Should We Eat Like the Old Timers for Survival?

Like me, you’ve probably heard senior citizens speak highly of the meals their families enjoyed as they were growing up. Maybe you’ve talked that way yourself. So my question today is, should we eat like the old timers for survival?

In decades gone by, meals commonly included a lot of meat, potatoes, gravy, eggs, milk and real butter. Lard was freely used for cooking. Home grown gardens provided fresh and home canned vegetables.

Cornbread was a staple. Other breads and desserts were homemade, not from a box. There was no shortage of fats and cholesterol. Yet as a general rule people were healthier.

Of course, lifestyles were more active, too. Nobody had ever heard of a couch potato. TV, computers and smart phones didn’t dominate family time.

But what if the diet of the “old timers” really was better? What if we need to go back to it for survival, both now and in the future?

This week’s DestinySurvival Pick explores such topics. It’s Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. It’s a large book with hundreds of recipes.

One reviewer says it’s both a cookbook and a textbook. But don’t let the mention of textbook scare you off. More than one person says Nourishing Traditions has very informative sidebar material. It’s also praised for its scope and breadth. This isn’t a new book, having been published in 1999, and it’s quite popular to this day.

Its message is that animal fats and cholesterol aren’t the bad guys. Instead, they’re vital for good health. A description says this book will tell you:

  • 1. Why your body needs old fashioned animal fats
  • 2. Why butter is a health food
  • 3. How high-cholesterol diets promote good health
  • 4. How saturated fats protect the heart
  • 5. How rich sauces help you digest and assimilate your food
  • 6. Why grains and legumes need special preparation to provide optimum benefits
  • 7. About enzyme-enhanced food and beverages that can provide increased energy and vitality
  • 8. Why high-fiber, lowfat diets can cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies
We all know we should get away from junk foods and convenience foods that come out of a box or need to be microwaved. But is it possible to swing the pendulum too far the other way? What are the dangers of vegetarian or vegan diets? Is it possible to eat too many grains?

What if we need to go back to making and preserving food as they did in pre-industrial times? Why must we believe changes to food processing in the past 150 years has meant progress and better health?

How much do we think we know about nutrition that’s just plain wrong? What if our bodies aren’t meant to handle the food and eating habits most of us practice? After all, are we really healthier today?

But didn’t meals of years gone by take longer to cook? Many women today don’t want to turn the clock backward in that regard. Of course, preppers know one day we may have to.

However, a little planning ahead of time in today’s world can make all the difference when preparing recipes from Nourishing Traditions. And shouldn’t we make more time for something as important as the meals that sustain us?

Isn’t it time we change our priorities concerning the food we eat? It may not be easy, but that’s why books like this one are available. They serve as a guide and give helpful instruction that’s sorely lacking today.

Get Nourishing Traditions by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. That takes you to the page where it’s featured. Add it to your cart to start the order process. How about giving a gift to a friend or loved one, and share the pathway to better health for survival.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.