Once again we are taking place in the October Unprocessed challenge this year in 2018. Its honestly not that hard to do on the farm and with our lifestyle.
The “Kitchen Test” Definition
The first question I’m always asked is, “How do you define unprocessed?”
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 whole-food ingredients.
I call it “The Kitchen Test.” If you pick up something with a label (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.
It does limit us on a few things in terms of eating out.. Its very hard to eat out and truly stay to the unprocessed meal plan. Something little will slip in on what seems like a dish that would meet the requirements.
We are currently on day 8 and other then our cold meds we have both taken, we are firmly on yes! we are being successful! I will update weekly only on the challenge, we are going to be focused more on fall idea’s. I will try and do one unprocessed meal recipe per week for oct.
And I am already one week behind lol..
Thanks for posting about this again. We don’t do the challenge, but I find that drawing my attention to the things that we eat, that would be fail the kitchen test, helps me to continue to make changes away from processed food. It also helps me appreciate the things that we do make for ourselves, like the pot of turkey soup on the stove top right now :-).
thanks for commenting Nicola, love hearing from my readers. thanks so much for the feedback and enjoy that pot of turkey soup 🙂
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