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Monday, September 30, 2013

Back from (Seemingly Permanent) Hiatus and Introducing October Unprocessed

Filed under: Uncategorized — shaye3 @ 11:28 am


Well kids, it seems I haven’t touched my blog since June of last year. In that time, I also busied myself with other things and really stopped cooking new things as much as I had before. Life came in and took over, and cooking was one of the things that went by the wayside. In the meantime, we started eating more junk in the form of fake meats and processed foods.

That’s where October Unprocessed comes in. October Unprocessed is a concept on the internet by the folks at Can I go for a solid month without unprocessed foods?

Unprocessed, for them, is based on their “Kitchen Test” definition. The good news for me is that it’s my challenge, so I can use whatever rules I want. I know that I’m not going to be able to go cold turkey, so I’m going to ease into it because I don’t want to set myself up for failure. It’s going to take a lot of time, planning, and work on my part; so I’m going to try for a simpler approach. While the Eating Rules people eschew things like cooking oil, flour, and sugar as processed; I’m going to keep them for the time being. For now, my goal is to try to cook like my grandmother cooked and avoid all of the preservatives and chemicals that are in the processed foods you buy at the store. I’ve seen the list of ingredients in the break-and-bake cookies. There are about a million chemicals that I can’t pronounce. I’m going to be ok with homemade cookies—even if they have sugar and flour. Once I can get the family (and myself) acclimated to all homemade, I’m going to try to start throwing in more wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour, coconut oil, etc. I also plan to occasionally feed them the meat substitutes that I already have in the freezer, but try to find healthier options to replace the processed. I saw a lentil-based recipe for taco “meat” online recently that could be a great replacement for the Quorn grounds with taco seasoning that I usually reach for.
My biggest goals for this are to get back into the habit of planning meals and cooking at home, start adding in more wholesome options, and I’m going to keep a food diary for myself to better keep track of why I weigh what I do. (I’m not planning to bore you with the details of my food diary, but I am going to share my October Unprocessed experiences and recipes here to help keep myself accountable to the project.)
This all starts tomorrow. Today, I clean out my fridge, look up some recipes, plan a weekly menu, and jump on this bandwagon. If you want to join in, visit


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