That focused on one part of my quest: to find affordable food to eat.
But there are two other parts to this journey I am on. As you can see by the little blog description above, I am on a quest to find delicious, nutritious, and affordable food for my little family of two. This whole blog is dedicated to this task, but I am going to focus on the nutritious part this time. Hence, a new "Thirty Day Challenge" -- which will actually be 31 days being the month of October. Are you ready for it?
I am joining a group of people who have pledged to have an unprocessed October.
What is this, exactly? Well, according to the mastermind behind it, Andrew Wilder, it is a push to get people to stop and think about what they putting in their bodies. For the month of October, over 1,800 of us (yes, you read that correctly) have decided to put away packaged goods and go for it.
Of course, each person might consider something processed that another does not, so here is the working definition for unprocessed food that we are using for this challenge (taken from Andrew's blog, Eating Rules!).
Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole-food ingredients.
If you have been following my blog at all, I am sure you know that I am someone who tends to lean in this direction... for dinner at least. But I haven't always been that way. Actually, for anyone who has known me for longer than two years your jaws are probably dropping as you read this. Let's roll back the film of my life just a tad and look at my college years: Junk food galore. I kid you not. I
Today my life looks a lot different. I have grown up, married a man who was raised on fresh food, and have found that between Jamie Oliver and my Advanced Health Education for Teachers class drilling into my head, I am finally starting to the value of eating healthy food. I have made incredible growth in this area and I hope to continue to do so. Which is why I decided to do this. Like my no-going-out-to-eat challenge, I expect that this will be difficult, that I will have to be a little more creative, but ultimately, that I will realize so much about what I can do -- and then start to do it.
This doesn't commence until tomorrow, but the preparations have already begun. This week as I was grocery shopping I picked up this or that, carefully reading through the ingredients list. Tsk, tsk, I would think, putting that item back on the shelf. I am not putting that into my body.
Yes, I am becoming one of those people.
Oh, well. I am OK with that. I have a great (and easy) bread recipe from my mother-in-law so Paulo can live without his bagels, Trader Joe's has some excellent preservative-free pastas and what not, and I am going to learn to make chicken stock from scratch. But am going to miss Skippy peanut butter this month!
(Yes, that is peanut butter in my purse. No, I did not set it up that way for the picture. It is actually how I walked out the door this morning on my way to work. What can I say? That's how I roll.)
For more information on Andrew Wilder and his crazy/awesome idea, please visit http://www.eatingrules.com/
And of course, feel free to join in! The more the merrier :)