For those of you who've visited me before, you may or may not have noticed my Edward Cullen quotes at the bottom of my blog: This means I'm a Twilighter, as well as being a Real Foodie, and that I've, of course, seen the newest film, "Eclipse" (fours times, but who's counting). "Eclipse" brought in some Queluete (this is a Northern Pacific Native American tribe) tribes people from the past. I'm sorry, but I just need to comment:
The Native Americans they showed from the 1700's--I believe that was the time period, judging from the clothing--had horrible teeth (all crooked and yellow), narrow faces (obviously aiding in the crooked teeth), and pock marked faces. Native Americans of the past, before the advent of the white man's food, were described, in many accounts from travelers of those days, as being of strong stature, beautiful well-formed faces, and perfect white teeth; so beautiful were these people that the white people's description was one of utter awe in their meetings with Native Americans of the past. They seemed to describe them as the ultimate in human example.
They ate all the foods that Weston A. Price discovered back in the 1930's: Pastured animals, as they hunted in the wild, full fat meats (Native peoples threw away lean meat as unfit for human consumption), some fermented or soaked grains, and fish, where available. Their physical appearance was one of magnificence because they ate a diet that produced the ultimate in healthy humans.
How did they know what to eat? We know that information was passed down from generation to generation; much like teaching life skills to the young: Food education was of top priority to these folks due to their, obvious, cause and effect seen in their babies. "We eat this because it makes healthy babies" was translated over and over from tribe to tribe all over the globe.
They listened to their instinct; they watched nature and other animals; they trusted in their knowledge and were rewarded for this vigilance: Native Americans, like many other indigenous peoples, were free of many of the diseases that are rampant in today's society and had perfect teeth--no dental caries, no need for braces.
The producers of "Eclipse" were, assuredly, unaware of this very important detail: They also were using today's Native Americans who, sadly, are just as mangled from modern foods as the rest of modern society. Can you imagine what those original peoples looked like? Can you imagine what we, ourselves, would look like, and feel like, if we had an original diet?
I'm not sure that feeding these healthy foods to my children today will produce those "perfect babies" of days-gone-by in one generation, but I know it's a beginning; I know that in a few generations we could be back to where we once were-- if only we would see the light and realize we could all use a Weston Price Makeover.