It's that time again! October Unprocessed via Andrew at www.earingrules.com - time to step back, think about what you are eating, how it is made, and how we can make our daily lives a little bit better by putting healthier options into our bodies.
I've been thinking about what I want to get out of the challenge this year; we live pretty much 75-90% clean around here. My teen boys toward the 75% side of the range, my husband falling into the 80-85% range, and myself the upper 90% end. There is something every season that just reels me in. Right now? That darn Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. :) I know there are recipes out there that are supposed to be just as good, but part of the draw is the fact that someone else is making it for me. :) So what to do for this year's challenge?
I decided I want to put a little effort into learning more about specific types of foods and cleaning up the options. I want to learn more about sugars, for example. I get questioned on that a lot - "if you eat clean, how can you still use sugar? It's so processed." While I buy organic "pure cane sugar" for some things, turbinado for others, and local raw honey for still more uses, (and there is a bottle of agave on the shelf too) I use it sugar so sparingly I count it as part of my 10% unclean. I want to learn more about other types of sugars, like date sugar, coconut sugar, etc to find some different options and how to best use them so I can change that % a bit.
Last year I watched a few members of the Unprocessed Facebook group making things like cheese, peanut butter, and almond milks that I was thinking I may try to do something like that as well this challenge. I have a slightly busy month at work, so I'm thinking one per week; it will take some pre-planning and investigating but hoping it will all work well in the end. I'll report back what I choose to try and how each one goes.
Lastly, my goal is to report in my daily menus - not only to hold myself accountable for staying on track but so you all can hold me accountable for making good choices as well. There will be a small amount of deliberate exceptions I'll post in the beginning; life is too short to deprive yourself of something that makes you really happy, like wine from the winery I work at (they do add sulfites plus it's a job requirement to taste all the wines) and a s'more at our firepit. Marshmallows are made by me though. :)
It's only September 17th so I have some time to get my plans in motion; if you haven't taken the challenge before I suggest you do, and also to join the Facebook group for helpful tips, ideas, advice and support.