Finally Back!

I said that I wouldn’t be one of those people that started a blog and then didn’t update it…but that seems to be exactly what’s happened over the past month.

However, a few technical difficulties, a failing laptop and a classic winter cold have put me off my game.

The unprocessed challenge has still been ongoing, although I have to say that there have been a few instances where I’ve fallen slightly off the wagon. The pic ‘n’ mix in the cinema caught me a couple of weeks ago – and I don’t think there’s anything much more processed than that!

I’ve been doing a lot more baking recently, and have found a few interesting facts which I’ll be putting up soon! I’ve also found some exciting new gym classes, which after a few more trials – I’ll be uploading too.


January 2016

This month I have tried to get myself into eating unprocessed foods. Generally I’ve succeeded, but I’ve been realistic. After all this is a learning curve, and there will be less obvious things that I will learn along the way.

This week I’ve shopped at the local butchers, delicatessen and vegetable shop.

Recipes tried

  1. Deliciously Ella’s Date & Oat Bars. Verdict – very nice! Will make again
  2. Jamie Oliver’s Granola – used as porridge. Verdict – nice but requires sugar!
  3. Rick Stein’s Beef & black bean stir fry
  4. Deliciously Ella’ Warm Sweet Potato, Mushroom and Spinach Salad – I used this as a side dish to accompany my salmon. The salad was brilliant, and the chilli gave it a nice cheeky kick
  5. Deliciously Ella’s Baked Avocado. I’ve never tried baking an avocado before. The avocado halves were filled with spiced chickpeas.
  6. Rick Stein’s monkfish vindaloo
  7. Deliciously Ella’s Chew Sultana Cookies

Towards the end of January, I decided to set myself the challenge of making chocolate. Something that I’ve never done before. The whole process was surprisingly easy, and dare I say it, tastes pretty good! Further details are held here.

Lessons learnt this month

  1. Sugar is pretty much out! Well, sugar that I would usually choose. Various research has lead me to coconut palm sugar which has proven a good alternative. I’d liken it most to muscovado sugar – takes a bit of getting used to.
  2. Perhaps an obvious one, but cereal bars are flavour here! So, I’ve resorted to making my own. Thankfully they do taste quite nice. Using coconut oil to soften the dates before blending them in to the bars gives a lovely depth of flavour.
  3. On the face of it, crisps don’t appear to be off the menu. I’m still slightly dubious of this, so have held back on eating them pending further investigation!

A Little Bit About Me


I thought that it would be good to paint the background. I would generally consider myself a ‘healthy eater’, and someone that doesn’t eat too many processed things.

The above was my initial summary, but having been doing the challenge for four weeks now, I’ve realised that some of the ingredients that I use are considered ‘processed’. One of the first things that I realised, was that sugar was processed. Whilst I don’t tend to eat much sugar, I do have a small bit of sugar in my coffee and in my porridge. Since starting the challenge, I’ve done a lot of research into sugar. Turns out its slightly more complicated than I anticipated. Fingers crossed, I’ll update you all soon!

Fruit and vegetables seem to be another minefield. In the strictest sense of ‘unprocessed’, the pesticides and chemicals used on fruit and vegetables make them ‘processed’. Organic fruit and vegetables seem to address the immediate danger, or do they? I’m currently in the process of sampling various fruit and vegetable boxes that are local to Bristol – I think its fair to say that I’m somewhat overloaded with autumnal veg at the moment! All in the name of research…