The 100 Mile Diet
In the article I’m going to tell you about The 100 Mile Diet. So I am more intrigued by discussions of diets than I ever was: not for weight loss but for an exploration of the benefits of food, which I love, and maintaining balance to get the most out of my body.
If you’ve ever heard of the author Barbara Kingsolver, she has written about the popular 100-mile diet in a recent novel entitled, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life.” She dares to try the diet for a year eating foods produced within 100 miles of her Virginia home. Of course, you can try this wherever you live.
I hope you enjoy this article about food, health, economy and how it applies to that old slogan of “Think Globally, Act Locally”.
The premise of the 100-mile diet is to eat only organic whole foods grown and produced within that distance of your home. It means that you are consciously choosing local certified organic seasonal produce, locally caught seafood, and locally raised meat and dairy.
Theory has it that we are healthiest when we eat the freshest most nutritious foods produced in our immediate environments; these foods are generally less handled and have fewer if any chemical additives.
The more local foods are, like native berries or vegetables from your garden at home, the more you really know about what you’re eating: like the water your salmon swam in.
The 100-mile diet is also a sustainable diet not heavily reliant on oil supply needed for global transport: so cross off Arabica coffee of your breakfast list, but substitute chickory coffee or chamomile tea (from your garden) for your wake-up call.
Forgo coconut or mango and choose from a vast variety of local organic fruit in season: plums, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, melons and in fall apples,pears, grapes.
Through the 100-mile diet you also support your local farmer’s market where you will get the freshest local foods short of growing, hunting or catching it yourself.
Farmer’s markets are the easiest way to stick to the hundred mile diet. An abundance of fresh local milk, cheese, meat, fish, jams, honey, breads, organic produce and free range chicken and eggs await you at the Union Square Farmer’s Market.
The vendors can tell you everything you want to know about the additive and preservative free organic whole foods you can buy there because they produce it themselves.
Your next shrink-wrapped organic microwave meal hasn’t been sitting on a barge at port for a questionable amount of time? With this sustainable diet you will literally be one with the earth on which you stand for the healthiest self you can imagine.
And of course your skin will reflect it as you will have eliminated a lot of the preservatives added to foods or the lack of nutrients due to overly long transport. Your body will feel the difference and you’ll be looking out for mama earth as well.
This form of diet is a lifestyle and of course a challenge for most of us and implementing it to our modern life can be overwhelming as an entire system exist to make this difficult.