September is on it’s last day here and you know what that means?
It’s a challenge to get you looking at your food labels and getting rid of unprocessed foods in your home. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is generally filled with many processed foods. Its obvious that while diet and “health” foods are pushed at us from every direction, these foods have not led to a healthy people. Most foods that are labeled as “healthy” are in fact quite the opposite. They are filled with unhealthy oils/fats, sugars (or artificial ones), preservatives, and highly processed ingredients.
This does not = health… this = disease, messed up metabolism, weight gain, low energy, etc…
I know that making the change to get rid of processed foods is not easy. It’s not something I did overnight in our home. It was a progression over time as I became educated on which foods are healthy for my body, and which foods work against it.
What I love about October Unprocessed is that it gets people looking at their food in a different light; reading labels, making changes, and trying new things. It won’t mean that you will be making every single thing you consume. Andrew at the Eating Rules blog defines unprocessed as:
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.
This way of eating is a great way to start on a whole foodsr journey. Even if you can’t commit 100% because its too overwhelming, I challenge you to look at one area to start with and build from there. Maybe your challenge is to do all unprocessed breakfasts. Nix the processed cereal and bring out the eggs, oatmeal and homemade pancakes. Or decide that any treats you consume will be wholesome and homemade. Once you tackle one area, move onto the next.
Or if you’re really daring – jump in with both feet and try it in all you eat for a whole month! You might surprise yourself at how easy it is and how great you feel.