Tomorrow will be the last day of the October Unprocessed 2012 Challenge. Andrew Wilder started this challenge, see his blog, www.eatingrules.com, for the background. Here is what I have learned or recalled over the last month:
- My diet has been primarily vegetarian for many years, but there are still processed foods that can trip me up, like sugary sweets.
- The more I eat sweets, the more I crave them, so paying attention to this dynamic over the last month really helped me to be more aware and make better choices.
- Reaching for fruit instead of a cookie helps tremendously. Over time, the sweetness of fruit becomes more appealing. That said, my homemade cookies still are better than much of what I can buy in the store.
- I have never been a big pop (or soda) drinker but have it on occasion. Since I cut pop out this month, when I had a sip the other day, it tasted strangely metallic, or like nothing I would find in nature. It tasted like a concoction developed in a lab, which it is, and I did not want anymore.
- Planning is everything. If you think about what you need to keep in the house or take with you as you plan your day or week, it is much easier to make good choices. Waiting until hunger strikes means you might eat anything.
- I feel better, and even though I had a cold this month, I believe healthier eating helps healing.
I don’t see any reason to stop eating “unprocessed” and will try to incorporate what I’ve learned into a healthier lifestyle. I’m looking forward to November, the holidays and trying new recipes. I have also planned a trip that will serve to reinforce eating unprocessed and give me a chance to learn even more about this way of eating.