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Monday, January 12, 2015

Week 1: Unprocessed Kitchen Series

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Welcome to our first week of the 14 Weeks to an Unprocessed Kitchen.

Have you already started your unprocessed journey or are you new to this? 
This is a great place to start by taking 14 weeks to getting yourself on track for healthy living.

I'm looking forward to sharing what I've learned over the past several years so you too can walk alongside me in getting your kitchen and lifestyle on track to being unprocessed, and full of healthy choices.

Years ago, back in 2005 my husband had surgery to remove a benign tumor that was growing on his spinal column. Right after his surgery our family decided it was time to make some changes in our diet so we could be a healthier family. Since we were new to this eating healthy idea we decided that the first thing we needed to let go of was fast food. We were consuming fast food from a variety of choices almost daily in our home and we knew it was time for a change.

Studies show that over 37% of the daily calories are consumed by eating fast food with an average of 50 million customers being served daily. That's a lot of calories and a lot of processed food.

Just by taking this temptation out of our daily lives we were helping our bodies and our life. It's been 10 years now since we've eaten any form of fast food and a blessing it has been. Not only is our health better from this decision but our pocket book is shouting a big 'thank you'...

I know taking fast food out of your diet can be a challenge for those who eat it frequently but it's something that should be highly considered if you want to live an unprocessed life.

For the first week of our unprocessed journey I encourage you to let go of fast food. 

 If you go daily then maybe try to go every other day. If you go twice a week then maybe go once. Weaning yourself from the cycle is a great way to change your habit of heading to the nearest restaurant. Only you know how often you eat out and you are the best judge to decide on how long it will take you to let go of the habits of fast food consumption.

A great help would be to make a list of how often you go. Then figure out a plan of how many days/weeks you'd like to take to finalize your fast food journey. If you don't go often it will be easier to let go of this habit than if you go multiple times a week.

I'd love to encourage you this week as you take this important step towards eating clean, healthy, unprocessed food. Please leave a comment so I can help you along your journey.....

Over the next few weeks, on top of these Monday posts/challenges, I will help you with choosing healthy foods to replace the urge to get a quick meal while out. I will be posting throughout the week some recipe ideas, essential oil options/ideas, food choices and also share some new ways to use different foods in your daily meal planning. So please check back often throughout the week to get even more help in becoming unprocessed.

As we work together each week on eliminating something from our diets I'll be encouraging you to add something that will benefit you and your family.

This week I'd like to encourage you to add 2 servings of fruits and 2 servings of vegetables to your diet each day.

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I'll be working alongside you this week adding more fruit and veggies to our daily meals since we've become relaxed in this area of our diets. As you can see we are all stocked up on our fruit including grapefruit, bananas, oranges, pears, and apples.. (We have strawberries, grapes, raspberries, and pineapple in the fridge)

I am also stocked up for my veggies with broccoli, green beans, peas, carrots, zucchini, and corn.

(I highly encourage you to choose organic vegetables and fruit when your budget allows you to.) One of the things we are working on eliminating is toxins and genetically modified foods.. Eating organic will help you know that your food you are eating is truly healthy.

I will be touching base more on G.M.O's and organics over the course of our 14 weeks... I don't want to overwhelm you all at once..

What's To Come

Each week I'm looking forward to sharing an area that will help improve your goal of being unprocessed. I will include a challenge for you to take to help you let go of something that's holding you back from a healthy life and to gain something healthy in it's place.

I hope you will stick around for the entire journey!

Please comment that you are taking the Unprocessed Challenge and would love to hear if you are interested in letting go of fast food to help you in your unprocessed transformation..

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