The Decolonizing Diet Project (DDP) was a pilot study of the relationship between humans and Indigenous foods of the Great Lakes Region. Dr. Martin Reinhardt, associate professor of Native American Studies served as the principal investigator and a research subject for the DDP.

The planning phase of the project ran from 2010 to 2012. The implementation phase ran from March 25, 2012 to March 24, 2013. The analysis and reporting phase was from March 25, 2013 to Summer of 2014.

Dr. Reinhardt authored a chapter in the following publication about the outcomes of the DDP:

Reinhardt, M. (2015). “Spirit food: A multidimensional overview of the Decolonizing Diet Project”. Indigenous Innovation: Universalities and Peculiarities, eds., E. Sumida Huaman and B. Sriraman. Rotterdam: Sense.

Reinhardt co-authored a DDP Cookbook with fellow research subjects Leora Lancaster and April Lindala:

Reinhardt, M., Lancaster, L., and Lindala, A. (2016). Decolonizing Diet Project Cookbook. Featuring Indigenous food recipes from the Great Lakes Region. Marquette, MI: Northern Michigan University, Center for Native American Studies. Reinhardt is currently working on another chapter for an upcoming publication which will feature his and his wife's (Tina Moses) reflections about the DDP.

A DDP Three Year Follow-Up Study was recently conducted by K. Nim Reinhardt, a senior nursing student and Indian Health Services Scholar/McNair Scholar at NMU (and yes, she is Dr. Reinhardt's older daughter too). Findings from this study may be submitted for publication soon also.

The DDP continues to influence many other projects and has a wide following on Facebook and in communities around the world. Dr. Reinhardt continues to present on the project and will be looking at future projects related to the outcomes of the DDP.

We would like to thank all of those who have assisted with the DDP over the years and would be more than happy to answer any questions about the DDP via email at:

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Monday, January 30, 2012

DDP Recipes Forum

In response to a request at last Friday's meeting, a new feature has been added to the group site. We now have a DDP Recipes Forum! Please post any recipes you use there. You can also add photos of the food or supplies needed.

Meeting on Friday, Jan 27th

We went over meal and exercise planning at our meeting last Friday. The above images are examples from my own planning. The meal plan is based on what I have in my inventory as of today, or what I plan to have before the diet begins. Dr. Mohafy suggested that I consider adding more protein to my morning meals, but other than that he said it looked pretty good. He also suggested that we may want to consider some alternative ideas as to how we are approaching the portions of our diet that are indigenous. For those of us who are going 100% it is easy to say that all of our foods will be indigenous, but for those who are committed to less than 100%, there were questions about to fraction out the amount of food they will be eating. I suggested that we do it by meals. For instance, if someone is committed to a 25% level, then they would eat at least one meal per day that is indigenous foods only. Other suggestions were that folks could eat indigenous foods only on certain days of the week, or that all the foods could be mixed indigenous/non-indigenous if the proportion of indigenous foods in the mix was at a 25-100% level. It is up to each individual how they approach their DDP experience, as long as they can explain how they are going to keep it above 25%. Perhaps a good way to try out the online journals at the DDP group site is to have each of the research subjects answer the following question in their online journal: What level of the DDP are you committing to and how will you structure your meals to ensure that you are able to maintain that level or above?