Join me Take the Challenge!!
No processed food April involves not only choosing the right foods to eat but also avoiding all of the junk foods and processed foods that are so readily available.
1. Whole foods are foods that haven’t been tampered with. Usually have NO food label. These foods are whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, meats, unsalted nuts, and seeds.
2. Avoid Processed foods. These are any food that has a label. A label means that more than one ingredient was used to make that food. You don’t have to eliminate all processed foods, but a good rule is if you can’t pronounce an ingredient on a label, don’t buy it!!
The first question I’m getting is “How do you define processed?”
Obviously there’s a wide range of what that means and we will probably each define it slightly differently for ourselves. Let’s for the challenge define it like 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 have heard it called “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.
3. ELIMINATE Refined sugar it provides nothing but calories and does nothing for you.
4. COOK YOUR OWN MEALS!! Instead of buying meals in a box, cook meals from scratch. That’s not as hard as it sounds! REAL whole foods are easy, your crock pot can be your best friend!
You in??? Let’s go!!