Friday, March 20, 2015

The 100 Metre Diet 2.0

It’s amazing how time flies …

2015 will mark the 5th anniversary of the start of my original 100 Metre Diet. Back then I was young(er), na├»ve, unprepared and considerably under-skilled in the art of self-sufficiency. However, I survived the yearlong challenge and advanced my homesteading skills considerably. Yay me! I’ve come a long way since then and I think it’s time to revisit the 100 Metre Diet … this time as a seasoned homesteader.

So I’ve decided to undertake the 100 Metre Diet 2.0, starting today, the first day of spring 2015.

The rules for the original challenge were that I only ate food that I grew, raised, made or foraged on our 4.5 acre property. The only supplies that I allowed myself to buy were flour, sugar, local honey, spices, vinegar, oil, yeast, baking powder, vanilla, yogurt starter and the odd vitamin.

This time my rules will be much more restrictive … they have to be or this wouldn’t be much of a challenge, would it? For the 100 Metre Diet 2.0 I will only eat foods that I grow, forage, raise and butcher on our 4.5 acre property and the only products that I am allowing myself to purchase are salt, cheese culture and rennet. In addition, anything that I have previously preserved, such as relish, pickles, cheese and jams, will be fair game for consumption.

Without flour I can see that I won’t be doing any baking or noodle making at the start of my diet. That will encourage me to plant crops that I’ve never grown before, like grains and sugar beets.

Over the next few days I plan to take a complete inventory of the food that I have on hand as well as consult with a trusted dietician to analyze what essential nutrients my diet might be missing. After that I’ll plan my 2015 garden … stay tuned.

PeskyChicken (aka Greg Stevenson)