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Barcode Free – Can you??

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Well as I am now working hard to ensure that I am eating healthy and hopefully losing some weight.  I would like to try and reduce the number of items I eat that have barcodes.  The main point is to reduce processed foods and to eat more locally.  How much do you eat that is processed?  What so bad about processed foods??

There are GOOD processed foods and then there are BAD processed foods.  The bad foods I will do my best to avoid are made with trans fats, saturated fats, and large amounts of sodium and sugar. These types of foods should be avoided, or at least eaten sparingly.

Processed foods that may not be as healthy as fresh foods include:

  • canned foods with lots of sodium
  • white breads and pastas made with refined white flour, which are not as healthy as those made with whole grains
  • packaged high-calorie snack foods, like chips and cheese snacks
  • high-fat convenience foods, like cans of ravioli
  • frozen fish sticks and frozen dinners
  • packaged cakes and cookies
  • boxed meal mixes
  • sugary breakfast cereals
  • processed meats

My Barcode Free Challenge.  I pledge to cut out as many processed foods as possible… I am going to try some of the ideas from Nourished Kitchen, who had a 28 Day Challenge to reduce Processed Foods.  Nourished Kitchen challenge happened in Feb 2010 and NK kept a log of the days.  Here is a link to the recap posts from NK.

Here is a list of the challenges NK asked those who participated to try:

The Daily Challenges

  1. Ditch processed, packaged, refined foods.
  2. Choose wholesome, natural foods.
  3. Improve your grains.
  4. Start your sourdough.
  5. Sprout your grains.
  6. Mill your own sprouted flour or make wet-milled sprouted grain bread.
  7. Relax and evaluate.
  8. Fats for moderate and high heat.
  9. Fight against GMOs.
  10. Fats to eat raw.
  11. Bake your sourdough.
  12. Find real milk.
  13. Get your (good) bacteria.
  14. Relax, evaluate and eat some dark chocolate.
  15. What’s a SCOBY?
  16. Get cultured (veggies, that is).
  17. Make yogurt at home.
  18. Make cheese at home.
  19. Prepare nuts and seeds properly.
  20. Maximize the value of beans and legumes.
  21. Vegetables and salads and another reason to eat your fats.
  22. Why you should eat red meat.
  23. Eat your bacon, eggs and lard too.
  24. Homemade broth and stock.
  25. Not-so-awful Offal.
  26. Fish and seafood.
  27. Grow your foodshed.
  28. Beyond the challenge.

I am going to try some of these and I will post my recaps to them… Hope you follow along as well!

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