Friday, September 27, 2013

October Unprocessed - 2013

So, I think I'm doing this.
Taking the entire month of October to eat only non-processed foods.

All the details, ins and outs, and what-nots are on

But I'll sum it up with the definition of unprocessed:

Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.

In other words,
if you look at the ingredients list on a package of something,
and you can't pronounce half of it, much less even know where to buy
such things, you obviously couldn't possible duplicate that in
your kitchen.
And that makes it processed, very.

But for example,
if you buy a good quality whole-grain pasta with only
a handful of recognizable ingredients,
then that's not considered processed.

Do you get it?

Eating unprocessed foods doesn't necessarily mean you make
everything single thing homemade, 
it just means you are meticulously picky about what you put in your mouth.

Real food!
No chemicals!
No contorted, reconstituted junk!

This will be semi-easy for me because I am already very careful.
But I will tell you,
I have some very weak moments and often buy and prepare foods
that are terribly unhealthy, simply out of convenience.
(I actually used Velveeta twice this month.)
(Gross, I know.)

I'm going to give it my very best to plan meals in advance, and more carefully.
I will simplify our meals because I'm really not wanting to add more work to my load.
We'll be healthy and mighty by the end!

And we'll see what family members move out in protest.

Now, I want to know how many of YOU are willing to try this also?

(And keep in mind, you can set your own rules, of course.  The gist of it
is to simply get on track to making healthier food choices!)

If you are on board, let me know!


Vicky said...

Thinking about this! I guess that means I would have to cook and that the drive thru at McD's is out?

Hard choices!

Lacy said...

I will do this with you. I just told my BFF I was cooking every day until Christmas. I have been spending entirely too much money eating out.

Karin said...

I want to try this. I have already been working toward it but need more ideas for meals. I will be in the Philippines part of the month so can't do the whole thing with you but will do the best I can. :)

Anonymous said...

We pretty much don't eat processed foods. Have to admit I resorted to a Hamburger Helper every once in a while for the kids :). I have also eliminated anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup--so that took care of lots of processed foods--lol and anything with hydrogenated oils--pretty much cuts out the other half of things in the supermarket. I also realized I could just skip the ilse with snacks (cookies, crackers, etc) I just Make my own cookies. If you shop the perimeter of the grocery store, that is where the real foods are. My next challenge is to deal with GMO items :)

Holly said...

Been doing that myself for a little bit, for the whole family, that is harder!

Chris said...

I love the home made stuff, but get irritated when I seem to spend most of my day in the kitchen.

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