Feedback from Real Food Pledges

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In case you haven’t noticed we not only took a 100-Day Real Food Pledge (two of them actually), but we’re also inviting readers to join the fun by taking a 10-day pledge. More than 800 people from around the world have signed up so far (yea!) by pledging to follow our very same food rules for a shorter amount of time. We developed the 10-day pledge because it is such an eye opening experience to live like this even if it is only for a week and a half. It forces you to read ingredient labels and reevaluate every single ounce of food that you put into your body. Our hope is that people will use their valuable 10-day pledge experience to help them decide what changes to make long term. Living by the rules is just to teach a lesson…our intention is not for people to follow them for life because, thankfully, eating the “bad stuff” in moderation is okay!

So anyway, I have a ton of feedback that pledges have written on their “graduate” forms, and I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to share what they are saying. It’s about time you had a chance to hear how all this real food business is affecting someone other than my family members. Reading some of these comments seriously gave me chills, and I hope you enjoy them just as much as I did. And I also hope they make you think about taking the 10-day pledge yourself, or at the very least carefully consider what you are buying the next time you shop for food.

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here is some of the very cool feedback that we’ve received from our pledges so far….

  • “This was the best ‘diet’ I have ever done and the only one where I haven’t cheated. But now I don’t really think of it as a diet, so much as a lifestyle. This is how I’m going to be eating from now on. I had a mini breakdown yesterday and tried curing it with a Kit Kat bar. It was disgusting. All I could think about was how I was cheating on my fruit and that I should’ve had an orange instead.”  – Coalville, UT
  • “As a working mother of two small children, I find it difficult to prepare, cook, and store ‘real’ food for everyone in our family (including one child who appears to be allergic to everything in sight). However, with a little planning (actually, it took A LOT of planning), I was able to map out a week’s worth of meals and I discovered that we used to waste so much food. I’m now able to spend the same amount on groceries as before but this time I shop at Whole Foods Market and I get better-quality produce. I just don’t buy as much and we eat everything that we buy. The biggest thing I learned, however, is that eating healthy keeps you healthy…everyone in my office has been sick this winter season with the flu…except for me.”  – Alexandria, VA
  • “I learned that my idea of ‘healthy eating’ was very far from it. We all feel better. I feel more rested and don’t crave the 3 P.M. coffee to pick me up. My husband’s headaches are better and IBS is not a problem. Three-year-old doesn’t have constipation issues. My husband and I both lost about 8 pounds each.”  – Lexington, KY
  • “I have lost 2.5kgs, which is great! And I am feeling healthier in myself, especially when I am not eating so much junk. So here is to a healthier, more intentional me :)”  – Cranebrook NSW, Australia
  • “We finished the pledge about a week ago and my eleven year old has just asked if we can go back on it!! This is truly amazing since up until the pledge she hasn’t been a very healthy eater. She said that since going back to processed food her stomach hurts. (She can’t wait to get her bracelet.) As weird as this sounds, my skin felt so much cleaner during the challenge. I guess my body had ‘detoxed’. Cutting out sugar and white flour was huge for us!!”  – Jacksonville, NC
  • “Like you mentioned the kids ‘poop’ is a lot more regular. We all FEEL a lot healthier.”  – Destrehan, LA
  • “I am definitely going to keep real food as a staple in my eating plan. I am going to start reading labels and I am going to try to get my family on the same plan. Thank you for having so much information on your site to help people like me who have been jaded by the diet industry to stay away from things that are actually healthier to eat (butter, juice, etc). They tell us that eating all this processed food, prepackaged frozen dinners, and margarine are better for us because they don’t have trans fat, lower in calories, and fat-free or sugar free….but they add a lot of unwanted things to make them taste good. I feel like I’ve been lied to and feel stupid for not paying attention to labels sooner.”  – Owasso, OK

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46 comments to Feedback from Real Food Pledges

  • Just a comment on the last one. I read an article recently regarding trans fat. The food industry is only required to list trans fat if the amount is over something like 0.5mg per serving. Well that same food industry is the one who decides what serving size they want for their product… Which means some of those trans fat free products in fact do contain some.
    The only way to avoid trans fat is to avoid any products with ingredients such as “shortening”, “Hydrogenated oil” or “Partially hydrogenated oil”.

    • I think it is worth it, when you are ready, to go further and avoid any products containing vegetable oil, soybean, corn, cottonseed canola and other poly unsaturated oils. They are so unstable that it is likely that they degrade into transfat like substances just from the processing alone. High heat baking and frying is almost sure to break down these oils into free radicals. Think about it….soybeans are a very low fat food…how are manufacturers getting PURE FAT out of them? Excesive processing.

      Actually, once you eliminate processed foods, you’d be surprised how rarely you come in contact with soybean and corn oil. I stick with coconut oil, olive oil, butter and occasionally some lard or beef tallow. All these fats are far more stable, can be minimally processed and fit in beautifully with eating real food!

      • 100 Days of Real Food

        I agree…I was telling a friend today that cooking oils are my “weakness” and I would love to learn more so I can make some changes in that area as well!

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  • Sue

    I would like to take the pledge and read the rules but when I click on them they say there not there anymore. Could you help with that.

    Than you,

  • Jessica Kielman

    Our family is starting the 10 day pledge on Sunday! For years I have been eating “well” and keeping all of my children’s snacks in a pantry “for the kids”. I knew that they weren’t healthy if I couldn’t eat them on my new “healthy eating” plan, but didn’t want to punish my kids by taking their treats away. I think a lot of moms struggle with trying to figure out how to feed their families well without making them feel like they are being punished. My eyes are open now, and I have come to the realization that feeding them all of these processed snacks and so called “fruit” snacks IS punishing them, and setting them up for a life of unhealthy, too easy choices. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      I love hearing your feedback and you are right – we are doing our kids a favor by teaching them to make the right food choices. Good luck with your 10-day pledge!

  • Lauren Mott

    I just wanted to say that I’m convinced! I decided I would ease into real foods because one: I’ve been eating this way for years and I wanted to make the change for life. And two: I’m not one to waste anything, so I didn’t want to throw out all the food in my pantry, fridge and freezer! I know this is gross to talk about but after only 4 days of eating more real food and less processed stuff I definately see a difference in my bowel movements. I used to have one every two to three days and now I have one at least once a day if not two! I never knew I could feel this great! Thank you so much for your blog!

  • Nicolle

    I saw somewhere (can’t find it now) that triscuits were ok to eat. Why is that? They have soybean oil in them, which is GMO since its not organic.

  • tori

    What do you do for a recipe that calls for mayonnaise?

  • Narottam

    I clicked on 10 day pledge and it says – page not found!

  • Brandi

    I am going to start the 10-day pledge this next Monday (should be fun over the Labor day weekend). I am diabetic and on insulin. I know whole wheat is healthy, but it’s not good for my blood sugar. I’ll have to watch that. I’m excited and also just started training for the Susan B. Komen 5K in Oct.!!

  • Nifty by Fifty

    I as well I am looking for the 10-day pledge and can’t find it. The link isn’t working. Help please? And I would love to get a few of them bracelets also.

  • Isabel

    Hi! I just came across your website this week and have been working on learning everything needed to switch my family of four over to Real Food. I purchased some coconut oil and it is solid. Is this how it should be? When I use it for baking do I need to heat it before measuring, or do I measure it out as is with it’s thick consistency?

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      It changes with the temperature…I can’t remember the exact temperature, but at 70 something degrees it changes from a solid to a liquid. Most people heat it to a liquid to measure it out for a recipe. Apparently it can go back and forth without any issues.

  • Aisfor.Alyssa

    I finished the 10 Day Pledge last week before vacationing with my boyfriend and his parents. I felt so wonderful afterward I talked about it with them AND THEY DECIDED TO DO IT AS WELL!

    It’s was disheartening at first when I discovered a lot of my fairly “healthy” foods were highly processed (way more than 5 ingredients), but I stuck to the pledge and felt more energized by DAY3 and 4. By just changing to 100% Whole Wheat/Whole Grains pastas, I saw a difference in my appetite, my energy level, and my regularity.

    I started blogging about my experience on my food blog, but haven’t finished writing (I just got busy. Stopped on Day 6.)

    I’m now going to try the 100 DAYS!!! I’m super excited. :) Thanks for sharing your experience! It’s been inspirational and a REAL EYE OPENER!

  • Monica


    I’m trying to find your 10 day pledge because I want to start this with my husband but every time I click on a link for your 10 day pledge it says “not found.” Can you please tell me where I can find that?


  • Faleasha

    I am taking the 10 day Pledge starting tomorrow. I plan on starting tomorrow by cleansing my body by consuming fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water. I will eat one serving of meat with my dinner. Starting on Tuesday I should have all of the ingredients to get me through this week. I am excited to see an eating choice that does not sacrifice any food groups.

  • Autumn Harvey

    My family is just wrapping up the 10 day pledge tomorrow. All I can say is we feel amazing. My husband whom is a junk food junkie is now reading the food labels, picking WW over white bread, has not had a soda in 2 weeks and has been an awesome partner in this challenge( aka lifestyle make-over). The kids, all 4 of them, are begging for the WW tortillas w/ homemade refried beans. They are loving the PB&J smoothie and breakfast bites.

    I told our pediatrician about what we are doing and she was so impressed that she is going to look into your website and see if she can use it in her clinic.

    Thank you for your amazing website, blog and recipes. This has been a true blessing to my family.

  • Katie

    I challenged my kiddos to 30 days of real food. I’ve been eating clean for some time but I had a huge wake up call when my 7 year old daughter kept complaining of back pain. It lasted for a week or so and I took her to the doctor. The doctor did X-rays and we discovered she was FULL of poop. Wow, I felt horrible. We had a family meeting. I showed them your Facebook page and they were excited for the challenge. We’ve been doing the challenge for 10 days and things are going well. Today we went to cheer on our college soccer team with some friends. One little girl looked to my daughter and offered her some Skittles. My little one said, “no thanks, I’m good. Mom, can I have the dried apricots we brought?” Wow! Success!!! Needless to say, my daugher is pooping and feeling MUCH better :)

  • [...] Over 13,000 people all the way from Austin to Australia have signed up so far! Check out the blog post with their feedback to see how much the 10-day pledge has impacted their lives. As you’ve probably noticed, this [...]

  • Greta

    It’s Day One and I already failed. Forgot my daughter’s healthy snacks at home today, so she will be eating the USDA-approved junk at daycare today. :-( How do I restart this pledge?

  • Carla

    I have looked at this website for some time now but have been to scared to start my family on it because I thought there was no way we’d do it. Well, we are on day 3 of the 10 day challenge and I must say everyone is on board and doing great! My husband was born and raised in the south and everyone knows how the south cooks. :) My 11 year old son wants to be just like him so he is all about southern cooking. My 13 year old daughter is a mommy’s girl and will pretty much follow me. I think it has surprised them that “real” food really does taste good. It has always been my desire to eat healthy but I have also cooked to please my husband so it’s been really tough. He is totally supporting me now and everyone is feeling the benefits. One thing I am doing is allowing them to pick just one day a week (one meal only!) and letting them choose a meal they enjoy. It can be anything but they cannot overeat. Just a portion size plus a sweet. I will choose not to do this because I know myself. I hope this isn’t cheating but I feel they won’t stick to this if they can’t have occasional treat.

  • Darcy

    I have also looked at this website for about a year now. I thought no way can I do this or my family. Just too hard. At the beginning of the year we started a budget to get our bills paid off and that included no fastfood or eating out. We stuck to it for about 3 weeks, then slowly went back to the bad habits of eating out because we had nothing ready to eat. Well my oldest son has ADHD and in the 3 weeks we noticed he started talking more in detail, remembering more about school and we were like “wow” his medication must really be working now. Then when we started eating terrible again, his symptoms went back to where they were. After watching Robyn O’Brien’s video on this site, I was like that was it!! My son does not have the hyperness of this “illness” but the opposite. Shuts down but with no concentration at all. So now my whole family is on board with this healthy living.

  • Danielle Hribik

    This new way of eating has changed my life. The last time I was excited about a diet I did Weight Watchers and went all the way down to my goal weight and made Lifetime. Over the next 3 years I crept up to almost where I started. Fail! A Facebook friend happened to “Like” this web page so I started looking at it. IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE! I already feel such a difference in the way I feel. I have ZERO cravings for anything un “real” or “clean” as I have seen this way of eating described. I am already sleeping better and am more “regular”. I hosted a Super Bowl party yesterday and was able to eat 100% “clean” (without ANY sort of desire not to whatsoever) and even snuck in some desserts that everyone ate, and loved, not even knowing they were “clean”. I am so thankful to have found this site and am excited to keep exploring new food ideas. I also have a few family members getting into this and we are all sharing what we find and what we enjoy. THANK YOU!

  • Kim Nolan

    I am starting the 10 days pledge with my 12 y.o son on 3/4. I also set a goal of recruiting 8 more people to join us. As of today, I only need one more! A few family members, a few facebook friends, a school friend of my sons and his mom, and one lady I work with. As a school nurse in a K-5 school, I am appalled at the way kids are eating. Just today a girl had gummy worms and a 16oz. florescent blue sports drink for snack…ugghhh!! How i would love to bring changes to the school as a whole, but ultimately the parents are the ones who feed their children…i can only give them the facts! See you in 10 days when we sign on to get our bracelets!! Can’t wait!!

  • Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be bookmarking
    and checking back frequently!

  • Jackie

    We wrapped up our 10-day pledge this week. I had serious cravings for fries and ice cream (my weaknesses) on days 2 and 3. But those were soon gone. On day 5, we talked about how much better we were feeling and made a shopping list to stretch our 10 days into 15+. I am a creature of habit… so I’m a little shy at trying new recipes. We used Meal Plan 1 as our guide for week one and while we have some perfecting to do (we weren’t so great at making the tortillas, for example), we’re surely getting there and we’ve loved each and every meal. We love that our two small children are in this with us and we know that we’re carrying this on as our new lifestyle. Yesterday, in the midst of our crazy schedules, we hit the local fast food drive-through on our commute between commitments. I order a small fry… ate four of them… and threw them back into the bag. They didn’t taste good at all – SUCCESS! In fact, they didn’t taste like anything. My taste buds have been spoiled with all of this REAL, good food that the emptiness of french fries was completely unappetizing. Thank you so much – I am so excited about what this means for my family!

  • CJCaden

    Trying to find the rules for the 10 Day Challenge and it says that the webpage is not found. HELP!!!

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