Seedcorn asked in another thread, how folks manage to avoid eating a whole lot of commercially processed food (especially eggs) since they are really ubiquitous and a major part of most people's diets. If you cut commercially processed foods from your diet, tell us how! Personally, I got very squeamish about commercially processed food after working on a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease) remediation project for my employer. Commercial slaughterhouses are nasty, filthy places which are truly not adequately inspected. Seriously, I have seen these operations with my own eyes, on the days when the USDA inspector was out on vacation. Not pretty. And many of them are inspected about once every few years, as opposed to daily. In some states (like Ohio, where I used to live), the inspectors call to schedule the inspection ahead of time rather than surprising the managers--so the managers get a couple days' warning, and they spend those couple of days scrubbing, cleaning, and covering up the violations as best they can. So I stopped eating commercially produced meat and eggs. When I lived in apartments, I made a point of finding farmers' markets wherever I lived, bought CSA subscriptions, and went to all the farm open houses to see the farms and the working conditions with my own eyes. When I bought a house with a couple of acres, I planted a giant garden. My husband and I both have friends and relatives who hunt deer, and I fish. Scheduling can be a bit of a hassle. I don't have as much time for hobbies as I'd like, because Sundays are mostly spent cooking. I cook the meals for the week and pack it up into Tupperware containers, then freeze it. I also do at least one Major Cooking Project per week, sometimes two. This past several weeks it's been canning and fishing, since I don't like fishing in winter if I can avoid it. There are tricks to making it a bit faster, and you have to have a pretty good cooking repertoire. A rice cooker with a slow-cooking setting is truly a godsend, because the easiest meal by far is to throw quinoa, frozen veggies, sunflower oil and a frozen fish fillet in the rice cooker and push the button. The weekly staples that I make all the time are quiche, bread, muffins and yogurt. Holiday meals are usually venison of some sort: my favorite recipe is sauerbraten, DH prefers burgers. There are side benefits apart from the smug satisfaction of knowing that your money is not supporting ADM; being exceptionally picky and lots of outdoor garden work means that both DH and I maintain our respective ideal weights. We also have extremely low cholesterol despite eating plenty of our own eggs. Nor do we spend a whole lot on entertainment, unless we are hosting a party ourselves. The only real concession I have made to eating processed food is in the liquor cabinet, as it's definitely not legal to distill my own and the local brewery's vodka leaves much to be desired. If I ever get to visit Russia, I'll be sure to visit the Stoli factory. So how about it? What do you all do without Twinkies?