Well, we did it!! What a month it’s been. At last count, 15,546 people signed the October Unprocessed pledge, more than 2,000 people joined our vibrant Facebook group, and we shared 44 guest posts throughout the month.
It’s staggering the number of people who came together and volunteered their time, expertise, and talents to help make this project happen. First and foremost, I want to thank all the guest authors. Their contributions.were mouth-watering, creative, beautiful, helpful, and so much more. Here’s an index of all of the guest posts. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: The food blogging and wellness community is one of the finest groups of people I’ve ever been blessed to know and be a part of, and for that I am truly grateful.
Thanks go out to Suzanne Elizondo, for updating our October Unprocessed Guide, joining in and helping coordinate our Google Hangouts, and lending a hand with the Facebook group. Thanks also to Sabrina Modelle from The Tomato Tart, who designed the wonderful logo and shared her salted caramel macaroons.
I’m grateful to everyone who helped spread the word about the challenge — including so many bloggers and journalists. Every blog post, article, Tweet, and Facebook share made a huge difference. I’m indebted to Trina Kaye, my fabulous public relations guru, who helped spread the word about the challenge (and got us on radio & television!). And to the talented and enthusiastic Rene Lynch at the Los Angeles Times, who has not only championed the cause every year, but also embraced the challenge herself.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Bob’s Red Mill, and especially Cassidy Stockton, for their sponsorship and support of the challenge. I’m proud to partner with such a terrific company, and the challenge would not have been nearly as successful without their help. I hope you all were able to make good use of the coupons they generously provided — and stay tuned for more! Soon we’ll be emailing out more coupons to everyone who took the pledge: each month for the next year we’ll be sending a recipe and corresponding coupon. (Of course, you’ll be able to unsubscribe if you don’t want ’em.)
Finally, thank you to everyone who took the challenge and participated in any way – including those folks who weren’t ready to sign the pledge, and just read along all month. This challenge is really all about all of you, and I hope it’s been a wonderful experience.
Now tell me, how’d it go?
I suppose you’re wondering how I did on the challenge? Of course, I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into, having done it four times before. This year my own goal was to use our Vitamix every day of the month. I didn’t quite make it happen every day, but I won’t call that a failure — I used it quite a lot more than ever before, so I’m proud of myself for that step forward. Indeed, my smoothies with carrots, spinach, banana, apple, frozen fruit, and chia seeds really did help get me through this month. I also discovered that a small chunk of fresh ginger root is a phenomenal addition to a smoothie! I highly recommend it.
So now it’s your turn: I’d love to hear about how this experience may have changed you. What will you take with you into November and beyond? Please share in the comments below!
PS – I’ll be putting together a more formal survey in the next few days, so if you have specific thoughts and feedback about the challenge itself, that’ll be the place to let me know. I’ve done that in the past and it’s been tremendously helpful – I consider all of the feedback very carefully!