Then it occurred to me last week, I've never really quantified my "almost exclusivity." How much of my diet is actually local? I know it'll be fairly high considering I buy almost all my food at the local farmers' market, but how do those little banana splurges and lunches out affect my numbers? I decided to find out.
Starting today, I'm launching this new series, "Sunday Stats," to discover just how local my diet is. I'm not certain at this point whether I'll post weekly or monthly or be driven so crazy by the food diary that I give up all together. Either way, awareness allows us to learn and grow (and gosh darn it, I'm curious).
The big question, then, became - How to measure the quantity of local vs. non-local? I considered two ways - calorie count and weight. Well, there was no way I was going to start weighing all my ingredients (I have sanity to protect, after all), so I quickly went with the calorie count. Of course that means those 2-3 cups of local herb tea I drink every day don't count for anything since there are no calories, but then neither will the non-local salt, so I suppose it all evens out.
So how did my first week of tracking go (granted I didn't start until Tuesday)? I scored an 82% which included one meal out for lunch on Saturday and a few contraband bananas (it was one of those weeks). As far as I'm concerned, I'm aiming for between 80-90% each week (who needs to be perfect, right?), so that's right along the lines of what I was hoping for. It's good to know for sure!
How will next week look? Tune in next week to find out (I can hardly wait to see, myself). In the meantime, Happy (and mindful) eating!