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Kick That Chemical Habit – October Unprocessed

Kick That Chemical Habit – October Unprocessed
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When Andrew Wilder challenged people to join him in avoiding processed foods for a month, 415 people took the pledge. That was October 2010. This October, 56 of the original pledgers have signed on again. They have been joined by nearly 2500 more.

It is not too late to take the pledge for 30 days, a week, even a day. The important thing, Wilder insists, is to become more aware of what we put in our bodies and how it affects us.

Wilder defines unprocessed food as, “any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole-food ingredients.” That may sound restrictive to wine and chocolate lovers, but a wander around October Unprocessed 2011 shows how easy it actually is to cut out all those ingredients with unpronounceable names. With so many tips, inspiring guest posts and a regular dose of tasty recipes, the site shrinks the learning curve to manageable size.

Easier Than It Sounds

That learning curve was the biggest hurdle last yearís pledgers faced. Wilder says, “Our culture isnít designed to help us with eating healthily. Pretty much everything is designed to get us to do the opposite. So we have to unlearn and relearn.”

Time is a factor in busy lives. So is the need for some kitchen skills. Wilder makes both easier by providing recipes for healthy dishes that can be made in a hurry.

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9:58AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

This probably would not be too hard for our family as we garden & buy from local producers almost everything anyway. We can, freeze & preserve our own produce. Even the herein mentioned wine, we have several new batches making in the basement now. Much of what sweetener we use is provided by our own honey. We have a hoop house,backyard chickens & collect rainwater. Peanut butter, chocolate, & cheese we still have to buy. I think city apartment dwellers would have a difficult time doing this though as you need a good deal of time, space & equipment (not to mention the work effort) to process a majority of your own foods.

1:31AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

okydoky but whatever one buy or drink there chemical in it.

1:26AM PDT on Oct 23, 2011

noted and voted

12:02PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Pledge signed and voted 'yes!'

7:30AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011


8:33PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011


11:21PM PDT on Oct 16, 2011

I buy individual foods for preparation and keep it simple only; for a emergency i keep canned soup & cheese w/ macaroni around.

5:52PM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

A long time ago I started avoiding processed foods and now I find that I don't like them at all anymore. They are out of my life and I certainly don't miss them.

5:03AM PDT on Oct 15, 2011

I eat processed food very seldom, usually in an "emergency", and I think I will continue to do so: it is unhealthy to eat processed food as a habit, but it would be even worse to starve because you cannot touch the canned soup!
But am I wrong in thinking that such things as oil, wine or flour are not necessarily processed just because they were have been prepared with a mill or press (which you are not likely to have in your kitchen) and/or stored for a time and in conditions than you could not create at home?

10:29AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

If it's very difficult to do it for a month, just start doing it for a day, then add another day, and another, before you realize it you've been through a week and finally a month goes by easily!

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