For your reading enjoyment, here's an article from Eating Rules by guest blogger Chef AJ, author of Unprocessed.
Going unprocessed, is, well a process. I became vegan in 1977 for
ethical reasons and was one of those junk food vegans who didn’t eat any
fruits and vegetables. I ate from my own four food groups – sugar,
flour, oil and caffeine.
Flash forward 26 years later, at the age
of 43, when I woke up bleeding profusely. I had several large
adenomatous polyps in my colon that the doctor said, if not removed,
would become cancerous. Well, my colon was such a mess from years of
eating processed food that they could not remove them during the
sigmoidoscopy and said I would have to have surgery.
As luck would have it, I have a severe phobia of anesthesia, so instead I checked into the Optimum Health Institute
on July 6, 2003. I changed my diet and changed my life. Within six
months of eating a Whole-Food, Plant-Exclusive diet free of all processed food, and all
sugar, oil, and salt specifically (all sugar and oil are highly
processed), all of the polyps disappeared and I regained my health
without drugs or surgery.
When I went back for a colonoscopy and
everything was normal, the doctor actually accused me of having had the
surgery somewhere else. He didn’t believe that diet could do it. But it
can. Since then I have witnessed hundreds of cases of these “miracles”
of complete disease reversal or remission associated with eating a
nutrient-rich, whole-food, plant-exclusive diet.
Processed food is
not food. You may eat it, you may enjoy it, and you may even be
addicted to it, but it is not food. Food is not meant to come in a box, a
bottle, or a can. Food should come from a plant, not be manufactured in
I don’t care if it’s called “Kraft Macaroni And Cheese”
or “Amy’s Organic Gluten-Free Macaroni And Cheese.” We shouldn’t be
eating processed food and we definitely shouldn’t be feeding it to our
children. The human body simply was not designed to eat processed food.
If you don’t believe that processed food in general, and sugar, fat, and salt in particular, is addictive, read The End of Overeating
by Dr. David Kessler. He is the former head of the FDA and he will
explain to you how the processed food industry evolved. (Spoiler alert:
They took the best doctors and brain scientists they could find to
figure out the perfect ratio of sugar, fat, and salt to addict the
average person to their product.)
Here is a quick and easy recipe
from my next book “The UNPROCESSED 30 Day Challenge,” which is also a
program I run in Los Angeles that teaches people how to adopt an
unprocessed diet. (The program will soon be available online for people
who live outside of the Los Angeles area.) Many people say they simply
have no time to prepare breakfast in the morning. By taking just five
minutes the night before, you can have a hearty, healthy, and delicious
breakfast ready for you when you wake up!
Here's a link to the recipe she mentions - recipe Just scroll to the bottom of the article.