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You didn’t think I’d forget, did you? Yeah, I knew you wouldn’t either. The October Unprocessed 2012 Challenge is beginning in two days. Are you ready?
I described the challenge in this previous post. It’s basically a commitment to go the entire month of October without eating any processed foods. But even if you can’t make it a month, give it a shot for a week, or even a day or two.
If you have questions about what constitutes “unprocessed,” Andrew at eatingrules.com, who is sponsoring this challenge, has put together The Official Guide to October Unprocessed 2012 that can be downloaded in a PDF format here. It will answer many questions you may have about how to eat for the challenge, and best of all, it’s FREE! At all of 31 pages, it’s concise yet very informative.
I’m deferring to the “deliberate exception clause” for my daughter’s wedding a week from today so that I can celebrate the event without employing the “kitchen test” for everything I eat, but otherwise I’ll do my best to follow the guidelines and see how I fare. Maybe I’ll keep some sort of food/energy/mood chart for the month to track the effects of eating “unprocessed.”
There are more and more connections being found between depression and nutrition, such that it’s foolhardy not to look at one’s diet when trying to combat or prevent depression. We’ll be looking at various aspects of that in future blog posts.
I hope you give the unprocessed challenge a shot, at least for a day if you can't go longer. Let me know how it works for you.
Here’s to eating real food.