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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.



Tonia says:

I took the pledge! We try to eat mostly unprocessed foods.

Jennifer N. says:

Taking the pledge! My husband & I are both on a mission to learn how to eat right and lose weight so that we can be healthier, happier, thinner and be around longer to enjoy our daughter. Wish us luck!

Jess says:

What a cool idea! Took the pledge, looking forward to the ideas and recipes that come of it!

Vicki Davis says:

I took the challenge!

Renea says:

I am taking the challenge

diana says:

i love this.
we eat an organic, vegan diet in our household, but i am super excited to see if we can make a few more conscious food choices throughout the month!

Jasanna says:

I took the challenge!!

Renata says:

I took the challenge too!

Ttrockwood says:

I took the pledge! And i love bobs red mill!

Crystal Sell says:

I took the pledge! My biggest weakness will be when I am hungry and want something quick to eat so I will have to plan ahead and have foods ready that aren’t processed!
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Kevin P says:

I’ve signed up, the past couple of weeks I’ve eliminated a lot of processed foods from my diet and started to cook more, it’ll be a challenge to find substitutes for certain things I eat though.

Rebecca says:

I took the OU pledge a couple of weeks ago and came across this post while doing a little preparation–looking for cookie recipes with only unprocessed ingredients! Looking forward to a month of better eating.

Lindsay says:

I took the pledge and am hoping I can encourage friends and family to do so as well!

Billie Jean says:

Pledged! 😀 Excited!

Anja says:

I took the pledge I’m very happy that you make me aware how it is important to eat unprocessed food.

melanie says:

I took the pledge and am very excited!

Tawana says:

I took the pledge. It should be fun and challenging!

Kimberly says:

I am signed up;been trying to lose weight for a few months now. I believe that the processed foods still in the house are NO help! Really would love to win the prize as I have been a fan for a long time and there are three of us that will be participating, even though I am the one signed up. Thanks for creating this challenge and look forward to several pounds gone by Christmas!

Christine says:

I took the pledge. What a great idea!

Melinda Moore says:

So thrilled to go unprocessed with my family. My three little ones will thank me some day, I think 🙂

Alyssa says:

I took the pledge. Just say “no” to Halloween candy!

theresa love says:

I have taken the Pledge and accepted the Challenge! As a Pagan, this is the time of year we harvest what we planted, and eat of the fruit (and veggies!) of our labors!

Karen says:

I took the pledge!

Wesley says:

This will be the third year I’ve taken the challenge. I’m not usually a healthy eating kinda guy but I do like to know what I’m putting in my mouth and why. It’s helped me look past what they want me to see and eat consciously.

Marla says:

I took the pledge! We don’t eat a lot of processed foods (simply can’t afford it). But occasionally, I love pizza! Guess I will just have to go without in October!

Christy says:

I took the pledge!!

Cathy & AJ says:

We took the pledge!!!

Trey Caliva says:

Took the pledge!!

Kari says:

Hi there, I took the pledge and am excited to try for an entire month of (mostly!) unprocessed foods!

Lois says:

I took the challenge! Yay!

Jeanine G says:

I try to stay processed free…. I have to for my family, I love them to much to not have amazing food to offer them. Plus it tastes better using whole and organic food!

Jeanine G says:

And yes… I took the pledge!

Tracie says:

I have taken the pledge and have posted it on my Facebook page and I have at least 2 friends who have taken the pledge with me. I am surprised at the amount of food in my cabinets that will not pass the test even though I am passionate about eating wholesome foods1 I will be research recipes and alternatives for those foods that will be cut!

Carolsue says:

I took the pledge and will certainly try to adhere to it.

Susan says:

Recently *had* to go gluten-free, and now *choosing* to give the
“Unprocessed” lifestyle a try for Oct. 2012!! : )

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