S4E149 Can We Homestead In Upstate New York And Still Follow The Mediterranean Diet?
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For awhile, I really struggled with whether or not we could follow the Mediterranean Diet and still be homesteaders. After all, we don't live in the Mediterranean. And there are a lot of common ingredients to the Mediterranean Diet, that we cannot grow here in upstate NY.
A. We can't produce olive oil
B. We are 100s of miles away from the ocean and fresh seafood
C. We can't grow citrus, artichokes, olives, capers, figs and pomegranates, all things found in many Mediterranean diet dishes.
D. Because we have smaller acreage, we can't grow lots of whole grains or nuts.
But, eventually I realized that I was focused on the wrong things. Instead of being focused on what I COULD do, I was focused on what I COULDN'T do.
A. I can grow LOTS of vegetables.
B. I can grow LOTS of herbs.
C. I can raise a lot of meat.
D. Even Ma and Pa Ingalls bought stuff at the store.
E. The principles of the Mediterranean Diet are universal.
Food Rules By Michael Pollen