January 04, 2021
It's been a month now living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of our Tanka headquarters. The reservation is what the US government considers a "food desert" which is "a district with little or no access to large grocery stores that offer fresh and affordable foods needed to maintain a healthy diet." (Wiki)
However, I've continued my paleo lifestyle and still feel better than I have in the past before changing my diet. Every week I cook a healthy meal at the office with food mostly obtained from the reservation. Above is a video of my recipe for Spicy Pepper Blend Tanka Bites Stir Fry. There are only two stores here to purchase basic food items. Rapid City, the closest metropolitan area, is an hour and a half drive away.
Since living here I've learned you really have to find connections to good food sources, just like anywhere, but it's a little more challenging being new. Luckily I was introduced to a great local and grass-fed beef contact. And I've been able to buy buffalo from the Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority. All of the tribally raised buffalo are 100% grass-fed.
My only challenge now is making sure I have enough variety not only for myself but also for the team to enjoy. I don't always travel out of town to get food items so I often shop locally. Most of the perimeters of the stores here are full of processed or boxed food items. There is only a small percentage of fresh fruits and vegetables but luckily I've found good choices like radishes, carrots, celery and onions. I also incorporate frozen food items which are a much better option to canned.
Even though I don't have the wide variety or easy access to my "usual" food I was privy to in Dallas, I've still managed to make some hearty and enjoyable meals. You would think that being a bit more restricted would result in my giving into the cheaper, easily obtained foods but I've been more on track than I had during the months prepping for my move.
I've also discovered that limitations aren't impossible to overcome -- it is still feasible to eat healthy. It just takes a little planning, good spices and patience with your options. No matter what you are limited to, it is more than possible to avoid the unnecessary foods.
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