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No Processed Foods for me in October... or else!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I took a pledge during the weekend to eat only unprocessed foods during the month of October.
This just seems like a very cool idea to me. Having lost nearly 180 pounds thus far by eating a fairly clean and healthy balance diet and exercising, I am all for this. Our bodies weren't made for processed food. The big food companies would love for us to believe that the 100 calorie diet snack (what is that made from?) is going to help you lose weight, but we know that it's empty calories. It offers no real substance. It's not going to fill me up (how many of those do I have to eat to feel satiated?). It will not help my skin be radiant, nor make my hair be shinier, nor help me rebuild cells. It does nothing. It's a package of empty calories with ingredient I don't recognized as food. Eat an apple instead because is full fiber and nutrients.
I believe in making your food count, not counting calories. All the extras added to package food, it's not good for us. If you are going to eat it, it should benefit our bodies... nourishment. I want to know what it is I am really eating. If it doesn't grow from the grown or come from a mother, as my coworker would say, it doesn't belong in my body. When I look at protein bars or other "health" food items that are made from heavily processed ingredient, I often think of the movie Soylent Green, and I want to run through the super market saying "People it's made from people".... well it could be. I definitely don't know what is in there.
So, I promote this idea of eating clean and unprocessed food all month. It's brilliant!

Oh and I love their idea of the kitchen test... (check out the link to the site) after reading ingredients, the question is "can I make it in my kitchen with whole foods, if I had the time?" Love this!
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    Sounds like a great idea!
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    2046 days ago
    Great! :) I have tried to make myself stick to this lately as well and find such ridiculous push-back in my thoughts and actions that I realized it was a little too extreme for me.

    To get back into it and make it stick I decided today that if I can't track it, I can't eat it.

    The tracking will help me visualize what kind of an effect the food is having on my body, and I will gradually or swiftly adjust my intake toward the unprocessed -- that has been one of my keys to success all along.

    It sounds like you're getting into a good rhythm of maintenance. I can't wait to see all that you accomplish! :D

    2051 days ago
    All good thoughts. I'm with you on this one.
    Good luck with your pledge. I bet that after a month you'll have made a habit.
    2051 days ago
    What my wife and I have decided is that we are going to focus our shopping on the items along the walls of the grocery store....avoid all the stuff down in the aisles!
    2052 days ago
    That is such a great way to put how to eat clean. I really want to be able to be 100% clean it is going to take a little while but I hope we can do it
    2052 days ago
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