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Ancestral diets have enabled people worldwide to enjoy exceptional health and vitality, often transforming their lives in profound ways.
People following ancestral diet protocols have experienced such extraordinary results as preventing and reversing chronic and degenerative illnesses, greater energy and improved mood, and pregnancies that were thought to be impossible. Some have claimed that an ancestral diet has even saved their lives. Many Price-Pottenger members and followers are among those people—you might be one of them.
Find the Ancestral Diet That’s Right for You
To help our online audiences understand their ancestral diet options, and how to follow each one, we’ve been sharing diet-themed resources on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in recent weeks. They’ve included information about several popular ancestral diet options, including
- Primal Diet
- Ketogenic Diet
- Paleo Diet
- AIP Diet (a Paleo variation)
- Plus a Gluten-Free Diet (not ancestral, but good for those with gluten sensitivities)
We want to be sure you don’t miss any of that information, so we’ve summarized, and have provided links to those diet posts here. You’ll also see several tasty ancestral recipes we love!
Why Are Ancestral Diets So Healthy?
Dr. Price travelled over 50,000 miles, circumnavigating the globe during the 1920s and 1930s, to discover the nutrition wisdom that empowered the robust health of native peoples.
None of their diets were identical. Instead, each reflected the unique characteristics of the lands they inhabited—land that they managed intelligently, often over thousands of years, to ensure their survival.
While their nutrition practices weren’t identical, there was one thing in common: the consumption of animals (whether from land or water). Animal fat and protein is nutrient dense and in their communities it was life sustaining.
Many also ate unaltered proteins, including raw dairy, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. But in some communities, Dr. Price found few fruits or vegetables. The northernmost native peoples Dr. Price studied, such as the Inuits, subsisted on fish, caribou, seal, polar bear, nuts, sorrel grass, and cranberries. And not all communities he studied consumed dairy.
Explore These 4 Popular Ancestral Diets (and a Gluten-Free Option)
Could a primal diet be right for you? In this primal diet overview you’ll learn how the modern primal diet began and key aspects of a primal lifestyle, focusing on raw and minimally-processed foods, including fruits, vegetables, meat, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and dairy. At the link below, you’ll also find helpful primal books and recipe resources.
One wonderful fact about a primal lifestyle is that you don’t have to adopt it 100% to enjoy potential benefits like increased energy and weight loss.
As you read about the primal diet in this selection from our Thrive in 65 collection, think about which wellness practices you might incorporate into your life (like adding more physical activity or cutting back on carbs): https://price-pottenger.org/thrive-in-65/primal-diet/
Do you think the Ketogenic Diet is all about protein? Protein is important but actually it’s much more about eating healthy fats. We’ve answered that question and many others for you, like:
- What can you eat, and not eat, on the keto diet?
- Would a variation of the diet be best for you?
- Is the keto diet safe to follow long-term?
Find those answers, and more, in this resource from our Thrive in 65 collection—along with a list of inspiring keto books (including Keto Comfort Foods and the Keto Reset Diet Cookbook). We also included a delicious, keto-friendly duck liver pâté recipe! https://price-pottenger.org/thrive-in-65/ketogenic-diet/
The paleo diet is similar to the primal diet—both are high in protein and fat, and low in carbs—but there are significant differences.
The paleo diet mimics the way our Paleolithic ancestors ate: no grains, no refined sugar, no dairy products, and no soy. Despite those restrictions, this diet is rich in nutrients and abundant in calories. You’ll eat plenty of healthy fats, pasture-raised meats, wild-caught seafood, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, as well as moderate amounts of seasonally available fruits—and will probably lose weight and feel more energized, healthy, and balanced.
Find out more about the paleo diet in this resource from our Thrive in 65 collection! https://price-pottenger.org/thrive-in-65/paleo-diet/
Have autoimmune diseases like lupus, Crohn’s, Hashimoto’s, and others been challenges for you? If so, the AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) diet could help.
The AIP diet is a variation of the paleo diet. They both address underlying inflammation. But AIP is an elimination diet, meaning you’ll remove foods known as most-likely contributors to inflammation and autoimmune problems, further reducing symptoms related to inflammation.
So if you’ve tried paleo and still have problems, you might want to try AIP.
Find out more about the AIP diet in this resource from our Thrive in 65 collection. We’ve included how to follow the Autoimmune Protocol, a list of AIP cookbooks, our anti-inflammatory Beet Kraut recipe, and more: https://price-pottenger.org/thrive-in-65/aip-diet/
While a gluten-free diet is not an ancestral diet, many people explore this option to find relief from medical issues such as gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. Others eat gluten-free to improve their digestion, lose weight, or simply increase their energy and feel better overall.
Could cutting gluten from your diet improve your health? We’ve answered many questions about going gluten free that will help you decide whether it’s right for you:
- What are gluten-related disorders?
- How can I say goodbye to gluten—wisely?
- What if a gluten-free diet doesn’t work?
Learn more about the gluten-free diet in this Price-Pottenger journal article! https://price-pottenger.org/journal_article/is-a-gluten-free-diet-right-for-you/
What’s an ancestral diet without exciting meal options? Try these delicious ancestral-inspired dishes and let us know what you think on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!
Zucchini Salad Recipe
How does a refreshing zucchini salad sound? With coconut cream, lemon or lime juice, stevia, bell peppers and more this quick salad is perfect for a summer salad or light side dish. And did you know zucchini, a summer squash, is low in calories and rich in potassium and antioxidants?
You’ll find the recipe here: https://price-pottenger.org/journal_article/zucchini-salad/
Lemon Poppyseed Collagen Muffin Recipe
It’s time to treat your tastebuds to these magical lemon poppyseed collagen muffins!
They’re loaded with high-quality protein, healthy fats, and natural sweeteners—delicious and nutritious ingredients like pasture-raised eggs and grass-fed collagen, nuts, grass-fed butter, stevia, and monk fruit.
Find the recipe here: https://price-pottenger.org/journal_article/lemon-poppyseed-collagen-muffins/
Turkey Tacos Recipe
Love tacos—and eating healthy? So do we. These delicious, greens-wrapped tacos from renowned author and clinical professor of medicine Dr. Terry Wahls will leave you satisfied but still wanting seconds.
Bon appétit—and let us know how you like it! https://price-pottenger.org/journal_article/turkey-tacos/
Roasted Onion, Sweet Pepper and Salad Greens with Spice-Rubbed Steak Recipe
Sink your teeth into delicious salad greens mixed with savory roasted vegetables and topped with sliced cumin-and-mustard-rubbed steak. It’s the perfect summer meal—nourishing, flavorful, and filling.
Want More Healthy Diets, Delicious Recipes, and “How To” Health Information?
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more valuable information about ancestral diet protocols and lifestyle choices—and other important health topics in the coming months—to enhance your health and wellbeing.
While you’re there, explore our previous posts to learn about detoxification, inflammation, and movement, and to find many more recipes.