Thursday, June 16, 2011

30 days of eating in: the rules

I'll be eating in, and writing about it, for the next four weeks. I'm doing this for a lot of reasons, but mostly because I would like to make this change permanent, and want to give it a dedicated jump start to see how much effort/extra money it might cost me. So for the next 29 days (yesterday was my first day) I will be The project entails the following rules.

1. Eat only local meats and vegetables.
2. Bake your own bread from locally-milled flour.
3. Drink only locally roasted coffee
4. Source local dairy products
5. No soda, candy, or any sort of junk foods.
6. Eat three meals a day.
7. Condiments, cooking oils, and spices are permitted.
8. Drink at least 60 oz. of water a day.

Today I had some granola for breakfast, a cookie and two VT beef sticks for lunch. Tonight I planned for pizza and was excited about it. I found sauce from New Hampshire, and cheese from Vermont, and the crust I would bake right here and cover it with basil from my garden...but the oven caught on fire.

I didn't have the energy to clean it, and then cook from scratch, so I am making a dish out of what's left of my homegrown new potatoes and leftover meat from last night. I'll drink it down with some Woodchuck hard cider, and call it a night.

31 Comments:

Blogger Zoe Tilley Poster said...

Well heck... sometimes the elements intervene.

I look forward to following along with your project. And I'll be scrambling up some golden-yolked eggs alongside you in the morning...

June 16, 2011 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Loco Lindy said...

Good for ya! I'm pretty tempted to join in... you just may have inspired me!

June 16, 2011 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger scorpiogirl said...

I'm inspired. I'm looking forward to the daily updates!

June 16, 2011 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I think I'd like to get everyone to join in with one meal a week: any meal they want, any time. It could be a peach you picked off your tree at lunch or a four-course meal.

June 16, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger small farm girl said...

What is considered "local"?

June 16, 2011 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

I have my first four meat chicks brooding right now! I'll join you sooner than 8 weeks from now though...first farmer's market is Sunday!

June 16, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger pjo2179 said...

https://www.nofany.org/events/ny-locavore-challenge

Are you familiar with nofa-ny? Good, like-minded people.

Pam

June 16, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger candisrrt said...

I will join. I have been trying to eat fresh! Sorry, darlinb, but i cant drop my diet coke!

June 16, 2011 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Janie said...

I love it! Sounds like a fantastic challenge. I have been wanting to stick to purely local food for at least a month, and now that farmer's market season is on I think it's time to start it up.
Looking forward to following your endeavour!

June 16, 2011 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I just read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle A Year In Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver and decided to take action and not eat any CAFO meat, dairy or eggs. So I can't wait to read about your month eating in :-)

June 16, 2011 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I'm eating spinach and chard from my garden, just waiting for all the other goodies to ripen. I buy milk from Willow Marsh Farm in Ballston Spa, and use it to make cheese and yogurt (with berries from two local farms plus my own). Coffee is ground in Vermont. Herb tea from my garden (well, some of the herbs, anyway). Chicken from Predel's in Rexford. Pork from Lewis Waite Farm in Washington County. Spaghetti sauce from my own tomatoes and basil. Ice cream from Stewart's!

June 16, 2011 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I'm eating spinach and chard from my garden, just waiting for all the other goodies to ripen. I buy milk from Willow Marsh Farm in Ballston Spa, and use it to make cheese and yogurt (with berries from two local farms plus my own). Coffee is ground in Vermont. Herb tea from my garden (well, some of the herbs, anyway). Chicken from Predel's in Rexford. Pork from Lewis Waite Farm in Washington County. Spaghetti sauce from my own tomatoes and basil. Ice cream from Stewart's!

June 16, 2011 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

I'm eating spinach and chard from my garden, just waiting for all the other goodies to ripen. I buy milk from Willow Marsh Farm in Ballston Spa, and use it to make cheese and yogurt (with berries from two local farms plus my own). Coffee is ground in Vermont. Herb tea from my garden (well, some of the herbs, anyway). Chicken from Predel's in Rexford. Pork from Lewis Waite Farm in Washington County. Spaghetti sauce from my own tomatoes and basil. Ice cream from Stewart's!

June 16, 2011 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Local is within 100 miles of CAF a distance I think food could travel by non-industrial means. I'm not a purist, so it's not like my ketchup and coffee come from here, but they are all local roasters or organic options if they aren't.

Leah, I love AVM, I listen to it on audiobook all the time.

June 16, 2011 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Diane, is there any NY coffee roasters in the Hudson valley?

June 16, 2011 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Wait -- the oven caught fire? The one that plugs into the wall? There has to be more to that story.

June 16, 2011 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Jill! I set the oven to 400, my pizza heat. And I didn't realize that some goo dripped to the oven floor and caught on fire inside the oven itself. I dumped water on it and the house filled with smoke, but all is well.

June 16, 2011 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger JLP said...

Good plan! I am working my way into a more whole foods, local diet and it is a process. I am now five days without Coke Zero and the pain has stopped! :)

Don't worry about the oven. Same thing happened to me once. Worked fine after I cleaned it. Love this project and look forward to updates.

June 16, 2011 at 10:51 PM  
OpenID notherethenwhere said...

I've been considering something like this, but the fates have only recently seemed to align (namely, I have a car for a week so I can access local stuff I wouldn't normally be able to get to). I'm not sure all local will be doable long-term right now for me (time and money, mostly, I suspect), but I could certainly do one meal a week, if not more.

June 16, 2011 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Good for you! Last spring we joined a CSA, and between that and our garden, we vowed to not buy any grocery store produce for a year. We did it! We still mostly don't buy any - we make exceptions for rare treats we love but that aren't grown locally - mushrooms now and then, celery, asparagus in spring, the odd pineapple. About 90% of the produce we eat is homegrown or locally grown. Same for about 90% of our meat (everything but fish and sausage), and about 50%-60% of our dairy (and I'm working on that one). It's great! The hard thing here is that we have no locally grown calorie crops readily available.

June 16, 2011 at 11:30 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

Count us in for a day a week! We'll also forego eating out and buying junkfood, which with two kids may not be easy, but we'll get through it! Here's hoping the end of 30 days finds us all a little healthier!

June 16, 2011 at 11:52 PM  
OpenID sissyjane said...

Thirty days, in the Summer. You should be good...

June 17, 2011 at 12:47 AM  
Blogger Kelpie and Collie said...

Keep baking soda on hand for fires either in pans or in ovens/stove tops. Water is a no-no if any grease involved.

June 17, 2011 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

They say it takes seven days to make a habit; twenty-one to break it! Soounds like a win-win either way! Good job, Jenna, and good luck!

June 17, 2011 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

We're eating the best salads right now. Mixed greens, green onions, and broccoli, all from my garden. In another month, I can add my tomatoes, peppers and pickled beets. By the end of summer, I can top it with my own pullet eggs. The only thing missing, for my husband anyway, is some diced ham. I could by a ham at the local packing plant,if I wanted to. Oh...the dressing could be a nice vinaigrette, with vinegar a bit of oil and my own herbs.

June 17, 2011 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger Mrs. N said...

Sounds great! We are in for once a week too. I'll be hitting up the farmers market on Saturday, and I have roosters to butcher. I did my first one 2 days ago and were having him tonight. I love getting my dinner from out back instead of the store!

June 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger wanda barrett said...

As you age your body is going to thank you so very, very, very much for the choices you are making right now.

I've cut out processed foods, refined sugars, and most restaurants over the past four years but the first 40 years of eating crap has taken it's toll on my innards. I can't roll back the clock and erase all those years of butt-on-the-sofa drinking coca-cola and eating boxed macaroni-and-cheese, but I sure would if I could. I just want to shake folks in their 20s who have complete control over what they eat and keep consuming garbage (although I'm not sure anyone could have convinced me to behave differently at that age).

Local is wonderful for whole foods, but watch out for some things...I get so frustrated when I find a road-side stand selling jellies and 'home-made' pies, only to read the labels and find the same junk that's on the shelf in the grocery store.

Good luck with your 30 days of eating in!

June 17, 2011 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Maybe the rabbits at my place are doing the 30 day local diet, too. They only travel about 30 feet from their nest over to my garden.

So I guess I could bring this whole thing full circle and keep my pistol near the back window...? :D

It's a little warm for rabbit stew, though.

June 17, 2011 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Ivanhoe said...

Awesome! A Lent-type sacrificial period is a great way to form a new good habit and see how tough it really is to go without whatever you're forgoing. Once the 30 days are up, be sure to re-evaluate and then allow yourself some non-local foods every once in a while if you'd really like them, otherwise it will just be torture to feel guilty!

June 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

I like it! Looking forward to your remarks on this endeavourer. What hangs me up are the grains and I love my bread and pasta. I need to create my own raised bed in that department someday I suppose. Surprisingly other essentials are easy enough to find in my metropolitan hot box location.

June 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

Good luck! I'm rooting for you and I'd like to do that myself soon.
One book I enjoyed was "This Organic Life" about a woman who wanted to eat completely locally. I can't wait to read about your adventures.

July 14, 2011 at 6:47 PM  

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