Welcome to 100 Days of Real Food

We invite you to read along and hopefully join in by taking the 10-day pledge as our family of four begins our 100 Days of Real Food journey. Our hope is that if we – a family that does not live on a farm, has two young children, and a husband that travels frequently – can go 100 long days without eating a single ounce of processed food then you will consider taking our 10 Days of Real Food pledge. To make our boundaries clear we have set some ground rules. If we can do it for 100 days, then I am absolutely convinced that anyone can do it for only 10 days! And in case you need some more convincing, check out our list of 10 reasons to cut out processed food.

Even though we first began our personal mission to cut out processed foods a few months ago, I estimate that we only went about 85 or 90% of the way. This initial change was an extremely big transition for us, and I imagine that going the extra 10 to 15% of the way is not going to be easy either. The biggest challenge of all may very well be getting our 3 and 5-yr-old children (who will be faced with day camps, playdates and birthday parties this summer) to go all the way without having any slip-ups! Hopefully it will help that we plan to reward them with a fun day at Carowinds Amusement park when the 100-day pledge is over. But before we get started, I would like to reminisce for a moment about what each of us will miss the most…

  • Me: Let’s see, how many things am I allowed to list? First and foremost – chocolate! I have a big sweet tooth and during our initial transition I cut back a lot on my chocolate consumption, but I do slightly fear going without it completely. I also originally decided that anything in moderation is okay (and I still pretty much feel that way), therefore I kept my once-a-day highly processed white chocolate mocha, which I will miss too. In addition, I did switch to some much better, organic condiment alternatives, but due to the number of ingredients on the list we will all have to go 100 days without store-bought ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard! Agggghhhh!
  • My husband: Since he travels several times a month for work he says he will miss the convenience of easily eating out for meals while traveling.
  • My 5-year-old: She said she will miss the once-a-day treat she was allowed to eat after dinner. Both girls will still be allowed to eat a “treat” after dinner if it doesn’t break any of our rules. So this just means that mommy must get creative even beyond fruit juice popsicles.
  • My 3-year-old: I can’t say that my youngest fully understands what is about to happen, but when I asked her what she will miss she answered my multiple choice question by saying chocolate. She is a mommy’s girl after all.

I will add new posts almost daily (subscribe to receive an email) to discuss the challenges and hurdles we face during our journey. And this is officially day 1…so let the games begin!

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  • Comments

    1. Morgan Griffin |

      Today is the first day of the real foods challenge. I’m so excited to see how my body with adapt to this new way of eating, after all my body deserves it!

    2. Shannon |

      I found your page looking for a spelt bread or roll recipe. I have to say I am impressed and very happy to see so many people interested in eating less processed food. I personally have been placed on a diet due to becoming ill from eating too much processed food over my life; it’s a shame some of us wait until we are sick. Thank you for your page as it puts a more human touch on how hard it is to live in this society and actually care about our bodies and what we put in them. I have not been able to get my daughter and husband to commit to any extent; but maybe if they see me living better that might change. Thanks.

      • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill) |

        Hi Shannon. We are glad you are enjoying the blog and that it’s been helpful. We hope that the change in diet has allowed you to feel better. Best of luck to you. Jill

    3. Terri |

      I have to start by saying that we are a family of “Southern Eaters” We love down home comfort food, but my husband and I decided that we needed to clean up our diet. So we just started the 10 day challenge. I am so excited. The meal plans and grocery list that you provided made it so easy. We started out today with the banana pancakes and everyone loved them. I love knowing that I have everything I need for the entire week. My family just looks at the planner and sees what we are having for the day. It has made “Eating Better” something that seems more attainable. I am praying that when we finish the first 10 days we will continue for the 100 day challenge. Thanks for making it so easy on us and proving so much support.

    4. Candice |

      We are on day 15 of our 100 days! It has been both easier and harder than I thought. Easier because I don’t crave sweets like I have in the past when I have just gone “sugar-free”, harder because I spend a lot more time cooking! My husband absolutely loves how he feels and our children (ages 11,10,5,3) are being good sports. Though I must say the parties, both at school and with friends are the hardest part for them. Thank you SO MUCH for all the resources on this site! All of the research that has gone into this is making my life so much easier!

    5. Arlene |

      I am really new to this and am starting tomorrow morning. Do I follow the meal menues for the 7 days?
      Or do you have a schedule for someone to start up with, the website has so much info I am a bit confused where to begin.
      please advise. thanks so much

    6. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

      Hi Arlene. You can use the menus any way you choose. If you find one in particular that works best for you, start that way. Did you comb through the entire “Start Here” page: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/start-here/? Also, the FAQ pages are very handy. Best of luck! ~Amy

    7. Amy Stotzer |

      My husband travels frequently and uses that as an excuse for eating poorly. Do you have some tips that you can share? I’d really like my husband to be able to still eat healthy while traveling.

    8. emma |

      this brownie idea sounds so good i would love to try it sometime

    9. Karen |

      I was talking to my husband about this. He is very skeptical about this. He believes it is impossible to follow. He wondered how you handled bday parties and other dinners.

    10. Karen |

      My husband was also wondering about a scenario: what about if you start the pledge and your child melts down about wanting a cookie or another junk at a party? Or if an elderly lady offers your chid a cookie and wonders why your child just can’t have one cookie? Mine are ages 12,10 and 6. We don’t eat much junk,but still have it. We eat mostly organic. But I KNOW if they are offered junk they would soooo want it. My oldest knows what’s in a dunkin donuts but doesn’t care. She likes it anyway.

      Another scenario: you are at a BBQ send something’s look unprocessed but you are not sure. Do you just not at and how do you explain it to people without sounding weird. My hubby does not want to take our kids out and gave them melt down or put udon the spot.

      • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

        Hi Karen. Obviously the Leakes were very committed to seeing this thing through. You would have to address individual situations in terms of your own family. Take some time to go through the page I gave you above. You can pick and choose what posts you are most interested in. Those are all great questions and really REAL scenarios that might just come up. :) ~Amy

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