2.) Eat Wild

There are a lot of exciting back-to-basics diets running around these days. Think Paleo, Raw, and Feral. We hear good things about all of them, but our definition of "wild" is much simpler. To complete this feat, you must eat 12 meals over the course of the month that do not contain any "processed" foods. Huh? If it was made in a factory and packaged before it got to you, it's no good. If it's straight from the earth or sea or pasture, without additives, it's good. Organic eggs, meats, produce, and seafood: All good. McDonald's obviously out. Your favorite Trader Joe's hummus? Also out! Make it yourself from scratch, or procure/consume your meal in a venue (restaurant, friend's home, artisinal Venison Jerky boutique ) where you can be sure the ingredients are natural and unprocessed.

(Image: Mushrooms!)

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Authored on 02.25.10 at 02:15 by Oliver.



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I'm assuming butchered meat does not count as "processed"?   But if it does, I have a friend who's been trying to talk me into going to a live meat market to buy an "unprocessed" chicken for dinner...

nfolkert's picture

I'm super excited for this challenge, because I just signed up for Basis Food delivery. It is somewhere between Fresh Direct and a CSA. Last week's deliveries across the city included red leaf lettuce, red radishes, green leaf lettuce, mini gourmet potatoes, Lacinato kale, Nantes carrots, leeks, Pink Lady apples, golden delicious apples, bosc pears, and sapodilla.

Does anyone know what to do with sapodilla!?!?

gotigers2003's picture

Will home-baked bread count, or is flour considered processed for this?

Also, is anyone else seeing the optical-illusion hedgehog at the bottom of that picture?

lizh's picture

yea, i'm definitely seeing the hedge hog!

kornflowers's picture
volcane09's picture

what about...like...olive oil...can I cook w/ that???

sassletics82's picture

is milk processed...i need real specifics since I don't get it...

sassletics82's picture

Hey everyone, I'm new to the community. Decide to join just to do this challenge.

@sass... I'm doing all my cooking in coconut oil or butter right now. Those are the most unprocessed cooking fats I could find. Don't forget about uncured bacon! Eggs, too! Lots you can do with those. Milk is tricky because you could say that pasteurization is a process. If you're going to be really strict go with organic raw whole milk.

I've also taken to eating lots of raw vegetables. This is going to be fun!

tandoorichicken's picture

what about cheese? maybe i'll make my own.....but that involves vinegar (also processed)....

sarahz's picture

Anything pasteurized should still count because it's a sterilization process even organic foods go through. So cheese should be okay, but I would buy the cheese that comes without annato or other food colorings. Breads should be okay too, if they don't have high fructose corn syrup, or partially hydrogenated anything. I think this is more about making the things you could buy out of convenience and eating whole so we can examine how much unnnatural stuff we're really eating.

Evangeline's picture

breakfast - free range chicken, brocolli, asparagus, white mushrooms, ginger and shallots, avocado.

kornflowers's picture

So I reread this, and I think bread is out unless you buy it from someone who didn't make it in a factory. Cheese though... who makes cheese? What if we get it from the farmer's market? Does Paleo exclude cheese? I guess I can live without cheese for 12 meals, but man..

Evangeline's picture

@evangeline I don't know too much about paleo, but I think all dairy is out because it didn't exist way back when.

Fraidy's picture

I guess soya mince is out too then?


Where do we stand on chick peas? They either come in a tin or dried round here - both 'processed'!


This feat is stressing me out!

CakeOrDeath's picture

cake - I was assuming dried beans are ok.  That's no more processed than butchered meat.

Butwhatifido's picture

this whole thing can get a little tricky because I make everything from scratch but I use a lot of canned things like beans and coconut milk they are organic so there isn't a bunch of extra crap in it but it does come in a package which they say no to I'm at a bit of a loss

LaLasha's picture

Mung bean stew


  • Jalapeños
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Celery


  • Tumeric,
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Fish Sauce (optional)
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Add mung beans and cook.

Remove 1/3 and blend with a bunch of dill or coriander.

Return to pot

Add a package of frozen spinach

Cook 4-5 minutes

Add the juice of a lemon


Serve over brown Basmati rice with a dollop of yogurt on top.


@HereNow's picture

LaLasha, I'm having the same problem! Especially in winter. And I try to get a LOT of protein, mostly from yogurt. Argh.

sarahz's picture

I made slow cooker oatmeal that I tried for the Whole Grainy feat. It has become my breakfast of choice these days... Instant oatmeal packets are so disapointing to me now.

gleam's picture

So two more thoughts on this:


-what if we make a LOT of something and eat if over the course of a few days--one meal or many?

-what if i have yogurt on the side--does this disqualify the meal?

sarahz's picture

Lunch:  grass-fed chopped meat mixed with brown/wild rice blend (bought in bulk from health food store); string beans; mushrooms, onions, garlic, broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes. (I did use spices that I did not grow or grind myself, so if this doesn't count let me know) If we're really going for it, then I'd have to cook with fresh herbs, garlic, ginger... that kind of stuff.. OY! But the spirit of non-processed - i.e. cooked from scratch, nothing from a can is in this meal!

kornflowers's picture

I baked some egg muffins over the weekend and I have enough for four breakfasts, so I'm counting it as four meals.

I'm also trying to keep processed food separate from my feral meals, e.g., I'll have my muffins, uncured bacon and carrots/celery for breakfast, then have something processed like yogurt or peanut butter a little later as a snack.

tandoorichicken's picture

cake or death...i'm allowing dried chick peas and beans!!! no?? drying does not consitute processing!! ok so they came in a bag, but so did my darn lettuce (the shopping bag).

i'm stressed by this feat too!!! 

urbansherpa's picture

I do raw breakfasts of fruits, veggies and nuts every other morning for breakfast. This should be nice and simple to rack up the number of meals required.

FrogOmnibus's picture

baked 3 loaves of whole wheat bread today. Made a marinated beet salad and a couscous with veg salad so I'm all set for wild lunches for the week to come. And during the week I'll make apple crisp for dessert.

locavore and feralcious

jan1965's picture

The easiest thing for me here is to just have fruit for breakfast.  Surprisingly satisfying.  But dinner last night:  a roasted chicken (free-range, organic, etc.), steamed asparagus, and salt-roasted potatoes.  Pure and delicious.  In my book olive oil and ground spices are ok.  The point is to get away from the processed, packaged stuff.

prairieportia's picture

yesterday:  kale/spinach/red peppers/scallions with sesame seed oil and sliced turkey breast

today:  sliced chicken, quinoa, french lentils, brussel sprouts, string beans, mushrooms, tomatoes

kornflowers's picture

wild meals thus far:


  • breakfast #1 (pre-workout): smoothie with papaya, strawberries & coconut milk
  • breakfast #2 (post-workout): a few slices of brisket and an apple with almond butter, later an orange
  • lunch: grilled lemon chicken breast, sautéed spinach with garlic (I was about to have some soup from Trader Joe’s, realized it wasn’t ‘wild’ and chucked it…is that horrible?)
  • dinner: pan-seared turbot filet & pureed avocado with flax seed & ground almond --- total fat bomb...just what my body needed!


  • breakfast #1: ground turkey sauteed with yellow & red peppers, onions & spinach
  • lunch: grilled chicken and spinach with garlic


  • breakfast cube steak & smoothie with papaya, strawberries, and mango
  • dinner: meal at BLT Prime. UNBELIEVABLE.


  • lunch: salad with nuts, apple, celery root & grapes, carrots
  • dinner: "burritos" with lamb, pinenuts ^ veggies in cabbage leaf / ostrich steak & iguana food salad


  • breakfast: omelette with lamb, pinenuts & veggies in cabbage leaf & smoothie with papaya, cacao, agave, strawberries, blueberries
  • breakfast 2: baked oatmeal with applesauce, raisins, strawberries, steamed milk


  • breakfast: papaya, cacao, avocado, agave smoothie & piece of steak
  • lunch: kale and spinach salad with blueberries, strawberries & 2 hard boiled eggs (dressed with lemon juice & olive oil)
  • dinner: grilled red snapper, grilled plantains & onion salsa


  • breakfast: pan-seared cod and a raspberry, pineapple, sesame & flax smoothie
  • lunch: pan-seared cod with cajun-spiced zucchini & red peppers
  • diner: grass-fed beef chili with peppers, butternut squash, zucchini, carrots, turnip and onions
msh258's picture

I wish someone from socialworkout would chime in here on some of these questions people have posted . . . but I guess at this point it's up to us to determine our own guidelines regarding things like olive oil and spices (which are definitely "processed" according to the guidelines) . . . for now, I'm just going with simple simple simple. I often eat just fruit for breakfast anyway, so I guess I'll go with that until there's a bit more clarification.

rachelnyc's picture

breakfast:  sliced pork chop; salad:  kale, spinach, red pepper, scallion, radish sprouts tossed with sesame oil

lunch:  grass-fed beef; french lentils, millet, brocolli, tomatoes

kornflowers's picture

So far, lots of feral breakfasts. Somehow it seems easiest, especially because I don't really like cereal.

gotigers2003's picture


2 lunches: homemade bread, marinated beets, ww couscous and veg

breakfast: oatmeal with banana ( I eat this often and I didn't even think about it being feral)

jan1965's picture

breakfast: 2 eggs, zucchini, mushrooms, scallions

lunch: chicken breast, ginger, onions, brussel sprouts, lentils, quinoa

kornflowers's picture

So how about the beer my husband brews in my house?  Does that count if I have it when I eat wild?

vajardin's picture

The rest of my wild meals...


  • breakfast: buffalo burger & a cherry, pineapple, banana, coconut smoothie
  • dinner: roasted chicken & plantains, zucchini & red peppers


  • breakfast: roasted chicken & avocado, cherry, banana, flax smoothie


  • lunch: grass-fed beef chili with peppers, butternut squash, zucchini, carrots, turnip and onions
  • dinner: roasted chicken, salad with radishes, carrots & avocado


  • breakfast: roasted chicken breast & banana, kiwi, cantaloupe, mango, flaxsseed smoothie
  • lunch: grass-fed beef chili with peppers, butternut squash, zucchini, carrots, turnip and onions
  • dinner: ostrich burgers on portobello mushrooms as bun with mango salsa & salad of bok choy, cabbage, carrots with a spaghetti squash "lo mein" with egg, pine nuts and pork.


  • breakfast: omelette with mushrooms, tomato, peppers and onions
  • dinner: green curry with pork, bok choy, cabbage, carrots and spaghetti squash


  • breakfast: piece of turbot and 1/2 of a mango, strawberry, spinach smoothie
  • lunch: two eggs with grass-fed beef chili with peppers, butternut squash, zucchini, peppers, carrots, turnip and onions
  • dinner: pork cutlets with green curry reduction over roasted beets, butternut squash & red onions, with steamed broccoli and cauliflower


  • breakfast: bison burger, smoothie with blueberries, strawberries, mango
  • post-workout: bison burger, orange
  • lunch: pork cutlets with green curry reduction over roasted beets, butternut squash & red onions, with steamed broccoli and cauliflower
  • dinner: cilantro-lime salmon, salad of romaine with tomato, cucumber, sundried tomato


  • breakfast: piece of salmon and bluberry,strawberry, mango, banana smoothie with homemade "granola"
  • lunch: pork cutlets with green curry reduction over roasted beets, butternut squash & red onions, with steamed broccoli and cauliflower
  • dinner: cilantro-lime chicken burger on portobello "bun" with a salad of romaine with tomato, cucumber, sundried tomato


  • breakfast: smoothie with banana, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, mango


  • breakfast: omelet with spinach, red and yellow peppers and onions & smoothie with raspberries, banana, cherries, blackberries
  • lunch: roasted chicken, plantains, salad with beats and palm of hearts
  • dinner: zucchini pasta with buffalo meat sauce


  • breakfast: chicken burger, smoothie with passion fruit, raspberries, almond milk, ground almond & flaxseed
  • lunch: zucchini pasta with buffalo meat sauce


  • breakfast: leftover buffalo meat sauce


  • breakfast: cilantro-lime salmon & smoothie with blueberries, mango and strawberries
  • dinner: salad with cucumber, tomato, carrots and seared ostrich steak


  • breakfast: ostrich & smoothie of blueberries, mango, raspberries
  • lunch: shredded chicken with spinach and a hard boiled egg
  • dinner: lemon pepper salmon with baked root veggies


  • breakfast: piece of salmon with smoothie of cantaloupe & strawberries
  • lunch: piece of salmon with baked root veggies
  • dinner: baked eggplant stuffed with ground lamb, buffalo, pinenuts, zucchini and tomato sauce


  • breakfast: scrambled eggs with ground lamb, buffalo, pinenuts, zucchini and tomato sauce
  • lunch: roasted chicken with plantains and salad


  • lunch: baked eggplant stuffed with ground lamb, buffalo, pinenuts, zucchini and tomato sauce


  • breakfast: eggs with turkey onions and peppers, and a smoothie of cantalope, strawberry, blackberries
  • lunch: mixed salad and ground turkey and roasted root veggies
  • dinner: omelet with mixed veggies and sausage


  • breakfast: mixed nuts and raisins
  • lunch: mixed salad with 3 mini burger patties
  • dinner: veggie soup, salmon & steamed veggies


  • breakfast: shredded chicken & a smoothie with avocado, orange, banana, almonds, apricot kernels 
  • lunch: 3 hard-boiled eggs, an apple with almond butter
  • dinner: pan-seared scallops with roasted broccoli and cauliflower with bacon


  • breakfast: omelet with turkey and peppers and onion
  • lunch: ground turkey with roasted broccoli and cauliflower with bacon


  • breakfast: steak and a 1/2 apple and 1/2 banana
  • dinner: roasted chicken breast with salad with radishes, red cabbage, carrot and avocado


  • breakfast: roasted chicken & smoothie with avocado, banana, blackberries, orange & flax seed
  • lunch: veggies soup & curried chicken salad on spinach with grapes and apple
  • dinner: zucchini "pasta" with meat sauce and spinach
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