You've heard of the keto diet, now get ready for the "wild food" only diet. A couple in Northern Ontario has only eaten food they forraged or caught themselves since January 2019, and they're documenting it all on social media to thousands of viewers worldwide. While the rest of us were busy making New Year's resolutions we probably wouldn't keep, Delphanie Colyer and Jeremy St. Onge challenged themselves to go one full year eating only wild plants, vegetables, fruits, animals, and sometimes even bugs. The catch? In a world of convenience, they wanted to try sourcing their food from nowhere but the Great Outdoors.
After months of hardcore research, and through frequent health checkups with their family doctor, Colyer and St. Onge were well prepared for this massive lifestyle transition. They call it their Big Wild Year.
In an interview with Narcity, Coyler said, "we didn't struggle during the winter as we prepared our freezers and cupboards ahead of time." But it wasn't all easy. "The spring was slow, cold and rainy, and didn't lend itself to great foraging." Now that the summer months are nearly through, Colyer and St. Onge have had the chance to replenish their greens and try some new protein sources. "The most unusual food was probably porcupine. It tasted very good. The meat was kind of sweet," Colyer said.
Over the past 7 months of this challenge, Colyer and St. Onge have gained quite the following across their social media channels. They now have over 14k subscribers on their Youtube channel, over 1200 followers on Facebook, and over 700 followers on Instagram. "We have had mostly great support from online viewers, but some negative comments about our looks, including some that compare Jer to a meth user when, in fact, our physical metrics testing shows we have healthy (and for me — extra) stores of fat," explained Colyer. She went on to explain that both she and St. Onge get regular bloodwork to keep their health on track.
When asked their favourite thing about their Big Wild Year so far, Colyer reflects on the power of mindful eating. "The best part is knowing every meal — going out to collect it and respecting where it came from, sustainably harvesting, having a great partner to participate with, and the support from so many people," she said.
Plus, it doesn't hurt that they're saving money on their grocery bills by skipping things like coffee and prepacked snacks. Judging from the number of iced coffees I've had so far this week, I think they're on to something.