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October Unprocessed Check-in

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October is flying by – I can hardly believe we’re already halfway through the month!

Incredibly, more than 19,600 people have joined in for October Unprocessed 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. If you’ve missed any of the guest posts, I’ve set up an index page of all them so far, and it will automatically update as new posts are published.

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!


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Saxy Pants
Saxy Pants

I feel amazing! Went a solid 11 days struggling to get back on track but I know how much better I feel when I eat right… Not to mention I lost 4 lbs in 11 days all in the tummy area which is my hardest spot. Thank you all for your support and posts! I’ve even spread the unprocessed love to my husbands and child’s lunch boxes, it’s a whole new way of thinking about food and I love it!! Thank you thank you!!


My favorite discovery during this is how easy it is to make tortillas from scratch, and how much better tasting they are.

it’s been really hard to curb my sweet tooth, but now that i’ve made it through the worst of the sugar withdrawals, i’m finding that my cravings are mainly mental-based.

in a moment of weakness, i tried to eat half a bagel, but i just didn’t want it. i never thought in a million years that could happen.


Great! I started with a slow start in late September by eating up processed food in my cabinets, learning to bake my own bread, reading labels, etc. so that I was ready to go on October 1st. I, too,have lost weight (4.5 lbs.) and am eating all kinds of yummy food – even sweets made with honey or maple syrup. Feeling bloated was constant for me before going unprocessed. I am thinking of taking a day or two and just going with fruits, veggies and protein (chicken or turkey) – no bread or grains. This is something I would have never tried in the past but now I know that I can get a day or two in with just pure, unprocessed food. My 14 year old son keeps saying, “we have so much good food in the house now”!! He isn’t talking about all his processed snacks that he… Read more »

Natalie Wiser-Orozco

Oh man, I’m finding that I’m eating more salads these days with home-made dressings, and feel absolutely wonderful! I have slipped up a couple times, but never lose the drive to pick myself back up again. One thing that I’m really discovering is just how awesome home-made almond milk is. (Speaking of – I’ve got to pick up some more almonds on the way home from work tonight!) I don’t drink too much of it, but I always need it for my coffee in the morning. One thing I discovered last year, is that the 1 cup almonds to 4 cup water ratio is too thin for me. What makes my almond milk perfect for coffee creamer is one cup almonds to 2 3/4 cup water, and throw in about 5 dates at blending time. It produces the perfect creaminess and sweetness for coffee creamer!!