on September 12, 2012 by

October Unprocessed 2012 {Giveaway}

As the days grow shorter and the nights cooler, Fall loom foremost in my mind. With Fall comes hot soups and fresh apples, the harvest moon and pumpkin-flavored confections, and, of course, October Unprocessed with Eating Rules. In it’s third year, October Unprocessed again asks us to reevaluate how we eat and see if we can cut back on the processed junk so readily available at grocery stores and restaurants nationwide.

October Unprocessed challenges us to spend all 31 days of October eating mindfully, tempting us to choose whole foods instead of amalgamations of chemicals and fillers. The challenge is certainly not for everyone, but many of us at the mill have found it to be a refreshing change of pace and a surprisingly enlightening food experience. Personally, I was surprised at how often (and how easily) processed foods came across my plate with no thought at all on my part.

What does “unprocessed” mean in this challenge? To quote Andrew from Eating Rules, “Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients. He calls this the “Kitchen Test.”

The point of this challenge is not to rise to the top of your social circle playing the “I’m a food saint” game, but to eat consciously and mindfully. There are some foods that will be near impossible to cut out of your life that probably don’t pass the kitchen test. The goal is to make that choice deliberately and know that you are choosing to include that food. Of course, mistakes will happen and that’s okay too. (Try eating out and avoiding white sugar and white flour for a month!) You’re your own judge in this game and the grand prize is a higher awareness of what you eat every day.

We challenge you to join us in October Unprocessed. Join the fun at, where Andrew will have guest posts and recipes all month to inspire and help you on this journey.

{Giveaway} – This contest is now closed.

To inspire you, I’m giving away three gift packs—that means three lucky winners. Each winner will get to select four Bob’s Red Mill® brand products (excluding bulk sizes) of their choosing. Of course, these have to be unprocessed whole foods (don’t worry, we’ll help steer you in the right direction).

How to enter:

There is only one way to be entered and only one entry per person. Head over and take the October Unprocessed pledge. Then, report back to us here and let us know that you took the challenge in the comments section on this blog post. I will select the three winners from all who take the challenge (and tell us about it) by 11:59 pm on 9/30/12.



Katie F says:

I took the challenge

Tabatha F. says:

I took the pledge! With a family of 6 on 1 income, I’d love to win this, it would help tremendously!

Mary Buetow says:

Hi Andrew! I took the pledge last year and will do so again this year. I eat unprocessed all year long.

Last year, I was one of the winners. 🙂

leann burley says:

I think I’m goin to try eating whole food for October. I’m not sure if I can do it.

Terry Busch says:

I’m in!

Marit Saltrones says:

I took the pledge!

I love the idea! What a great way to help kids learn how to make healthy food choices. We are in!

Jacqui Gonzales says:

I signed up for October Unprocessed the day Andrew announced it. I think this is a wonderful way to pay attention to what we eat.

tara pittman says:

I took the pledge

Sara F. says:

I took the challenge!

Megan says:

I took the pledge! I’m really looking forward to this!

Katy says:

Challange accepted. Now to eat all my ice cream before October. Shouldn’t be a prOblem.

Karen Delaney says:

Took the pledge (with an exception for coffee)

SandyN says:

I took the pledge.

Sarah says:

I took the pledge

christine w says:

I took the pledge

Vicky says:

It might be tougher this year because I have a 1-month-old, but I am going to try my hardest!

Georgiana says:

Definitely in – I took the pledge!

jacquie says:

took the pledge and i’m looking forward to the “challenging” and the learning 🙂

Ray says:

I pledged for sure! Thanks!

steph says:

took the pledge!

Erica Martin says:

I think it is a great idea to make this a “community event” – I took the pledge!

Renata says:

I took the pledge – thank you for sharing!

Kristen M. says:

I’ve taken the pledge. This is my second year and I think I can do better than last year!

LouAnn Mallon says:

WHOOHOO! I am taking the challenge and going to challenge my co-workers to do the same!!

I took the pledge! Need the incentive to get back on track. Now to get my kids on board…

Billy says:

cool. i took the pledge

Peg says:

I took the pledge.

Petey Smith says:

I’m down with it all!!!!! Love from OREGON!!!

Linda S. says:

I took the challenge.

Catherine Giayvia says:

A month without lunchmeat. Yes, please!

Teresa says:

I took the pledge!

Holly Reed says:

I took the pledge, its gonna be a challenge, but I will do my best!

Kelly says:

I took the pledge to continue to rid of processed food from our daily lives 🙂

Janet Mertz says:

I am in!

Connie says:

I took the pledge!

Scott B. says:

Took the challenge

Cathi says:

I took the pledge and look forward to the results!!

Jill says:

Took the pledge! Six weeks into the process of clean eating … learning a lot and trying many new recipes. Working on convincing my teenagers this is a good thing!

Mrs. G says:

This is my second challenge, but the first since we had to strike gluten from our diets last month. I hope to learn a lot this next month!

Paula says:

I took the pledge!

Melissa says:

I’ve already got the organic, local fruits and veggies in place with a CSA now onto the rest of the plan. Of course with both a vegetarian and a carnivore plus 2 other “fussies” it will be a challenge.

cassie says:

took pledge can’t wait!

Cindy schueneman says:

I took the challenge or signed the pledge or whatever you want to call it. Count me in.

Julie says:

Love these challenges! We are seven in the house, and I’ve been redirecting our eating habits to stop including processed foods. The kids are so far on board! It’s all about homemade goodness! We all took the pledge. 🙂

Cynthia says:

here goes, whole plant food for October! Not processed means no olive oil, no butter, no cheese.

Elizabeth says:

count me in

katherine d. says:

I took the challenge!!

natalie says:

taking the pledge!

Mandy says:

I took the pledge!

Comments are closed.

View Comments

Latest Posts

Keep up to date on the latest from
Bob's Red Mill
Subscribe Now