Our Team

I am excited to introduce the fabulous team behind this blog! For the first year and a half I completely ran the whole thing by myself, and at times I felt like I was just flying by the seat of my pants. But after experiencing my fair share of technical difficulties as well as some serious blog growth, I quickly realized I could no longer do this on my own. So I am excited to share all the names and faces that make this blog what it is today.  There is no way everything would keep running smoothly without their invaluable help! Also almost everyone on this list either has or will be publishing guest posts so look for their names as they join the conversation here on the blog.

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Lisa Leake, Blog Creator

I am a wife, mother, foodie, blogger, and New York Times Bestselling author who started this site to (hopefully) inspire others to cut out highly processed food. Prior to my unexpected and “almost didn’t happen” blogging stint I absolutely loved both food and cooking, but never wrote anything a day in my life (other than thank you notes and term papers!). I actually worked for Bank of America mostly doing corporate event planning up until my older daughter was 4-years-old…so as you can see quite a contrast from food writing. I am glad I overcame my “lack of writing skills” concern though and went down this path anyway because as it turns out, combining a deep passion with determination and hard work can take you to some pretty unexpected and exciting places!

Sometimes it feels like I don’t have much of a life outside of this blog (and the cooking that comes with it), but I do have other interests! They include traveling, gardening, sewing, craft projects with my girls, entertaining friends, throwing an occasional party, running or biking for exercise, and both decorating and organizing our home. Yep, I am your classic type-A busy body…even though I sometimes try I never actually sit still for very long!

To learn more about how this blog got started check out our “about” page.

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Jason Leake, My Husband and Operations Managerjason

Jason is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to professional experience, skills, and blog responsibilities.  He has a mechanical engineering background and has worked as a product engineer, application engineer, real estate sales agent and investor, and sales executive.  But in August of 2012, Jason had the opportunity to leave corporate America and begin working on the blog full time.  Hooray!  Jason’s primary blog roles are editor, ad network manager, and accountant (ugh!).  He is also involved behind the scenes with most every other aspect of the blog including strategic development, grocery go-getting, first tier tech support, and emotional support. :) Jason also started his own blog, Pro Blog School, in November of 2013. It is all about monetizing your blog and building a small business based on lessons learned from 100 Days of Real Food.

Outside of work, Jason is a very involved dad and husband.  He loves adventure, mountain biking, camping/backpacking, live music, international and domestic travel, home improvement projects, truthful people, and of course real food.  He also enjoys rock climbing, running, and meditation (but is a novice at all three).  One day he’ll get back into whitewater kayaking, and he has a dream of renovating an Airstream trailer and traveling cross-country with the family visiting national parks. Jason and Lisa both currently reside in Charlotte, NC with their two daughters ages 7 and 9.

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Amy Taylor, Comment ModeratorAmy Headshot

Since making her way to Charlotte via Ohio and then Florida, Amy’s passion for health, wellness, and all things green have become a full-time career. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC) and co-owner of Spunky Avocado, a website, blog, and wellness company.  Amy loves to help individuals and families discover the power of food as well as other lifestyle choices in determining their overall wellness.  Helping others achieve better health for a beautiful vital life is her mission.

Interacting with our readers is a high priority, and that’s where Amy comes in. By answering the comments on the blog Amy helps our readers find the information they need.

Amy is an amateur yogi, herb and vegetable gardener, Ted Talk addict, and nature lover! Her educational background is in child and media studies and her graduate work was through a fellowship from the Corporation For Public Broadcasting. Amy is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and continues to build upon her nutrition credentials. Amy currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband and 2 young boys.

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Shawn Keller, Facebook and Pinterest Moderator

Shawn was born and raised in Northern California. When she was 18, she moved to Florida and it’s a good thing she did because that’s where she met her husband! After 7 years in the Sunshine State, they decided it was time for change. They packed up their stuff, put their finger on the map, and ended up landing in Charlotte, NC. Shawn has always had an interest in health and fitness, but it was when she became pregnant with her first child that she really started to feel passionate about eating real food.

Shawn’s main responsibility is answering reader questions on our Facebook wall. Just like with the blog comments and emails it got to the point where FB questions would start going unanswered if I didn’t get some help! And it’s important to me that everyone gets the responses they need. Shawn also manages our Pinterest page and helps with incoming emails when the volume is high.

Shawn stays busy with three kids (a 6 year old boy, a 4 year old girl and a very busy 2 year old boy), a dog, and last, but not least, a husband. Her weekends are usually filled with running the kids to their various sporting events. When she does have free time, she loves to bike and hike. Really, anything outside makes her happy :) Shawn also loves to cook and bake, so you can often find her in the kitchen.

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Kiran Dodeja Smith, Advertising Manager and Contributor

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Kiran was a Junior in college when she realized that the accounting degree she was pursuing was not the field she wanted to work in for the rest of her life. So instead, she continued on and completed an MBA program with a focus in marketing. Upon graduation, she moved to Charlotte, NC with her (now) husband. After working for 3.5 years with a regional bridal publication, she started her own business, a regional magazine targeting parents. She successfully ran the publication for 8 years, during which she expanded her family to include four children. In November 2011, it was time for a change.

Kiran handles all of our sponsorship partners and advertising sales including giveaways and discounts for our readers. If advertising your company or website on 100 Days of Real Food might be a good fit then Kiran is your girl! Kiran brings a strong understanding of advertising, marketing and promotion as well as skills gained from running a small business and can assist you in finding the best way to promote your business to our targeted demographic. In addition to working with sponsors, Kiran will also be writing some product review posts for the blog. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband and four children.

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Andrew Wilder, Tech Support

Andrew Wilder has been a “foodie” for as long as he can remember, but it wasn’t until his “a-ha!” moment in 2009 that he decided to make healthful living and eating a primary focus in his life.  Shortly thereafter, he started his blog, Eating Rules, to help others find the same joy in real food.

Andrew can also be found working on related projects such as Blog Tutor, which is internet consulting and web design for food bloggers, and Healthy Ads, an online advertising network connecting ethical companies with health bloggers and their audiences. It’s all thanks to Andrew that when you visit our blog things run quickly and smoothly!

 

 

Cori Davenport, Team Assistant

Cori Davenport

Cori lives in SC with her husband and 3 adorable children. Prior to joining the 100 Days of Real Food team, she worked in web development, preschool education and corporate event planning (at Bank of America where she met Lisa!) before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom when her first child was born. Ten years (and 3 kids) later, Cori wanted to get back into working part-time between kids’ activities. When the opportunity arose to work with Jason and Lisa, it was a great fit!

Cori handles administrative tasks such as customer service, copyright and trademark monitoring and communication, managing giveaways, approving ad network campaigns, and back-end website maintenance.

Outside of work, Cori enjoys reading, playing outside with the kids, vegetable gardening, swimming, and boating with the family.

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Comments

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    I think this is a great idea for a site/business and I wish you well!
    I think it is amazing how many people do not think at all and keep eating fast food, canned food, frozen food, etc. The fact is we eat some of that too but we limit it and NEVER eat such things as hydrogenated fat or high fructose corn syrup, aspartame etc.

    The point is, everyone is at their own stage of development but it takes sites like these to help wake people up to at least THINK about the food they eat.

    It’s the same with water! I sell water filters but before I bought my first filter I had no idea about how bad plastic bottles were, that chemicals like pthalates and bpa may leach into the water, that bottled water is often just filtered tap water (and not filtered as well as it could be with your OWN filter system), and so on.

    So we all evolve and the sooner we evolve to not eat and drink stuff that hurts our bodies instead of helping them, the better!

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    During exercise this morning I was listening to the final chapter of PANDORA’S LUNCHBOX, in which your website was mentioned. So here I am – I love what you are doing here.
    At 58 years old I have been working my way off of processed foods for the past few years and am largely free of them now – with no regrets other than it should have happened sooner, I don’t miss them at all. At 6 feet tall, my weight is down from 205 lbs to 190 lbs in the past year – and I have not had a soda in 3 years! The one remaining toxic waste I consume (but I have cut down) is POTATO CHIPS! I’ll conquer that next.
    Enough about me! Here’s my question: What do you think of “Protein Powders,” Almond Milk, and Soy Milk? I make a fruit shake (water, almond milk, fruit, nuts, oatmeal, and protein powder) every morning for my breakfast. About a year ago I wondered if the soy and whey powders were just more (unnecessary) processed foods and cut back on them. I’m curious about your thoughts on all the powder supplements. Also, the ingredients on Almond Milk and Soy Milk containers generally read like most processed food packages. Is there any alternative to dairy milk that is not loaded with synthetic chemicals and preservatives?
    Thanks, Fleetwood McDonald

  3. ANGELA |

    Does anyone know of a message board or facebook page in Charlotte, NC where people can share deals that they see or ask questions about food prep or such. For instance, Earthfare just had grassfed beef for 3.99/lb. And on Tuesdays, Fresh Market has antibiotic free, hormone free chicken breast for 2.99/lb. Luckily a friend told me about these, but it would be great to have a place to help us all track that and share tips. I know it’s hard for me to feed a family of four all organic all the time on a budget.

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

      Hi Angela. I don’t but it is a great idea. Maybe you should start a FB page? :)

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      Angela,

      We actually started a local Facebook page named Real Food Moms (Insert City) and I’ve seen a couple of nearby cities have the same format. We share deals, articles, pictures and recipes. You know, all that foodie yumminess! ;)

  4. Steve |

    Thank you. I look forward to all the information on your site. Steve

  5. Christina |

    I’ve enjoyed your blog so much! Thanks for all your efforts for so much great information!! I was recently introduced to Melaleuca products and can’t stop thinking how you all would love them too!! (Although maybe you already use them since they are a perfect fit!) They are all natural, safe, extremly effective products (cleaning, health & beauty care, nutrional supplements) that are all very cost effective and made in America too! I would love to share more info with you, my contact info is on this website: http://www.workathomeunited.com/gregNchristina
    Thanks!

  6. Becky |

    Hi Lisa!
    I love both your website and cookbook! My family and I are well on our way to only eating “real food” and I’m very excited about it. I have a tough crowd here! We live in Illinois and since fall is on it’s way, I was wondering if you have any “fall” recipes that involve pumpkin, apples, etc. If you do, I’d love to get some ideas.
    Thanks so much!
    Becky

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    I have been thinking of holiday gifts already and love the vanilla idea. I would like to do smaller bottles. If I make 6oz bottles, should I only use one bean?

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi Lori. Yes, I would use one bean per bottle. :)

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Hi Philip. No, there has been no parting of ways at all. We think Vani brings a lot of attention to some very important issues and consider her our friend. I don’t think one needs to be degreed in food science to know that our food system is seriously flawed. :) ~Amy

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    Hello, Super blog and great efforts in helping kids eat healthy!
    I wish I had you guys test the real Pilgrim cornbread recipe I included (for fun) in one of my books, The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter!
    Randa

  9. Mary Hicks |

    Looking for Part I of Costco shopping list. Thanks

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