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Volume 3  February 2012 
Decolonizing Diet Project
 March 2012 - February 2013

Michigan: Dr. Martin Reinhart is Anishinaabe Ojibway and teaches at Northern Michigan University. In March, 2012the assistant professor will be joined by  students and staff from the Native American Studies in a challenging quest:
To eat ONLY pre-contact Anishinaabe Ojibway foods for ONE YEAR!

They call it The Decolonizing Diet Project

The Decolonizing Diet Project is a year-long diet based on pre-contact food choices from the Anishinaabe Ojibway region. Among the guidelines:

Participants are required to eat pre-contact Ojibway foods as much as possible.  "Old World" foods like beef, mutton, goat, chicken, pork, eggs, milk, butter, cream, wheat flour (no fry bread), rye, barley, okra, black-eyed peas, and more are NOT allowed
No processed foods even if the base is corn or potatoes Drinks consist of water, herb tea and pre-contact beverages
Chocolate may only be sweetened with fruit, stevia, camas, agave or honey from the Melipona bee. (Honey bees are indigenous to Europe).

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