Posted on May 3, 2011 by
A few weeks ago I posted here on The Greenists site about my plan to take the 100 Mile Diet Challenge in July 2011. I thought it would be a breeze. After all, I live in a rural area with a fine farmers market, I grow my own veggies and raise chickens, and several small farms in my area offer CSAs. I was sure that the only thing on my Exception List would be coffee, that all-important part of a well-balanced meal.
This post is my confession of ignorance.Vegetables are good, of course. No problem there. But when I started thinking about details, I realized that I’d need more than a tomato to get me through July. Bread, for instance. Which requires exotic ingredients like flour and salt. How about some sort of oil? Being a vegetarian, lard doesn’t appeal to me.
In the past couple of months I’ve frantically searched for local sources of butter, skim milk, herbal teas, and –quite frankly– anything else that I can’t grow in my own yard. I’d dreamed of being the perfect locavore while maintaining my usual diet. For a few days, I figuratively kicked myself in the bum several times for sharing my plan publicly on my blog, because a promise made to loyal readers is a promise that can’t be retracted.
True, my eyes have been opened to the impossibility of being totally food-self-reliant. I’m excited about all the local farms and products I have found. The trouble is that, in order to be fully engaged in this experiment, I’ll have to make changes.
As in coffee. As in taking it off my exception list. Once reality settled upon me like a heavy dark blanket (and if you think that’s being overly-dramatic, you aren’t a real coffee drinker), I took a deep breath and started the process of weaning myself from heavenly caffeine.
In March, I drank no coffee after lunch. In April, I drank no coffee after breakfast. In May and on through the end of July, I will drink no coffee.
In my previous post on local eating, I encouraged you to think about joining me in the 100 Mile Diet Challenge for a month, a week, a day, or even one meal. This time I’m, well, pleading with you to do that. I need a support group, but unfortunately we can’t get together in the same room and eat cookies and drink coffee.
Please let me know you’re out there, okay? There is strength in numbers (I like strength in my coffee, too), so I know I can make it through this with your support.
Let me know how far you’d go to stick to a local diet. Would you give up chocolate, Earl Grey, or some other soul-soothing food? If you could have only ONE thing on your Exception list, what would that be?
Just leave a comment. I’ll be here. Waiting. Not drinking coffee.