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Non Processed food diet


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Hello all, I am completely new to this site and I am trying a new diet that drops the processed foods... completely. I have no idea where to post something like this, so here is to hoping.

 This diet means NO milk (I am trying almond milk), bread, pasta, boxed cereal, or ANY canned goods (FOR STARTERS). This will not be easy I know BUT I really feel I can do this if I can just find a routine.

My question is, has anyone done this before? AND if so PLEASE pass on some helpful info, this has not been a easy thing to start and I do find myself eating something processed without even noticing.

Thanks for your time

M

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Original Post by mcdowling:

 This diet means NO milk (I am trying almond milk), bread, pasta, boxed cereal, or ANY canned goods (FOR STARTERS).

 

If you're not drinking milk because it's processed, you shouldn't be drinking almond milk, either. It's just as processed.

I try to eat as much real food as possible. I cook things from scratch using fresh and frozen foods. I do eat dairy, rice and other grains. I also occasionally eat canned beans (most often I cook dried beans myself).

I think it's extremely difficult to completely rid your diet of processed foods. I mean, what is your definition of processed? Would raw nuts that aren't in their shells be processed? What about natural nut butters? Meat? Fish?

Original Post by bierorama:

Original Post by mcdowling:

 This diet means NO milk (I am trying almond milk), bread, pasta, boxed cereal, or ANY canned goods (FOR STARTERS).

 

If you're not drinking milk because it's processed, you shouldn't be drinking almond milk, either. It's just as processed.

 

My apologies, I should have explained about the milk. I am making my own almond milk, it is really not difficult.

I actually read something on CC that makes A LOT of sense.

"When choosing what to eat make sure there are less than 5 ingredients."

I think of un processed foods as "real food," Your words. As I have stated before, I have done minor research but I am new to trying to find the information like this, i.e. by asking. SO I may not have described the correct.

I have NEVER had nut butter, I DID have a friend show me how to make peanut butter myself... close?

Meat and fish, I think non packaged and as fresh as possible is the best type.

I appreciate you taking the time to write that reply, it was great information and brought up some great questions I need to consider.

 

I eat what might be considered a natural diet from natural sources. Which includes milk, olive oil, butter for example..........going totally unprocessed is unrealistic as far as a lifestyle is concerned, very restrictive, and generally speaking people simply can't comply to that type of rigidity and psychologically could put people in a worse situation from when they started.............I would suggest you take a closer look at what processed actually is before you condemn all processed foods.......imo

Check out The Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno for a good set of guidelines on eating a diet free of processed foods.

I'm obsessed with healthy eating and actually did try the paleo (raw food) diet and could not stick to it because I love carbs and dairy too much lol.

So now, I only avoid added salt/sugar, anything with trans fats, and it's important you learn how to read labels. Look at the ingredients list. You probably already know: the shorter the list, the better. Make sure it has stuff you recognize and not like polyethyleneyuckychemicalthing in it. The most processed thing I probably eat is whole wheat bread (recommended: Rudi's Organic). And eating canned food is totally fine as long as--can't stress this enough--you READ THE INGREDIENTS. For example, I have a couple cans of black beans in my pantry that's ONLY black beans (no salt added). 

If you have the willpower, then good for you, just make sure you don't deprive yourself of any nutrients. Pretty much the only way to make sure you're not eating processed foods is if it DOESN'T have a nutrition facts label.

Original Post by mcdowling:

Hello all, I am completely new to this site and I am trying a new diet that drops the processed foods... completely. I have no idea where to post something like this, so here is to hoping.

 This diet means NO milk (I am trying almond milk), bread, pasta, boxed cereal, or ANY canned goods (FOR STARTERS). This will not be easy I know BUT I really feel I can do this if I can just find a routine.

Thanks for your time

M

I eat like this most of the time. I do put some soy creamer in my coffee, and buy my greek yogurt, cheese and natural peanut butter from the grocery.

Eating like this makes me feel great, but requires a lot of preparation and cooking. Find a few good recipes you like as your core meals and then expand from there.

Breakfast is usually an egg dish (sauted spinach with egg and feta cheese or an egg casserole) - I cook enough for a few days. Alternatively a home made shake or some oatmeal made with protein.

Lunch, usually a tomato salad with avocado and bell peppers tossed with balsamic vinegar and a touch of olive oil and spices. Also some form of protein (often chicken cubed and thrown in the salad)

Dinner is similar, some kind of protein and some veggies. If I want something carby I'll make protein pancakes or home made protein bars or something like that - these need protein powder most of the time though, not sure if you're also avoiding that.  To transition to this type of diet, home made bars might become your best friend for a while :) 

I also find that the more veggies I eat the better I feel, so be sure to find a few favorite ways to make your veggies too.

DOUGHNUTS! Those are the most natural foods on the face of the planet... well those and Twinkies.

 

 

What are the rules you are trying to go by? Are you eating genetically altered fruits/veggies grown in petroleum based fertilizers? Are you eating beef raised on feedlots and fed corn and antibiotics? Some might say that these are also considered processed food.

The answer to your question is how strict your set of rules is. Some might say that avoiding processed food is simply shopping the perimeter of the grocery store rather than the center aisles. Others might say the only real way to eat "real food" is to buy from local farms and eat seasonally.

Have you ever read The Omnivores Dilemma? It is a very worthwhile read on this subject.

BTW. Not all milk is processed. Depending on where you live you may be able to buy raw milk and dairy products made from raw milk at local farms or even grocery stores. It is legal here in Maine.

I eat what I call a "minimally processed" diet. I'm not really a fan of strict dietary dogmatism - I sincerely believe that if 95% of your diet is whole food-based, it's generally far more work than it's worth to worry about the final 5%. So, I make exceptions for some all-natural condiments, like Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce, buy my coconut milk canned, buy pre-made salsa and almond butter for convenience, sometimes enjoy tasty cured meats like lox and prosciutto, etc. I don't make myself crazy.

By volume, the bulk of my diet is fresh or frozen vegetables, fruits, and tubers. I buy local and/or organic when possible - more in the summer, far less in the winter.

I also eat plenty of eggs from pastured chickens, grass-fed beef and goat meat, and fish. I occasionally eat chicken and pork, but I don't love them like I love a goat burger or some tuna kabobs. There really is nothing wrong with frozen and packaged meat, BTW, as long as it is just meat. The vast majority of my meat (which I get from local farmers) is stored frozen and vacuum packed.

I do eat goat and cow dairy, in particular raw milk cheeses, butter, and yogurt.

I also eat nuts (even the dry-roasted and salted ones), some canned beans, olive and coconut oils, as well as 85% cocoa dark chocolate - my favorite!

So, a typical word day might look like:

Breakfast: eggs fried in butter, broccoli sauteed in butter, iced tea with lemon

Lunch: giant salad with leafy greens, avocado, scallions, tomatoes, cashews, smoked trout, and homemade miso vinaigrette

Pre-workout snack: sliced apple with almond butter, a couple squares of chocolate

Dinner: homemade chili with ground beef, black beans, onions, canned tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, olive oil, and lots of spices, plantains fried in coconut oil on the side, washed down with a teeny bit of bourbon

Thanks everyone, i will have to read through these.

To Giasbash, you are just saying that becuase of the cream and jelly fillings ;)

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