Two Challenges

 

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My mostly unprocessed lunch. Ignore the giant bag of popcorn. I promise you didn’t see it. Not the best first day but when your corn tortilla turns rancid in your lunch bag, what are you supposed to do? Going shopping tonight. Things will be better tomorrow!

I’m with Anne of Green Gables. I’m so glad I  live in a world where there are Octobers.

I’ve been looking forward to today for a while! It’s finally really fall (I can cook with pumpkin without being judged), and my budget started over today, and maybe my life will finally calm down this month.

Ok maybe not on that last.

But this month will definitely be different in two ways. In my never ending quest to find ways to improve my self-discipline on all those things I want to do/need to do but am only responsible to myself for (more on this in a future post), I’ve joined two challenges for October that are floating out there in cyberspace.

I’m the only person in my current face to face acquaintance doing this (no peer pressure or attempts to look good to someone) and I’m still on the fence about who all I’m telling about this. I want healthy encouragement to succeed, but I want to avoid negative incentives, like doing it because I’m afraid people will see me fail, or having someone tease me for being late or last minute or semi-cheating. NOT that I’ll be doing these things…But we’ll see.

What are these challenges you ask?

Challenge #1: 31 Days31 Days is a blog project founded by the Nester where you commit to blog about the same subject for 31 days. The continuity, the self-discipline to post something every day (whatever it may be), and the limitations which cause you to delve deeper into a subject than you normally would are all good reasons to do this. I’ve been trying to get myself back to a blogging place and I think this may be just what I need. But what, oh what will I blog about? Actually:

Challenge #2: October UnprocessedI’d already hoped to blog some one this challenge to eat only unprocessed foods for the month of October. This one’s hosted by Eating Rules and I literally stumbled across it last week. (One of my favorite bloggers, Crystal Paine, mentioned a coupon for Bob’s Red Mill products and I discovered it was associated with this challenge.) It’s a big big challenge for me. Up until very recently it’s been all about the budget for me, and so I have started to make more things at home to save money. And as I’ve read the sources where those recipes come from, I’ve grown in my understanding of the need to eat more responsibly. Eating unprocessed for a month, and what’s more, blogging on it, will give me, the “all-natural” skeptic, a chance to figure out what I really think about some of the very different eating habits that are becoming a part of public conversation.

(I’ve been reading Eating on the Wild Side and In Defense of Food if you’d like some background on what I mean.)

Besides it can’t hurt my health which has been…fine but not fine lately. In the sense that I’m not sick, but I’m tired a lot and seem to get sick easier. And a few other things (watch upcoming posts).

Exceptions

October Unprocessed encourages participants to name exceptions they’ll make to the rules. Here are mine:

1. I will not turn away meals made by others (If my parents or roommate cook I’ll eat it, even if it doesn’t fit the unprocessed guidelines.) See this post from Red and Honey about why food is such a social thing and it’s important to share it with others whenever possible. (This doesn’t mean I’m allowed to eat processed foods in the break room or everything that’s on the table at Bible study however).

2. I will not starve myself. I struggle with hypoglycemia (i.e., if I wait too long to eat, I get so hungry my blood sugar drops and I feel sick, lethargic, grumpy, and unable to think) and if for some reason I only have access to processed food and I need it to stay afloat, I will eat it. (This doesn’t give me permission to slack. I need to plan ahead not to let this happen. But if I’m stuck, I can do the thing that will best care for my body in that moment.)

Allons-y! I hope you’ll follow along, I could use the encouragement.

It looks like it’s going to be a fun month!

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2 thoughts on “Two Challenges

  1. I’m looking forward to reading your blog! In the past I’ve done a month of (mostly) unproccessed foods. I can do it for myself but I would have a looooong way to go for my family to eat that way. And eating a different way from my family is difficult. Good for you for the accountability.

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    1. Thanks so much! I’m so glad you’re here, thanks for reading. I know what you mean. This is hard enough, being single and eating alongside roommate, friends, and family instead of with them. I’m planning to do a post about that soon. Thanks for helping provide some accountability!

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