I spent a good amount of time thinking about the changes I would need to make in order to avoid all processed foods during the next week (I'm starting October 2nd, in case you are keeping track). Looks like I won't be able to finish the bag of Newman's Ginger Os that I just bought. Bummer. That Costco-sized bag of Pirates Booty? Hands-off. No refined sugars and flour? Difficult, but I guess I can manage.
Just so we're all on the same page, I'm following EatingRules's definition of "processed". 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. Basically, if I could make it at home, then it counts. If it contains unpronounceable ingredients that I've never heard of, I'd best avoid it... at least this week.
This one-week pledge really made me think about the things I eat, and I know there is room to improve. I decided to put together a meal plan for the week, otherwise there is only a very small chance that I'll actually follow through on this. If I have an actual plan, then I can shop for the right ingredients and avoid the it's-five-o'clock-and-I'm-starving-and-have-no-food-worth-eating panic that usually results in ordering take-out.
steel cut oatmeal with fresh berries and maple syrup, eggs, whole grain toast, baked oatmeal
leftovers, Quinoa and spinach salad, tuna salad
hummus/red pepper dip, veggies, fruit, kale chips, homemade granola bars, nuts, dried fruit, smoothies
Taco Salad with Red-pepper dressing (Blissful Bites)
Frijoles Rancheros (Simple Bites)
Coconut Curry Green Lentil Soup (Simple Bites)
Apple and Bacon Frittata (Simple Bites/Whole Family Cookbook)
Lentil Shepherd's Pie (Simple Bites)
Crockpot French Onion Soup (How Sweet it Is)
Pineapple fried rice (Blissful Bites)
Potato and Bean Enchilada Bake (All Recipes)
Time to make my shopping list - my grocery cart is going to be packed with all of this delicious food!