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A Close Look At The 100 Mile Diet

A Close Look At The 100 Mile Diet

100 Mile Diet Travels The World

Canadian authors Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon gave the world of dieting a whole new concept of health and nutrition with their release of the 100 Mile diet. While many other diets may focus on sugar intake or energy expenditure, this diet focuses almost exclusively on the ecological footprint of the foods that are eaten, sustainability, and local economies.

Before writing a book, this couple decided to take it upon themselves to live out their own 100 Mile Diet. They originally recapped their experience for an online magazine called The Tyee, and did not consider writing a full book until they realized how quickly the popularity of their idea had grown. Alisa and J.B. found themselves on the forefront of a new niche of eco-conscious eaters deemed the ‘localvores’.

For this couple, the 100 Mile Diet was originally birthed from necessity. This couple began visiting their rustic cabin in British Columbia in 2004 for a few weeks or months at a time. While entertaining a few guests, they found that they were getting dangerously low on supplies and decided to figure out local wild foods that could be eaten. This included everything from trout out of the river to wild mushrooms and apples. The couple enjoyed the idea so much that they made a pact to eat only locally grown foods while at their cabin. They would extend the boundary up to 100 miles away to be sure to have a fully balanced diet.

Challenges Of The 100 Mile Diet

Both Alisa and J.B. admit to some of the challenges that this diet can present. The convenience and price of foods in local supermarkets would make anyone

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think twice about wading out into a freezing river to catch a few trout for the day’s food. This couple did stick to it though and developed a very comfortable, low-impact lifestyle. While at their cabin they would preserve their own foods during the summer months and rely on their own fishing and foraging while filling in the gaps of their diet with a local farmer’s market. During their stay at their other home they ate a wide array of peppers, grapes, potatoes, meats, milk, and any other fruits and vegetables imaginable.

The popularity of the 100 Mile Diet grew exponentially after the release of the book and the couple found themselves to be celebrities in the localvore circle. They began hosting 100-mile Thanksgiving dinners for family and friends and helping business entrepreneurs open up 100-mile restaurants. Vancouver eventually became renowned for the movement as they held a state-sponsored 100-mile breakfast in honor of the emerging demographic of localvores that the city was boasting.

Adaptations have been sprouted from the original diet which make it much more feasible. This mainly includes adding sugar, salts, and spices into the diet to aid in both taste and the preserving of local foods. The couple and other localvores have also worked in conjunction with local newspapers and other publications to produce 100 Mile Diet guides for many of the major cities and communities around the world.

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