7 Day Eliminate Processed Foods Challenge

I started this food blog because

                I LOVE food.

                I love cooking food,

               eating food and

               shopping for food.

I think my lust for this necessity of life, has led me down a path of occasional laziness.

Yes, even foodies can be lazy sometimes.

couch potato joanns food bites

Partially to blame for my laziness is the evil, PROCESSED FOOD INDUSTRY.

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The Food & Drug Administration has determined processed foods as being:

    a. Anything that has been modified from its raw form

    b. Any substance has been added to the food, such as sodium-containing additives, which makes the product less healthy.


Shocking Facts about Processed Foods

More than 75% of the sodium Americans consume comes from processed foods, not the salt shaker.

          Research has shown, the increased consumption of processed foods by Americans over the last 50 years, directly relates to increased rates of heart disease and diabetes.


According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, we should consume less than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day.

All those sugary and salty processed foods stimulate dopamine in your brain.

Your body reacts the same way, as if you were consuming an opiate drug.

F0od companies know this … and purposely engineer their products to have this effect; so you will keep buying more.



OMG, Is That in my food?

Cellulose, which is actually ground-up wood pulp, is often used as an anti-caking agent in bagged cheeses.

Sodium bisulfite, a toilet bowl cleaning chemical, is also used in potato chips.

Hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are chemically engineered products, which the FDA has deemed UNSAFE.

Sodium Nitrite is prevalent in most processed meats to delay oxidation. During the process of cooking these meats, sodium nitrite can combine with other compounds forming a carcinogenic N-nitroso compound. Two large cancer research studies concluded when ingested, these compounds are associated with cancer,

processed food chips

Now, I am as guilty as anybody else, I love potato chips, snacks and fast food, but I have got to make a change.

My goals:

  • to sleep better
  • to lose some weight
  • to feel better

My 7-Day Eliminate Processed Food Challenge

Starting today, I am going to try my damnest to eliminate all processed foods, for 7 days.  Then, I will evaluate how I did.

Lisa Leake-100 Days of Real Food Fast & Fabulous-joanns food bitesLisa Leake’s amazing book 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food

will guide me through this challenge.  Click link to purchase your own copy.

But I am a realist…I know I have to take baby steps.  I will fail if I take a full elimination dive.



Read my review of Lisa Leak’s fantastic book


My Challenge Rules

1. No refined grains, only 100% whole grain

2.  No refined sugar

3.  Ingredient list must be real foods, no chemicals, no words I cannot pronounce

4.  No deep-fried foods

5.  Beverages limited to water, milk, all natural juices, my ONE cup of coffee daily.

6.  Heavy on fruits and vegetables


Six simple rules to this 7-Day Eliminate Processed Food Challenge.

Do you want to join me?  Comment below:

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  5. Renee E Goddard says:

    I’m doing something similar. Limited processed foods. No soda. Salad with protein for all meals at work. Using my fitness pal to document calories. Limiting sugar. Limiting fried foods. Good luck!

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