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Friday, September 30, 2011

Real Food Challenge: October Unprocessed

No more of this for me!

With our Food Day planning underway, I've been looking for my Food Day story to share for the CSP. A few days ago, I came across the October Unprocessed challenge. Andrew of Eating Rules is asking people to join him in his pledge to eat only unprocessed foods for the month. Last year, he had 415 take the pledge. This year, it's over 1,800! That's a lot of people eating real.

So I was inspired to join in. Starting tomorrow and for 31 days, I will eat only foods that I could, in theory, make in my kitchen. No preservatives, added sugars, and so on. Amy's guest post on good nutrition certainly helped make the decision easier.

And really, I thought, how hard can it be? I shop the perimeter, fast food grosses me out, and I'm a food swapper, for goodness sake. I know my way around a kitchen.

But then I started thinking about the nuances: can I not have CHOCOLATE? OMG, no CEREAL? And sayonara, Skippy. Et tu, soy sauce?

But Andrew had info to calm me down (for the most part). He addresses those gray areas in Defining Unprocessed and Defining Unprocessed 2011.

Here's how I'm personally handling the gray areas:
• Milk: I will try to avoid homogenized milk and products that use it.
• Sweeteners: I'll be sticking to honey, maybe agave if I'm feeling frisky.
• Coffee & Tea: Um, you don't want me uncaffeinated. They stay.
• Flour: Whole grain flours only, nothing enriched.
• Oils: I'm pretty sure it's unwise for me to start doing all my cooking in butter, so I'm keeping olive oil.
• Baking powder, yeast, baking soda: Gotta have these if I'm baking my own bread with whole grain flour. They stay.
• Chocolate: I'll miss you, dear, sweet friend. I'll see you in November.

So stay tuned to see how I do! If you're up for the challenge, sign the Unprocessed pledge!

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