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100 Days of Real Food

100 Days of Real Food: You In?

There's a reason (or two!) why people just can't say no to fast food. It's fast. And easy. And sometimes regrettably delicious. But, there's also a reason why we shouldn't be gobbling up Krispy Kremes with coffee and chowing down on Big Macs at lunchtime. It's just not good for the body. What is good for the body are unprocessed, straight from the garden raw foods that can give us nutrients, vitamins, and other essentials to keep our natural fuels running.

In an effort to get back to the basics with healthy eating, Lisa and Jason Leake gave up unprocessed for an entire 100 days. The North Carolina parents of two decided it was time to give up the sugar infused packaged goods for a period of unrefined choices straight out of their backyard. After reading In Defense of Food ($9) by Michael Pollan, the couple changed their ways of eating for good. And lucky for us, Lisa isn't keeping her journey to herself. She's sharing her learnings, recipes, and little secrets with her devoted readers and challenging them along the way in her blog 100daysofrealfood. She realizes going 100 days with "real food" may be too tough for some but asks people to try it for 10 days.

Could, or would you take the pledge to go 10 days without any processed foods. Perhaps you're already doing it?

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 5 years
I have been eating real food... for uh, 365 X 10 years... so yea, how many days is that! ha ha... 3650!!! Woo Woo! I don't even think about processed crap = EVER!
jade408 jade408 5 years
Does yogurt count. :P I have cut out the bulk of my processed foods besides, yogurt, occasional crackers or chocolate, and well organic chicken broth.
2muchtv 2muchtv 5 years
You only need a month for your taste buds to change. I went a month without any extra sugar (so fruits were OK, but that was it, I even banned 100% juice). This also meant eating at home more, which also resulted in less salt. Afterwards, when I tried to eat processed foods, I found them too salty or too sweet. My family can't eat at our favorite restaurant because the food was too salty. If you want to try to eat real foods, try to go only a week, then two weeks, then a month. With an ending in sight, it won't feel like you're deprived, but you're giving your tastebuds time to reset, so that by the time you're done, you don't even WANT the processed food.
kclulu kclulu 5 years
I think this is fantastic. For the past 5 years I have been slowly improving my diet and educating myself on what "healthy" eating actually means and what it has come down to is eating a diet of unprocessed and whole foods. For the past year or so I have for the most part eaten in this way and the biggest benefit I have had is a significant improvement in my IBS. I used to have stomach problems and bloating on a regular basis but now that I am eating mostly "real" food, these bouts are few and far between. I have also expanded my palate and have tried many new foods through eating this way and I overall feel better. I am not 100% on the "real" food train though, I still have splenda in my coffee (a habit I am trying to break) and I will eat out occasionally and have a nutrition or protein bar, but I am not usually and all or nothing kind of gal. I find this makes me a little crazy so I just limit this, eat mostly clean and that is ok with me. I really loved this blog though, lot's of great recipes and I think it is wonderful that the author is showing her children how to eat clean and not feeding them a diet of processed food, which that isn't exactly easy to do!
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