I have been somewhat obsessed by the subject of human nutrition for most of my adult life. I am constantly researching and learning more about nutrition and the enormous impact food has on our health. Because of this interest, I have been feeding my family whole foods for a long time now, and I truly believe that our diet is the principal factor in achieving the good health we have been enjoying. Intertwined with my interest in nutrition is an almost fanatical love of cooking and of course eating, so for me cooking whole foods from scratch every day is a fun and rewarding challenge.
Because this subject is so close to my heart, I was delighted to learn about the “October Unprocessed 2011 Challenge” at Andrew Wilder’s blog Eating Rules. I really like his core message which he sums up as:
“… three simple, yet very powerful, eating rules.
- When you eat grains, eat only 100% whole grains.
- Don’t eat high fructose corn syrup.
- Don’t eat hydrogenated oils, trans fats, or anything that’s been deep-fried.
If you can follow all three of these rules consistently, you’re most of the way to beating the system of the American Diet. It’s not easy, but it is simple.”
His challenge is not to immediately stop buying foods at the grocery store in favor of making everything from scratch at home, but rather to become more aware of the ingredients in the products that you buy and then ingest. Wilder says
“The whole idea, ultimately, is to read the label (if there is one) and consider each ingredient in your food: How it’s produced, where it comes from, and whether its benefits outweigh its detriments.”
There are lots of choices at the grocery store, more now than ever before, and it only takes a little bit of label reading to make the best possible choices in the foods we buy.
I signed up for the October Unprocessed Challenge 2011, and I encourage you to sign up as well. Here is a link to the site: October Unprocessed Challenge 2011.
What do you think about this challenge? I would love to hear your opinions or your experiences with whole foods. Please feel free to comment below.