Yesterday one of our cats was diagnosed with heart disease. He was in pretty rough shape and it all happened rather suddenly, but it was time to put him to sleep.
Pounce was well-known for walking on people’s heads in the middle of the night, haunting the dinner table while we ate just in case some food happened to fall, and particularly for his adorably chubby cheeks and beautiful purr. We’ll miss him (Pounce is the brown one; his sister Sage, who is still with us, is the grey one):
Reflection on the No Processed Food Challenge
Today marks the eighth and final day of my challenge to myself to eat non-processed foods. It has been an incredibly successful week and discovering that it is possible to eat only natural foods and not starve (and still have a very wide variety of choices) has led me to the decision that this is absolutely something that I want to continue to do for life. Why stop now?
The point of the challenge wasn’t to eat healthfully for a short while and then suddenly cave into cravings and binge on McDonalds; the point was to see if I was capable of figuring out ways to not eat that type of stuff and be able to continue to do it. Even at 7-Eleven, you can buy apples, bananas, and oranges (who knew?!). And I haven’t really had any cravings for any fast food stuff. But my interest lies in how I can replace those foods with my own recipes and experiments, if I do happen to get cravings for them.
To try to eliminate all the rest of that processed stuff (the “extras” that we often don’t really take into account), every week this summer I’m going to find a recipe and make something that we usually turn to convenience foods for.
I’ve been looking for a 0% trans fat whipping cream so I can try making my own butter (thanks to the Bag Lady for that awesome idea!), but even if I can’t find the completely 0% I might just use the other stuff that I found. It’s only 0.2%… but this hydrogenated business freaks me out, no matter how minuscule the amount 🙂
At any rate, making my own butter will be quite the experiment. My sister mentioned making hummus the other day, too, so that will be another good one to attempt. And with summer right around the corner, I’d love to try my hand at making ice cream!
Thank you so much everyone for all of your support and encouragement this past week! If you have any more ideas on foods to try to make, I’d really like to hear them so that I can try them out. As always, comments are much appreciated.
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