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Take the October Unprocessed challenge

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A grassroots movement, October Unprocessed, challenges people to a month of eschewing any foods that couldn't be made in a typical home kitchen.


I recently found out about a grassroots campaign called October Unprocessed, the brainchild of Andrew Wilder, who blogs at Eating Rules. In 2009, Wilder decided to go a whole month without eating anything processed – no small feat in our current food climate of sugar-saturated, sodium-bomb, preservative-filled, fake-colored foods.

“It was revelatory,” he writes. “My expectations and sense of taste were recalibrated. I started to identify individual ingredients in the foods I ate. I didn’t crave those salty snacks. I found myself often in the kitchen, excited to see what I could cook next. Above all, I simply felt better.”

That first experiment lead to issuing the challenge online on a yearly basis, and it’s taken off: 415 people in 2010, more than 3,000 people in 2011, and more than 6,000 in 2012.

Interested? Here’s the free, official guide to October Unprocessed 2013; whether or not you sign up, I recommend it for a wealth of unprocessed-food info, including how to read food labels and stock your unprocessed pantry.

Of course, at Delicious Living we've been champions of real-food eating for about 30 years, so we've got a fantastic array of recipes (including these wonderful fall soups and easy snacks) that fit right in to this challenge.

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