How This Woman Gave Up Processed Food for a Year—On a $16,780 Salary

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you the trailers of 5 documentaries which have the power to change the way you think about food. Well it’s not just documentaries that can be powerful. In this reblog I share with you a new discovery, a book that can help you embrace a more healthy lifestyle – without breaking the bank! Health and Fitness by Aimee has written a good overview of Megan Kimble’s book Unprocessed. The book chronicles Megan’s journey to introducing more natural wholefoods on a student budget and Aimee shares the top money-saving tips from the book in the post below. Do read and comment on the original blog post 🙂 Enjoy!


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By Catherine DiBenedetto

We all know it’s healthier to “eat clean”—but convenient packaged foods, and weird ingredients seem to lurk everywhere. Just ask Megan Kimble. The Tucson-based food writer spent an entire year avoiding all processed foods, a daunting challenge she chronicles in her new book, Unprocessed ($16,

As a busy grad student living on an annual salary of $16,780, Kimble discovered creative and affordable ways to trade packaged staples for a real-food diet. It wasn’t easy, she told Health: “But I found that once I got going and formed new habits and figured out favorite meals, it became automatic.” That said, she doesn’t recommend going cold turkey. “Start small,” she said. “Try unprocessing one kind of food, see how it feels, and take it from there.”

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