I’m going on day 4 of the October Unprocessed Challenge. It hasn’t been too difficult—I even went to a baby shower and got away with eating a shit ton of food without breaking any of the rules (the gracious hostesses provided us with baby carrots, homemade salsa [fresh from a garden], hummus, baked sweet potato fries, freshly popped popcorn, and an all-natural chocolate cake with butter cream frosting). I also drank from a buffet of fine beers. At work, I have been abstaining from eating our delicious sandwiches typically made with sourdough or ciabatta bread, and have been sticking to steak, arugula, and tomato salads and our soups that are made from scratch. It’s not bad at all!
Sure, I pout a little when I remind myself that I can’t anymore Belgian milk chocolate bars and put a little dab of Sriracha to give my food a nice kick for another 27 days, but it ceases to matter when my lovely boyfriend makes me organic ribeye steak and eggs with fresh rosemary and herb salad for breakfast.
If I had done this three years ago, I probably would have gone hungry. It is much easier for me now because I have conditioned myself to cook with whole foods rather than pre-made, processed foods. I usually try and stay away from preservatives and chemicals, but I am being extra careful now.
Today I made 100% organic Vietnamese-American shrimp fried rice with brown rice, green beans, carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. Normally I would have made Chinese-style fried rice, but Kikkoman soy sauce contains preservatives, so I used preservative-free fish sauce, rice vinegar, and ground white pepper in lieu of that. And instead of drizzling Sriracha on top as the nice finishing touch, I sprinkled some spirally red chiles on top that I got from the farmer’s market last week. I also made a couple of jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwiches (without the processed cheese and on whole wheat sprouted bread instead of white, of course) for me and my roommate.
This is what I consider to be eating good in the neighborhood… not Applebee’s.