Dietary Guidance

As mentioned elsewhere on this blog, I view Weston Price’s guidance as the ‘holy grail’ of diet, and really, for health. For the sake of discussion and clarification I have copied that guidance here, with my own edits and additions.

Summary of Weston Price Dietary Guidelines:

1. Eat whole, natural foods. Eating the whole food provides us with valuable nutrition that we often cannot get from isolated parts. Do not be so quick to toss away the skin or trim the fat.

2. Eat only foods that will spoil, but eat them before they do. (Avoid artificial food preservatives)

3. Eat only naturally-raised meat, including fish, seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, organ meats and eggs. Example: beef should be from a grass-fed cow, not a grain-fed cow.  Animals that have lived  full, natural, happy lives provide us with far more nutrition.

4. Eat whole, naturally-produced milk and milk products from grass-fed cows, preferably raw, such as whole yogurt, kefir, butter, cheese and fresh and sour cream. Avoid ‘skim’ or low fat milk.

5. Use only traditional fats and oils, including butter and other animal fats,  olive oil, sesame oil,  and virgin coconut oil (VCO). Expeller or cold pressed oils are best.

6. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, in salads and soups, raw, or lightly steamed.

7. Use whole grains and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid and other anti-nutrients. For maximum nutrition, grind flour from these grains only when you are ready to use it. (Flour can also be soaked)

8. Include enzyme-enhanced fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis. (yogurt, kefir, pickled foods (tsukimono), natto, kimchi, etc.)

9. Prepare homemade soups, sauces, and bone broths from the bones of chicken, beef, lamb or fish.

10. Drink tea and coffee in moderation.

11. Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.

12. Use unrefined sea salts, such as Celtic or Himalayan Pink salt, and a variety of herbs and spices.

13. Make your own salad dressing using extra virgin olive oil or the other healthy oils mentioned above, mixed with natural raw vinegar, lemon juice, and/or other natural seasonings.

14. Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, raw cane sugar, etc., or natural stevia powder.

15. Use unpasteurized wine or beer in moderation with meals.

16. Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass, good quality enamel, or high quality stoneware.

Avoid white flour, white sugar, and processed foods as much as possible.


The Weston A. Price Foundation: http://www.westonaprice.org/

Famous Book: ‘Nutrition and Physical Degeneration’
By Weston A. Price, DDS, Published in 1939

Free Online Versions (1st edition) can be found here and elsewhere.


Do you need some help with your diet? Follow these amazing women that have put this guide into practice (some without even knowing). You don’t really need the guide, as it is almost common sense – just try to eat REAL food from plants and animals that lived the way nature intended them to.

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2 thoughts on “Dietary Guidance”

  1. There is also a long FAQ, with over 90 miscellaneous food questions and answers listed on one page here. This is another great reference with a diverse range of information. For example, I have a recipe for homemade chocolate, which I recommend as a health food; however, the WAPD cautions against excessive consumption of chocolate –

    “Chocolate is a tough one.  I do not want to tell you that you should never eat chocolate, nor will I say that I have never eaten chocolate myself.  But it should not be consumed habitually.  It is somewhat addictive, enhances the sensitivity of endorphin receptors (thus can cause a let down afterwards), contains a caffeine-like substance and also needs to be sweetened.  So try not to make a habit of it.  We do not allow products with chocolate at our conference or in our shopping guide.”

    In my defense, my recipe is a way to keep us away from ‘store bought’ chocolate, while at the same time providing a way to get more coconut oil into our diet. But yea, we are addicted 😉

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