Join me on the #noprochallenge – What the hell is the #noprochallenge I hear you ask?
A challenge to cut processed food from your diet. To eat more fresh foods and food you have prepared yourself.
Yep, to avoid all those hidden sugars and other nasty additives how about cutting out everything processed from your diet and eating a diet of natural foods?
So, how can this challenge make a positive impact on your life?
‘processed food’ applies to any food that has been altered from its natural state in some way’
- source: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/what-are-processed-foods.aspx
So try eating natural, where possible organic, food, locally sourced fruit, vegetables, pulses, grains, seeds, nuts, and if you eat meat and fish that’s also ok as long as it’s not a processed meat (sausages etc) – just nothing out of a jar or packet that has been ‘manufactured’.
The health benefits will speak for themselves in two weeks. You may lose some weight, especially if you ate a lot of processed food before the challenge. Your skin will be clearer, your energy higher and your mood will be lifted. You will also be contributing to improving environmental issues AND you should save some money to boot!
Be aware that it’s difficult to cut out all processed foods entirely, as this dietician points out:
Dietitian Sian Porter says: “Not all processed food is a bad choice. Some foods need processing to make them safe, such as milk, which needs to be pasteurized to remove harmful bacteria. Other foods need processing to make them suitable for use, such as pressing seeds to make oil.
There is a good guide to what is processed food and how cutting them out can help your health and wellbeing here: NHS article
There are many interesting pages on the internet that go into way more detail than this blog post, I will be trying to post once a week on my challenge – sharing recipes and informative websites, books and resources. I adopted this approach to eating, whilst cutting most meat and dairy about two years ago – and have never felt better.
Let’s all go for it – make a positive change in your life, starting with the New Year, but not exclusively for the new year, this is a lifestyle change, a change in your dietary intake FOREVER, and that’s a mighty long time!
Let’s just recap on the benefits:
- weight loss
- more energy
- better skin
- better digestion
- help save the environment
- more money in your pocket for yoga leggings 😉
There is a great book by Megan Kimble (Megan’s website here) that tracks a year of her eating no processed foods – here is a snippet of an interview with Megan:
What advice can you give to people who want to limit their intake of processed foods?
The first and simplest piece of advice I have is to read the ingredient label of everything you buy. When you start looking at what’s in your food, you’ll start buying things that are better. The next step beyond that is to buy foods without ingredient labels — oatmeal, bananas, single food items that you can combine yourself at home. Even if you’re not much of a cook, you can prepare simple foods at home, like sandwiches, salads and pasta. If you prepare food yourself, you have so much more control over what you’re eating. You’ll have to spend more time prepping in the beginning, but once you start to find the habits and the things that work for you, it’ll start becoming part of a routine and not so time consuming at all.
GO ON, GIVE IT A TRY – and try to buy locally to support our local farmers and small business owners. Discover a love for cooking ‘from scratch’ – discover a love for good food. Share and support each other through this blog, Facebook and Instagram. Contact me if you have any questions.
JOIN ME – use this hashtag on your posts to show that you are taking part in the challenge and encourage others to join us! #nopro #noprochallenge