Original 100-Day Pledge

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Welcome to the original “100 Days of Real Food” pledge page. The idea behind this series of posts is what inspired me to start this blog in the first place. From May through September 2010 our family of four – including our daughters who were ages 3 and 5 at the time – pledged to go 100 solid days without eating a single ounce of highly processed or refined food (that means no white flour or sugar!). You can find the exact guidelines we followed on our “real food” rules page.

We decided to take this pledge so we could draw attention to how much our society has become dependent on processed food. And even though it wasn’t easy at times we wanted to prove that a typical suburban family didn’t have to rely on packaged factory-made convenience foods on a daily basis. We also wanted to experience what it would be like to seek out the real food in our processed food world, and let me tell you what it was definitely eye-opening! One of the things we quickly learned was that our “real food” desires made us the minority most of the time…especially here in North Carolina.

Index of blog posts I wrote during our 2010 pledge:

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97 comments to Original 100-Day Pledge

  • Kate


    My fiancé and I are on day 6 of 100 and both feel a big a change. I am so much more energized throughout the day. It’s very exciting! One question though, do you know of ANY chocolate product that would be considered real food? We always had a square or two of dark chocolate after dinner as a treat, and that is really the only thing I miss!

    Thanks so much. Congratulations on your cook book!


  • Daphne

    I’ve decided for lent this year I would give up processed foods. I consciously give up something that I think is a sacrifice…a temptation that’s really hard for me to give up. So, processed food it is. Hopefully the information you share will help me in the upcoming 45 days of lent.

  • Jenapher

    We took the 100 day challenge, we stated Jan 3 2014, and our 100 day is today April 14, 2014. It was hard for us to find all the things we need but with tis site and research we did it. My kids seem to be better for it we are better for it and will be keeping this as our life change plan. Thank you for your recipes and updates to help me help my family. I look forward to following ya’ll and keeping up with the your page>

  • Lorna

    I am so happy to have come across your blog! I have been starting and failing to cut out processed foods for months now as I found it all felt overwhelming but your blog has made it all seem so much more straight forward with the recipes etc. So I am committing to 100 days 9 real food as of tomorrow. Thanks!

  • Ally

    Hi I would like to know did this wonderful program have a good out come on people’s weight ?

    How much weight did people lose following this program?

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Ally. Many people do lose weight or stop struggling with weight maintenance when they start eating real food and eliminate most of the processed stuff. However, we are not focused here on weight loss or calorie counting and do not track that information. ~Amy

  • DeAnna Small

    Taking the 100 day real food challenge my start date is September 1,2014.

  • Loved this thanks for the share.

  • My husband and I have been on the “clean diet” and I was wondering if this will help us continue to lose weight? I realize it is much healthier, but wondering if anyone has lost weight by changing their lifestyle. I am finally going to give up aspartame due to MS like symptoms and 6 rounds of hospital say for steroid IV therapy. Time for a HUGE lifestyle change for my body.
    Thank you for your comments.

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Sharon. While weight-loss is not the focus here, it is not uncommon for individuals to lose weight and have improved health outcomes when they give up processed foods. Wishing you the best. ~Amy

  • Donna Scott

    I stumbled upon your blog when trying to search for meal plans and well i am hooked. I use to eat whole foods and as Life became busy (marriage and kids). The convenience of boxed “ready-made” food became easier to eat after a long day – (I wasn’t a planner :( ).

    After, becoming 20lbs heavier over the years, my husband and I made a promise to each other to really watch what we eat. And here we are. (So far 10lbs lost – I am not starving myself) and I can honestly say I get more full when I eat whole foods versus ready-made food.

    I just wanted to say Thank You” for re-educating me to really pay attention and know what we put in our mouths before eating it!!!!! …….. loving your blogs!!!!!!!!


  • Grace

    I would like to begin my journey! So inspired!

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