We’re halfway through our unprocessed challenge! I’m using this opportunity to take a break from the guest posts today for a few announcements. (Don’t worry, the guest posts will resume tomorrow).
Incredibly, nearly 3,000 people have taken the pledge! 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 befriend them on Facebook and Twitter. You’ll find a list of this year’s guest posts in the sidebar of every page on Eating Rules, and you can go here for an index of the posts from last year.
Some Sponsorship Love
I’m thrilled to announce that Healthy Surprise is now an official sponsor of October Unprocessed!
Healthy Surprise is a new service that sends a monthly care package of healthful snacks, bars, and other goodies. Joe Winke, the founder, hand-selects the vegan, gluten-free snacks, and each month it’s a little different — hence the surprise! It’s a fun and super-convenient way to discover new, healthy treats.
Joe and I have teamed up to offer a custom box of goodies specifically for the October Unprocessed challenge. Your first box will be filled with snacks that all pass the kitchen test with flying colors. How cool is that?
Even better, use coupon code UNPROCESSED to get 20% off your first month! (Don’t worry, there’s no commitment — you can cancel at any time.)
I think Healthy Surprise is really cool, and am sure you’re going to like it, too. I especially like that most of the snacks come from small, family-owned companies — not from “Big Food.” If you sign up I’ll earn a small commission, so you’ll be supporting Eating Rules and October Unprocessed. Sure seems to me like it’s a win-win-win-win (that’s you, me, Joe, and the small family companies).
So go to Healthy Surprise right now and sign up today! Thanks.
The Unprocessed Wiki
There’s been a lot of discussion of how to define “unprocessed” and how, exactly, to apply the Kitchen Test. The questions (and answers) have ended up scattered in quite a few locations. I’m hoping we can bring it all into one place, creating a definitive collection of unprocessed answers. To do this, though, I need your help. (It’s all I can do to keep up with all the guest posts right now!).
I’ve set up an October Unprocessed Wiki. Just like Wikipedia, anyone can add or edit pages. I’ve already brought over some info, but there’s still a lot more to do.
Maybe someone can start by copying over some of the existing conversations from my two original “defining unprocessed” posts, here and here. (Don’t forget to check the discussion in the comments sections). If you have expertise on a specific ingredient, or have found some brands you love that pass the kitchen test, please contribute and help share your knowledge.
Time for a Check-In
Okay, so now it’s time for a check-in. How has your experience been so far? Easy? Hard? What’s the most exciting thing you’ve learned or discovered?
In the spirit of supporting each other, I’m hoping you will share one “actionable” morsel that you’ve learned so far this month. Leave a comment on this post and share some of your new-found unprocessed wisdom with everyone. Or maybe it’s simply a link to a recipe that you want to share. Or something else that folks may find useful or helpful. (Or, if you’re just downright frustrated, let us know that, too — and maybe we can help.)
Okay, ready? Go!