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Hi, my name is Lisa, and I’m so glad you’re here because that means you have an interest in real food!

Whether you’re brand new to cutting out processed food or you’re a real food veteran, I hope you’ll find some value in the resources on this blog. In the beginning of 2010 I had never before read an ingredient label, never bought anything that was organic (at least not on purpose), nor had I ever stepped foot in a farmers’ market. I am certainly not proud of those things, but that was reality for the first 32 or so years of my life and the most disturbing part is that I had no idea I was doing anything wrong.

After reading In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan I got the wake up call of my life and felt like our eating habits needed a serious overhaul. Making such drastic changes was not easy at first (it has thankfully become our “new normal” since then), and at the time I struggled to find resources to help me understand exactly how I could apply Pollan’s principals to our everyday lives. So shortly thereafter my real food blog was born. What better way to convince others to cut out processed food with us than to give them everything they need to successfully make it happen!

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618 comments to Start Here

  • Veronica Ganoe


    I am currently looking for a toothpaste that isn’t filled with harmful ingredients but also does the job it is suppose to do. I use Tom’s now but just found out that it has carrageenan in it. Tom’s does have a big write up about this seaweed extract and they say it is not bad, and I have heard otherwise. Another ingredient toothpaste has is sodium lauryl sulfate which a friend of mines daughter gets mouth sores from this. I’ve looked into bella organics also but they don’t have a toothpaste. Thanks for your help

    • Amber

      Hey Veronica, why don’t you make your own? We strayed making our own with coconut oil, bentonite clay, baking soda, and peppermint oil. It’s so easy, cheap, and even my 9 yo mixes it up when were out. The kids teeth have never been whiter or healthier.

    • Melissa B

      Hi! Check out this website:
      They have some amazing recipes, some of which I have tried, and the orange toothpaste is the best. My kids love it! Be well.

    • I use Arbonne’s all natural Pure Mint toothpaste. You can find it at

    • Nancy

      Hi Veronica,

      I discovered Tooth Soap several years ago. Long story short, I hadn’t visited the dentist in 3 years. The hygenist scraped off less plaque than people who come in for cleaning every 3 months (her words). The dentist checked my teeth over twice and then wanted to know what I was using. He was impressed and told me to reschedule for a year later. I swear by this stuff, and it’s all natural.

  • Hannah

    Hello! I use doTERRA OnGuard toothpaste! I LOVE it and will never go back to using Toms again! Here is the info on it: doTERRA’s fluoride-free Natural Whitening Toothpaste combines the protective benefits of
    dōTERRA’s proprietary On Guard® blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils
    with other natural ingredients that help strengthen teeth, reduce plaque and whiten teeth
    with gentle polishing agents. The On Guard® blend of wild orange, clove, cinnamon,
    eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils provides a first line of defense against germs and
    other pathogens that can infect the mouth and throat. Additional essential oils of
    peppermint and wintergreen and the natural sweetener xylitol give On Guard Natural
    Whitening Toothpaste a refreshingly unique cinnamon-mint flavor leaving breath (and
    toothbrush) fresh and clean throughout the day.

    • Unfortunately, the doTERRA OnGuard toothpaste contains carageenan as well as titanium dioxide. I use Redmon’s Earthpaste: Purified Water, Redmond Clay, Xylitol, Essential Oil (Cinnamon, Wintergreen or Peppermint), Real Salt, Tea Tree Essential Oil, & Menthol (Only in the Wintergreen & Peppermint varieties).

  • Jennifer

    I love the concept of real food! My problem is I am gluten free, soy free, dairy free.
    All the baking requires whole wheat. What are some whole food replacements for it?
    Also, how do I get my worlds most pickey eaters to eat?

  • Kristen

    I agree with Jennifer, in the above comment. I try to eat gluten free, soy free, and dairy free (occasionally we let some in our diet, we are not allergic to these ingredients just a personal choice). What are good alternatives to wheat products you use? Do you have a paleo-mixed diet in your book? I really try to stay away from processed grains even though they are “whole grains”. My husband and I eat pasta occasionally but we try not to make it a habit. I have heard quinoa is a good alternative to brown rice and wheat/gluten.
    What’s your take on the brown rice issues going on? Brown rice being said to contain higher amounts of toxic metals and naturally occuring arsenic.

    • Kristen, My family is also grain-free, soy-free, and mostly dairy-free (we occasionally use clarified butter/ghee, grass-fed butter, and raw cheese). We frequently use riced cauliflower and spiralized veggies as a healthy grain-free alternative. We do avoid quinoa and rice as we do have gluten-sensitive family members who are also sensitive to these cross-reactive grains.

  • Alice Schwartz

    “Weekly updates during our second pledge “100 Days of Real Food on a Budget” ($125/week)”

    Does this mean I have to pay you money for this meal plan and/or blog? If so, count me out. I thought it was FREE.

  • Susanne Sauer

    The contest

  • Nick Talarczyk

    Please unsubscribe me!

  • Julie m

    Kristin, you should check out wheat belly! They have great suggestions for cooking gluten free. I just bought the 30 min cookbook and it offers great alternatives. I like Lisa’s sight as well, because it’s pretty natural. I do, however agree, there is more wheat and grains here than I might eat, but still healthy. Keep up the good work Lisa!!

  • Lindsey

    What are everyone’s thoughts on Schwan’s food health-wise?

  • Kay

    Just bought the book and absolutely love it! I too read Michael Pollan and actually now own Food Inc. I am slowly getting onboard and working toward eating real food.
    Question: can I use beef instead of pork for the pulled pork recipe? it sounds simple enough.
    Love the book and the website!
    Thank you!

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