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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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October 20, 2014 12:06 pm

This came at the PERFECT time! We are doing food elimination with our 22 month old for allergies and the blogs have been a lifesaver. Thanks!

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October 18, 2014 4:07 am

I’m doing really well. I’ve been spending tons of time in the kitchen this month. Most of the meals and snacks I’ve made have been yummy. The thing I have the hardest time with is condiments/dipping sauces. I have kids and dipping sauces are almost a required thing to get them to eat anything. I’d like to find more recipes for good homemade ketchups, bbq sauces, salad dressing, etc, as well as recipes using whole grains.

October 16, 2014 4:57 pm

I’m a foodie and prepare most of my meals at home so this has been a very easy and fun transition. I have not veered once, have lost weight and feel absolutely wonderful! This will be not be just an October challenge…it will be a way of life. Thank you Andrew!

October 16, 2014 2:04 pm

I think the hardest thing for us is eating out. Generally we don’t eat out much – we’re pretty good about cooking at home most nights – but this month has been unusually filled with birthday parties and dinner with friends. We’ve found the best thing we can do is read the restaurant’s menu in advance so we have a clear idea of what we can and can’t have. Salads are usually a good go-to, but request no dressing, or oil and vinegar. (Obviously we’re allowing certain oils as exceptions.) Frozen banana bites have curbed our need for a sweet treat after dinner – especially tasty when dunked in some fresh ground almond butter. The biggest concern we had going into this month was that our grocery budget was going to sky-rocket since we were buying so much more organic, whole food (which meant shopping at some of the pricier… Read more »

October 16, 2014 11:30 am

My family of five is doing well and we have had hits and misses with trying new recipes but I am struggling with items for the kids lunches. I’ve done the mac and cheese recipe and use the leftovers from the night before but all I hear is complaints from them. We decided as a family next year we won’t do Unprocessed October but we will do one week per month of unprocessed foods. The kids don’t realize that is is 12 weeks vs 4 weeks, but I won’t tell them that.

October 16, 2014 8:15 am

I am still struggleing with the sugar thing, but have cut back greatly. The cooking from scratch is something i have always done as i raised my family. I find that now that they are gone it is much more difficult to want to cook for just myself. But this month has shown me that cooking is something I still enjoy and has given me the opportunity to try some unfamiliar grains like Amaranth and veges i don’t normally eat. It has been very eye opening. Thanks

October 16, 2014 7:56 am

Im so Happy because u think it copule be a big deal. But now the thing is that i really want this challenge is not just 1 month, but a lifestyle actually.

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