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  • Lonna Levine

    Hello! Just popped by to mention I’ve read your write-up in Edible Charlotte. It was lovely to recognize your blog from my lunch box recipe searches and discover you are local to me. I’ve subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more!

  • Carrie Dalton

    Hi! I am trying to find an alternative for PAM non-stick cooking spray. What do you use instead? Thank you!!

  • Diane

    Hi Lisa,

    I could have sworn I saw on your site a recipe for homemade pickles. Is that something you make? Many thanks, Diane

  • Sherry

    I just wanted to share an amazingly simple and delicious recipe that I put together this weekend for Apple Butter. It was so amazingly simple.

    I used 1/2 peck of small organic apples from Earthfare (on sale right now). Peeled and quartered (removing seed… if I had a foodmill, I could have just quartered the apples and ran it through the mill).

    I then placed them in my slowcooker on low. There they sat for about a day. I used my immersion blender to smooth out the remaining chunks. Added about 1/4 tsp of allspice (not my favorite) and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon.

    Stirred together and let it cook another few hours. I used some fresh (in your toaster pastry recipe) but also made about 3 pints that I processed (just water bath processing for 10 min).

    So simple, so fresh and very real! Hope you find it as simple and delicious as I did. Now, I need to make it to the NC mountains for some REALLY fresh apples :)

  • Eva

    Whole wheat!
    What type do you recommend? There is bread ww, unbleached ww, etc etc.
    Particularly for bread, using just ww, it is quite challenging. I will try your ww bread ww recipe today, but I usually use some part pf white flour, otherwise it does not come out right.
    If you could advise on brand etc would be great, but otherwise just what type of ww.

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Eva. I would look for one labeled as 100% whole wheat. I also really like the Ezekial breads which can be found in the freezer section. Jill

  • sara

    I would love to hear some of the recipes that you use to freeze in the Canning jars? I made a goulash…after thawing I baked them…I am thinking that may not be a great idea. Thoughts…

    • Lisa

      Most any soup freezes nicely! Or chili, gumbo, chowder, spaghetti sauce, etc. I usually fully make the recipes and then freeze them. Be sure to leave room at the top for the liquid to expand.

  • melissa

    Have you ever made or have a recipe for corn dogs made in the puff pancake pan?

  • Leslie Campbell

    Do you have any suggestions for protein packed snacks that kids can take to school every day and eat before playing their afternoon sports? They need something that is easy, fast, and will give the kids and some extra protein. maybe something besides almonds or peanut butter…

  • Sarah Chisolm Miller

    I have an 8 month old daughter and I’m already thinking/worrying about her first birthday. The more I think about it, the more it seem crazy to me to offer her a cake full of sugar and processed ingredients when she is still primarily breast fed and eating pureed fruits and veggies. While I don’t want to be some extremely counter-cultural parent, I also don’t want to give her something merely for traditions’ sake. ALL that to ask, what do you do for birthday celebrations? Do you have any festive ideas for her 1st birthday that would be “normal” but not dangerous for her little body?

  • Ellen Maher

    I have been baking with the coconut oil that you mention you use in some of your recipes, but noticed that it is so high in saturated fat. I was just wondering why you choose that oil? Thanks alot!

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Ellen. It is true that coconut oil is high in saturated fat. The saturated fat found in coconut oil, however, is not the same as that found in animal products. Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid whereas animal fats are a long-chain fatty acid. Medium-chain fatty acids are said to not negatively affect cholesterol and may actually help to reduce a person’s risk of heart disease. Medium-chain fatty acids are used directly by the body to create energy. Coconut oil is one of a few dietary sources of medium-chain fatty acids. I hope that helps to explain our choice to use coconut oil. Jill

  • sharon

    I was wondering if 100 Days has thought about doing a twitter chat? I think it would be a great way for you and your fans to connect.

    Also, I have no idea if you are planning this, but a message board would be a great addition to your site. It could make finding things so much easier. People doing a 10 or 100 day pledge could find others doing it at the same time and give one another support. All kinds of great topics could be started with a message board.

    Thanks so much for all you do.

    • Hi Sharon. Lisa is not a big fan of twitter so I can’t see her doing a twitter chat! We have thought about a message board and appreciate the suggestion. The main benefit I see is interaction among pledges, as you have mentioned. But we want to stay focused and can only effectively manage so many things (Lisa is also writing a book), so for now a forum is a no go. Lisa does love interacting with readers on the Facebook page at and also through the blog comments.

      • Sharon

        Thanks for responding, and don’t feel like you need to respond to this message.

        It is a shame you feel that way, but i do understand about staying focused. I just wanted to say a forum could be so much more than just about the pledges. Recipes, where to buy real food when you don’t live near an Earth Fare, lunch ideas. Topics can go into more detail on a message board that I don’t see happening on Facebook. The fans could interact with one another more so than on Facebook.

        Oh, well. Thanks for being so inspiring and have a great day.

  • Leah

    I saw your Halloween post on Facebook, and I know y’all limit sugary snacks, but if you’re looking for an unprocessed alternative to other candies, Trader Joe’s sells Dark Chocolate Honey Mints: they’re like peppermint patties, but only three ingredients. Pretty awesome!

  • Karen osborne

    will you be investigating Boar’s Head?

  • Elizabeth

    First of all, thank you for maintaining this AMAZING website with so much valuable information and recipes. My boyfriend and I have recently been into eating “real food” and we feel so much better in general! I just made the whole wheat banana pancakes this morning (DELICIOUS), but I have a question about this recipe and others containing baking soda and powder… how do these fit into the real food categories? There are many ingredients on their labels that do not seem to be aligned with real food. Are they OK? And if it’s better to steer away from them, is there something you can use to substitute? Thanks! :-)

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Elizabeth. Glad you’re enjoying the blog and that you liked the pancakes. As for the baking powder, there are many brands that are aluminum free that you can purchase. You are correct in that the baking powder does contain cornstarch, but, I do know that the Rumford brand has non-GMO cornstarch. It’s up to you if you want to steer away from it, but, I don’t have a substitute to offer. Good luck. Jill

  • Kelly

    Hi! Is there any other pasta that you can recommend besides Mara’s? I would love to be able to go to a store to purchase it, rather than order online.

    Also, have you heard of Whole Foods? Wondering if it is our version of EarthFare?! I have never shopped there, but know I will be starting soon and hoping there is a pasta there I could possibly buy.
    Thank you!

  • Marie S

    Hi, I just love your site and my husband and I have committed to do the 10 day pledge and continue on after making very tiny allowances/treats once a week. Do you have suggestions for someone who is trying to lose a significant amount weight or have you had much feedback in this area?

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Marie. Some people have reported losing a lot of weight, but I think that varies for each person and will depend on a number of individual factors (i.e. current diet, whether or not individual is currently overweight, etc.). Sorry I can’t give you a more definitive answer. I will say though that one common theme is that many people report having more energy and less cravings once switching to real food. I wish you the best of luck and hope you’ll report back as to your progress. Jill

  • Lisa

    Hi. Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up and I wanted to give homemade cranberry sauce a try. I have done some searches on the internet and most use white sugar to sweeten the sauce. Do you have a recipe that you use?

  • Katie

    I have a question – I switched this summer from white flour to whole wheat flour and just realized today that my new flour needs to be in refrigerator! Now I need a new idea for my pretty glass jar that sits on my counter. My old sugar jar holds dry black beans. Any other ideas? I thought about oatmeal but wasn’t sure if that was allowed to be out on the cabinet. Thanks!

  • Jeanne

    Are you still eating rice after the report on arsenic levels?

  • Erica

    Hey! I have a few questions for you, but first of all, I want to tell you how thankful I am for your website. I’ve always tried to eat healthy/real foods but didn’t 100% of the time. Your website is helping me feed my family healhier and I have really enjoyed your reicpes and info!

    Here are my questions:

    1. I made the crock pot whole chicken the other night. (Delish!) Today is the 3rd day of leftovers and I still have a little left. Is today the last day we should eat on it? (Usually 3 days is my max, but I wanted your opinion.)

    2. I made chicken stock from the leftovers of the whole chicken and froze it in 1 cup containers. How long will it keep in the freezer?

    3. Do you use a bread machine? I just ordered one and was wondering what the best brand/type of flour is to use in my bread machine. (I am very new to making my own bread!) :)

    Thank you for any help!

  • Thought you might be able to help me get the word out on why some of the “less popular” foods are actually great benefits and also help me raise funds for Heifer from reading my blog post today at
    The blog post is titled “Beautiful things.”

    Donna Bauman

  • Emily

    Would you ever consider some kind of contest with the grand prize being a personal shopping experience with THE Lisa Leake?? :-) I would love for Lisa to come to my town and spend a day with me in my kitchen and help me add/eliminate food items, plus help me do some grocery shopping in a more organized, faster way. Just wanted to throw the idea out there–I would definitely enter that contest!

    Keep up the amazing work…you ARE making a difference!

  • Meredith

    Hi – Love the blog!!! I recently learned about coconut palm sugar from the Food Babe. I wonder if you have tried using it, or would you? Is this a “real food”?

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Meredith. Glad you’re enjoying the blog. While Lisa and her family were strict in using only honey and/or maple syrup during the 100 day challenge, she has done some things with sugar since then. I actually found this information posted on the Food Babe’s blog ( to be the most helpful in explaining coconut palm sugar. Here is an excerpt:
      “Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, my #1 choice for sweeteners. It’s nectar is gathered directly from the coconut tree flower off palm trees. Coconut palm sugar is completely unrefined and not bleached like typical refined white sugar, helping to preserve all of its teeming vitamins and minerals. It is naturally high in amino acids – has 10,000 times more potassium, 20 times more magnesium and 20 times more iron than conventional sugar. Coconut palm sugar has half the glycemic index compared to regular cane sugar – a huge bonus to keep blood sugar stable and for those who are diabetic.” So, to answer your question, this is the sugar I too try to use when I need to include sugar in a recipe. Hope that helps to answer your question. Jill

  • Katherine

    Hi Food Babe and team,

    I recently found your website and I am in love! I’ve been trying to provide a GMO free diet for my family for about 2 years now. It is incredibly hard and I’m in full support of our right to know and to end man’s greediness, especially when it involves the health of every little being on our planet.

    I am currently writing a children’s book about GMOs. Did you know Monsanto and company released a kid activity book about all the “BENEFITS” of biotechnology? It sickened me, to the core. So, I decided to write my own little book explaining the real facts to our youngest members of society.

    My book is not complete yet, but I wanted to ask you about good organizations I can donate some of my proceeds to. I know tons of them out there, (Food Democracy Now!, Non-GMO Project, Millions against Monsanto, etc.). But, since you’ve experienced a lot of different companies and researched the true value and agenda of a lot of them, I wanted to ask your advice about who you’d donate to?

    Thanks for your time,

  • Rachel

    My family and I have been using the 5 weekly menus provided on this site and have had amazing results. Though it’s not far off from what we use to eat (though not consistently), the consistency & menus AND grocery list! are just what I wanted & we needed.
    We have LOVEd these meals and the kids have seen a change in how they feel after we have eaten out with friends. They have even begged to “eat that way again” :o).

    I LOVE how the menu layout & recipes are so simple and quick. I love how easy & ‘quick to grab’ meals are mixed in with more prep meals. How left overs are utilized and used up. And how there is not meat in every meal. In the past these things have caused me to forgo menus plans other than my own… And I just don’t have time to plan one as I would like. So when I found this I was ecstatic!! Needless to say, I have ended up telling EVERYONE about the site and am in love!!! Thank you!!

    On that note, we have recently been asked by a physician to do a 6wk vegan trial. I have yet to find a plan that meets these needs for our family as well as the similarity of your menus/recipes, that I so love. Until then I find something, I will be adapting the menus on here as much as possible.
    However, I was wondering if the 100days Team has any suggestions of vegan sites with family oriented meal plans such as these? Any help would be muchly appreciated.

    Keep up the awesome work!!! And thank you for your time.

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Rachel. Thanks for your kind words. I don’t really have anything to recommend as far as vegan websites, but, I do have one cookbook, The Vegan Table, that is pretty good. I would just pay close attention to some of their ingredients and I just try and swap out anything I know is not “real” (for example they use Earth Balance non-dairy spread which I avoid). Hope that helps some and best of luck. Jill

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