Georgia grandparents, as well as the fact that few were sick, cancer and heart disease were rare, and food allergies were not rampant like today.  Both my grandmothers lived long, fruitful lives.  They ate traditional foods.



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