Get the Official Guide to October Unprocessed! It’s a free PDF download that answers many of the most common questions about the challenge. But more than that, it’s got lots of great information on how to help you get the most from the challenge, ways to avoid common “speed bumps,” advice for specific dietary restrictions, and tons of other unprocessed goodness.
When Annie at Mighty Nest asked me how they could support us again this year, it was clear that many of their products would be tremendously helpful for people taking the challenge (and beyond, of course). We decided to do a giveaway with a do-it-yourself theme. Why D.I.Y., you ask? So many foods are not only healthier when you make them at home, but also tastier and infinitely more satisfying. Also, it’s fun!
Our supermarkets, with their sterile, plastic-wrapped packages of pre-butchered meat, do an effective job of shielding us from the reality of where our food comes from. That means that the meat you’re eating may not be as unprocessed as you think it is (vegetarians, that goes for you too!). Hopefully, this post will help you walk into the grocery store with eyes wide open so you can better decide what’s right for you.
Today I want to mention a handful of other ingredients, usually used in small quantities, but collectively, they’re in a whole awful lot of the foods most people eat. Many of these are used in extremely small amounts in any given product, but over time I believe those small quantities can really add up.
A few years ago, Jamey Bennett took a leap of faith and decided to take the October Unprocessed challenge. Being the kind of guy who approaches everything he does with intense enthusiasm, he just took it upon himself to create an October Unprocessed theme song for us… and it’s freakin’ awesome!
In theory, at least, chocolate is one of those unprocessed foods that easily passes the test. If you knew what you were doing, you could grow cacao, harvest and ferment the beans, dry them, roast them, crack them into nibs, grind them into liquor, conch the liquor (mixing it for several hours), temper it, and then add some sugar and form it into a fabulous home-made chocolate bar. You know, in all your spare time.
Enter to win this fantastic Bob’s Red Mill gift pack to help you stock your pantry for October Unprocessed! The prize includes a selection of products, a $100 gift card, and… my favorite part: A Bob Bobble Head!
Is your sugar unprocessed? There are a lot of different types of sugars out there, so here’s some more information to help you figure out where you want to draw some lines for yourself.