Our Halfway Check-in, and Yesterday’s Hangout with Dr. Yoni Freedhoff

It's Time to Touch Base!

Can you believe we’re already halfway through the month?

Incredibly, nearly 14,500 people have taken the pledge so far! If you found out about the challenge after October 1st, it’s not too late. (It’s never too late!) Please sign the pledge, and join us for the rest of the month (or for 30 days starting today).

I’d like to give a huge thanks to all the guest authors so far, and to the ones still to come. Please be sure to visit their websites, show your appreciation in the comments, and friend them on Facebook and Twitter.

Time to Touch Base!

I hope you’re all having a good time, learning a lot, feeling great, and — most importantly — enjoying lots of wonderful, unprocessed food!

The ongoing conversation in our Facebook Group has been uplifting and incredibly supportive – so if you haven’t joined the group yet, click on over and hit the “Join Group” link. (It’s free.)  I also want everyone to check in here today. How’s it going for you? Please leave a comment below and share something — maybe it’s a cool kitchen trick that you’ve learned, or a new experience you had, or a particular challenge you faced… or even a new favorite recipe. When we share our stories, we all grow stronger. So leave a comment below, and let us know how it’s going!

Yesterday’s G+ Hangout

Yesterday we had our second Google Plus Hangout.  Suzanne and I were joined by a very special guest, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff.  He’s a family doctor, an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, and the founder of Ottawa’s Bariatric Medical Institute, a multi-disciplinary, ethical, evidence-based nutrition and weight management center. Yoni writes Weighty Matters, an always-spot-on daily blog about weight loss and management, health, food politics, and everything in between.  Yesterday, he generously took time out of his day off to chat with us about all things unprocessed, sharing quite a few pearls of wisdom. If you missed the live broadcast yesterday, take a few minutes today to watch the re-play.  Enjoy!

Photo: 1st Base © 2008 by Gary Hunt. Used under the Creative Commons License.

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So far, so good. I’ve been eating oatmeal sweetened with maple syrup and apples or pears every morning, which I am very proud of. I cut out my crackers and cheese snacks and have been snacking on nuts, chocolate and fruit instead. The hardest part was convincing my husband (who does the grocery shopping) to read labels and only purchase items that support Unprocessed October. It’s going well so far!


This is my 2nd year doing this. It’s been great to “tighten” up my cleaning. I have more energy. I have been on the facebook page and it’s filled with such supportive people. no drama!!! I’ve lost 4 pounds, without trying. so happy! I’d like to do another challenge after the holidays – hint hint. thank you for pulling this together!

Tracy Breyfogle

Halfway already?
I have to say that my favorite thing about the challenge this year is the addition of the Facebook group. In past years, I’ve had to fly solo during October Unprocessed and having a group of people who are so supportive and offer so many great suggestions is a huge help. My favorite suggestion so far has been the chickpea pancakes – top that with mashed avocado and homemade pico and it is a perfect meal; mix a spoonful of freshly pureed pumpkin into the batter and it is even better.
Looking forward to the next couple weeks!


So far so good. What I’m proudest of is getting my 2 kids (ages 2 and 5) to try new things. And they are enjoying it. We’ve had a couple of days where we’ve fallen off the wagon but got right back on the following meal/snack. We have made our own bread, cookies, ate lots of fresh fruit and veggies–and no one really seems to be missing the processed food very much. I believe this is something we will keep doing and I’m looking forward to making and unprocessed thanksgiving dinner next month.


This is my first year and I have already learned a lot. I have found that I am reading all labels now and bypassing many products that I thought were not processed but are. I am not 100% unprocessed but better than I was in the past. I have tried some new recipes and food items, two which are now my favorite, Jicama and Quinoa.
I am very happy that I took the pledge and thank you to everyone who have shared their wisdom!


Just wanted to thank you all for the support! I have always been a fairly “healthy” eater, but never knew I was consuming so many chemicals! I was so hesitant to accept this challenge for fear of failing. But, 2 weeks in, and I am doing great! I am so appreciative of all you other “unprocessed” folks out there, always offering suggestions, support, and recipes! Thank you, Andrew for starting this campaign and helping me jump start a healthier way of living.


My 13 year old daughter has jumped on the bandwagone, too. While she may not have gone 100% (she spent a week of her break at a friend’s house which is not unprocessed), she has given it her best work. She’s packing her lunches for school and is reading packaging. If nothing else, she’s learning about what goes into processed foods and how to read the labels. 95% of the time she’s putting it down and reaching for something else. On top of that (I know, could it be better), we’re spending time together in the kitchen. She may not want to help pick out meals but she definitely helps with all the cooking and prep work and we get to spend that time together. And she stays on her dad when he’s poking around the pantry. All around, Unprocessed October has been successful in our home.


This unprocessed challenge has been an eye opener. I got really overwhelmed in the beginning when I found out that mustard has high fructose corn syrup in it! So I decide to learn how to read labels and educate myself as much as possible about what I’m putting in my body. Love reading all the bloggers stories and recipes.

Nancy B

1+ on the facebook group… wonderful recipes and support.

Being soda free is getting easier… looking at Soy more closely… swiching to arrowroot… eating through the freezer some, but life still getting in the way too much.

Energy Balls are a huge hit… tomorrow the whole wheat crepes may be in play.


Thanks for organizing this challenge Andrew ! #Unprocessed 2013 is my second year participating and I am so thankful for the FaceBook group with all the helpful hints, links and support. I have learned so much this time around from the guest posts, google hangout,FB page and just can not get enough information !! I continued my quest into clean eating after last year’s challenge — actually I prefer a Primal style of eating and I am proud to say that I now make my own condiments, salad dressings, beef/chicken/bone broth and love my grain/sugar free breads, buns and baked goods. I have been totally inspired to make so many wonderful, healthy recipes and love there are so many being made available to everyone !!! Congratulations on the numbers this year….Way to Go #Unprocessed 2013 🙂

I love this challenge and never want it to end!! i have been eating fairly clean for about 9 months but through this challenge I have learned even more things that I can be doing. A few things that have learned a) I don’t have to have something bad because i want sweets;I made amazing clean brownies (everyone at work devoured them…no complaints about the lack of refined sugar…thank you very much!!) b) I can now do without nasty bread and pasta; found great replacements with rice pasta and ezekiel english muffins. c) Having the support and the sharing in the facebook group really makes a difference. Its nice to talk to others that don’t look at me sideways because i dont want to eat things that are processed or with chemicals or gmo’s in them. We are all worth the time it takes to eat right but its awful… Read more »
Jen Little

The Challenge has finally gotten me and my pantry organized. I have been cooking and baking on the weekends, so that I have healthy options to eat all week. I started doing this to break my old bad habits (eating what’s easy) and making new positive habits.


Half way and feeling great. This is the first time I have returned from a two week road trip slightly lighter than before I left. That’s a big deal. So far, I am 100% unprocessed and hope to keep it that way for the duration.

In regard to the household, We are Thinking about practicing unprocessed for a much longer time frame. There is not much that we miss. Thank you for all of the great resources. Let’s keep it going.

Kelly V

Love the tips on the FaceBook group. And some of the recipes as well. Also, the New Sonoma cookbook (Mediterranean diet/lifestyle) also has a lot of great whole-food recipes. One of my biggest successes was having my daughters (aged 2 and 3 and 1/2) help ‘make’ a few nights ago…since they helped make it, I think it helped them in actually trying it and eating it (poached cod in a white-bean-tomato-onion-garlic-chicken broth stew). So though I had to build in extra prep time as thye were ‘heloing’ me, it was so worth it!


Yesterday, (the half-way check in day), we received an enormous gift basket filled with various forms of sugar and high fructose corn syrup (toffee, chocolates, etc.). We’ve been really good about telling people we espouse a healthier diet and that we prefer savory over sweet, which we do. So the basket was a bit startling and disappointing. However, we thoughtfully decided it was best to just acknowledge and be grateful for the gift and to subsequently toss the entire contents of the basket. After all, we are not human garbage disposers. Anyway, that is my half-way check in.