One Hundred Miles To Better Health

9 years ago

I gave birth six weeks ago. Since then, I've lost a lot of the baby weight. Partly because the baby that I was carrying was so huge that his expulsion from the womb represented a massive weight loss, and partly because I've hardly been able to eat anything since he was born, what with his unremitting need to be held ALL THE TIME HOLY HELL. Hardly anything but cookies, that is, and maybe the odd bagel or two. Which, you know, is not the best post-partum diet.

So I want to eat more healthily, and I want to lose the muffin top, and so it's pretty convenient that this month's BlogHer's Act Canada Eco-Challenge is eating locally. Because eating locally is always a healthy enterprise - they don't grow PopTarts at your local farm, I guarantee you that. Nor Cheezies, nor candy bars.

What they do grow, near me, right now: asparagus (thick green stalks of it, yum) and strawberries. Free-range chickens that lay free-range eggs. Free-range cows that provide free-range meat and dairy (ice cream and milk and cheese, mmm good). Honey. Grains for locally milled flour, which gets transformed into delicious baked goods that are sold at my local bakery. Like cinnamon buns (where does the cinnamon come from, though? Hmm) which, good gosh, I could live on. Also, cookies.

All right then, so eating locally this month might not trim the waistline, but it will help the environment, which is the whole point of this exercise. Join in! Make an effort this month to eat locally as much as possible. Blog it - what awesome foodstuffs come from your community? What recipes are you pulling together using foods from your area? If you blog it, send your links my way, or leave them in comments at BHA-Canada, and we'll compile them.

And? if you have any healthy, diet-friendly recipes that use foods from the Southern Ontario region, pass them along. I need to break my cookie habit.

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