October Unprocessed 2011 was a tremendous success! Over 3,000 people took the pledge, and we shared 55 guest posts! Thank you to everyone who pledged, posted, and participated in any way.
In October of 2009, I was struck by a simple idea:
What would happen if I went for an entire month without eating any processed foods?
This question would have been laughable (rather, nonsensical) just a few decades ago. Nowadays, it seems that almost every food that comes with an ingredients list on it is likely to be laden with extra sugar, fat, and salt. And preservatives. And flavorings. And artificial colors.
I’m not okay with this.
So I tried it, along with a few good friends: A month of no processed foods.
It was revelatory. My expectations and sense of taste were re-calibrated. I started to identify individual ingredients in the foods I ate. I didn’t crave those salty snacks. I found myself often in the kitchen, excited to see what I could cook next. Above all, I simply felt better.
We took turns hosting small dinner parties, and shared our stories and experiences. It brought us closer together. Funny how real food does that.
Last year, I decided to try it again, in a bigger way. I had started Eating Rules just a few months before, and I reached out to my fellow foodies, bloggers, and friends, and issued the challenge again. In October 2010, 415 people took the pledge and we shared over 40 guest posts! (We also made the news a few times!)
Although it’s a ridiculous amount of work to make this project happen, I want to do it again. It’s just too important not to. And I want to share this experience with as many people as possible. Not just my experience, but our experience.
Together, let’s see how many people we can get to eat no processed foods whatsoever during the month of October.
And then let’s see what happens.
The “Kitchen Test” Definition
Of course, this begs the question: How do we define “Processed?”
Obviously there’s a wide range of implications in that word, and we will probably each define it slightly differently for ourselves. My definition is this:
Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole-food ingredients.
I call it “The Kitchen Test.” If you pick up something with a label (and if it doesn’t have a label, it’s probably unprocessed), and find an ingredient you’d never use in your kitchen and couldn’t possibly make yourself from the whole form, it’s processed.
It doesn’t mean you actually have to make it yourself, it just means that for it to be considered “unprocessed” that you could, in theory, do so.
Here’s the discussion from last year on the definition, and we’ll continue exploring it as October approaches.
So, Let’s Do It!
Commit to eating no processed foods whatsoever during the month of October by signing your name below.
This is an exercise in awareness. If an entire month is too much of a commitment, that’s okay. Maybe it’s only a week? Maybe just a day? Sign the pledge, and indicate your support!
Maybe you’re not comfortable with my definition of “unprocessed.” That’s okay, too. Decide what it means to you and take the pledge on your terms.
Need an exception? Sure, no problem. Just make sure it’s a deliberate choice, not just because of a habit.
Whatever your level of commitment (even if it’s for just one day, please sign the pledge), and discover how it changes you, your family, your community, and the world.
(Update, December 2011: I removed the pledge form, but am leaving the signatures of everyone who took the pledge. Thanks!)
The following people took the pledge:
Andrew Wilder, Santa Monica, CA
Thank you to everyone who is participating!
Rita M., Anthem, AZ
Love this idea! How many recipes, ideas are out there? Please share!
Jenny Sayre, Maine
Whoa, this will be hard! Hope I can make it through! Gonna be tough with Halloween, and subsequent parties, thrown in there, but I'm game for the challenge.
Anna Shadley, Ohio
Bet this will be tougher than I realize. But I'm excited to give it a go!
Wesley, Los Angeles
The wife and I did it (more or less successfully) last year and I'm looking forward to doing it again.
Jean Layton, Bellingham WA
Love to be able to do this again, although this October will be far crazier than last. Thanks for letting us join together.
Alanna A., Pennsylvania
I did it last year and I was hoping that you would do it again this year! It was a really fun and informative month! I've found my eating habits going down hill so I hope this will jump start me back in the right direction! Can't wait to get started!
Carolyn N., Bellingham, Wa
I'm gonna be moving to a temporary residence before moving out west to New Mexico next month so eating unprocessed is gonna be a challenge but I'm going to my best to make it happen. Since doing this last October my diet has remained 75%-80% unprocessed so hopefully getting that last 20% won't be too hard.
Chloe French, Ocean City, MD
Aimee @ Simple Bites, Montreal
I'm in, and I'm going to share on my FB page. Thank you!
Megan Yarbrough, Washington, DC
Karen, Richmond, Victoria, Australia
I love this!!! I was thinking of starting a clean eating challenge and this is perfect!!!!
This was eye opening last year! Excited for October!
(Name Withheld), hamilton ON
Judi knight, Atlanta
I have been doing this for two months already. Lost 20pounds so far. Feel great.
The Fresh 20 is on board!!
Jenn, Niles, MI
YEAH!!! After watching Forks Over Knives the other day — I'm totally in!!!
Aimee Porter, Rio Rancho, NM
Can't wait! Looking forward to participating with my family of six!
Gluten Free Gigi, Atlanta, GA
Last October was fabulous! Thanks, Andrew, for hosting again this year! Can't wait and will post it on my site to share with my readers, too!
Sean Perez, Firebaugh, CA
Time to Put Healthy back on top :)(:
(Name Withheld), South florida
I am traveling and celebrating a lot this month but will try my best!
April Smith, Seattle
Beth Aiken, Wasilla, Alaska
This will be an eye opener as I consider us a *mostly* unprocessed family already… but we are IN!
Laura @ The Art of Cooking Real Food, Upper Midwest
Karin Ralph, Enfield, CT
I'm just about there anyway, might as well go totally unprocessed!!! Thanks for the push!
Betsy, Glen ellyn
This should be interesting, I'm up for the challenge.
Ann W, Idaho
(Name Withheld), NY
This ought to help out with the biggest loser competition we are having at work too!
Trina, Auburn, WA
Brenda Anderson, Saskatchewan, Canada
Did this last year and wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Definitely makes you aware of everything you put in your mouth.
Shaina @ Food for My Family, http://foodformyfamily.com/
Love this, Andrew. I am so excited to see you doing it again this year.
Laurie P., Hershey, PA
Andrew inspired me to go unprocessed last October and my little guys are eating healthier thanks to a little extra effort. I'm not saying they don't get the occasional mac-n-cheese from a box, but when my boys want snacks now, they ask for things like cucumbers. I'm all in!
emily, Farifax, VA
I'm in baby. October.
Ellen, Northern California
I'm really looking forward to doing this. I've been trying to limit my ingredient list on most recipes so I think I might do pretty well.
Swati Rane, Nashville, TN
Love this! Can't wait to try it again this year!
Mike Schechter, Seattle
Bring the thunder!
Renee T., Culver City
Can't wait to do this again! It has changed the way I eat.
jenne griffin, gainesville,ga
this should be easy for me but we'll see.
Cathy Elton, Brooklyn, NY
I'm in, Andrew! I feel better already.
Chrystal Nelson, Airdrie, AB
Looking forward to it!
Beth Sheresh from kitchenMage, evenTinierTown, midCascadia, N America
I'd toss out a casual, "this should be easy" because I eat so little processed stuff but I know better. Having spent the last two years ill and with a horrible diet, this will help me recalibrate my eating. Thanks for the challenge!
Kathie, Los Angeles – West Adams
Seems very doable. Lots of produce in the pantry I've been canning and am planting the fall garden this week
Suzy Brusca, Sacramento
Cool! I'm going for it! (Is candy corn processed? Just kidding!!)
I'd love to do the whole month, but I think I'll keep weekends off for my first attempt.
Kimberly Robertello, Pullman, WA
This is how I try to eat all the time. I lost so much weight when I first started. It's so much better for your body.
The only exception is if someone else is serving. I'm not going to be rude to a host/hostess.
I pretty much do this on a regular basis, but this will make me more aware and there may be some areas in which I could do better.
David M., Anthem, Az
Happy to see a movement like this started. Thank You!
Angela Watts, Maine
I was at the grocer tonight and saw a carton of Bright&Early Juice product. Artificially flavored drink, no juice content. Made me sad.
I think this could be fun as its something I've been wanting to work towards in my home. Lack of space in the fridge/freezer and pantry normally limits my ability, as does budget and time.
But I know at least part of October I can manage this. Since Jenny and I will be going apple picking we'll have applesauce and apple butter, and apple crisp from scratch with unprocessed ingredients.
Not so sure of the definition as something I couldn't possibly make myself….I'm a chemist. I've made TNT before….lol
JJ @ 84thand3rd, Sydney, Australia
Love it! We've been eating like this since Nov of last year, so more than happy to support. Instead of explaining to people what we eat these days, I'll just send them to your definition page now, ha! Would love to share some recipes too.
Nicole, Fresno, CA
Let's do this!
Stacy, San Diego
Miya, Los Angeles, CA
I did this last year. Love it!
erika kar, mazama, wa
Leanna B, www.eastvalleylife.com
I enjoyed it last year – count me in again!
Lori L., California
Did the challenge last year. Loved it. Excited for another unprocessed October
Katreena Strode, email@example.com
This is how I normally eat, au natural.
Rebecca @ Sweet Baby Yams, Southern California
jessi, Medina, WA
Vegandrea, Mesa, AZ
Looking forward to it.
Phillip Cross, Fresno, CA
Kasia, Colorful Colorado
I'm totally in! There may be some amendments to your definition of "unprocessed" but for the most part, I plan on following. Thanks for putting this together!
Michelle DeHaart, Vancouver, WA
Sabrina Modelle, San Francisco
Hey Love, I'm signing on for the entire month! I love this challenge– wait, am I giving up chocolate?
(Name Withheld), France
Bonnie K., Sacramento
Randy, Chalabre, France
I try to do this as much as possible, but ,akin it a conscious choice will be an interesting challenge. My guess is that it's easier to do here in rural France, since so much of the food I buy is already locally sourced and produced. And, European regulations are stricter than American ones on many things.
Definitely on board for the month (although that might kind of be cheating since we rarely eat process foods anyway!)
Jayne, London, UK
Brilliant, SO looking forward to this! It was such an eye opener last year!
Jessica Mitchell, Louisville, KY
Very excited!! Please share more recipes…I LOVE the Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole recipe you have posted. It's fabulous!
Jessica, Louisville, KY
Let's do it!
Valerie Williams, Sugar Land, TX
We try to eat real food as much as possible, but I'm sure there are lots of processed foods that sneak in because we're not carefully watching. This will be a great way to get more aware!
Brynna, Buffalo NY
As a broke University student with zero time, I'm betting this is almost impossible… but I like a good challenge! And I need to reset my slipping eating habits. Bring it on.
Heather Halliburton, Delaware
I'll give it a try though, to be honest, it does seem impossible.
Amy @ PushPlayFitness.com, Mississippi
I will be prepping for this and starting a recipe collection and inviting all of my free clients to this challenge. Thank you!
Amy P, Des Moines Iowa
Maybe this will inspire me to finally try making my own almond milk!
EllieJo LaFever, Ames, Iowa
Jean | Delightful Repast, US
Andrew, I'm glad you're doing this again. It's something that really makes people stop and think.
Mary Ellen, Little Rock, Arkansas
Excited to take the pledge again! Last year was a real eye opener.
Danielle Kennell, Ocean City, MD
I'm sure this is not easy but I would love to try!
Jenn Kropf, Canton, PA
I am excited to see how I feel @ the end of October!!
Maureen, Edmonton, Alberta
My daughter is on yeast free diet for a month and we have had to illiminate most processed foods. So i guess we will be doing it for 2 months What I noticed was the lengthy list of ingredients (nothing that was a food) even on the most simple of pre-prepared food.
Becky, Lampasas, TX
I'm a pretty decent clean eater with moments of mishaps but I'd love to be in the challenge because I think it would grt me back on track of pure clean eating. Maybe through the sharing, some of my friends will "clean" up their acts as well.
This sounds like a good challenge. I've already found myself cutting out more and more processed foods from my diet, but there is still lots of room for improvement, and doing this should help!
Robert Volpicelli, Big bear
Sweet, October unprocessed 2011 can't wait!
Naomi Bindman, North Bennington, VT
This is already pretty much how I eat, so it won't be a stretch, but I love the idea of making it cool and catchy to do! Bravo.
I am vegetarian and I have "turned" my kids into the better healthier them too. This is going to be fun.
Natalie, Columbus, OH
I have been slowly moving my family of 3 to an unprocessed diet. I think an entire month will kick it into high gear!
Susan, Jensen Beach, FL
Shannon, Washington, D.C.
Can't wait to get started!
Becky L., Madison, WI
The hardest part is going to be all the eating en-route we all do, but I'm pumped to get started!
Natalia Morales, Houston
Cassidy Stockton, Portland, OR
Count us in! A month of eating consciously is a month that brings us closer to our food. My goal is to keep it up through the month and apply it towards the year.
Cristina @ An Organic Wife, Oklahoma City, OK
What a great opportunity! Please visit me at http://www.AnOrganicWife.com to learn more about organic, real foods and a healthy lifestyle!
Jilly, Moscow, ID
Can't wait to use this pledge as motivation to not only cut out processed food during the month of October, but also to become more aware of my tastes and senses when eating.
(Name Withheld), Seattle
Excited to be a part of this
Rebecca Johnson, Sacramento, CA
Lori Carter, Overland Park, KS
Have done a 3-week whole food cleanse many times – easy enough to add another week!
Monica Lucas, firstname.lastname@example.org
I've been vegan for almost two years, but because I work full-time, I eat a LOT of high-fat/carb convenience foods. This will be a great kickstart to a healthier life. Thank you for challenging me!
Sylvia Alvarado, Los Angeles
Great idea. Watched Forks over Knives, Food Matters, King Corn. It's time for a deliberate change. The definition of processed helps. I'd better get some friends on board so we can support each other. We can do this!
Becky Reyes, Bisbee, AZ
I will commit to this with one exception. I'm not giving up my 85% cocoa chocolate bar. I have a few squares every evening with a few raw almonds.
Hettie/CelticMommy, Los Angeles, CA
This is going to be wonderful! I'm really looking forward to it!
Zoe, Bellingham, WA
TANYA H., Black Diamond, WA
I'm committed to doing this forever…lets change the world together!
Let's Do It Again!
Looking forward to it!
Geneva Byers, Nashville, TN
This is going to be so hard, but absolutely needed! I've already weened myself off Pepsi and most breads, but I love cheese!!! Im ready to push my limits with food and money. I hope my 6 y/o doesn't mind.
No processed foods + (my addition) no animal foods.
Traci Lewis, Pasadena, Texas
Elizabeth Sanders, Little Rock, AR
I think this is a great idea, and I'm looking forward to trying it out!
Heather T., Los Angeles, CA
I'm weary of my resolve and that of my husband but we'll try our best!
Sheena, Miles City, MT
Pledging for at least Oct. 16-29. Much traveling is happening the first two weeks with many of my meals being prepared for me by others, not just restaurants. Start with two weeks and go from there!
Hasty Danger, Philadelphia, PA
Jenny B., Petaluma, CA
Sorry, but I can only pledge 30 days for October. Though I would love to skip the Halloween treats altogether, the family would revolt!! I will make some yummy homemade goodies to detract from the shiny lure of packaged candy though.
Amanda L. Swan, email@example.com
I work for Whole Foods, so I have no excuse to eat as much processed stuff as I do. I will hold true to this as much as I can, but I'll be visiting Boise, Idaho for a wedding in early October, so may have to 'cheat' at that time. I will also allow myself natural stabilizers in things like yogurt, etc.
Lisa, New Brunswick, Canada
Shawna, Minot, North Dakota
YAY! Lets do this! I haven't been so good with this lately, but I usually strive for whole food and plant based food and plant based protein. Count me in!
Michelle, PEI, Canada
Liz the Chef, San Diego
Ready to roll, baby – just informed my husband he is in on this too…
Looking forward to this!
Kori Tonsmeire, Denver. CO
Not always easy with kids. But my husband and I have wanted to do this for awhile so now we have the commitment to DO IT!
Angie Ford, Memphis
I have already been doing this for 27 days and I feel better than I have felt in years!
Dana, San Diego, CA
Unprocessed OG! Three years and accounting (and recruiting)!
(Name Withheld), Maryland
Christine Dyer, Ohio
Nervious, anyone who wants to help me with meal planning hot me up on facebook.
I'm already eating REAL food the vast majority of the time but I'd like to go an ENTIRE month with absolutely no preservatives, chemicals, etc entering my body! Anxious to see how it goes!
I've already made this commitment, even before I saw this post. I'm trying to go unprocessed forever, not just for one month – it's been difficult, planning ahead is key!
This is perfect! We'd been reading Lisa's blog over on 100 days of food and had been planning on trying out a "real food" pledge beginning October 1st.
Lisa, Baltimore, MD
Kate K, New York, NY
Alright dude, you got me this year. Let's go!
Jennifer, Redondo Beach, CA
I'm a little scared but also excited to give it a go. Any recipes would be greatly appreciated.
Carmen, Sacramento, CA
Looking forward to taking the challenge! I've recently found out that I need to go gluten and dairy (gulp) free, so this will be a great way to get me started.
(Name Withheld), Lincoln,NE
With children in grade school and junior high this will be a great way to get them them thinking broader and at great ages to teach them about proper nutrition.
Aidelis Duran, Sparks, NV
Angelina, Cloverdale, CA
(Name Withheld), KY
I'm doing this for my health…and the health of my children.
I'll do my best! Looking forward to it.
Cara J, NE Ohio
Joan W, Los Angeles
As you know, this is going to be difficult for us, but we're going to try!
Kevin Ballard, Seattle
I have been working the past few years on trying to eat less proceed foods. So, thanks for the great motivation to try 100% for one month.
Aesha M., Bronx, NY
Wow! I've been trying this off and on but I'm excited to try and be consistent for the full month.
Vanessa O, Perth, West Australia
yay so excited to be trying this. i just completed a month of being vegan and realised how much better i felt but alot of food was replaced by processed foods so it'll be nice to try and do a month of unprocessed
Caren, Charlotte, NC
Love this challenge! Makes me think about foods being natural or processed. Eliminates a lot of junk from my diet.
Jen Havard, Northern IN
Eating to live!
(Name Withheld), Mobile, Alabama
I need this.
Ron E Ginsberg, San Francisco, CA
Thank you! Thirty days it is, and hopefully a long-term project!
Jessica, Bakersfield, CA
I want to commit for October and carry it out for the 100 day challenge from 100daysofrealfood.com Starting with the thirty day challenge in October will give my mind time to process and as i get used to the new style hopefully i will be able to continue to the 100day challenge!
Sarah, Upstate NY
Very exciting- hopefully many people will take the pledge!
Rachel Lagomarsino, Sacrametno
I love this idea! Im not a particuarly healthy person but Im always looking to improve my eating habits, thanks for doing this!!!
linda l, latrobe pa
Hope I can get some of my friends to take the pledge too
Michelle, San Diego
Looking forward to all the October posts!
Kathy J, Los Angeles
Although we are far from perfect on this, this is the direction we are leaning more and more toward… quite a stretch for a girl who was raised on Kraft Mac n' Cheese and Pasta Roni. But I have come up with more and more menu items like this, and it will be a good way for me to stretch myself to do more. Thanks for the idea!
Rachel simkin, Sherman oaks, ca
We are so excited to go through our cabinets and purge ourselves (at least for the month!) of processed foods! What a great challenge and way to raise awareness and even build community.
Sue H, London
This is something that I try to live by, but it will be good to take the final step and give up processed foods 100%
Dennis Wilder, Los Angeles
Yup, I'm related but am doing it out of my own free will. No coercion. It's going to be difficult but I hope I won't feel too guilty when I can't.
Kristy, Coquitlam, BC, Canada
Maria Marsela D., Athens, Greece
Rosanne Hadlock, Michigan
Tiffany, Orlando, FL
jason abbott, metro detroit
if i can juice fast for 10 days i can go a few without processed foods.. count me in.
Tracy B, Georgia
I hope my family will commit to this as well!
Stephanie H, Columbia, PA
October Unprocessed was a success for our family last year. Looking forward to trying it again to get our eating habits back on track.
I'm thinking that I do this already but curious now!
I'm in! Nearly there already, but this will finally get me to make my own pasta. Maybe I'll try cooking some for my cats, too.
Mary Buetow, Rhode Island
I eat this way 99% of the time anyway, so it won't be difficult for me. I love to cook and that is key here..you really have to cook and make from scratch.
Petal Schimmel, Hephzibah Ga
My husband and I feel so much better when we avoid processed food. Thank you for a great web site!!
Chef Asata, Atlanta GA
This is great! I'm going to spread the word.
I'll shoot for an easy week. I'll post it for my change of the week during the first week of October on my site, 1week1change.wordpress.com I'd love for anyone to check it out and offer tips!
Tracey Geronimo, San Francisco, CA
I usually end up eating my cat's food but for October it's only unprocessed Fancy Feast for me and Mr. Bojangles!
Suzy B, Florida
Gina Pollock, Lancaster, PA
My family has been eating no processed foods for 20 days so far and we feel great! This little challenge will be a nice boost to our commitment!
I'm in for the whole month!
Jessica G, CA
Im at 70% now. Heres hoping for 100% in October!
(Name Withheld), Lakewood, California
I am in….I truly believe this will make a huge impact…I love to cook and there is no reason why I can't do this. I want to share with my younger daughter once I get it down pat!
Jayne, Stockholm, Sweden
Jennifer Martinez, Austin, TX
Can't wait! Good luck, everyone
Libby, Baton Rouge, LA
Here goes nothing!
We do eat quite a bit of unprocessed food, but to consciously decide to eat NOTHING processed for a month, that's a big commitment. We'll take it a day at a time and see where we end up!
Liz Bates, Buffalo, NY
(Name Withheld), Washington
Looking forward to the challenge. It will be interesting to see just what portion of my diet is processed however I think that it's not all that much.
Cindy, Portland, OR
Diane Var, Windsor, CT
I like this idea very much. Thank you.
Amanda A., Seattle
Im excited for this challenge! I would love to kick my bad habits and be a processed free home. My bigger challenges will be my boyfriend and 1 year old daughter!
Great idea! I'm almost done with Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food so the timing for this is great.
Mindi, Phoenix AZ
Just what I need to shake things up and get me back in the kitchen!
Karli Silacci, gilroy, ca
Karina Cabrera, South Florida
Justin, London, Ontario
Sarah G., Santa Clara, CA
This will be a great way to keep on track heading into the holidays! It's never too late to feel better than ever before!
Lindsey Corley, Illinois
Shae | Hitchhiking to Heaven, Northern California
Last year, I wasn't ready. This year, I say bring it!
Suzanne J, San Diego/Irvine
It's going to be difficult as a college student, but I would love to try!
Mary Anne, Murray, KY
My family eats mostly unprocessed foods already. I'm excited to commit fully to a unprocessed diet. For a month, anyway.
Kim Dillon, Ohio
I've been thinking about doing this for some time. Looking forward to the challenge.
Paola, los angeles
I hope my boyfriend wants to be on board with this. Excited
Dave and Anna, Cherry Hill, NJ
Great Idea, We are In!
Ravdeep Jaidka, Brooklyn, NY
Kristi Rimkus, Snohomish
Read your bio and love your food rules.
Anne M, Long Beach, CA
Tenaj Ferguson, Baltimore & The Bahamas
I love this commitment! Such an awakening challenge. Thank you
Kim gerber (Out of the Box Food), Los angeles
I am SO inn…and so is my family. It's what we strive for everyday.
Kim Gerber (Out of the Box Food), Los angeles
I am SO in and so is my family. This is the goal we strive for everyday! Too much garbage in processed food.
Sarah Ferguson, California!
I cannot wait to do this! It sounds amazing!
(Name Withheld), Israel
I want this for my husband,my children and my own long,active,beautiful life!
Piret, Tallinn, Estonia
It's been a while since I did something like this. Looking forward to it!
Erica McClanahan, New York
Anna Ba, Florida
Amanda A., Atlanta, GA
Starting with the pledge and hoping the habit sticks far beyond the month!!!
Alia Alvani, Jacksonville, FL
Alli Reid, Miami, FL
Shari Thomas, Northern Indiana
Glad to be a part of this…..been eating this way for a years.
Dani Spies, Santa Monica CA
I just found your blog via FaceBook and absolutely LOVE this idea… what a cool thing to do! I'm on board an will be sharing this idea with my readers as well. I would be beyond excited to share a agues post if you are looking for any this time around. Here's to deeeelicious, unprocessed foods!!
Kazandra De La Torre, New York, New York
It is amazing that so many people can come together and do something like this! Thanks Andrew! The HealthCorps team (www.healthcorps.net) is joining the challenge, with 10 coordinators signing up so far!
Melissa Horne, NJ
I'm excited to see how I feel at the end of the month!
Kim M, Houston, TX
Game ON! I love a challenge! Even if I slip here and there (going to my folks house in Oct – home cookin') it will be better than nothing!
Michelle Stephens, San Diego
Frances Stoterau, El Paso, TX
Ben Coburger, Calgary
That is in deed a great idea. I would join. Let me know when. And great idea of Rita to share recipes as help and motivation to try new things.
Melissa, Dayton, Ohio
Great idea. I got on board with Meatless Mondays one time and after the challenge, never went back!
I have already been eating unprocessed for at least a year now, and it makes a world of difference!
This is such a great idea. I have a toddler and I really don't want him to get used to processed foods. My family is IN. Yay you for coming up with this!
Sara Roberts, Atlanta, GA
Andrew S., Atlanta, GA
I'm a recent vegetarian convert so excited to try this out.
Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen
Janine, Seattle, WA
Meline Joaris, Pretoria, South Africa
This is going to be a tough one in South Africa, where everything seems to have a lot more chemicals in it than necessary! I'm up for the (cooking) challenge!
How cool! I've always wanted to do this. Glad I have a few weeks to plan it out.
Molls, Wilmington, DE
I see you, Team HealthCorps! Here we grow
Shannon Hoffman, BOULDER, CO
I've cut A LLLOOT of processed foods out anyways!
Jenny O., LA area
I did the January challenge and it was great, even though I was far from perfect in my adherence. I can't believe it's been so long–it's so easy to get "re-processed."
Courtney Briones, Las Vegas, NV
(Name Withheld), Melbourne
Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator, San Diego, CA
I'm in! And I've posted it too. Thanks for inspiring us!
Dianne Etmanski, Toronto, Canada
Linda Fleck, Carlisle, PA
I've been slowly getting rid of processed foods from my diet. Now is the time to get rid of the remaining few! Love this idea!
Ikwuoma udeaja, United kingdom
this is perfect
Ali Seiter, Madison, WI
A wonderful concept. It'll be interesting to scour my pantry and see what little (if any) processed foods crop up and to have an even greater awareness of avoiding it. Thanks!
Sarah Frank, New York, NY
As a HealthCorps Coordinator, I'm signing up for October Unprocessed to help myself and the community I work with be healthier.
Renee L., Northern Illinois
What an excellent challenge! I think I'll start practicing now!!
i've been trying to weed out the crap anyway…. soda is my evil nemesis… GAH!!!!!
Lorie Rivers, Southern California
Becks cousin, UK
Susan Rayne, Massachusetts
I have tried to eat this way since the BP oil spill … no more support for oil-laden food "products"! I've lost 25 pounds and never felt better!
Kara, San Diego
This time I'm not falling off the wagon!
Brian K., Clarkston, WA
(Name Withheld), Florida
Looking to change my family's eating habits, will need lots of good recipes!
margaret christine, Texas
I'll be blogging about it for the month, too! www.frommaggiesfarm.blogspot.com
Already about 95% unprocessed, so this shouldn't be too difficult. Can't wait to see how we do!!
Kiara Perez, Arizona
(Name Withheld), Houston, TX
Denine, New Jersey
Sarah, North Carolina
Thirty days seems like a great way to start!
Trevor, Boulder, Colorado
New house, new month, new me.
(Name Withheld), Bournemouth, UK
I have a Wife and 2 children. We started following a vegan lifestyle in March of this year, and are looking forward to following this challenge and hopefully continue with it after October.
Tanya, Bournemouth, UK
I'm excited about this journey. Good luck everyone.
so excited for this! hoping to get the ball-and-chain to participate, too!
craig wilson, scotland
where do you buy unprocessed?
Susannah Waechter, Portage, IN
Clare L., Indianapolis, IN
Can't wait! Should be interesting since I'm a college student but I want to give it a go!
Micah Clifton, Missouri
I'm sure this will be more difficult than it sounds, but I'm up for the challenge!
(Name Withheld), St Paul MN
Let's do it…I'm in!!!
Tia Kraemer, Saint Louis
I love it! Thank you for organizing!
Andrea B, Oregon
Everyone should try clean eating…even for just a month. Be warned, you might just get hooked!
Kathy, Seattle, WA
Sarah, Northern Virginia
Janet K-F, Vermont
We will be participating as a family of four
Halina, Walnut Creek, Ca
Jan Hallquist Thompson, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Emilie Costello, Pittsfield, NH
Gina Snyder, Maple Ridge, BC
I am very excited, this will be a great way for us to get back on track after our move.
Neat–I'm in! But I can't say that much for the rest of my family…but I'll try and get them in on it, too.
Heather, Boise, Idaho
I will do my best to go the full 30 days! We don't eat a lot of processed food as it is but you forget about things like condiments and bread! I think I can do it….not sure how my family will fare! ;o)
t mcgee, sf bay area
Debra Schramm, Americus, GA
Crystal T., Virginia
Recently I've been reading alot of information about the Raw Food diet. This may give me the motivation I need to kick start it.
Ronnie J, Etown PA
Mage J, Etown PA
Looking forward to jumpstarting my good eating habits.
Lyndsay Braswell, Maryland
All my bad eating habits are getting the best of me. I am gaining so much weight and just feel tired and unmotivated all of the time. For me, the time is Now, I can't wait. I am going to start tomorrow, Sept 20! The only exception I will probably make is protein powder for a shake right after the gym if I am not going directly home where I can get some unprocessed protein. Thanks for this challenge! It could not have come at a better time for me!
Tiffany A., Oklahoma
I love this! Super excited for October!
I am going to give this my best shot in celebration of 3 years cancer-free!
(Name Withheld), Florida
I'm starting my 30 days today (sept 20)!
Kelly W., Minnesota
I am so excited to try this. I feel I eat clean for the most part… this will be interesting.
(Name Withheld), HI ?
I will be in Hawaii the month of Oct but will try this.
Jessie, Vancouver, Wa.
Ooh… this sounds so awesome to attempt. Not sure about how my three sons feel about it or my husband having to give up his ever loved "Dorritos and Pepsi" meals.. But I will try my best.
Teena, Brentwood, CA
Christy, Jacksonville, FL
Brenda Bradford, Los Angeles
alice, Chattanooga, TN
I'd love to be in! I'll see if I can do the whole month!
Meredith, Alexandria, VA
(Name Withheld), Chicago
Love the idea! I'm going to try going the entire month
Victoria, upstate NY
Sandra Wagner, Everett, WA
I am more than happy to do the October Unprocessed, because I try to avoid unprocessed foods most all the time anyway. This is a great idea!
April L., Lafayette, LA
How ironic I ran across this blog. Perfect timing bc I was just thinking I was needing to do something like this! Think I'm going to do a quick juice fast before I start. ….Soooo excited to pledge:)
Not a problem, I don't eat that junk anyway-NEVER
Elizabeth G, Louisiana
This is awesome!
Alice Peabody, SE Arizona, US
This is a wonderful idea! I'm all in.
Rose, mpls, mn
living with a corn allergy (along with wheat & 8 others) makes this a year round challenge! even so, I'll spend October thinking about it further.
jolene, toledo, oh
(Name Withheld), des moines
I'm gearing up to do the Whole 30 in October and there won't be any processed food with that so I'm in. Love these challenges.
April!, Bloomsburg, PA
Great idea! I'm glad I love cooking
Helen, New Brunswick, Canada
For the last few months, we have really cut down on the processed food we have been eating. Once you start it becomes almost an obsession!
Debbie Loveless, IL
Knowing that there are hundreds of others doing it with me will help keep me motivated! I used to eat this way and have never felt that good…got lost somewhere and became junk food addicted again.
Rose Huysman, Mystic, CT
Paige Bayer, Silicon Valley
I'm a blogger at canningwithkids.com and starting a new online farmer's market at svlocalmarket.com. This is SO up my alley and I am excited to take part in it with other like-minded friends and foodies.
Kim Curiel, Lafayette, CA
I've got 6 kids at home, so this will be a serious challenge, but I think we're up for it. I like the "Kitchen Test" definition! I can work with that!
Angie Whitehouse, Chillicothe OH
This will be a challenge, but I am excited to try it!
Sue-Ann Cowan, Jupiter,Fl
This is great motivation, I look forward to feeling better!
Mary, Bakersville North Carolina
Here we go!
(Name Withheld), NC
I made a commitment to better eating and nutrition in June 2011 and since then have lost 47 pounds! It is amazing what a difference preparing and eating REAL food makes.
I ate only foods I cooked from scratch for a month once… but in the first year of law school, this will be a new challenge!
Tammy Mercurio, North Carolina
I pledge to drastically reduce processed foods in my diet in October. I recently subscribed to The Fresh 20–which should be a tremendous help!
Janice Beall, Cumberland, MD
Julie, United States
LaCinda Winders, Sumner, WA
I just bought a juicer to do a total body reboot. This was timely!
Jan Hoadley, AL
Food choices are awesome…learn about & make CHOICES!
oh my, am not expecting it to be easy, but should be easier if we're all in it together.
Jeff at Low Sodium Blog, Los Angeles
Going unprocessed and low sodium…I'm looking forward to feeling really good and healthy.
Kelly, Louisville, KY
I am commited to do this for the month of October. I have lost 28 lbs. since July 05,2011 eating very low carbs. I am still severely obese. I am 46 years old and have been overweight my entire adult life. I have started a diet every Monday for the last 25 yrs. and with a few exceptions I blew it by Monday night. You see, in my thoughts diet had to start on Monday (don't ask me why)When I was in my 20's & 30's it was about the way I look. Although I will admit it would be nice to have fun buying a pair of jeans NOT in a plus size…..I WANT TO FEEL GOOD and BE HEALTHY!! I have 2 grand-children that I want to see grow up. Wish me luck!! Thanks, Kelly P.S. If I feel as good as I think I will, I will continue past October.
jac klees, United States
Roxana, Lafayette, LA
OK.. for me the difficulty will be..avoiding restaurants other than whole food organic restaurants.
Luis, Houston, TX
Lets do it!!
I did the ten-day "100 Days of Real Food" pledge and want to try and keep going!
Nadia Seeratan, Washington DC
kara m., minneapolis
The only thing I eat daily that is processed is a clifbar before I workout. Can I go a month without,yea I think so
I've been thinking along these lines & trying to make simple changes for a while. I'm game to give it a go!
Marianne DiMascio, Vermont
Gosh darn it – I will commit to doing this for at least one week, maybe longer.
Kristen M., San Diego
Yup, I think I can do this. I'm about 70% of the way there right now. Looking forward to the challenge.
Austin W, Seattle, WA
I cut most of the junk and replaced it with produce a few months ago and I'm down about 35 pounds now! I still indulge in sweets pretty often but because my diet is mostly green it's not a big deal. I will, however, attempt to clean up shop and go 100% unprocessed!
Jackie Baisa, Seattle
Damon Mathews, San Diego, CA
I have lived the past 9 months without processed foods! I lost 70 pounds and feel fantastic!!! You can too!!
I am looking forward to the challenge of getting healthier and teaching my kids what good foods can do for them. I think it will be toughest to find alternatives for my Goldfish and ritz cracker loving kids. We are going to do our best and see where we are in a month.
Tim, San Diego, CA
Love it! The whole family will be doing this.
Every time I read something about this I get that burning feeling in my neck that makes me KNOW I should be doing this. Dammit, I'm in! Here goes nothing (or everything processed.) Thx for the great idea (said both sarcastically and sincerely.)
Janine McGann, NC
Brendan, San Diego, CA
Interested to see how this works out
Barbara Kiebel, Denver, CO
I think I eat a lot of unprocessed foods but maybe not by these definitions so will be a challenge to find out. Very glad a party I am attending slips into the September deadline!
Christine Zorn, Moorhead, MN
Ok, I've been thinking it over and I'm in. I might not be perfect, but I'm going to do my best!
Sarah Henning, Lawrence, Kansas
I've been blogging about "The Unprocessed Life" (unprocessedlife.posterous.com) for a little over a year now and LOVE this idea!
(Name Withheld), Colorado
For health reason, 2 months ago I went Macrobiotic, and have been unprocessed since the switch.
However it's always fun to join a crowd and swap ideas and recipes
Martha D., Manhattan Beach
My October goal is learning to make the flatbread called Roti (which I mastered this past summer)from a 100% whole wheat flour formula. From there, I'd like to make it from other 100% whole grain flours, or find a fabulous mixture thereof!
Dawn Houtz, Michigan
I am just starting the Paleo Lifestyle so this will be an awesome incentive and jump start for me!
Mary Horvath, Richardson, Texas
Dara, Upstate NY
I'm having kidney stone surgery next week, and I'm pretty sure I got them from poor diet. Even though I think I eat well, I know I can do better. This will be a good thing for me so I pay more attention to what I consume.
Terri Buckley, Portland, Oregon
Chris Kosik, Carlsbad, CA
Jaime W., Louisiana
I'll start with a week!
Amber, Awake at the Whisk, Sacramento
Look forward to doing it again!
Sarah Phillips, Venice, CA
whooo hooo….you are going to have to keep nudging me. No pot stickers!!!
Bring on the 28 days! Can't wait to be an American Food Rebel and unplug from the industrial food machine.
I'm in for the whole month of October!
(Name Withheld), California
Having trouble giving up processed cookies and pretzels. I hope I can make it 30 days without my comfort food!
Jordan Trusty, Bloomington, IN
Kathleen Wall, United States
julianne, philadelphia, pa
i try as much as possible on a daily basis to eat unprocessed. !!!
Meaghan, Florida <3
Jessica, Ann Arbor, MI
Me and my family are going to give the October Unprocessed pledge.
Liz the Chef, San Diego
I keep signing up and my name disappears
I'm scared. Bye Bye Sour Skttles. We have to break up. It's not you, it's me.
Carolyn Elmore, Oregon
My biggest challenge is going to be I'm starting school at roughly the same time…. I need to come up with stuff that I can take with me so I can eat well and avoid the vending machines….and then there is pop…. why is it so hard to give up when I know it is so bad….
Chris, Atlanta, GA
I admit, I am a little nervous! But, I am game.
Jaimie Edmunds, PA
Just the inspiration I was looking for. Found you from Clean and Delicious with Dani Spies.
Janet, Peoria, Arizona
I love this! What a fab goal for all of us- can't wait! I will definitely share this
I'm a teen in cross country. I missed last track season because of anemia, and I felt terrible not being able to exercise. Being healthy is extremely important to me, and I want to get every edge I can in my races. Eating unprocessed appeals to me because I believe natural, whole foods not only are better for my body but also for my mind. That's why I'm taking the pledge.
My daughter adopted this lifestyle months ago and swears by it. I think I need to see for myself.
Amanda Brooks, United States
I am really excited and really terrified to do this. Do I eat lots of whole foods, yes…but I recognize all the processed foods still in my life too. I need to do this, so here's to being held accountable!
OK, so I'm doing this! With, however, a conscious decision not give up half and half in my coffee.
Amanda Jones, Graham, WA
Donna Singleton, Tennessee
I think I can….I think I can!!!!!:):)
Maureen Garver, Exeter CA
Hubby and I are all in!
jessica, dallas, tx.
Jeannet, Kona, Hi.
This is exciting!
Taylor K., Saint Paul, MN
So excited about this! I'm up for the challenge after October 2nd, when I'm running a marathon and will have to be eating energy gels that are obviously not unprocessed
My exception will have to be our NC State Fair.
Mommaofmany, Central CA
We've been slowly changing over to this way of eating for a while. I think we are at a place where we can do it!
Justin, Fresno, CA
Hoping I can last longer than a few hours!!!
Lisa, Orlando, FL
I was inspired by the 100 day real food challenge and I have been doing this for the past week with starting my own blog, too. I've already made the choice to do 100 days so the month of October will be easy!
Teniesha A. Kessler, South Dakota
Emily Alvers, www.EmilyAlvers.com
What a fantastic way to re-gain some clarity on the clean eating front. Count me in!
Andrea, El Cerrito, CA
Beth, Seattle, WA
What a great idea and a good challenge!
Jo Miles, Maryland
I'm excited to try this! It's been a busy summer and this will be just the thing to get us back into good habits (and then some).
Lisa Tomsha, Oglesby, IL
Sounds fantastic! I'm on-board with no processed food for the month of October.
This is awesome! I've been doing this for the last month on my own, so to have other people who understand and are making the changes themselves will be fantastic! I've been putting the "kitchen test" to work over the last month…making my own crackers, bagels and granola–its been a great hobby and learning experience!
Alicia, Burlington, VT
A new challenge and a great character building activity? I'm in.
Damion Smith, St. Paul, MN
I'm gonna have to figure out bread…
Christine Connors, Pennsylvania
Looking forward to being part of a community on this journey! (I have no choice due to recently learning of food allergies.) What I'm wondering most is how to reasonably balance slowing down the rest of a busy family's life to make and enjoy unprocessed foods. Good luck to all of us!
Mitch, New York, NY
I'll try the Hammer stuff, but will make an exception for endurance goods for the NYC Marathon training.
Naomi Soto, Palm Desert, CA
My life is mostly unprocessed… but I look forward to seeing it 100 percent completely unprocessed! Bring it October!
Kimberly B., Hampton Roads
Celeste M., New Jersey
Katie B., Colorado
Looking forward to this. We eat pretty well but I'm surprised by some of the stuff that still lurks in our pantry. This will be another way to build awareness.
(Name Withheld), la jolla
Trisha, Dallas, TX
Going to give it a try. Not sure how long I will make it, but we will see.
Karen H., Vancouver, BC
We already eat relatively unprocessed but this sounds like so much fun!
J. Maeda, Hawaii
This is awesome and motivating! It will be great to have a support group in a quest like this. Beginning right now and throughout the month of October, I commit to eating whole, unprocessed foods when chowing down at home and will try my best to make healthy and unprocessed choices when dining out. I may make exceptions during special occasions, however, like weddings/birthdays :O)
Lauri C, Lubbock, TX
Happy Unprocessed October!!!
Excited to try-going for a week to start, hopefully will turn into a whole month. Thanks!
brenda, sparta NJ
Alanna Bridgman, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Emily W, Troy, o-HI-o
I'm starting a Paleo Challenge 10/1, this will dovetail nicely!
Melinda, Fort Worth, TX
I try to eat this way regularly but often fall back into old habits. Thanks for the challenge!
Denise, Modesto, CA
Looking forward to it. I'm hoping that my family embraces it as well.
Heather, Orlando, FL
I'm in for a week.
Tracy B., Santa Monica, CA
Looking forward to doing the challenge again! And I'm going to try to have more snacks and grab & go foods prepared ahead of time this year.
Jen F, Los Angeles
This is a great idea, looking forward to the challenge!
Donette Zempel, Wisconsin
I'm committed to trying. I'm up for recipes, too!
Jackie Watson Davis, Las Vegas
Looking forward to trying some new recipes!
Marjorie V., Jacksonville, FL
Heather Bennett, Oklahoma
I eat this way already, the pledge sounds like a great way to get the husband and kids to try 100%.
Diana, Bogotá, Colombia
Really looking forward to this challenge! Let's do it!
wendy reimer, ohio
Our little family is excited to give this a try!
Tom N., Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
Hard to do while going to College, but still totally worth it. Farmer's markets and community gardens are the place to be!
I'm so excited!!
Barbara, Crockett, TX
Meghann P., Austin, TX
This is great! So excited to do this.
Valeria, Bra (Italy)
I will commit to this and share the badge on my blog! Although it is the way I always eat, maybe sometimes I forget and eat that granola bar that has a weird ingredient in it. So ok, I'll join the challenge!
Christopher Sorel, Saline, MI
LOVE the challenge…. We eat primarily organic,pure,natural as much as possible. We do however include a treat meal of takeoutfor our kids as a treat..
Heather Wenthold, Brown Deer, WI
Danita A., CA
Michelle, Gresham Oregon
We've been working towards this goal yourself and I'm excited to pledge a full month!
Jessica, West Sacramento, CA
I'm trying very hard to create healthier options for my family. It can be incredibly difficult on a limited budget, so I have to take it a day or a week at a time. Bit by bit, though, we're eating healthier.
Angie @ Crazy Country Momma, www.crazycountrymomma.com
We are going to join the challenge for one week. If I can talk my husband into it, we will go longer!
Jennifer Mansell, Oklahoma
Casey@Good. Food. Stories.
Amber K, United States
(Name Withheld), Seattle
eszter, san francisco
We do well on many accounts, (home made pizza, broth, cookies) but we struggle to give up sausages, hot dogs, cold cuts. That is our challenge.
kathy, Orlando fl
So excited to find you – am looking forward to trying the October Unprocessed challenge. Am going to commit to the entire month!!
Brian Gant, TN
I'm pumped for this challenge, as my wife and I have been purposefully eating less and less processed foods for some time and this challenge will help put us nearer our goal of no processed foods ever. Thanks!
Suni Ferrer, West Lafayette, IN
I'm starting this challenge with a 7-day raw detox (Tera Warner's last free one).
Beth, Logan, UT
Looking forward to it!
Joey FitVegasFoodie, Las Vegas, NV
I am going to try this for one day each week at minimum throughout October! Thanks for the challenge!
Mindy King, Virginia
Melissa Hudson-Gant, Nashville, TN
catie, Boise, ID
Starr Fesler Gordon, United States
Karen K., Iowa
N Clark, Tennessee
We are jumping on this bandwagon and will try our best!
I am signing up, but not much of a challenge for me – I am allergic to sulfites so I haven't eaten processed food in a couple of years. I am really looking forward to seeing what people who are just starting down this path have to say about it – I am so used to making everything from scratch I forget how hard it was at first! Good luck all!
Jacqueline Gonzales, Escondido
I've been wanting to do this for awhile! I will be pledging to do the entire month with the exception of 5 days when I will be traveling and not able to control my food as much.
Christy Miller, Minot ND
Yeah! I am going to try this challenge and pass it on to my clients.
Jennifer, Tempe, AZ
I cannot wait! This is going to be a new food adventure!
Kristi P., Vancouver, WA
I'm looking forward to going totally unprocessed! It will be hard because I'm travelling for a week. Wish me luck!
Melissa Johnson, Columbus, Ohio
I'm excited to try this & will be passing on the information to my friends to see who else would like to join in.
(Name Withheld), Aberdeen, MD
I LOVE this idea! I need to recalibrate my eating habit and tastebuds! I'm in!
Love this! Great idea.
Lexi Emerton, United States
This is too easy for me. I wish everyone would do this.
We eat mostly unprocessed anyway, but this will be good to uncover those few things that we do eat but shouldn't!
Leslie, Rochester, NY
I've been wanting to do something like this for ages, but never got around to pulling my act together. No more excuses – I'm up for the challenge!
Pamela, Northern California
Is it cheating if we already eat virtually no processed foods?
My spouse and I are taking the plunge and entering this challenge Were excited about it!
Leigh F., Cambridge, MA
I'm really excited to do this! I don't use a lot of processed food, but I think on-the-go food for the kids is going to be a challenge. But one I'm excited to take on.
This is just the jump-start I needed!
October is the last month for most farmers markets in Chicago, so perfect timing!!
(Name Withheld), Los Angeles
Lara, Portland, OR
Lisa, Little Rock, AR
Natasha O., Tempe, AZ
Jenipurr, Sacramento, CA
I'm guessing this isn't going to be as easy as I think, but we're already committed to eating 'real' food on a regular basis, so hopefully this challenge will give us an extra push.
Jenne Kopalek, Flower Mound, TX
I try to eat unprocessed foods all year long. This is a really cool challenge!
I'm in – this should be interesting, I like to think that we don't eat a lot of processed food, guess we'll find out.
Grace H, Seattle, WA
Debi Smith, Cincinnati, OH
Looking forward to this again.
Sarah, Casselberry, FL
I am ready for this! I've been on a no refined sugar quest for the last few weeks. The hardest part will be a family that isn't on the same plan. I can make my kids eat it (I'm the mom and I say so but my husband, not so much (although he is very supportive of whatever I am doing). There will still be plenty of processed foods in the house.
Looking forward to it!
Austin & Molly, Iowa
We're going to give it a shot!
sophia jarvis, UK
Joanna @ Cairns Manor, United States
I try to do this as much as I can already, but pushing us to 100% in October is my goal!
Mindy E, Santa Ana, CA
So looking forward to this!
This is awesome! I am in!!
Kristen, North Dakota
Great idea, can't wait to get the family in on this!
We already had to throw out all the white flour (thanks Celiac disease!) and lots of other foods frequently found in processed foods (thanks food allergies and eosinophilic esophogitis). The last beast to be conquered is that dreaded PROCESSED SUGAR!) Wish us luck!
Dorcella Grate, Fredericksburg, Virginia
I am taking the pledege as a challenge. I am trying to eat healther and become a vegetarian, which I have done in the past. This time I am going to stick with it, because it is a healther way to eat and it makes you feel better
Looking forward to becoming aware of more healthy eating.
Valerie S., Illinois
Melanie Hoffman, North Dakota
My whole family of 6 will try for the whole month.
Kimi Ceridon, Massachusetts
I have a garden at home and participate in a veggie share, a meat share and a fish share. Piece of cake at home, but I travel for work nearly every week. Let's see what happens.
D. Stoops, Anchorage, AK
My husband and I are going to do this for at least one week starting the beginning of October – maybe longer…
Kenny Baker, TN
You are what you eat…
I am going to try this for the month. Super excited!
Carol, SW Missouri
I strive to eat this way, but those processed foods still find a way of getting into my menus. NO MORE!
I can't wait for October 1
Esther Sato, Santa Monica
This should be easy Love it!
sara, orlando, fl
i have been striving for unprocessed since last winter. sure it takes planning – but gets easier each week!
Sounds like a great idea and a good way to get myself motivated to eat healthier!
Ali, Aylmer, Quebec, Canada
Our family of 4 is in! Great idea…glad I found this blog
Jennifer, Dallas, TX
This will be more of a challenge than i can imagine!
Erin, San Diego, California
Kathleen, Sandy, Utah
Eating like we should…what a unique idea!
Kristy Lynn, Victoria, BC, Canada
Super stoked! http://gastronomicalsovereignty.blogspot.com
(Name Withheld), Bakersfield, CA
Paige L., Austin, TX
Stacy Brewer, Seattle
I'm in for the whole month! www.seattleseedling.com
Helen, Hamilton, New Zealand
I'm a solo mum to 3 kids on a budget so this may be a slight struggle but in the end.. my situation alone is reason enough to do this.. just gonna figure out how long i'll do it for and go from there. Thanks alot for the inspiration
Janelle, Vancouver, BC
This will be magnificent. I'm just glad olive and sesame oil are on the list! Hopefully this will inspire us all to take it further and make even just one more thing ourselves that we weren't before.
WILL B INTERESTING IT'S MY BDAY MONTH!
I can do this! Thanks! I will be healthier and hopefully lose weight.
amy c, FL
Adrian W., Charleston, SC; halfbakedandhomegrown.wordpress.com
Melody, Los Angeles, CA
Shauna, Victoria, BC
I'm really looking forward to trying this! Wish I could get my husband on board, but baby steps will have to do.
Jeannie, Villa Park, IL
I'm looking forward to this!
(Name Withheld), Australia
Never done this before but am trying to clean up our whole familys diet. Hopefully we can at the very least improve things a lot.
jessica romeo, nj
Love this idea!! Wish schools would catch on and have parents and students take the pledge.
Christina Kwasniewski, La Crosse, Wisconsin
we've been on this journey for a little over a year. it is so rewarding to "nourish" my family. we certainly have more work to do to be 100% unprocessed, so i'm excited to have a bit of a push. thank you for this incredible challenge.
Jane, Maracaibo, Venezuela
I try to eat this way already – but the challenge is a great motivation to be more dedicated. I've promised our friends an unprocessed meal once a week.
Jen Hoffman, Chicagoland
You bet! I can do this!!!
Jenni Nichols, California
Tyla C Tingle, Phoenix, India, Singapore
Hugo Polanco, Phoenix, Az
Jeanne B, Seattle
I will be hoping for supportive stories…
David Zumini, Portland, OR
Count me in! I try to eat largely unprocessed food already, but I know I'm not at "100%" so to speak. This will be a great challenge to undertake, and I'm excited to be doing it with hundreds of others!
Christine, phoenix, AZ
Tamara, Maple Valley, WA
We have been unprocessed since July 4, 2011 both my husband and I have lost 40 lbs each
Kristin Overton, Prince George, BC
I'm pumped for this to get going!
Megan J., Washington state
I want to do this to learn more about all the things put in our food. It will certainly be a challenge and I know I'll have to forgo some of my favorite foods.
looking forward to it. shouldn't be too hard. (:
Janice F, MA
Will post this to my blog. Great idea
Bobbi Cappelli, Cape May, New Jersey
So looking forward to this life changing event!!
Roberta McCormack, United States
I am so excited!!
Erin Messing, Germany
Sounds like a good idea to me! I foresee some difficulty during some Packer football games already! LOL
I've been thinking about this for two weeks and I'm in.
Jamie Schull, Mississippi
Love it! What a great motivator for us SAD Americans I am mostly eat this way now with 5 kids and a Husband and we feel so much better for it!
Nicole Callen, Oregon
This is just what we need. The only exception I am going to allow is cheerios! The little ones depend on it. Can't wait to update our progress over at mostdaysiwin.blogspot.com.
(Name Withheld), Columbus, MS
Wow! Such a simple concept, I can't wait to host entire unprocessed food parties – I wonder how many meals I have unconsciously made "unprocessed" already. Thank you for your inspiration!
Amanda, Philadelphia, PA
I think I'm going to give it a go – October is set to be a crazy month so I may have to slip a few times but it will be a fun experiment.
Jennifer, Ardmore, PA
Brandy, Raleigh, NC
Since my general rule is :If I can't make it I can't eat it" I tend to eat this way anyways! And this will further help me in my "lose 20 pounds by November 30th goal"!
Hope, Brooklyn, NY
Kate hansen, Sacramento, CA
vanessa, Vancouver, BC
I am SO in!
Amy, Goderich, ON
Really looking forward to this challenge! Just what I need!
Kathryn Wright, Alexandria, VA
Chris Bailey, Atlanta, GA
I'm for it.
Kelly, Baltimore, MD
I can do it!!
(Name Withheld), Boston, MA
Love this! It could be revolutionary to the way the US views food.
Adriann Farrell, Boston, MA
This sounds great – so excited!
Lauren Rotolo, Denver, Co
Neha Agrawal, Houston, TX
My minimum goal will be for a week. My ideal goal will be for 2 weeks. Maybe next year or during the spring, I will take on a 1 month unprocessed challenge! Thanks for starting this
(Name Withheld), United States
So excited for the challenge!
This is an intimidating challenge. But I also can't resist.
Jenna, Chicago, IL
Lets see how this goes!
(Name Withheld), Long Island, NY
Erica F., Columbus, OH
Heather B, Dallas, TX
Virginia Schenk, Southwestern Ontario, Canada
Fantastic challenge! Especially for us Canadians as we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. Great excuse to have family over and demonstrate that real food can be fantastic! I'll post this link on my blog http://dineswell.blogspot.com/
Shannon Baffoni, Philadelphia, PA
I'm going to try and probably fail but it's better than not trying at all!
Amy Quick, Oklahoma, USA
This is an incredible idea! Love the focus on whole foods and healthy living!~ Feel free to visit my website: http://www.healthyabandon.com
(Name Withheld), Oakland, CA
Erin Rickbeil, Vancouver, BC, Canada
I think this is a brilliant idea. I am in my last month of pregnancy, so it will give me something else to focus on besides the waiting! And of course, be very good for both of us.
Nadia, Albany, NY
I'm so excited to give this a try!
Jamie Scheppers, Columbia, MO
Bring it! Since I'm already mainly unprocessed, I'm going to further challenge myself by making my own bread, tofu, cheese and almond milk.
Alexandra, Brooklyn, NY
Julia, Nashville, TN
Vicki Sita, Nashville, TN
I am a big proponent of this anyway, so I think it will be relatively easy for my house, but I'm excited to take part in the challenge aspect regardless!
April Lewis, Clearwater, FL
Food should be loved not just consumed!
missy erving, montana
Vonnie, St Lucia, West Indies
Signing to help others, by saying we are almost process free for about 70% of all foods consumed, so it's eazzy-peazzy for us here. But do try, baby steps. It also means less packaging and less stuff in landfills, so win all round.
Cecilia Canning, New Canaan, CT
I pledge to go for an entire month eating no processed foods! Is Diet Coke a processed food?? haha!
Sandy Ruffin, Brooklyn
I can do this!
Kimberly, So Cal
We mostly eat this way anyway, but this is a great nudge to 100%. Exception for Halloween candy on Halloween only.
Better eat up all the Halloween candy now…
Roxscilla, Worcester, MA
I'm definitely on board!
Sharon, Austin, TX
Let's do this!
Patricia Becus, DC
Morrow Family, Waco, TX
Looking forward to it!
I try to eat like this normally, but given the challenge, I'll make sure I do it a 100%!
From the moment I read the headline, I was in. I'm excited to at least try…
Marla Meridith, OC & Telluride, CO
Eating unprocessed whole food ingredients is the way I roll. Love that you are doing this
(Name Withheld), Falls Church, VA
LOVE this idea! The masses out there need to know what real food tastes like!!
Tari Pie, Fresno, Ca
Looking forward to the challenge. My Mom is G-free, so we'll see how it goes.
this can be done~
Kate H., Atlanta, GA
(Name Withheld), Camrose, Alberta Canada
Erin VerHines, Southeast Michigan
Pam McDormand, Canada
Julie Andrews, NY
Kelsey Hunter, Hamilton, Ontario
I'm so excited to commit to this challenge. I've just returned to Canada from living in Asia for a couple of years, and am excited to get back to the fresh fruits and veggies at my local farms and markets!
Jessie C., New York, NY
andrea c, New York,NY
Mary Tricario, Central NJ
Here goes nothing! What a great thing to share with my Yoga & Weight Loss students! I can't wait to issue them the same challenge.
I'm excited to take this challenge and will be blogging about it at www.nowweare6.com!
(Name Withheld), Delaware
Sarah K, Madison, WI
Sarah H., Philadelphia, PA
Taylor Ronne, Fort Collins, CO
GO RAMS! Colorado State University Triathlon Team Represent!
(Name Withheld), New Orleans, LA
Niki, Buffalo, NY
October is the perfect month to do this!
hanneke, Almer, the Netherlands
Great idea, I will try this as much as possible!
Laura E., Helsinki, Finland
This sounds great, so I definitely want to give it a try. I have always prefered unprocessed food myself. The trick will be to keep this up even when visiting friends and going out for dinners. A really cool challange!
We try not to eat too much processed food anyway, but doing this challenge will definitely make us more aware. My local farmer's market runs through the end of the month, so I will try to think of how I can utilize even more produce.
Susan Myrick, Portland OR
Susan, Phoenix, AZ
Really excited to give this a try… I love a good challenge!
Krista, Duluth, MN
I'm excited to try this, although I may end up making some modifications for my lactose intolerant husband. I don't know that I could ask him to do without his 'milk' for that long. Also, I confess, I'm not sure how I'll pull off the sugar issue. Interested to see how everyone does!
Carrie Marchand, Detroit area
Michael, Boulder, CO
A challenge all Americans should accept and one that hopefully lasts longer than a month.
Andre Racicot, Ottawa, Canada
Jeanne Horvath, Ann Arbor, MI
Shannon @ Just As Delish, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This is super awesome! Thanks for creating this awareness, I'm all for unprocessed food
I'm going to start with a week, and see how I do!
Lindsay, Edmonton, Canada
This will be the perfect challenge for me to christen my new kitchen with!
Great kick to clean out the last of the processed foods.
Excited to join the challenge!
Gonna give it my all!
Melissa Dale, Cobourg, ON
my whole life i have fought the belly and being large – starved/ate better/starved again-nothing worked always stayed the same – for the past 6 months i have been on whole foods – no pre-packaged or preserved to the best of my ability being a mom and cooking for the clan- still no weight loss – i saw 3 weeks ago a Dr.Ozz issue – eat by your blood type – as your blood fuels your body – so i am 0 blood type – guess what – no carbs or preserved foods – we are the natural first blood type – hunters and gatherer's – so lean meat (protein) boiled eggs – almonds, veggies to know end CLA – 3 weeks later i try pasta – sicker than a dog and lethargic – i pinned bread along time ago with going to subway once a week – now bloated feeling gone, diariah gone, never crave anything, lost 10lbs – feel light all the time – i am on my path.
Andee, Logan, UT
I'm excited to try this!
Getting started is always the hardest part Let's do this!
Looking forward to the challenge!
Tommy, san diego
just got diagnosed with prostate cancer, doc says they are 9090% sure its related to diet……….
Looking forward to lots of new recipes! And a healthier lifestyle
Deanna B., Columbus, OH
Love this idea! I'm ready for the challenge!
(Name Withheld), Boston
Rosie, DC area
Jess, Providence, RI
Vegetarian and diabetic, so I'm curious to see how I can incorporate this into my lifestyle.
Nicole, Pacific Grove, Ca
Have been trying to eliminate process foods for a while now, this is a great opportunity to kick them for good!
A little nervous but willing to give it a go!
I'm looking forward to an awareness of just how many processed foods I eat without even knowing it.
Jessica, Bend, OR
I will do my best, whole foods is not something we regularly think about, (although I'm fully aware it should be!) have to get my husband on board… but I'm willing to try!
Kate, Houston, TX
Although I pretty much make all my food from scratch. I guess being vegan all makes this more essential than for most..but I can still improve. I need to kick my dark chocolate habit for starters!
Jeanie H, Oakland, CA
I'll be doing a lot of cooking!
Kristen B., Memphis, TN
Becca M, Toronto, ON
(Name Withheld), Northwest Florida, USA
I am already a strict vegan and only eat whole foods, but I slip up on commercial veggie burgers now and then rather than making my own.
I'll give it a shot, but will be starting October 3rd due to doing my 13th marathon on October 2nd. I'm interested to see how this will affect my usual levels of post-race inflammation which I usually have to deal with for a few days post-race.
Vanessa L, San Rafael, CA
Tamara, Camano Island
Excited to try this with the whole family!
Robert Cox, Sacramento, CA
Cornelius C Gloria, Chapel Hill,NC
It'll definitely be tough but I definitely want to see what I can cook up in the kitchen to surprise my wife !
Kat E., Colorado
Samantha Minnis, Mount Pleasant, MI
This is such a wonderful idea! I feel like I already eat mostly unprocessed food, but I'm excited to increase my awareness to see if that's true and I'd love to get some new recipe ideas!
Sarah Berneche, Toroto, ON
Kristi Cooper-Rigby, Ohio
I am ALL over this!!
Kaitlin Mcgavock, orlando, fl
Sarita Parks, Calgary, AB, CANADA
this could be a little tougher than expected with Canadian Thanksgiving, but I like a little challenge once in a while
CarolW, Cape Coral, FL
I'm in! :))
Aly, Phoenix, AZ
Natalie, Charleston, SC
Joined my first CSA and will be using my weekly bag of produce to aid in my commitment to eating unprocessed and local food!
Alexandra Cruickshank, Boulder
My daughter and I do a pretty good job of about eating about 75%. Here's to taking that last 25%. I love that you are coordinating this!
Megan W., Boston MA
Andree Bourgeois, Houston, TX
Mama B, Southern Ontario
This will challenge me to be far more organized than I am now. Take out is our downfall, often because I haven't planned dinner in advance.
Kari-Lynn, Ontario, Canada
I think this is a fantastic challenge! My boyfriend and I have been eating 'unprocessed' foods for the last 3 years (the occasional thing here and there) but you feel so much better and everything tastes that much better! Happy to support such a great challenge!
Shannon Steinberg, New Hampshire
Sonia AV, Munich (Germany)
Vedrana, Ottawa, ON
I am in…I pledge to make a conscious effort in October to NOT eat processed foods.
(Name Withheld), Australia
Kat, Oakland, CA
Matt Suggs, Birmingham, AL
Lindsay Mattson, Baton Rouge, LA
Kirsten, Sammamish, WA
I am a personal chef devoted to using no processed foods, not only for my clients but my family as well. This is a fantastic idea! I have shared it on Facebook and I plan on keeping my friends posted with more of your information throughout the month and easy recipes! Thank you so much!
Kelly @ EvilShenanigans, Dallas, Texas
I am going to participate, as I already do a fairly good job of avoiding processed foods. I know sugar will be an issue for me because of my baking. That will have to be my lone exception.
Stephanie K, New York City
I'm going to commit two weeks minimum to this challenge!!
Julia Pham, Chicaogo, IL
I already eat a lot of organic whole foods, but I would love to take on the challenge of avoiding processed foods all together. I love this idea!
Darci Webster, United States
I think we're going to try the whole month! We are close to this already with the occasional frozen pizza, 365 mac-n-cheese, and 365 "oreos." Sounds fun!
(Name Withheld), New York
Ariel Martino, Washington, DC
Maggie Joos, United States
Can't give up the soda (hey, you want me to stick with it, right?!), but this will be a great test for actual food stuff. Thanks!
Dawn M, Waldorf, MD
This is going to be very hard but I am giving it my all!
jose s sanchez, California
Allison, United States
(Name Withheld), St Louis, Mo
Margot Viola, Canada
Charlotte Govin, Tampa
Kat Hardy, Madrid
Charlotte, Firstone, CO
I am absolutely in. Glad to see it laid out in such a simple way- thank you!
sarah s., OK
looking forward to it!
Kelli H., Denver, CO
I'm excited and scared…I hope I can do this.
rebecca, southern USA
I already do this! It's the best way to eat.
Stephany A., Minneapolis, MN
What a great challenge. I am eager to fuel my body with solely natural foods and have my eyes opened to what I have otherwise been consuming.
Heather Baleka-Smith, Toronto
Heather, United States
Nicole Semple, Chicago
Emilie Rexeisen, Minneapolis, MN
This will probably be tougher than I realize and I already eat very few processed foods!
Amber Lummus, Odessa, TX
I've already begun cutting back on processed food. It will be hard to do absolutely none for a month, but I will try!
Mary Helen, Austin, TX, United States
I've been on a no processed food diet for a long time, but now and then I am known to cheat, especially when eating out. This sounds like a great way to "check" myself to see how well I am really doing!
Jess Mac, Boston, MA
Halloween candy time is the perfect time for this challenge!
kristen thurman, Texas
I will give it my very best shot!
Jamie, Tacoma, WA
I suppose this is meant to happen for me because I was just thinking I needed something to light a fire under my butt and then my friend sent me a link.
Mary Wachsmann www.foodjoy.org, Austin, TX
This is an amazing project. I'll be talking about it on my blog to get the word out.
Erin Harrell, Austin, TX
Libby Doubler, Tennessee
I'm with you!
Stan Wilson, Austin, TX
Not eating processed foods is unpatriotic because it takes money away from a good chunk of the Fortune 1000. Ah screw it.
Jocelyn Brown, Austin TX
I'm totally in, have eaten a minimal amount of processed foods for the past several months and I am challenging myself to do this!!
Jagua Perez, Austin, TX
I usually eat processed foods now and again if they'e offered to me in small amounts Most food I make is cooked from whole ingredients at home, and this might not be too challenging for me!
Hanna, Chicago, IL
given it a shot.
Trey Lathe, San Francisco
I'm going to try to feed my family of 5.
Julia, St. Paul, MN
This is GREAT!
Erin Ostler, H2X2B2
trish, bellevue, wa
I pledge Oct 3- 13th. In between Vegas and Octoberfest
Molly Cumming, Austin, TX
This is so easy to do! Congratulations to everyone participating.
Alex G., Dallas, TX
Yes, very excited to start!
Rei C., Bellingham
Alexandra Landeros, Austin, TX
Real food eaters unite!
Lauren Bruno, austin tx
save your life
Karen S, Encinitas, CA
I'm all in..
Anna Kay, Colorado Springs, CO
Dana, Western Washington State
Lina N., Ottawa, ON, Canada
I've already started trying to get rid of processed foods from my diet. This will be a boost to helping me stick to it!
Miranda, Philomath, OR
I'll be cooking up plenty of unprocessed goodies over at AnAustinHomestead.blogspot.com. Processed foods rarely find a way into our kitchen, though we moved recently and i've been finding store bought bread and granola in our cupboards. Tsk tsk. I'm ready to get them outa here!
Shauna A., Los Angeles
(Name Withheld), Des Moines IA
Not sure if I can, but always willing to try!
Danielle Amari, Austin
Check out 101cookbooks.com for easy, amazing recipes.
(Name Withheld), Canada
Taylor Jones, Austin, TX
Doing this 100% raw!
Vanessa Tave, Jacksonville, FL
I have already made drastic changes to my family's diet, so this will prove to be an exciting challenge. I will post this on my FB page and invite my friends to join in on the fun!
Chiara, Hamilton, ON
Catt White, San Diego
As a farmers' market manager I stay pretty close to this all the time, but the pledge should be a good way to stay aware of exceptions. Thanks!
Alex Johnson, Minneapolis, MN
Meghan Joyce, Santa Barbara, CA
I have a vegan blog at http://meghantheveghan.blogspot.com, and I plan to blog about your pledge (and do it myself)! I'd love to write a guest post for you as well