I woke up to find a link to this blog post on Facebook this morning, and got a little excited. Eating Rules isn't a blog I'd heard of before but after a little reading and digging…I really like it. I think the Start Here section in particular is a great jumping off point for anyone looking to make changes in their diet for any reasons at all – be they personal weight loss, health improvement, or even environmental. With simple rules and encouraging whole foods, Eating Rules seems to be realistic in the lifestyle and time commitment that most people can give to their food.
But what really got interested me is the October: Unprocessed challenge. I'll be honest – we don't eat a lot of processed foods around our house. The one big processed culprit in our house is breakfast cereal, and even that tends to be on the better end of the nutritional scale. But there is always room for improvement and as we continue to find out way in a new gluten-free way of eating, I'm finding it's necessary to keep checking my boundaries.
In particular, I really love the definition of unprocessed food and the kitchen test that's being used for this challenge:
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.
It doesn’t mean that you have to be able to make the food — but that the food could be made in a home kitchen by someone who knows what they’re doing. If it needs high-powered, industrial equipment, or could only be made in a laboratory, then it’s out.
I expecially like that who knows what they're doing part. It gives you a lot more flexibility and means you're off the hook for baking your own bread. Just keep an eye on the ingredients list and you're going to be okay.
What do you think? Could you go totally unprocessed for an entire month? Could you do it for a week? What about a couple of weekends? One meal a day? Maybe you want to replace unprocessed with gluten-free? I say go right ahead.
Again, being totally honest – it is a little more time consuming and takes a little more planning to eat an unprocessed diet, but the results are worth it. There are lots of encouraging posts and even a forum at Eating Rules to help. And, as with all things, I believe there's a lot of grace to be found too. Personally, I'm aiming for change…not perfection.
Are you in?