Healthy Living on September 26, 2011 by

October Unprocessed 2011 {Giveaway}

It’s hard to believe that October is right around the corner, but it is. Which means it’s time, once again, for October Unprocessed. Andrew of Eating Rules has thrown down the gauntlet- are you ready to pick it up and take his challenge?

To go a month without eating any processed foods.

Some of us at the mill took the challenge last year and it was far more challenging (ha!) than I originally envisioned. Turns out it gets pretty sticky when trying to define processed foods and I’ve borrowed (liberally) from Andrew here to explain what unprocessed means.

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.

Andrew calls this the “The Kitchen Test.” Could you make this item in your kitchen? Can you identify and pronounce all of the ingredients? If the answer is no, the food in question likely falls on the side of processed.

It gets even stickier when you start thinking about things like white flour and white sugar- both processed foods that probably don’t pass the test. However, a whole month of not eating white flour (we commend you if you can make it) sounds near impossible when you start thinking about trying to eat out at all during the month. The key of this challenge is thinking about food in a new way- being conscious of what comprises the food you eat—not trying to kill yourself being perfect. White sugar might just sneak in one day by accident, but if you can consciously understand what is in your food, you win.

There is no right or wrong way to play this game and only you know how seriously you’re taking it. Andrew allows that some mistakes will happen and some deliberate choices to eat a processed food are ok- as long as they are deliberate and not mindless.


We challenge you to join us in October Unprocessed. I’m giving away four gift packs—that means four lucky winners. Each winner will get to select ANY four Bob’s Red Mill® brand products of their choosing. By ANY, we mean small prepacked items, in other words, not a 25 lb bag.

How to enter:

There is only one way to be entered and only one entry per person. Head over and take Andrew’s 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 four winners from all who take the challenge (and tell us about it) by 11:59 pm on 9/30/11.

10-5-11: UPDATE:

The winners of our giveaway are:

  • Nicole Callen
  • Melissa Hudson-Gant
  • Christopher Sorel
  • Abby (abbylizzy)

Congrats to our winners and thank you to everyone who took the pledge for October Unprocessed! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Good luck!


This is a huge challenge for my family and I, but we take this pledge without hesitation and hope that it brings us closer to our goal of learning how to choose, make, and eat healthier foods.

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