Feedback from Real Food Pledges

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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  • Comments

    1. |

      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!

      • 100 Days of Real Food |


    2. 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,

      • Wendy |

        I am having the same trouble. Did you get any resolution to your problem?

    3. 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!

    4. 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!

    5. 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.

    6. tori |

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

      • 100 Days of Real Food |

        Now that our strict “real food” pledge is over I just use the least processed store-bought stuff in moderation.

      • Greta |

        Sometimes you can substitute with plain yogurt. Just make sure it has no added sweeteners or flavors.

    7. 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.!!

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

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