Ok, I want to clarify the plan as it is now just to make sure that it makes sense to you (and to myself).
I am attempting to go a year of eating as locally as possible, with no refined sugars or wheat (i.e. white sugar, white flour), no chemical preservatives, all plant derived ingredients in any “processed” foods that I eat, no factory farmed dairy or meat.
I want to clarify what I say when I mean that I am avoiding processed foods. I am avoiding conventional processed foods that include preservatives or refined sugars and flours. Processed foods are not the issue. Refined processed foods full of preservatives are the issue. The word processed has a bad reputation, but you have to eat a certain amount of processed foods in order to have grains in your diet. Technically, the act of harvesting and cleaning the wheat makes it processed. You follow my point.
I am also ok with foods like So Delicious coconut milk yogurt because it is naturally sweetened and comes from a natural non-dairy source. Tofu is processed, and I will still eat it. Rice or soy milk is processed, and yet they are still naturally derived non-dairy foods. You follow.
If I have a moment of weakness and fall off the wagon, I will still try to stick to my rules about natural foods. I refuse to set impossible boundaries on myself because I know that I will fail if I do that. If I find myself in a situation where I MUST have chocolate, I have found a vegan chocolate bar that is sweetened with turbinado sugar and no preservatives. I have discovered that Newman Os are vegan (and yummy). You follow my logic here. No one is perfect, and ladies, I think you’ll all agree that there are just some days of the month where you MUST eat junk food. If I am having that urge to stray, I want to stray within set boundaries for myself. I think that’s fair.
I can pretty much guarantee that at some point I will mess up. Like I said, I’m a normal person, and no one that I know can eat perfectly for an entire year.
I also wanted to add that at Christmas (or maybe Thanksgiving) I am thinking of conducting an experiment. I would like to see how I feel eating regular Southern food for one meal after half a year of eating healthful food. I may not try it because simply seeing those foods may gross me out at that point, but I am curious as to what will happen if I do it. We shall see. If not, it will be Tofurkey roast for the Wildeboers, as it has been for the last two years anyway!