Locally Grown Food Diet Review

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The 100 Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating, also known as the Locally Grown Food Diet is a dietary concept suggesting people only eat locally produced foods. The idea is to limit yourself to a 100 mile radius and find foods that were grown, processed, or produced within that area. The authors did this in 2005 from their home in British Columbia, with the idea that they could help the environment because of wasted fuel, and help themselves because fresher foods have more nutritional value.

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This is not a diet plan, as each person who reads it will live in a different location, and have access to different foods within a 100 mile radius. For example, one who lives in North Carolina will not have access to the same produce and foods as one who lives in Florida or California. This is a major reason why the book is not a diet. Instead, it is a memoir of the experiences the authors went through during the year they strived to eat only local foods. It did not take long for them to realize they’d have to completely change their diets and go without many of the foods they were used to, including: beer, sugar, olive oil, and rice. They also found joy in seasonal eating and what it had to offer them in the British Columbia area including: turnips, gooseberry wine, and sunchokes. Though the concept of eating only what you can find grown and produced within 100 miles of where you are is simple, you may face nutritional challenges based on your area, and will have to compensate accordingly. There are no exercise recommendations or plans in this book because it only focuses on eating locally produced food.

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  • This book promotes eating large amounts of vegetables and fruits currently in season.
  • This book promotes supporting your local economy.
  • Eating this way has benefits for your health as well as the environment.


  • Some people following this program may experience deprivation if they cannot find their favorite foods locally produced.
  • It may take a while for people to get used to and to learn how to prepare their locally grown selections.
  • This is particularly hard to maintain for the long term.
  • This is not specifically addressing weight loss.


Though locally grown foods are fresher and will provide more nutrition than those shipped from where they are locally grown, depending on where you live, you may be very limited in what you can eat. This could pose nutritional challenges, lead to feelings of deprivation, and make the diet hard to stick to. It is a good idea to help support local farming, as well as reduce carbon imprints on the environment, but it will not likely help you lose weight.

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