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Eat Food Challenge 2nd Edition

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Eat Food Challenge 2nd Edition
Swap Coordinator:Degard (contact)
Swap categories: Journals 
Number of people in swap:4
Type:Type 3: Package or craft
Last day to signup/drop:October 31, 2012
Date items must be sent by:November 30, 2012
Number of swap partners:1

Hello there!

The first Eat Food Challenge was quite some years ago. But I still go back and read the beautiful journal I was given back there. I was partnered with the host, Mediatinker. I asked her once (like, ages ago, at least two years) whether a second swap would come to life and though she denied wanting to do another, she told me that I could feel free to do another one.

So here I am.

I will copy the exactly same text that Mediatinker wrote, you can visit the original swap here, I hope you find this Challenge interesting and join!

As a side note, after you read the original requirements, I ca tell you that on the last pages of Michael Pollan's article are a couple of rules that can help you decide which food is real food and which is not.

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

This is sage advice about how to eat healthily. It makes sense, but have you tried it? How about giving "eat food" a try for ten days and see what happens? While you're at it, keep a journal about the experience to send to your partner.


What does "eat food" mean? Author Michael Pollan says this is about eating foods your great-grandmother would recognise. Avoid processed foods, i.e. foods with more than five ingredients; anything bearing a health claim; ingredients you can't pronounce (or additives, even if you can pronounce them); anything made with high fructose corn syrup; foods that are not perishable (like Twinkies).

Michael Pollan wrote the Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, two books about sensible eating. He has a good (long) article in the NY Times called Unhappy Meals that lays out the fundamental principles of eating food, not too much, mostly plants. Skip to the second-to-last page for some advice about how.


For ten consecutive days of your choice before the end of the swap, strive to eat no processed foods. Cook from meals scratch. Love your food.

Keep a journal of your experience.

About the JOURNAL

Whatever notebook is handy will work, or you can use your computer to create your journal for print. I'd suggest at least one page per day.

You might want to explore some of these topics:

Why are you doing this challenge? What was it like to shop for food? Did it increase or decrease your food spending? How did "eating food" make you feel; did you notice any changes in your digestion, your skin, your mood? What do you normally eat? Did you have a triumph in the kitchen? Did you slip and eat some junk food? Did your family participate, too? What did they think of it?

Feel free to include grocery receipts, recipes, photos, or any ephemera that documents your 10 days.


AZmom875 09/13/2012 #

I have read this book and love it. I had to pass it on at paperbackswap.com as part of at book swap game. But I love it. It is a book you will read and want to keep. So, I am glad someone is doing a challenge like this. I will put this on watch and join closer to the time. Thanks for hosting.

Tia 09/13/2012 #

I loved being in this swap last time but I did not have a great partner experience. I spent so much time on my journal and then the person didn't give me a heart. I know it's their choice but really? Then I think my partner hardly put any effort into what was sent to me! Is this open to anyone with any rating?

CleopatraWarbucks 09/27/2012 #

Looking forward to this one!

Degard 10/13/2012 #

Tia, I will do my best to sort reliable partners for this swap, with the typical rates sorting, also I'll be checking on everyone's profiles. I know I cannot speak for all partners that join, but I do certainly expect to have great people join us! :)

ladybehemot 10/21/2012 #

I like the idea :) It makes me feel good when I think of what I eat and started to enjoy cooking & preparing meals recently... :) I'm in!

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