I am fairly new to exploring the traditional diet, but at my current age of 23 I am confident that it is something that I want to be part of who I am for the rest of my life. When I think about food and nutrition, eating traditionally is something that makes sense and feels right. When I consume pure, whole, good foods I find that I am more optimistic, I have more energy, my mind is calm and I am productive.
When I was in high school, my mom provided a wonderful background for healthy eating, but I didn’t understand what the point of focusing on nutrition was. It wasn’t until after I graduated college, had gained a decent amount of weight and started to face the “real world” that I found value in what I put into my body. It almost feels like a right of passage to discover what kind of food and lifestyle works best for me and I have realized that what works for someone else might not work for me. Luckily, I live in an area where local food is abundant and treasured by the community, which is how and why I started my exploration into a traditional diet.
In my opinion, it is really important (if not the most important thing) to have a strong support system when it comes to molding a new lifestyle. I have found my close relationships to be extremely supportive whenever I get excited about introducing a new traditional food into my diet. My most recent exploration is making bone broth. Sean, my boyfriend, was a little skeptical that it could really be so good for you. Despite that, he enthusiastically drank a mug when I poured him one. He was pleasantly surprised by the rich, delicious flavor and after reading about what it can provide him with, he is on board. Trying new foods is something that we have always done together. There is something to be said about cooking wonderful foods with other people, and I would say that cooking together is a core component of our relationship.
I am excited to see where this journey takes me, as it really is just the beginning. I already see the immense value that an ancestral diet has to offer and I plan on continually adding more traditional foods to my diet as time goes on.