Here we are again at the cusp of October...and the kick-off for October #Unprocessed v.2015.
Last year I signed a (modified) pledge for October #Unprocessed v. 2014. While I would love to be able to go a month without eating anything processed, that's just not a reality...without a lot of stress on my part. So, instead of setting myself up to fail, I pledged to be more purposeful in my cooking, eating whole foods, and reading labels like a fiend. It's a journey.
You can read more about the challenge put out by Andrew at Eating Rules: here. The challenge is in its 6th year; this is my 4th year joining the fun and games. And here are some of Andrew's posts that have really helped me decide what I'm including in my family's meals in October and what is verboten!
- About Sugars and Sweeteners... click here. Molasses is out; a couple of years I was misguided by molasses!
- About Flours and Grains... click here. Not that we buy white rice frequently - almost never, in fact - but I was surprised that it passes as an unprocessed food.
- About Chocolate... click here.
For the most part, we don't eat processed foods. At least I don't think that I eat processed foods; I buy ingredients and make just about everything my family eats from scratch. I mean, R has made his own ricotta cheese, I have roasted my own coffee beans. We aren't a grab-a-package kinda family. We don't even own a microwave.
But this month is usually great eye-opener for me to think about how the ingredients I buy are processed. I'm ready for the month. What do you think? How processed are the foods you eat?