If you've been paying attention for any length of time you may remember that I did a fast back in June to kick start a new approach to eating and health. As I shared previously it was a great success. I have continued on to lose nearly 25 pounds, which I am thrilled about. It's especially noteworthy for me, as I did not slip back into old habits despite tremendous stress over the past couple of months. There were times when I did allow myself to sway from my plan of no wheat and no sugar. Fortunately, the times were few and far between, and one time of eating a sandwich on wheat bread instead of lettuce did not result in me throwing the baby out with the bathwater and just diving back into consuming bread on a regular basis. I was able to have a sandwich, be okay with it, and continue on my journey. If you know me at all you know this is totally awesome since my normal M.O. is to completely disregard diet in times of extreme stress and pressure. I guess I must be serious since it didn't happen this time. I'm attributing most of my success to my constant pleas to God to help me stay on track and keep me focused on the end goal; a healthy lifestyle.
The other day I was tooling around online and happened upon this challenge. Apparently the challenge began back in 2009 with an idea. It has grown in success, participation, and coverage over the past couple years. I read through the website, and thought to myself, "Why not? I've already made such drastic changes in my diet. How hard could it be?" Well, I guess we'll find out. I signed up for the challenge yesterday. The commitment is to eat no processed foods for the entire month of October. What is unprocessed food, you might ask. Well, the simple definition from Eating Rules is this: