Saturday, October 5, 2013

{31 Days} Back to Basics Day 5

This month I am participating in the nester's {31 Days} challenge.  My topic for the month is Back to Basics.  If you would like to follow along,  you can find all of my posts here.

There are two books that have really encouraged me with our local eating journey.  The first is the book Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet. It is about a couple who decide to eat only what is available in a 100 mile radius of their home for an entire year.  Can you imagine?  Think about if you couldn't just run to the grocery store to get bananas (unless perhaps you live close to a banana tree!).  Having to totally rely on what is available locally, and to really plan for that.  I will talk more about meal planning (or not) and local eating soon.

Another book that was really monumental in the life my family strives for is Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Lifewhich is about a family’s journey to spend one year only sourcing food they grow themselves or can buy in their neighborhood.  That book especially appeals to me now because I have a family.  There is something easy about only having to cook for yourself, or perhaps a spouse, but when you add kids into the mix it becomes a whole other ball game.

And finally, a book/documentary combo.  That would be No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process.  He has both a book and a documentary.  I think that it is pretty incredible to set out trying to have absolutely no impact on the environment, and I am not sure how realistic that is.  But, I do like his message of reducing your usage of pretty much everything.  I think the fact that he is doing it in NYC may be easier in some ways than others.  I certainly can’t imagine living in the country and having no access to a car.  The fact that they ate what was available in their immediate area was great though.

These books are incredible reads, and I definitely recommend them.  In fact, I find myself re-reading them year after year because they are so encouraging.  There is something nice about reading someone else’s journey when it is a journey you want to be on yourself.  And that is a major reason why I keep writing in this space.  I hope that others are able to relate to my journey, and maybe get some encouragement.

Do you have a favorite book that follows the journey of another person whose values closely resemble your own?

1 comment:

  1. These books sound very interesting. I must try and read them


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