I’m taking the challenge: October #unprocessed 2013

October Unprocessed 2013

Woohoo! It’s October 1, 2013. I’ve been waiting a few weeks now, excited about the unprocessed food challenge. You can read more about that HERE and take the pledge yourself. Basically, I and thousands of other people have pledged to go an entire month without eating processed foods.

What are processed foods exactly? Well, that’s debatable. Unless it’s going from your garden to the plate, it’s probably processed; so processed in and of itself isn’t necessarily bad. For the challenge, if you pick up a can or container of food, read the label. If it contains ingredients you couldn’t make in your own kitchen…it’s processed, and you can’t eat it. You are allowed to have one “cheat meal” a week, so you don’t go crazy. I’m going to avoid it though, and really try my best to go the entire month without caving.

I’m probably being cocky here, but I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult for me. I already avoid a lot of processed foods. I’m also juicing for the first five days (for myself, not for Baby J). We’ll see what happens! I may eat my words later, hahah.

The www.eatingrules.com website is full of resources to help challenge takers meet their goals. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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  1. Very admirable of you to avoid processed foods. Most products in the stores contain some type of ingredient that is processed. From the garden to the plate is the way to go!

  2. Hats off to you for being able to commit to this for a whole month–be curious to see how you are doing as it goes by and what you learned–looking forward to reading about your journey to a healthier lifestyle with unprocessed foods 🙂

    1. I agree with you; everything in moderation. I was just thinking today that it’s not that easy to find healthy snacks for your kids that don’t have to be refrigerated, UNLESS they’re processed. Things like preservatives definitely have their place.

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