By: Nikki Nies
I’ve never liked the word diet. The negative connotation has always rubbed me the wrong way, setting one up to fail. However, there are always exceptions to the rule. After attending a Montclair State Dietetic Organization (MSDO) meeting, it came to my attention the 100 mile diet. I liked the concept and I wanted to know more.
The 100 Mile Diet has been popularized with the emphasis of eating locally grown products. Think about everything you’ve eaten in the last day, how much of your food has been outsourced from other countries?
Many people have adopted this diet plan, proudly calling themselves “locavores.” Since the 1980’s from farm to plate, many grocery stores are receiving food as far as 1500 miles away.
- Fresher produce–>fresh taste
- Decreases one’s carbon imprint
- Often more “wholesome” foods
- Eat in season foods
- Does not promote processed foods, such as chips and cookies
- Improving the sales of local businesses.
- Makes one more aware of healthier choices
Checking where the product is grown can be time consuming. However, shopping at your local Whole Foods, Corrado’s or Trader Joe’s can help increase the likelihood of finding locally grown foods. One may find more reasonable prices at local farms or community supported agriculture (CSA). One can join a CSA by subscribing to a monthly produce basket.
I really encourage those that are passionate about where their food comes from, while wanting high quality food, which should be everyone, to look into this diet. I am a huge fan of this concept, but I warn you, finding locally grown coffee is own of the biggest challenges locavores confess. I, myself, don’t think I could give that up, at least not until my academic career is over.