I can hardly believe that October is starting in a WEEK. Seriously, what happened to September!
So…what is new? I signed up our family for a Y membership! Its something I’ve wanted to do for awhile and I wasn’t sure if we’d get the use out of it or not. I’ve enjoyed a few muscle conditioning classes with friends and we’re going to try some more very soon. I’m also excited to use their indoor track for the winter! Treadmills just bore me to tears. Not that running inside on a small track is super exciting, but at least I feel like I’m going SOMEWHERE!
But back to October!
So what is the challenge? On a very basic level, it is to eat no processed food for the month of October. There is some give in the rules, though:
Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients. I call it “The Kitchen Test.” If you pick up something with a label (if it doesn’t have a label, it’s probably unprocessed), and find an ingredient you’d never use in your kitchen and couldn’t possibly make yourself from the whole form, it’s processed. ~ source: Eating Rules
So , stick to whole foods, and either make things yourself, or only eat things that have all ingredients that you could use to make it yourself. Sorry, there is no high fructose corn syrup in your kitchen…Or mono & diglycerides!
I’m excited about this challenge! Even though we mostly eat non-processed, there is food we have that would fall under the processed category. The challenge will get me looking closer at my labels, reassessing what we eat, and trying new recipes!
So are you up for a challenge?
Consider joining in this – just try for a month! The Eating Rules site is filled with info to get you started and I’m always available to answer questions as well.