Thursday, September 2, 2010

The 100 Mile Diet - Full Circle

The 100 Mile Diet is not a fad diet like the rice diet, grapefruit diet, or cabbage diet. It refers to eating only foods that are locally raised and produced within 100 miles of where you live. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. Instead of buying fruits and vegetables that are grown thousands of miles away and picked before their prime because of the long distances that they have to travel in refrigeration units, locally grown produce is picked and available for purchase at its peak. Everything is fresher, tastes better, supports local business,lessens our carbon footprint, and is healthier.

The reality is that the 100 Mile Diet is not a new creation; it is the re-creation of how our ancestors used to eat. Before the world became a global village our ancestors lived off the land. They ate what ever was raised and grown in their immediate vicinity and most likely in a smaller radius than 100 miles. The result of eating fresher, healthier food was that our ancestors did not suffer from high cholesterol, blocked arteries, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Their simple and healthy diet rewarded them with good health. The 100 Mile Diet is not a diet at all; it is merely repackaged version of the way that our ancestors ate.

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