I stumbled upon Andrew Wilder’s site Eating Rules by recommendation of a friend. (And then had one of those blogger moments when you realize you’ve been a bit too focused on your own stuff to notice WHAT’S OUT THERE–holy wow.) How did I not know this guy existed? I have a new blog crush. He’s just so…Right On. And in being “right on,” Andrew has instituted the second-annual October Unprocessed, a public challenge to go an entire month without eating any processed foods.
Immediately, I signed up, thinking, “This is my BAG, baby!” And then I realized that I talk a good game in mixed company but have been known to let my kiddo indulge in some organic crackers and cereal as snacks. We also enjoy a frozen pizza here or there. And, damn it, I just stocked up on cereal for the Hubs and I after going months without eating it. And, double-damn-it, my mother-in-law just graciously gave us a stockpile of whole wheat pasta. Mama’s got some preparations to do…
And so, that’s the challenge, then, isn’t it?
But let’s go back to basics. First, I’ll let Andrew define unprocessed for you:
This means no white flour; no white sugar; no processed snack foods (Put that cookie down!); no fast food (you know who you are). It also means you should eliminate microwaveable meals, frozen, packaged dinners, protein bars/drinks/shakes, most cereals, pastas, and the like. So, for some, this is kickin’ it old skool.
Before I have you envisioning yourself dusted with flour, slaving over a hot oven donning your grandmother’s apron, let me remind you WHY you should consider this: it’s for your health. It’s for your kids’ health. It’s for LIFE. This isn’t some crunchy-brained, granola-freak’s placard demonstration, this is an example you can set for your kids and those around you. Think about it: if you and your children realized you could get away with making your own meals and snacks, versus depending on a company to do it for you, well, now I say that’s empowerment.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Sign the pledge. You don’t even need to commit to a month, but make a commitment.
2. Make a menu plan. (Start out easy on yourself. Make and freeze some whole grains in advance.) If you still need some ideas, check out Aimee’s simple menu ideas at Simple Bites (another holy-wow kinda site).
3. Talk about it. If you blog, blog about it and add the badge to your site.
4. Follow the #UnProcessed hashtag on Twitter.
5. Tell me about your venture! Leave a comment or shoot me an email. I love hearing about changes people are making!
So, will you take the October Unprocessed pledge?