100 Mile Diet

Two years ago I spent a summer following the 100 mile diet. I pored over the book and read it from cover to cover, twice. I had weekly Sunday treks to the Kitsilano Farmers Market where I purchased all of my bread, dairy, meat and fish from local suppliers and have never consistently had such good food in my life. It tasted like real food should taste and like the food I remember from my childhood. A childhood growing up in the country where I would pull up organic carrots from the garden and eat them directly out of the ground. No washing required. A little dirt just meant more probiotics.

I was suprised by how healthy and energetic I felt on this diet and also, how fresh and delicious it was. I started to realize just how many chemicals we consume each day in our Standard Diet. Our food is laden with pesticides, gmo’s, food additives, preservatives and who knows what else. Taking a break from this chemical assault on our systems is necessary, I think, and it feels amazing. It’s also very sweet and old-fashioned to be living off the land and supporting local farmers. Just like everyone did back in the day. I’m planning on continuing to eat this way for a long, long time. Giving up pineapples and oranges and bananas seems like a small price to pay for feeling awesome. And I doubt I’ll even miss tropical fruit when I have blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples and so much more to take their place. And, speaking of apples….

Dessert tonight:

Avalon unsweetened butter

Sliced BC pink lady apples

Fraser Valley Manuka Honey

Heated on the stovetop in a cast iron frying pan until the honey and apple juice form a light sauce and the apples soften.

Farm to table. Bon appetit!

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Inspiration

Anthropologist/Environmentalist/Author Wade Davis was speaking at the SFU Downtown campus last night and I couldn’t wait to attend. I was looking forward to an interesting talk about his adventures in the Amazon and being in awe of his gorgeous photography. His talk, however, kicked me in the butt! I feel like I’ve been living in a comfortable, little bubble and Wade Davis just walked up with an eco-warrior pin and burst my bubble. His talk focused on BC’s Headwaters, the Stikine, Skeena and Nass rivers and how the trio are being threatened by Shell Oil.

Hearing him speak really woke me up and shook me up!

http://www.sacredheadwatersjourney.com/

The event let to a long conversation between my friend and I about how we could help our beautiful, endangered planet.  We mulled over the options and decided that one important way would be to decrease our carbon footprint by living minimally. No waste. No unnecessary, shop-oholic spending, just the necessities.  We also decided to shop as locally as possible. We liked the side benefit of helping our local economy, artists and designers. So we said goodbye to big box stores, faceless shopping malls and Made in China labels.

I’m excited to see where our local, minimalist adventure takes us!