When I heard about the October Unprocessed Challenge that Andrew from EatingRules.com was organizing for October, I was instantly motivated to sign up along with 2100 other folks because sometimes you just need a challenge to push yourself to try new things and make changes in your life.
So what is October Unprocessed? It is a public challenge to go an entire month without eating any processed foods.
What does unprocessed mean in this context?
Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole-food ingredients.
So what this means is no white flour, no white sugar, no soy derivatives, no high-fructose corn syrup, no corn syrup and no white sugar (wondering if there will be any eligible products left in the grocery store to buy?). It also means no frozen, packaged dinners, protein bars/drinks/shakes, and most cereals.
I know we are already 2 days into October but it is not too late to join. Don’t want to commit for the month? No worries, commit for a week, commit for a day. The point of this exercise is to understand where your food is coming from and how it affects your body. I don’t know that we will make it through the month ourselves, but we can certainly do 10 days. This month is full of festivities for the Indian folks, so it will be hard to deprive the family of all the food that comes with a festival (Diwali) celebrating Indian New Year.
I do hope more parents and families will join in. Sign the pledge here.