Happy October!

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It’s October and officially fall  ~ the time of year for sweaters, cooler weather, vibrantly colored leaves,  pumpkins,  and Halloween.  Did you know that there are  also some interesting food events happening in October too?

Today, October 1 is World Vegetarian Day which was established back in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society to celebrate the benefits of a plant based diet.  This day ended up being a lead- in to world vegetarian month.  If you have been thinking about improving your diet, why not try going meatless one day a week during the month of October in honor of The North American Vegetarian Society (and your health :)  )

October 16th is World Food day which is a day when people around the world  come together to show their support to free the world from hunger and malnutrition.  The theme  this year is The International Year of Family Farming to celebrate family farms (not factory) and learn how they are helping to put an  end to hunger.

October 24th is Food Day which  brings Americans together in a celebration of real food while they  resolve to make changes to their diets.  It is also an initiative to take action in solving food related problems in our communities.  The theme for this year’s Food Day  is Food Access and Justice for Food and Farm Workers.

Last, but not least,  October unprocessed – Challenge yourself to eat unprocessed food for the entire month of October.  I have taken this challenge for the past three years, and I can say it wasn’t easy the first time around, but now I am unprocessed all year.  If you would like more information about October Unprocessed, head on over to Eating Rules and sign up.  Don’t forget to join the Facebook group, there is a lot of support going on there  from fellow unprocessed folks (including me)!

I hope you have a happy  October and  that you will consider challenging  yourself to  eating real food this month.