I have decided to take the 100 Mile Diet challenge. The idea is to eat food grown only within 100 miles of where you live. I like the idea of eating food that is fresh and locally grown -- for all kinds of reasons. I would have one problem though. I am addicted to oranges. I love oranges, and I eat at least one orange a day. Where on earth am I going to get oranges that have been grown 100 miles from where I live? Right away I can see there is going to be a problem.
The idea of local eating began when Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon were visiting their cabin in northern British Columbia in August 2004. Their food supplies were nearly exhausted so to feed their dinner guests they scrounged the surrounding land for food. Their dinner of Dolly Varden trout, wild mushrooms, dandelion leaves, apples, sour cherries, and rose hips, along with potatoes and garlic from the garden, so impressed the couple that once back home, in their Kitsilano apartment in Vancouver, they pursued the idea of eating only local food. ... Wikipedia
When I was growing up on Vancouver Island, we ate only locally grown food. If it wasn't in season, we didn't eat it. Strawberries in December? Goodness, no. But when the strawberries were in season, they were the sweetest, most delicious strawberries I have ever tasted. Fresh fish and other seafood was caught in the ocean that day, and was never frozen. Everyone made their own jams and fruit preserves from the fruit they grew in their gardens. The Christmas turkey was picked out and fattened up months ahead of time. Eggs were fresh from the farms along Cherry Creek Road, and so were the chickens. Many people on the Island still grow their food and produce that way, and there are all sorts of wonderful vineyards there now as well. Lucky for me, some of the best wine in the world is grown within 100 miles of where I live.
In Vancouver, the families who participated in the 100 Mile Diet challenge not only felt healthier and more energetic, they also lost weight. It wasn't the purpose of the diet, but it was an added bonus for those folks who needed to lose weight. I think the 100 Mile Diet is possible to do, if I can just figure out where to get oranges.