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The 100 Mile Diet

One of the books that I believe I will always own (but lend out occasionally) is The 100 Mile Diet. It makes me remember eating food that grew in our backyard garden growing up. It made one of my friends declare to his wife that he wanted to buy a hobby farm and become self-sufficient. Since the first time I read it my eyes have been really started opening. Looking at the labels very carefully to see where our food comes from. Then it became a tv show that I watched diligently. They signed up 100 families to do the challenge for 3 months. Only 100% food grown or raised locally (within 100 miles). No chocolate, coffee, black pepper or other indulgences we take for granted like bananas and coconuts.It was filmed one town away from where I live so I could really get a lot out of it. One of the families didn’t even last the first day. Another family cheated every time they travelled on business. Excluding the family that travelled, everyone lost weight during the challenge. Not eating processed foods will do that to people. Eating local food makes a lot of sense. Local food tastes more like when I was a kid eating a carrot I just pulled out of our garden. Every time we choose local we support our local economy. I make a point to visit our farmers market at least a few times a year. When I shop I choose local whenever possible. Sometimes it costs a bit more but I think it’s worth it. We vote with our purchases. Over the past few years since I read the book I’ve noticed more and more local options popping up. As an example, now when I shop at the grocery store local honey is available but it wasn’t when I first started looking.

This book is a great read and I really recommend it. Have you read it? What did you think?


The intention of voluntary simplicity is not to dogmatically live with less. It’s a more demanding intention of living with balance. This is a middle way that moves between the extremes of poverty and indulgence. -Duane Elgin


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


6 thoughts on “The 100 Mile Diet

  1. I read The 100-Mile Diet a few weeks back and really enjoyed it, and I could particularly relate as the authors are from Vancouver too. 🙂 I found the book interesting and inspiring, but I have to say there are two other documentaries/books that I found impacted me a lot more – the first was Forks over Knives (which describes the benefits of eating a plant-based diet), and the second, Fast Food Nation (which describes the horrors of the food industry in North America, and particularly as it related to the meat that is supplied to the fast food industry). Fast Food Nation was so jarring that I stopped eating meat after I read it, and that was over a month ago. I highly recommend both, as well as The 100-Mile Diet for anyone looking for an interesting, eye-opening read!

    Posted by Erin | March 17, 2012, 3:15 pm
    • Documentaries are very dangerous to me! I end up doing things that drive my husband crazy like getting mad everytime he buys a disposable plastic water bottle. I’ll have to watch them!

      Posted by stephanieough | March 17, 2012, 5:34 pm
      • I watched Forks over Knives and let me tell you, it was riveting! I read the book Fast Food Nation – I’m not sure I could have made it through that movie, as one of my friends told me she had to turn it off before the halfway mark as she was too grossed out. 😦

        Posted by Erin | March 17, 2012, 6:03 pm
      • The Truth about Food documentary is really interesting. It’s all about GMO’s and Monsanto. Also, Chemirific (about cleaning and body products) made me re-think my bathroom products. It was the main reason I no-pooed for almost a year.

        Posted by stephanieough | March 17, 2012, 6:30 pm
  2. I watched that 100 mile challenge show too and thought it was great the ways they found to get the foods they wanted locally. Didnt someone manage to find lemons? Just shows that you need to get in touch with your surrounding community. I’m not sure I could do it totally (I’d miss spices), but we do a lot of local cooking ourselves – wild game, fish, chicken, beef, lamb and home grown veg. The grains all come from away, but I think I could source some if I had to.

    I haven’t read the book, but might add it to the list I’m waiting for from the library. I’m waiting for copies of Animal, Vegetable, Mineral and Food Rules right now too.

    Posted by lightlycrunchy | March 17, 2012, 4:21 pm
    • Yes! He found lemons and limes on Vancouver Island. I couldn’t imagine life without some of the items we eat everyday. If most of what we eat is local I think it’s a good thing. We can know the people who grow and raise it which is pretty great. I know we wouldn’t be able to do it 100% that’s for sure.

      Posted by stephanieough | March 17, 2012, 5:21 pm

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