First of all, thank you so much for all of the support that poured in after I published my previous post about our struggles this past year with recurrent miscarriage. Of course I was extremely nervous to open up and share something so personal in such a public way, but the positive response was immediate and really helped to me put me at ease. You guys are wonderful.
I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to commit to October Unprocessed again this year. We both signed the pledge in 2011 and it was a lot of fun, although I think we may have given in to a tempting bag of Halloween candy on the last day of that year’s challenge. Because we enjoyed the challenge so much in 2011 and because I like to support Andrew in his mission to help people learn more about what they are eating and make healthier choices, we signed up for the challenge last year as well. But I was recovering from my first miscarriage last October, not to mention completely gutting and remodeling a house we had purchased, and the October Unprocessed challenge didn’t work out so well. In fact, my diet was pretty terrible last October and it’s pretty terrible now as well.
I’ve been trying to decide whether to give myself a break, skip this year’s challenge, and just focus on eating better on my own or to join this inspiring group of people to help me make the changes I know I need to make in order to clean up my diet again and start feeling better. Last night I decided to go ahead and join.
For those of you new to October Unprocessed, the goal is to completely give up processed foods for the entire month of October. For more details, including an explanation of what the term “processed foods” actually means in relation to this challenge, visit Eating Rules. I know it’s a last-minute decision at this point, but I hope some of you join me! I’ll be posting tips and links to recipes on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest and will do my best to come up with some new recipes for this blog as well. Wish me luck!