For the month of October I decided to take the unprocessed challenge from http://www.eatingrules.com. I have pledged to take this challenge, meaning for the next 31 days I will be cooking, eating and choosing (to the best of my ability) whole, unprocessed foods. I chose to take this pledge for a few different reasons:
1) Although I consider myself to be a pretty healthy eater (hellooooo Dietitian), I know there is room for improvement. This challenge may be the extra push I need to reach some goals I have been considering recently.
2) I’m looking forward to seeing if this challenge will help me feel better both mentally and physically. Positive side effects I’m looking for are better sleep, more energy throughout the day and less reliance on coffee and sugar to give me the energy boost
3) I can’t wait to get creative in the kitchen and try new recipes. Experimenting with new creations will benefit not only me, but the lucky friends, family and boyfriend who get to eat the food too!
One of the first steps to this challenge is to set an intention and action plan. The intention being a clear idea of what I hope to accomplish. My intention for the October Unprocessed challenge is:
To choose whole, unprocessed foods whenever I can for the next 31 days for all meals and snacks. I want to be realistic with my intention, as setting unrealistic expectations can often lead to disappointment.
•The foods that I choose will only have ingredients I can pronounce and understand!
•I will try and make the majority of foods from scratch. These include foods like salad dressings, pasta sauces/pestos etc
•Considering my busy schedule (work, blogging, soccer, yoga, friends, family) I may not have time to make EVERYTHING from scratch (e.g. almond milk, yogurt, bread, vegetable bouillon). I am OK with this. For the things I will not have time to make from scratch, I will choose organic when possible and foods with the LEAST amount of ingredients.
•I would like to eat local foods whenever possible (e.g. vegetables and fruits grown in Ontario). I will do this by shopping at my local farmers market to increase my knowledge of where my food comes from.
•If I slip up (hello Halloween Candy!) I will not beat myself down! This challenge is about increasing awareness; there is no need to punish myself. If I slip, I will reflect on the experience and move forward.
Wish me luck! I will be posting periodically about my progress throughout the month. Take a look at my “what I eat” page if you are interested in knowing the foods I’m choosing. xo