Mindful eating: October Unprocessed.

3 Oct

October Unprocessed 2011 Logo

I consider myself to have a fairly healthful diet. I’m not overly fussy about every thing I eat, but most of the time I’m actively trying to make good food choices. And I enjoy eating things that are horrible for me in the remainder. And I’m ok with that. Still, for some reason Eating Rules’s October Unprocessed challenge caught my eye, and I decided to make the pledge to eat only “unprocessed” food for the month of October.

The term “unprocessed” is pretty tricky to definitively pin down. Andrew Wilder—the man behind the challenge—says, “Obviously there’s a wide range of implications in that word, and we will probably each define it slightly differently for ourselves.” He personally defines unprocessed with something he calls “The Kitchen Test.” Specifically: “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.” Well, I’m down with that.

So, here we go. I think this will be a rewarding exercise in mindful eating. I’ve had no problems so far, aside from the very first morning when I was puttering around the kitchen with my morning coffee and sleepily bit into a leftover ginger snap then suddenly remembered the date, checked the label and spit it out. Because those  “traditional” cookies also included a few ingredients like refined sugar, palm oil with TBHQ, and soy lecithin.

If you want to learn more about October Unprocessed, or take the challenge yourself, click the logo at the top of this post.


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