We did it!

October Unprocessed 2016

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.

Thanks to Bob's Red Mill, Mighty Nest, and Oliso

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?

Get the October Unprocessed Simple Meal Plan Guide

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!

We’ve included:

  • 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!

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!

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This was amazing! I fell off the wagon after surgery last year and have tried everything to get back on track. Who knew that something as simple as signing my name to this challenge would be enough to hold me responsible?!

I did 80/20 because I know myself, but completely avoided caffeine and sugar.
I was strict and had a bit of a detox headache the first 7-10 days, but my body adjusted and I started to see the benefits: less pain, more energy, and better sleep. I’m also not crashing in the middle of the afternoon, which helped to break the caffeine habit. And, the post-surgery weight has been melting away!

Now it takes very little to remind me why I avoid processed foods and I’m finally back on track. Definitely worth it, and I plan to continue.

Thanks for the inspiration!!!


You guys did amazing!! I’ve been participating for several years now in October Unprocessed. We loved the BBQ Veggie & Rice Bowls and some of the other recipes! Delicious! I could not locate my original email for the Bob’s buy one get one free coupon. I am thinking I deleted it, as I have been moving to a new state. Is there any other way to get the link to the coupon?

I enjoyed the challenge – I’m the kind of person who goes all in. We got rid of all the unprocessed food in the pantry and most of the condiments in the fridge. My first attempt at making mayo was so good I threw out all the processed mayo we had in the fridge. I only ate out once a week with my girl gang and we went to places with unprocessed food – hard to find, but they are out there! I ended up having about 1 piece of gum a week, and I ate 1 Atomic Fireball October 30th…I resisted all the Halloween candy though! This was my second or third year doing the challenge and I think each year thereafter we became less processed in our food consumption, especially at home. My goal this year is to keep eating completely unprocessed at home and trying to be… Read more »

It was great! I gradually went off processed foods with my husband starting in 2009 when we lost, between the two of us, over 100 pounds. I reached my goal and stayed there since, but in the past year, my weight started to creep up a little. But this month, I got back with the program, found the places where I’d become sloppy, and knocked five pounds off, which gets me halfway back to where I want to be. Woot!

Tanya Walker
This was a true challenge this year because I had a work project that really absorbed my time so I didn’t cook the way I wanted to but as you just stated in your final address I learned some things: 1-I need to make my own crackers again. I did last year during you the 2015 challenge and found them delightful. I was weak and ate processed crackers this go round. Oops! 2-I did find a food technique that helps when no time but want something good to eat, it is spatchcock chicken. A whole bird really can be cooked in 30 minutes!! 3-I rediscovered whole meat cooking. I have realized cooking a roast and eating off of it all week with different meals saves so much time! I can make soup, sandwiches or breakfast off of one meat or freeze it. I learned it is not just what you… Read more »