Last fall, inspired by the October Unprocessed challenge that many bloggers were writing about, I decided to make a conscious effort to cut the amount of processed food, white starchy carbs, and dairy I was eating. My general rule: If it has more than one ingredient, don't eat it.

Although that might sound severe, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I felt great and to my amazement, I dropped six pounds without trying. I was eager to stick with it through November. I didn’t even falter on Thanksgiving, loading up my plate with sweet potatoes, turkey and salad instead of cheesy hash brown potatoes and cranberry fluff.

But then Holiday Treat Season hit and my office became booby-trapped with plates of cookies, chocolate-covered everything and those big tins of popcorn. I allowed myself to indulge a little, but the number of handfuls I would sneak significantly increased as December progressed. Soon enough, my diet looked much as it did prior to my attempt to eat unprocessed.

my december diet (source)

The thing is, since returning to my “normal” diet (which is still much better than the Typical American Diet), I feel pretty terrible. I find myself with less energy, more pimples, and a regularly upset stomach.  And those six pounds? Yep, they came back, too.

Over the past few weeks, I've been more intentional about what I'm eating. Since declaring April alcohol-free, I've begun thinking about what I can do to clean up my diet even more. I've found some great blogs, books and websites that have delicious recipes using whole, natural foods. (Since paleo has kind of become The Thing To Do, there's no shortage of resources out there.)

So the goal: Eat whole, natural food as much as possible (which pretty much equals "make time to cook" and "stop Googling pictures of Christmas cookies").

Sounds simple, right? We'll see...

  • Have you ever tried eating unprocessed before?
  • How does your diet compare to the "Typical American Diet?"  


  1. Lady, you are my hero!! I wish I could be as disciplined as you. Check out this blog - 100daysofrealfood.com. It's a GREAT resource for eating an unprocessed foods diet, and the lady that writes it lives here in Charlotte! Miss you!!!

  2. Thats the same blog I used when Jason & I first started eating clean :-)


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