#1 Key to Health: Traditional Fats and Sacred Foods

by Sarah healthy fats, Other, VideosComments: 54

In this week’s video, I talk to you in depth about the importance of regular consumption of Traditional Fats and Sacred Foods. The nonindustrialized cultures studied by Dr. Weston A. Price during his travels around the world in the 1920’s and 1930’s greatly revered these foods and great care was given to provide them for pregnant women and growing children to ensure the robustness and health of future generations.

While sometimes primitive, these cultures were most definitely not stupid as sometimes portrayed.   They knew that these sacred foods held the key to the survival of their culture through effortless reproduction, strong children, and protection from infectious and degenerative disease.

The bottom line is that you will not achieve your best health without regular and liberal consumption of these foods. You may do many other things right:  grind your own flour, eat only organic produce and clean meats, consume unprocessed grassfed milk, avoid pharmaceutical drugs/processed foods and even eat fermented foods and still be plagued with degenerative illness.

The fat soluble vitamins A, D, and K – also known as Activator X are found in high concentrations in the sacred foods.  Taking supplements of these vitamins in isolation does not achieve the same effect and confers a false sense of security that health is being maintained when in fact, it is slipping away slowly but surely.

If you do not include these traditional fats and sacred foods in your diet now, find ways to incorporate them immediately.  No other single change to your diet and lifestyle will give you the same benefits!

Video on Traditional Fats and Sacred Foods

I filmed the video below on Traditional Fats and Sacred Foods for the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF).  Please become a subscriber of the WAPF’s fantastic and informative YouTube channel by clicking here.

*A full transcript of this video on traditional fats and sacred foods can be viewed by clicking here.

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


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Comments (54)

  • Joni

    There are so many different opinions on how to live a healthy life. Just by reading the comments you can see this. I believe that real food is the way to go and agree with most of what Sarah says from what I’ve read on her blog. A lot of people think I’m crazy and am doing it the wrong way, especially doctors. We each have the responsibility to take care of our bodies and our families the best that we can. So do your research and choose for yourself what you believe is the best way to live. Just because your doctor or Sarah or someone with a bunch of letters behind their name tells you the “best” way to live doesn’t make them right. Decide for yourself.

    February 18th, 2014 12:55 pm Reply
    • Joni

      And thanks Sarah for all the great information you are giving us. It’s hard to find information about eating a traditional way and using food as “medicine.”

      February 18th, 2014 1:09 pm Reply
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  • David Sharad

    High protein food and lack of exercise caused fatness and weight gain.Exercise and proper diet are very important to lose weight and improve fitness. Avoid all high protein food like meats, nuts, grains, cheese, fast foods, fried and dairy products. Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, yogurt, drink green tea, fruit juices and plenty of water. Go for walking, running, cycling, practice push ups, bench press and chair squat. It improve mood, burns fat,make strong bones and muscles, boost energy, improve heart functions and improve fitness.
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    October 5th, 2013 9:05 am Reply
    • Cindy

      Sounds like a death diet! Avoid fast foods, fried foods, processed foods- yes. Avoiding meat, nuts, cheese, dairy products and properly prepared grains-NO! Fruit juices should be limited. Exercise yes, but your diet recommendations are not balanced and not healthy.

      July 24th, 2014 1:20 pm Reply
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  • kallin121

    Kevin Brown is President of Liberation Wellness and co-author of the Liberation Diet. He serves as a Fellow on the National Board of Fitness Examiners, and is president of Visionary Trainers. Kevin and his wife Tracy are Chapter leaders for the Weston A. Price foundation, a non-profit organization that is helping restore real food to its rightful place in the American diet.

    October 23rd, 2011 11:16 am Reply
  • The Economics Smiley (@TheEconSmiley) (@TheEconSmiley)

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    October 11th, 2011 5:52 pm Reply
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    October 11th, 2011 5:50 pm Reply
  • ThisGuy

    lol wow, ur kinda crazy huh? If I was gonna waste my life worrying about where my meat came from i’d prolly just kill it myself instead of reading all the labels to ensure it was humanely raised and fed. Then I would be getting exercise and food. And while I’m out there i could scavenge for berries and nuts and eat pine needles and sleep in a mud hut…i’d go on but you get the idea and i stopped caring

    October 8th, 2011 11:51 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Dear Sarah,

    I just love your blog. It is the first thing I look at in the morning. I need some help and hope that you have some ideas….fish eggs…how do you incorporate these into your diet? I ordered some salmon roe from vital choice and when it arrived I was a bit put-off by the size of the eggs. Sort of the size of petite peas. The taste was also quite strong. My family was not thrilled. I have no idea how we would all get down a teaspoons worth. Any suggestions?

    Thanks so much for all you do to guide us along on our NT journey!



    July 21st, 2011 8:30 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      There is at least one recipe for fish eggs in Nourishing Traditions cookbook if I recall. We all just take them off the spoon at our house. We love the saltiness. It is a bit of an acquired taste though I’ll admit.

      July 21st, 2011 9:50 am Reply
  • Fola

    Thank you sooo much! I’m saving it for when the baby goes to sleep so I can read slowly. I sure wish I could get the video to work, you have excellent presence and sound so clear. You also very beautiful!

    June 10th, 2011 3:17 pm Reply
  • Fola

    I’m a bit upset, my connection won’t let me view but for a few seconds- it does that with all HD YouTube videos:( is there a text version anywhere as I really want this information!

    June 9th, 2011 11:21 pm Reply
  • Willi

    Hi Sara – Great presentation! I have a question regarding your comment “women with the highest cholesterol live the longest”. What is your reference for your comment? I’m trying to justify to my doctor why I stopped taking Simvastin. I even went to my last appointment with “Nourishing Traditions” earmarked in several places, and he wasn’t too impressed, said I needed to read “the whole studies”, not just parts that were quoted. My mom’s cholesterol was always around 375-400 and she lived to be almost 97 and never really had any health issues. I was raised on eggs and bacon for breakfast. I’m 70 next month. Thanks.

    June 9th, 2011 8:46 am Reply
    • Bonny

      I’m not sure what Sarah’s reference was, but both “Put Your Heart in Your Mouth” by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and “The Untold Story of Milk” by Ron Schmid (specifically chapter 10 entitled “Cholesterol, Animal Fats and Heart Disease: A Modern Myth?”) are excellent resources on this subject. Perhaps Sarah has others she knows of as well. On p. 189 of “Untold Story” he writes about a 1992 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute conference on cholesterol in women that “concluded that mortality was higher for women with low cholesterol than for women with high cholesterol”.

      June 9th, 2011 8:47 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Willi, trying to convince your doctor may prove to be quite a frustrating experience. Best, I think, to just tell him you’ve stopped taking the drug and to not harass you about your decision since it’s your body after all and not his.

      June 9th, 2011 9:44 pm Reply
      • Really?

        That’s great advice! He probably shouldn’t listen to the doctor if he says he needs a heart bypass either. Maybe you should just suggest that people avoid the medical establishment altogether, with their education and legitimate science based treatments.

        November 9th, 2011 1:52 pm Reply
  • Susie

    My Dad always had a bottle of Cod Liver Oil on our farm table and made us take some everyday! We thought it was torture…he knew what we did not…that it was one of the keys to good health and stamina on our busy farm. Even now the subject of what constitutes good health in our large family is a matter of controversy that is argued all the time…me on this side of course, vs. several low-fat or no-fat siblings who truly believe that they are the ones taking more responsible care of their health. It can be frustrating at times.

    June 9th, 2011 7:14 am Reply
    • Shannon

      I’m sure they say the same thing about you though. How do you know they are the ones who are wrong when they’re just as confident in their diet as you are?

      October 4th, 2011 7:14 pm Reply
  • Laura Waldo via Facebook

    Thank you for posting this Sara! My 7 year old was mesmerized and watched the entire video. Even though I am a WAPF member and cook traditional nutrient dense foods it’s nice as my son said to hear it from “another Momma”. Today my son will be working on his science project, re-writing the new USDA Food Plate. Again, many thanks…Laura.

    June 9th, 2011 6:40 am Reply
  • Drea

    I heard a nutritionist say last night that coconut oil is the only oil to cook with. Olive oil goes rancid when exposed to heat and should only be consumed raw. I think you’ve touched on this, but could you remind me again what oils you will cook with?

    June 9th, 2011 12:37 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      He Drea, olive oil is a delicate oil but can withstand a light saute. I primarily use coconut or or ghee (butter oil) for baking and more heavy duty cooking.

      June 9th, 2011 7:46 am Reply
      • Mary

        Dear Sarah,

        What is meant…temperature wise…by the term “a light sauté”?

        Thanks so much.



        July 21st, 2011 8:36 am Reply
  • Adriana Willey via Facebook

    thank you for this. i have been learning about the WAPF diet for the last year and have slowly been making changes. the one that i am having the hardest with is all of the dairy. even on raw dairy, my stomach has a hard time digesting it. in reading this post, i am concerned that using the other fats (olive, coconut) with meals is not as nutritive as actual animal fats (butter). will concentrating on CLO, organ meats, and lard compensate for no dairy in my diet (and my one year old son, who is also displaying a diary sensitivity)?

    June 9th, 2011 12:18 am Reply
    • Bonny

      Have you thought about trying GAPS (“Gut and Psychology Syndrome” by Natasha Campbell-McBride)? Her book talks about healing the gut and slowly introducing dairy only after the digestive system is able to handle it.

      June 9th, 2011 8:38 pm Reply
  • Becky

    As I learn more about these good foods I am not sure how to use them. Do you use the butter oil in food or just as a supplement? As I save fat from a roast or bacon grease, what do I do with that? Is there a good way to get kids to take the cod liver oil? I thought I was doing pretty good but this is a whole other level of health for my family. Thank you for teaching us.

    June 8th, 2011 9:02 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      I take the Green Pasture Products butter oil as a supplement but also make my own ghee with grassfed butter to use for cooking. Bacon grease and other fats reserved from cooking roasts and whatnot are fantastic for roasting veggies and add so much flavor to food. My kids adore sourdough bread fried in bacon grease.

      June 8th, 2011 11:02 pm Reply
      • Mary

        Hi Sarah…Sourdough fried in bacon grease! This sounds fantastic. Can you share the recipe/method for doing this? Do you fry it until it is crisp, etc.? We love bacon and I have huge vat of bacon grease.

        Thanks so much.



        July 21st, 2011 8:34 am Reply
        • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

          Yes, just put some bacon grease in a pan and fry up the sourdough bread until its crispy.

          July 21st, 2011 9:49 am Reply
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  • Jen

    Agree with Jax’ comment! Would love to see even just one day of your menu…
    Would be a great resource for me as I Transition my family’s way of eating.
    Thanks!! And thanks for the post! Good info!

    June 8th, 2011 7:58 pm Reply
  • Kelli

    Wow, I’ve just begun taking Green Pasture Cod Liver Oil today along with buying a pack of Kerrygold butter at Whole Foods. I’ve noticed a big reduction in my craving for sugar.

    June 8th, 2011 6:17 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Kelli, yes – that is what I first noticed also when I introduced lots of wholesome fats into my previously lowfat diet. My sugar cravings magically came under control! So nice to realize that the sugar cravings were not some failing on my part to resist them but just an indication that I needed more fats to keep my blood sugar stable.

      June 8th, 2011 11:04 pm Reply
  • Jax

    Thank you for the video! You may have already done this in a previous post, but if not, it would be very helpful to see an example of your family’s weekly menu. So handy for people who don’t have a lot of experience in the kitchen, or know quite how to get started or incorporate these foods in a way that will actually get eaten!

    June 8th, 2011 3:20 pm Reply
  • Erica

    Awesome video!!! :)

    June 8th, 2011 1:16 pm Reply
  • charity dasenbrock

    Thanks Sarah. So much information all in one package. I plan to share this with many of my skeptical friends.

    June 8th, 2011 12:59 pm Reply
  • Bonny

    Hi Sarah, I have a question and I’m not sure what the best way to ask is (do you prefer emailed questions?) I’ve noticed since I started a WAPF (GAPS for part of that) diet several months ago, my fingernails have changed (for the worse). They seem more prone to breaking and getting ingrown or infected looking. I’m wondering if there wasn’t some vitamin added to enriched, processed foods that I was eating that I’m now not getting from a whole food source. We’re eating lots of healthy fats, grass-fed meats, raw and fermented dairy, fruits and veggies, and some fermented grains. Any tips (or have you already done a post on this) about nutrients to improve nail health?

    June 8th, 2011 12:51 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Bonny, only a few months on a traditional diet is not very long at all … my thought is perhaps you are detoxing? Fingernails, skin, hair can be a way for the body to help eliminate toxins.

      June 8th, 2011 5:59 pm Reply
      • Bonny

        Very interesting, thanks, Sarah! I was wondering if detox might be involved. My google search only led me to fortified cereals as a helpful way to strengthen nails…not too helpful! I thought checking with you would be a much better bet. :)

        June 9th, 2011 8:49 pm Reply
      • Skeptic

        What exactly are the toxins you are describing? Perhaps you could provide the names and chemical formulas of theses “Toxins”, as well as the biochemical pathway responsible for thier elimination through fingernails. I hear the “Toxin” thrown around a lot but users of the word never seem to be able to provide any information about what it supposedly is.

        October 13th, 2011 1:39 pm Reply
    • Nik

      I know this is an old post, but ever since I started eating seaweed and especially nori, my fingernails are so hard!

      November 8th, 2012 3:52 am Reply
  • Ruth

    I appreciate your info and efforts at educating us! I look forward to your blog entries. In reference to your remarks about “primitive cultures,” please read some of Wade Davis’ work. “Wayfinders” is an excellent read and you, like me will realize that it is a growing consensus that the cultures unlike ours are not more primitive but in fact different with different value systems and ways to live. Thanks again.

    June 8th, 2011 12:49 pm Reply
  • Lori@lorisfoodandotherstuff.com

    Thanks for this video! I started a Candida/Weston A. Price diet last July and my cholesterol shut up! Luckily, I am working with a chiropractor who also follows WAP principles and he told me not to worry. It’s interesting to know that people in the past had higher cholesterol. I’m also trying to get pregnant, so it sounds like this will be a benefit.

    Do you know how long fish eggs keep after they have been thawed?

    Lori@ http://www.lorisfoodandotherstuff.com

    June 8th, 2011 12:22 pm Reply
  • Crunchy Pickle

    Because I have read a lot about saturated fats, I am very pro-fat. My children are young and naturally crave the fatty bits of meat. I encourage them to gobble up all the parts and never indicate that certain pieces should be avoided (unless it is a hard bone or something!) Anyways, they eat parts that I couldn’t personally stomach because of the texture but I just give them big smiles and don’t say a word! :)

    June 8th, 2011 12:15 pm Reply
    • Noel McNeil

      I do the same thing with my kids! :)

      October 28th, 2012 3:23 pm Reply
  • Katie @ Wellness Mama

    Great reminder! I see all to often (and have been guilty of myself) people focusing on one aspect of health (fitness, supplements, one part of nutrition, etc) and ignoring equally important parts. I absolutely agree, overall, nothing makes a bigger difference in achieving optimal health than a truly solid nutritional foundation.

    June 8th, 2011 12:14 pm Reply

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