100 Mile Diet

The 100-Mile diet is not so much a diet program as it is a lifestyle. The 100-Mile revolves around the idea of eating locally raised or grown food.

It maybe the because of the "home" theme, but the 100-Mile diet has "struck a deeper chord" among its practitioners which now involves whole communities. Home raised and produced foods are now being called "the new organic." In the 100Mile diet website, they are saying that their foods are "better tasting, better for the environment, better for local economies, and better for your health."

Why the name?

Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, innovators of the 100-Mile diet, started a one-year experiment on local eating in 2005. According to them 100-Miles is an easy way to begin thinking locally. It’s actually a unit of measurement referring to your locality. The creators of the diet explains that "a 100-mile radius is large enough to reach beyond a big city and small enough to feel truly local."

100-Mile diet difficulty

According to Smith and MacKinnon, doing the diet was quite difficult because they had to look for people who actually produce foods, e.g. farmers who grow wheat, etc. Smith and MacKinnon recommends that a more realistic approach is to plan a single, completely 100-Mile meal with friends and family and see where you want to go from there.

Meals and malnutrition

The creators of the 100-mile diet admits to eating pretty much the same meals over and over again in the beginning of their diet adventure. Eventually, as they discover more and more local food sources, their meals grew more and more and interesting.

As for malnutrition, Smith and MacKinnon claims only has this to say, as posted on their website

"For one year we ate only the freshest food that had traveled the shortest possible distances and was eaten or preserved at its seasonal peak. Most of it was organic, and everything we ate was prepared from scratch and nothing came out of a box. Does that answer that question?"

Costs and preparation

Non-practitioners pay a huge premium for a pre-packed lifestyle and for being able to enjoy foods that are not in season.

But for practitioners, the 100-Mile diet costs them less because they can take advantage of foods that are in season by buying in bulk. And usually, they preserve enough foods for the winter so they rarely need to go grocery shopping.

As for finding food sources, the creators admit that it does take time. Preparing meals from scratch also take time.

Weight loss

Regarding the question of weight loss, Smith and MacKinnon makes no claims that the diet will make you lose several pounds, but rather, it can help you lead a healthier lifestyle or at least help you have healthier food choices.


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