Congratulations! Off alchol myself for over 20 years I actually did quit sugar and caffeine at almost the same time. It seems I was given by the universe some goal to educate people on this too - which I have filed at so far - life I guess.
I can say this. Those drugs, and they are drugs, are the most powerful psycoative drugs on the planet. The obesity epidemic is a direct result of peoples addiction to them. (I might add, and you probably don't want to hear, flour to those two as flour turns immediatly to sugar in your stomach) Be careful as to much pasta and bread will lead you back to sugar.
I could go on for days on this topic. Suffice it to say you are on the right path and in a few months (minus the flour) you will feel a sense of well being you can't even imagine right now.
Stay the course.
I pretty much define pasta as a processed food because there is an ingedients label on the side.
Bread in a bag is in my system processed so I do not eat. I do eat the whole grain rolls offered by locals.
I am trying to stay away from the simple sugars that would be in donut or soda.
I am still working through my set of rules and think on two problem issues, Bread and Cheese, I need to study.
I do not have a problem with foods made of whole foods, it is when they add extras, basically the label is a stop signal.
However, the safe definition is, when it looks like the plant or animal it is ok. A apple looks like an Apple, when choppped up, mixed or made into a sauce or something, then I do not eat.
Salads without dressing is tough.
Not to get picking Andy but anything you do besides pick,peel and wash IS processed. The degree to which is what you have a problem with.
Boil it. You process it. However it is not reasonable to get by more than a few days on these terms in modern life and in the centuries before without processed food life expectancy was half what it is today. So reverting to a diet available 200 years ago chance are you would be dead already Andy. Blame it on science. Before you go off on me about old diets and new science remember you would have been drinking MEAD big time and would have got an Ax to the cerebellum long before you you decided to take care of yourself.
Not eating processed foods does not mean I do not allow the exceptions that is smart.
I do not care if organic or not organic, this is junk science.
I eat vitamins.
I just care that is the plant or animal in orginal form, not altered, and they do not list ingredients added.