Starting February 1st we're taking a pledge to pull out every kind of processed food item from our diet to focus on whole foods, lots of fruits and vegetables, local sustainable dairy products, eggs and meats, and---of course---no added sugar.
We pretty much already follow these type of eating habits, but thought it might be time for us to look a little deeper into our pantries. I had heard of challenges like this one before, but when I ran across the mention in last month’s Eating Well, I knew if another family of four could do it, then we could too. This family chose 100 days verses our simple 10 days, but in all honesty it’s not the length of time we do it, but more importantly, the awareness of what and how we eat.
To look at a list of ingredients and notice just how sugar can sneak in anywhere, from brown sugar to white, it’s in just about everything. And what about the laundry list of chemicals and preservatives found in store bought bread? Another reason why I’ve been trying to perfect my bread making skills! We aren’t ones to have too many of these items in our house anyway, we tend to chose not to buy a lot of processed foods. Except for a few boxes of cereal, crackers, and protein bars, there usually aren’t too many of these in our house. I have stocked up on honey and maple syrup as our choice of sweetener. Cooking with these sweeteners is lots of fun and adds a great new flavor to your recipes as you can tell from some upcoming recipes I’ll share.
So, I’ve been asked “why”? Well, why not? Why not challenge ourselves to see if we can go without supporting the ConAgra’s, Kraft’s and other big name companies of the world or remove ourselves from crazy sugar obsession of America? Plus there is something about proving that you can do it that makes it worth the effort.
During these 10 days I’ll share with you our menu and helpful recipes. We would love it if you join us!