Smith, A., & MacKinnon, J, B. (2007). The 100 Mile Diet: a year of local eating. Vintage House, Toronto
“Eat Local, Think Global”
This is a quote that I’ve been hearing more and more as of late. The 100-mile diet makes you take a look at your dietary lifestyle and where all our food really comes from. I’ve known about this diet for awhile now and I’m sorry to say that the bulk of my diet does not fall within the 100 mile range. I’d be flying faaaaar down South if I were to play within those boundaries. Bananas and coconut don’t just grow on trees here in Canada and I’m renowned for eating heaps of bananas – sometimes 8 a day! It’s too bad Kamloops doesn’t sell fair-trade bananas but I have some friends that are lobbying for it. Another favourite of mine is almonds – almond trees can grow in these areas but it’s definitely not something you’re likely to find. However, apples, peaches, and other tree fruits do grow here and they are delicious! Just another reason to love the summer time. It is so refreshing to be able to go out and pick some cherries off a tree and stuff your face until your lips are stained red. But how nice it would be to go outside and grab a coconut strait of the tree, pry it open and drink its milk and tear into its flesh. Once again my dream to drop out of school and skuttle down to South America is playing in my mind. Perhaps something to manifest in the near future?
I really enjoyed reading the 100-mile diet because it makes you examine your eating habits and how the majority of people’s food choices are unsustainable – how will we continue to transport food when the oil industry crashes? How long could a nation last without its regular shipments of food? It’s something that could start civil wars and many other atrocities. This is why I think it’s imperative that people grow their own food, making the best of the space they have because not everyone has a lot of land space to grow food. But there are many creative ideas out there – I’ve seen people using old gutters and nailing them slightly diagonal along a fence. They filled them with dirt and planted herbs and lettuce and other little things like that. I have also seen people using shoe racks that you hang on the back of doors – they filled each little pocket with dirt and planted something in each one! There’s so many nifty ways to grow your own food and there’s nothing like biting into a fresh garden tomato!
I worked on an organic vegetable farm last summer and it’s incredible the feeling you get when you’re basically giving something life that will give you life in return. It’s the ultimate balance of giving and receiving. Not to mention the connection between you and the Earth and also you and your food. I think it’s really important to have a connection with food. Although I don’t eat meat, I love it when people hunt for their own food. It’s great, it’s how it should be. Many people go to the grocery store and buy meat wrapped in plastic – where’s the connection there? True, the same can be said for vegetables but the majority of people are buying meats that come from factory farms. There’s some twisted energies that come along with processed meats. Speaking of processed, people are eating more and more processed foods. Meanwhile, obesity rates are rising, cancer is becoming more prevalent, and all these diseases and disorders are springing up. Hmmm, I wonder why? It seems so obvious, doesn’t it? I believe it all stems back to your diet and if someone isn’t getting the proper nutrients that their body needs and deserves, then their body will become a toxic environment, just beckoning something suspicious to come their way. I know far too well about toxic environments in your body. I don’t drink for 2 years and then go on a little bender and all of a sudden I have pneumonia? Surprise, surprise. I was starving myself of nutrients and eating refined sugars and my body becomes a breeding ground for bacteria – suspicious indeed!! Well, I can no longer doubt the power of a good, wholesome diet.
If you’re eating within 100 miles, chances are you’re eating fresh, whole foods. Better yet, if you’re growing it yourself it’s sustainable, affordable, and feels great to be eating something you gave life to! The tricky thing with this whole idea is the winter. A friend of mine abides by this diet and she says that her main ingredients in the wintertime are carrots and potatoes. But then she talks about those first weeks of the farmers markets and how her and her children can’t even wait until they get home to nibble on their goods. It makes them appreciate it so much more than the average person. People take food so much for granted. I’m even guilty of it and I believe the 100-mile diet can really connect a person more with their food and improve their lifestyle and by doing so, help promote sustainability!