The October Challenge is one that I am participating in rather than hosting! I am extremely excited about this because I need all of October to make the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge OUT OF THIS WORLD for 2012!
I actually did this last year and it was really amazing. During the Clean Eating challenge I still found that I allowed myself to eat quite a bit of packaged food and even though I was making the best choices with that food, it quickly became too much of my day.
Per Eating Rules definition of the “kitchen test” there are some things I will continue to buy, instead of making it myself simply to save time.
Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.
I call it “The Kitchen Test.” If you pick up something with a label (if it doesn’t have a label, it’s probably unprocessed), and find an ingredient you’d never use in your kitchen and couldn’t possibly make yourself from the whole form, it’s processed.
It doesn’t mean you actually have to make it yourself, it just means that for it to be considered “unprocessed” that you could, in theory, do so.
Thus my list includes:
Once Again Nut Butter - ingredient…nuts
Vega - I can’t make a protein powder for post run on my own and the ingredients here are all plant based. I will also continue to use the electrolyte mix for during my runs.
Dark chocolate - I’m setting myself up for success by recognizing this is something that makes me happy daily and I do buy the best forms possible.
I am also going to allow myself the freedom to have a meal each weekend out and about. I don’t know that I consider this a “cheat meal” because that mindset doesn’t work for me. Rather this is simply an acknowledgement that once a week if I want to eat out with David or have a slice of pizza that I didn’t make at home, so be it. 80/20!
Are you doing October Unprocessed?
I am grateful for continued chances to practice remembering what’s important and whose opinions truly matter.