Well, tomorrow is the day! I stocked up on fresh produce today and I am getting really excited about this challenge to eat only real, unprocessed foods for the entire month of October. Here are some of the foods I bought today and this is what my refrigerator looks like! 🙂
I know there will be a few foods that will be major obstacles for me, such as bread, ice cream, and pizza, but I am going to try my best to eat as healthy and unprocessed as I can. If I cheat a little bit, I am not going to worry about it. I have decided that cheese is going to be one of my deliberate exceptions, but I am going to use it as sparingly as I can. Another obstacle is going to be my weekly lunch date with my husband. I have decided that I will be a little more lenient about this challenge during that meal, but I am still going to try to choose the most unprocessed choice on the menu during those dates.
I am amazed at the amount of support I have already received from friends and family members on Facebook, and 3 of my friends have even pledged to do this with me! I am enjoying the recipes and tips my friends are giving me, and I am grateful they are all cheering for me to succeed. I also feel so much support from the October Unprocessed Facebook page, with over 10,000 participants who also took this challenge and are committed to supporting each other. I love being a part of a community of people who share the common goal of trying to improve their health and wellness and be the best they can be.
One of my ongoing goals in life is to contribute to a healthy society (in mind, body and spirit), and to do that I need to start with myself. I strive to better myself every day in one of those areas, and I am hoping this challenge will help me to set the example of healthy eating for my kids. My ultimate goal in raising my 3 daughters is to teach them the importance of respecting their bodies and being aware of everything they put into and on it. I live my life trying to be a positive role model for them, and if I inspire a few others along the way, all the better. I don’t think it is going to be easy, but with plenty of support, I can do this! Bring on October!