So, it’s been just over a week since I finished my affair with the 100 mile diet. It’s been pretty exciting to be able to eat whatever I want and buy whatever I like when I go grocery shopping. Last Wednesday I went to Malibu Fresh and bought some Bodhi’s Bakehouse bread (the kind we used to eat when I was younger), some sliced ham and salami, organic avocados and whole egg mayonnaise as well as 100 mile vegetables. My friend Bec brought over some olives her mum fixes up and we had delicious sandwiches and olives. And tea! It has to be said that I’d already had a few cups of tea as my passion for the 100 mile diet weakened, but it’s still nice to drink it in your own house whilst taking up hems.
My appreciation for food has increased tenfold. I’m more aware of the importance of buying organic, local and healthy food. My body certainly tells me when something I’m eating doesn’t agree with it, and the 100 mile diet helped me get used to the idea of cutting things out for the sake of my health. I used to feel bloated quite often from eating too much bread, the kind that’s full of chemicals as opposed to real bread, and chocolate just makes me feel gross. I know now that I can easily go without and feel much better, instead of giving myself whatever I want like a spoilt child (which is good because they always end up fat and friendless.)
I’m still taking my lunch to work every day so that I can eat fresh salads without paying $10 for them. I picked some figs from over my neighbours’ fence the other day for my breakfast and I spotted a lemon tree when I was riding to a friends’ that will soon have puh-lenty of lemons for me to loot. Mundella Greek Yoghurt continues to take up an entire shelf of our fridge because it’s so good for breakfast, and I still intend on buying locally grown fruit and vegetables.
My vegetable garden is a graveyard for compost scraps and when summer puts everything it owns in a box to the left, I will pull together the energy to fix it up and plant things. We still have herbs growing though- basil, oregano, sage and a bit of dill- and that gives me hope for the future of my garden.
I’m thinking now about what my next food venture will be. I think what’s most important (in regards to diet) is eating wholefoods and cutting out unnecessary preservatives and additives and junk that comes with processed and packaged food. I still want to support local growers though, so I think I’ll be heading toward a Western Australian wholefoods diet. I’ll give it a little rest though before I start writing about it though.
I’m studying Health Science this year at Curtin and will transfer to Nutrition next year, most likely, so my food education will increase over the next few years. I’m really looking forward to gaining knowledge about something that will be helpful not only for my own family, but for others and their health.
So, thank you to all of you lovely people who have been reading my blog and encouraging me in my quest to eat local food. Also, thank you to the following places: Jarrahdale, Rockingham, Mandurah, Kwinana, Mundijong, Serpentine, Harvey, Australind, Gingin, Fremantle, Capel, Roleystone, Baldivis, Mundaring, Canning Vale, Donnybrook, Busselton, Bindoon and Dardanup. I very much appreciate you growing food for us. Thank you also to my Mum for doing the diet with me, to my brother for good advice, to Rhys for the company on long grocery shopping trips, to Hannah for bringing me fruit and vegetables and for my neighbourhood for having fruit trees near their fences.