This idea might seem completely laughable to some people, but October is the month to step up and take the challenge of eating only unprocessed foods. The concept certainly can seem a bit unnerving. A whole month without anything processed, how will we do it?
Our society has become so accustomed to eating packaged, processed foods that the idea of going a whole month without them seems totally daunting. Health blogger, Andrew Wilder, started this challenge in 2009 and by 2013 had 15,000 people sign the pledge and take part. Through the challenge Andrew found three ways to cut back on processed foods by following these three steps:
- When you eat grains, eat only 100% whole grains.
- Don’t eat high fructose corn syrup.
- Don’t eat hydrogenated oils, trans fats, or anything that’s been deep-fried.
Since starting my health coach training back in July, I’ve already made huge steps toward eliminating processed and fried foods. It truly is amazing how much better your body feels and how quickly you’ll shed some pounds. It became more noticeable how crappy I felt after eating french fries, pizza, or Milano cookies (some of my favorite junk foods) and how happy I felt after switching to healthier, unprocessed foods.
The goal isn’t to have the perfect diet, because that can become stressful and is just setting yourself up for failure. In fact, Andrew even makes a point to say that if you need to make an exception that’s ok. Just make sure the choice is deliberate and not out of habit.
However, there are so many delicious recipes out there, that why not treat your body better and try home cooking for yourself instead? Andrew has lots of healthy recipes to try on his site, so browse through and challenge yourself!
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