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.
Photo of Andrew Wilder from October Unprocessed
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