Congratulations on making it through the Seventh Annual October Unprocessed Challenge! Whether you went completely unprocessed, or just started paying closer attention to what is actually in your food, I hope you can consider the challenge a success.
October Unprocessed, at its core, is an awareness exercise. Although many people report feeling better (and losing weight!), the goal isn’t really to change your health in just one month. It’s to learn about and focus on what you’re putting in your body, and how it affects your health and well-being, and the world around you. I hope you’ve learned a lot this month, and will take that with you moving forward from today. Even though this October has come and gone, October Unprocessed doesn’t really end today – I hope you’ll take your new-found unprocessed knowledge and build on it, growing and learning for the rest of your lives.
Each year our movement has grown — and it gives me hope for the future. It means the pendulum is starting to swing back from ultra-processed foods to real food, and it’s gaining momentum. By continuing on this path, we will shift our world to what we want it to be. So please keep seeking out nutritious, delicious, unprocessed food. The more we demand it, the more the market will provide it, helping ensure everyone will soon have access to unprocessed, wholesome, and affordable food.
Each year I’m blown away by the number of people who volunteer their time, expertise, and talent to make October Unprocessed a success – and this year has been no different! First, I would like to thank the Guest Post Authors – the heroes of October Unprocessed! Together, they brought in 30 stories of inspiration and health, as well as some really amazing recipes. I am reminded each year of the incredible people in the food blogging and wellness community. They are one of the finest groups of people I’ve ever been blessed to know and be a part of, and for that I am truly grateful.
I’d like to thank Bob’s Red Mill, Mighty Nest, and Oliso for their generous sponsorship, which makes it possible for me to spend the time and energy coordinating all of this. There’s still time to take advantage of the special coupons & discounts for everyone who took the challenge, including the Bob’s Red Mill Buy-One-Get-One-Free Coupon, The Mighty Nest Glass Water Bottle or Stainless Steel Bento Box for just 5 bucks, and the $50 discount on Oliso’s Smart Hub and Vacuum Sealer. (For more details, go back to the email with the subject “Your October Unprocessed Gifts” that arrived after you took the pledge.)
Finally, a big thank you to everyone who took the challenge and participated in any way. The challenge is really about all of you and I hope you’ve had a great experience.
Wondering what to eat in November?
The October Unprocessed Simple Meal Plan Guide is a digital download packed with more than 50 simple, unintimidating recipes that all pass the kitchen test. I know many of you have purchased it already, but for those of you that haven’t, this is a great way to make planning (and grocery shopping) much easier!
- Four weeks of delicious, unprocessed dinner recipes, laid out in meal-plan fashion.
- Additional chapters packed with our favorite breakfast, lunch, snack, and dessert recipes.
- Over 50 recipes to get you through the entire month of October feeling healthier than you have all year.
- Added bonus: Four weeks of printable shopping lists for the dinner recipes, reducing your grocery store stress.
That’s an entire month of knowing exactly what you’re going to eat, setting you up to make almost no in-the-moment decisions about food. Today (November 1st, 2016) is the last day to name your own price — after today, we’re locking the price at $27! Learn more here.
Last chance for October Unprocessed Stickers!
Want a fun reminder to stay on track after October? Get an October Unprocessed sticker, and keep the challenge top-of-mind throughout the year! We still have a few left, and they’re now on sale for just $2.50 each (with free shipping in the U.S., and just $1 anywhere else in the world).
So… How did it go?
I’d love to know how the challenge went for you. Did you complete the challenge? Overcome any specific hurdles? Have any revelations? The most important question: What will you take with you moving forward? Leave a comment below and let us all know!