Eat Drink Better October Unprocessed

Published on September 30th, 2013 | by Heather Carr

7

October Unprocessed 2013

October UnprocessedFruits and Vegetable in a Paper Bag

October Unprocessed starts tomorrow! This month, I make the commitment to eat only unprocessed foods. Thirty-one days isn’t so long, right?

What Is October Unprocessed?

Actually, this is the third year I’ve done this. October Unprocessed started with Andrew Wilder on the Eating Rules blog. He’s been giving up processed foods during October since 2009. What exactly is “processed”? He provides us with a “Kitchen Test” definition as a guide:

Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.

Most of the things we buy could be made at home with a little practice. Bread, beer, wine, tea, coffee, seasoning blends, even frozen dinners are all fairly easy to make for anyone with time, space, and the willingness to learn.

That doesn’t mean that participating in October Unprocessed will have us working ceaselessly in the kitchen. Purchasing bread or any other premade food is within the limits of October Unprocessed, I’ll just be sure to check the ingredients list.

The other thing about participating in October Unprocessed is that we set our own limits. Some people avoid processed foods for one day or one week and that’s fine. It’s more about learning what’s in our food and how our food is made than it is about passing some test.

Is Convenience Food Really Convenient?

Giving up processed foods gets easier each year, since I’ve already done much of the research on different brands. In some cases, I’ve realized that convenience foods aren’t always more convenient than making it myself. One example is my usual breakfast – granola and a cup of tea. I used to eat Quaker Chewy Dipps (chocolate chip). Yum! But the list of ingredients in one of those granola bars is extensive and very…chemical.

I experimented a little bit, which I consider more fun than work, and came up with a homemade granola recipe that reproduces the flavors that I loved about the Quaker Dipps without the extra stuff. It doesn’t hold together like a bar, but using a spoon and a bowl is okay with me. After eating my homemade granola for a while, I picked up a box of Dipps. I was surprised to realize that there isn’t much flavor in there and that most of the flavor is sweetener.

Bob’s Red Mill Coupons

Bob’s Red Mill is sponsoring October Unprocessed this year. They make a wide variety of flours and baking helpers. Over on the Eating Rules blog, there is a form to fill out that gives you a link to coupons for Bob’s Red Mill products.

I learn new things about my own eating habits each time I do this. I hope you’ll join me during October Unprocessed and let me know how you’re doing.





Keep up with the latest sustainable food news by signing up for our free newsletter. CLICK HERE to sign up!


Tags: , , , , ,


About the Author

Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or .



Back to Top ↑
  • Advertisements

  • Popular Posts


    Over-the-counter drugs might alleviate your allergy symptoms, but the side effects can be the pits. Try these food-based natural remedies for seasonal allergies instead!

    I love infographics. When I came across this one about what, how, and when to plant vegetables, I thought I’d share. Keep reading after the pic for a few of my own lessons learned.

    Herbal homemade soda is quite simple actually. Almost any herb can be used, and this lavender and lemon combination is cooling and refreshing!

    Do You Think Cilantro Tastes Like Soap? Here’s why.

    Putting a healthy meal together can be difficult on a busy weeknight. These quick, easy, healthy meals make even weeknight cooking a breeze.

    Looking for an all vegan grocery store? Even if you’re not lucky enough to have one in your town, there are lots of online options for vegan grocery shopping.

  • Advertisement

  • Search the IM Network

  • The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by, and do not necessarily represent the views of Sustainable Enterprises Media, Inc., its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.