100 Mile Diet Book

100 mile dietThe new 100 Mile Diet began as something of a novel which very quickly grabbed the attention of traditional dieticians and gave many people something to think. In simple terms the diet restricts you to food which is grown within 100 miles of your residence thereby pushing forward the attractions of local grocery stores, local markets and local farms.

Elements of the diet

The main elements of the 100 Mile Diet include seafood, chicken, root vegetables, berries and corn although they do lack in other areas such as cooking oils, rice and sugar. There are some who question the balanced approach of this particular diet while there are others who suggest that the excess of fresh and local food does make up in some way for the missing elements.

The diet itself is based upon a book which was published in Canada, a book which topped the best sellers list in the country for many months. It came at a time when local shops and farm markets were coming back into favour and the timing was perfect. The diet itself while based around the 100 mile radius idea does allow the purchase of a number of small non-local items. These are discretionary for the individual and allow them some “luxuries”.

A step back in time?

Even though there have been many people who have stepped forward to criticise the 100 Mile Diet the truth is that in many ways it is a step back in time to the days when food was grown locally and purchased locally. In the current environment of massive imports and exports, living life at 100 miles an hour and having no time to consider your diet, perhaps it is not a bad thing to take a step back in time?

If you look further back to the cavemen, while many may joke, did they have access to food supplies which were literally thousands of miles from their homes?

Reviews of the 100 Mile Diet book

The 100 Mile Diet book has received a mixed bag of reviews although on the whole the vast majority has been very positive indeed. Many people are now able to distance themselves from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get back to basics with a new and traditional way of looking at their diet and where they purchase their food. So not only does this allow those looking to change their diets the chance to look at something different but also encourages local businesses, local markets and local farmers.


While many people have mocked the 100 Mile Diet the truth is that it is really just a step back in time to the days when food could not be imported from thousands of miles away. The fact that those looking to use this diet are able to have “luxuries” from non-local supplies does kind of water down the traditional way of thinking but only very little.

Sometimes we make diets far more difficult than they should be when in reality we should be taking a step back and looking at how our ancestors approached a healthy living and a healthy diet.

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