Well today is day #1 for the October Unprocessed 2011 challenge and I think I already blew it but it was sort of an oversight.
Last night we ate dinner. Homemade whole grain pancakes with a fresh cabbage, radish, celery and greens salad. I topped it with Cindy’s Buttermilk Dressing. I had glanced at the ingredients a couple of days ago and they looked unprocessed enough. But then that was before I read further at the Eating Rules blog and realized that gums and other ingredients weren’t such a great idea.
So that was last night, nothing counted until today, right? Well dummy me, for some reason I didn’t even realize it was October 1st today. Why I don’t know!
So I wasn’t thinking and I used the same dressing at lunch for the leftover salad.
I blew it! On the first day. I didn’t think about it and darn! I suppose it’s better than messing up later in the month. But lesson learned. I’m going to be more thoughtful and careful from now on.
And I did learn my lesson.
I absent-mindedly took out a couple of frozen chicken sausages that I got from the whole foods fresh meat case. I was convinced that I made a big mistake thinking that the sausages probably contained some no-no ingredients, but I checked the package label and the ingredients are very basic with chicken thighs, salt, turbinado sugar, fennel seed, white pepper and pork casing. Yes, turbinado sugar isn’t as bad as white refined sugar but it’s still slightly processed. it’s kind of left up to the individual if we want to include it. I figure it’s probably no worse than King Arthur unbleached flour so I’m not going to run from it.
But lesson learned. I have to really pay attention more! What a great wake up call! I’m not as unprocessed as I thought I was huh?
So I’m planning on baking both sausages tonight, giving one to DH and keeping the 2nd one to make sauce or soup tomorrow. (I’m making salmon for me tonight.) and if the ingredients were not acceptable, then DH would have them both nights and I’d change my meal plans.
I’m still learning. Feels amazing!