I have been heard to say/write "I do not eat processed foods." Yes, I go around
touting, proclaiming, annoying people by saying that I do not eat processed foods. Recently I took a good look at my food plan and decided that my statements are bunk. While I do not eat Twinkies, Cheese Whiz, hot dogs or marshmallow fluff, it is not honest for me to claim I do not eat processed foods. Look at this list of my staples:
- almond milk
- whey protein
- chicken breasts, ham
- Greek yogurt
- canned pumpkin
- skim milk
- non-wheat breads - containing only grains, water, salt and yeast
- Quest protein bars
- cold pressed organic coconut oil
- any non sugar sweeteners
These are foods processed - receiving something they did not get from Mother Nature. Almond milk, whey protein powder, ham and protein bars - well, they are obvious. But chicken and salmon? How can they be unprocessed if they are color injected, radiated, and farmed raised on food not on the animal's natural diet? Greek yogurt does not exist without some processing. Skim milk has vitamins added, it is pasteurized and we all know about the antibiotics in cow's milk. (which were not necessary when cows were fed their natural diet of grasses - it only came about because they are now fed corn - which is not natural to their digestive systems). Canned pumpkin just contains pumpkin, but it is mashed and cooked before canning and who knows what canning does to it. Bread does not exist in nature, although the ingredients of the bread can be natural. Extra virgin olive oil - unless I am paying through the nose for a tiny bottle I can be sure it is processed oil - not matter what the label may read.
I am going to try eating only unprocessed food for one day. For one full day I will eat foods that exist as Mother Nature (in all her wonder and insanity) created them. Where available I will purchase organic (for this one day). I will only consume food as it exists in nature. I can cook it but I cannot use frozen, or canned foods for this one day. I cannot add things that come from bottles or cans to flavor it. My kale will have to be whole leaf and not pre-washed and cut. Carrots will be full size and not whittled down to baby carrot at some factory. Nuts will start in the shell. No milk unless I can milk the goat myself. (there are no grass fed cows in Florida). I am not going to become a raw eater or a true unprocessed food maven. I know myself too well to believe I would ever go that route.
I am planning to do this on Thursday. (this was written on Monday). Thursday is a day when I can have all three meals at home, which will make it easier and it gives me time to buy what I will need.
WHY am I doing this? I want to be more mindful of the food that is going into my body: the real versus the manufactured. I do not know if I want to make this a future practice so I am limiting it now to one day.
One day. Three meals and a snack. Nothing processed. If you have done it successfully, please share your thoughts and tips. If you have tried it and missed the mark, please share your experiences.