Friday, September 30, 2011

Unprocessed 2011

Eating a diet full of processed foods seems to be the norm in American culture. With busy schedules, tiredness, and ease of preparation serving pre-made or fast food meals to their families makes sense for a lot of people. (This is not a judgment on anyone. At times, that includes our family as well. There are seasons where it is just easier.) But those choices come with costs. Costs to our health, budget, even family togetherness.

Our family has been on a journey to eating a more whole foods diet. It has been a challenge, but the benefits like better health and lower grocery bills has made it worth it. There are times where we buy a frozen pizza or grab a burger out. No one is perfect and as a spouse of someone who deploys quite often, usually during soccer season, there are days it's just easier to eat food someone else has made.

For the month of October however our little family will be taking part of Eating Rules challenge to eat unprocessed. What is considered unprocessed you may wonder. Well, Andrew defines it as:

Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole food ingredients.

We already eat pretty much unprocessed anyway, but with soccer being in full swing we are out of the house during the dinner or lunch hour a few days a week. It is going to take some creativity and commitment to make food ahead of time (that isn't pb&j all week) for our meals. But I am looking forward to the challenge and will update each Friday during October. I hope you'll join in too.

(for some encouragement and ideas be sure to check back at Eating Rules for fabulous guest posts and ideas throughout the month.)

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