“So what exactly are you going to be eating all next month?”
When I happened upon Andrew Wilder’s blog and the October Unprocessed challenge it seemed, if anything like an interesting experiment. Spend a month eating consciously and really examining how often I ate whatever was available or whatever came through the car window.
I and more than 2,000 others took the pledge and will spend the next month eating no processed foods as defined by Andrew’s rules mixed with a few of our own.
The basic premise is this:
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.
Some people opt to include alcohol, others don’t. Some people won’t eat anything they can’t actually process themselves. (That would mean no coffee for me, so no way was that going to happen)
My rules are as follows:
- Anything I can make from raw ingredients is OK. (No mystery ingredients: Ammonium alginate, etc.)
- Anything made by someone else from raw ingredients is OK. This covers bread and cheese from the Farmers Market, coffee, organic greek yogurt, etc.
- Nothing deep fried. Really just because I don’t need to eat anything dunked in a vat of hot oil.
- Alcohol is OK as long as the distillation process hasn’t been altered to add HFC,scary colors or make vodka taste like whipped cream. (Gross)
- No HFC (high fructose corn syrup for the uninitiated)