My parents both have Type II Diabetes, I have gained too much weight since I had to stop riding and Amber has all kinds of food/digestive issues including Gastroparesis. We are going to go the local only route to help change our diets, eat healthier foods by eliminating all processed foods and help support our local farmers, as well as the community.
The idea is to stay away from anything we cannot physically go to the source within 150 miles of this house. Somethings will still not be on that list just yet and I will have to start creating a lot of our own food, like peanut butter, if I can find locally grown peanuts
. If we only buy things within that radius, then we will not be getting nothing but junk food or processed meats all the damn time.
We live on the edge of what most of you would call the country, so finding farm fresh items will not really be that hard. What is going to be hard is to stick to it, simply due to the difficulty of buying, baking, cooking almost everything when you can just walk into your local mega mart and buy it all in a nice little sodium laced, chemical ridden package.
We have several Farmers Markets in the area, a great but bit expensive 'country' store right up the road and they grow a LOT of local fruit - Eckert's
(they have a Facebook page as well). They have a section of 'locally grown' fruits and vegetables from the surrounding farms, as well as their own produce. Plus they are building a new store that will house lots more local product, should be open by July they are saying.
After doing some reading I found out they call this being a 'locavore', not that I really give a rats behind. We have managed to cut our landfill trash by about 65%, finding more places to recycle more items and having Belleville add ALL plastic to their recycling pickup has been a big help. We used to put the trash can out every single week, now it sits for a few weeks till it has to be emptied.
This is going to take a lot of work and maybe more money, but I think the pay off will be well worth the effort.