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