View Full Version : 100 mile Raw?
12-25-2008, 02:21 PM
Has anyone tried to eat only raw food grown/made within a 100 mile radius of their homes? I have read about the 100 mile diet- it is supposed to be very environmentally healthy. I do what I can for the environment. I am just tapering into being fully raw. What I don't want to do is live on food that had to be packed and shipped half way around the world. Those foods tend to be picked early or covered in preservatives (green grapes etc). Eating local organic foods is supposed to give you more nutrition from what you eat. So I am going to see if I can work towards this goal unless it ends up being too restrictive.
12-25-2008, 03:18 PM
I think there would be a lot of foods you simply could no longer get if you did this.
12-25-2008, 03:35 PM
without reading others concepts on this matter ive on my own thought of how i would grow all my own foods in a four season climate .
and where i get to is greens / seeds / sprouts / vegi's fresh and dried ,
with cold frames or green house for growing greens in cold season .
for me sprouting wheat , when its barely sprouting in like less than 40 hours , would be a big staple sort of like cooked rice is for many . ide flavor it with tomato type sauces , mexican/italian , and also eat it in almond milk with thungs like raisins / berries etc .
ide have alot of dried tomatoes over cold months because theyre easy to grow and taste excellent dried . ide mix em with like sun seeds / dry mushroom etc for a savory type trail mix .
well ive more thoughts on the matter but gotta run right now :cool:
12-25-2008, 03:47 PM
My organic farmer is a couple of miles from my house. I also have a huge farm store that sells a lot of their own produce along with other food including imported fruits and vegetablesl. Some of their land is in the Yakima Valley, which is about 200 miles from here. It's Washington's wine growing region and quite hot in summer, so they can grow things that won't grow very well here. There are a number of things that I will not give up, although they come from further away, mainly California, such as almonds and dates, other nuts, oranges, grapes, etc. Also I will not make do without bananas, pineapples, mangos, etc.
If you live by the 100 mile rule, you can only eat what's in season. It becomes quite hard in winter in the northern latitudes. I know I can sprout a lot of things, but I also want green smoothies with fresh greens.
This coming year I want to grow most of my own food. That's zero miles and will make up for the distance my tropical fruits and my nuts have to travel.
12-25-2008, 07:13 PM
that makes sense of course....well, in that case I'd have to move to some place where durian grows :)
12-25-2008, 08:37 PM
Um....I would have to move....probably to another country. With other country's shortcomings. The grass is always greener.
Nah...actually I am looking into growing some food this coming year too. Indoors, kind of an experiment. We are also talking about a solarium, but I'm not sure I have an ideal exposure spot for it...
Sprouting would be a great solution michroman.
12-26-2008, 10:01 AM
I am ecidedly lazy in ths area, but am becoming more attentive by reading Animal Vegetable Miracleby Barbara Kingsolver. It's all about how she and her family lived for a year eating "local" as much as possible. It's very well written and, as I say, inspiring and informative......Blazin'Jane, staying for the holidays with Granddaughter Livin'onLife and her big family.
12-29-2008, 09:15 AM
I just love my bananas too much.
I will tell you -- I have tried this without success. Over the summer, I was running a lot and only eating locally. I was constantly craving bananas. I mean ALL THE TIME. And I was denying myself because they weren't local. I ended up with short-lived knee problems and doing a bunch of research. It turns out that I needed the glucose from the bananas ... My knee problems drastically improved when I added the bananas back in.
But it was a great experiment and has led me to eat MUCH MORE local food. :)
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