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Eating Clean(er)

Well fall is here I guess ~ both on the calendar and in the air.  My tress are starting to change a bit already, and we’ve had a few frost warnings!  I do love fall, but I’m still not loving the cool air.  Today I put off my run until early afternoon so that the air would be warm and not chilly!  It was much more pleasant.

I can hardly believe that October is starting in a WEEK.  Seriously, what happened to September!

So…what is new?  Well after much thinking and debating, 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.  So I guess this is the test! :)  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!  I have exercise-ADD and 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!

October Unprocessed 2012

I read a great and informative blog called Eating Rules.  So much to learn there!  I highly recommend checking it out.  Well for the month of October, this blog is running a October Unprocessed challenge.

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 basically, stick to whole, real 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 because even though I feel we do a pretty good job of eating non-processed, I think there are likely a few things in our cupboard that would fall under the processed category [even if they don’t have terrible ingredients overall].  I’m hoping that doing this for a month will get me looking even deeper 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.


Comment from Shelly
Time September 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

oooh. I don’t know if I can go cold -turkey… but I can try!

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