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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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532 comments to Start Here

  • I know I’ll enjoy the information. Thank you for the opportunity to further educate myself on better eating.

  • Thanks so much for putting this together. I’ve perused your page a couple times in the past few weeks and felt a little overwhelmed. This is VERY helpful!

  • Sara MacDonald

    Hi Lisa,

    I am a Grade 4/5 teacher and we are working on a healthy eating/healthy living unit. I have the students trying at least one new fruit or veggie every week for 6 weeks. It is great to see the kids taking such an interest in changing the way that they and their families eat. We loved your article in the Hamilton Spectator on trying new foods as it is what we are doing right now in our classroom! Myself and my students have been looking at your blog and just love it!

    Thank you,
    Mrs. Mac :)

  • Good timing coming across you on Pintrest! Just joined a food co-op (bountiful baskets) and it’s a life-style change to figure out how to cook all these veggies with no meal plan- can’t plan your weekly menu when you don’t know what Saturday’s basket will bring! Hope to get some ideas so I’ll stick with it!

  • Katelyn

    Lisa,

    Your opinion of “real food” is just like mine! I am thanking God right now I have found someone who believes eating real food doesn’t mean I cannot have fruit, honey, maple syrup, milk, bread and so on…I have read so many blogs and resources which focus much on consuming an unrealistic diet. Your website is absolutely AMAZING! Thank you so much!
    -Katelyn

  • Stella

    Glad to meet you Lisa. Am glad I stumbled across your website. I, too, believe we should all eat less processed food and try to at great cost. I think I speak for quite a few people though when I say that I am “time-challenged” (50 plus hours a week at work plus 10/12 hours spent commuting, etc. — walking from my building to the parking lot takes at least 20 mins and getting thru the crowd up the elevator to where I work takes ANOTHER 20 minutes and I didn’t even add those numbers to the my overall commute time … and, noooo, I can’t change any of this). What ends up happening with me is I end up spending extra $$$ to buy fresh-made meals when making them at home would be so much cheaper (and maybe healthier). I’m a good cook and a great fan of preparing-ahead (freezing meals, sauces, veggies, etc.) but sometimes it’s not enough … I NEED HELP — realistic, workaday advice. I feel like starting my own blog (hah!) for the people who can relate. In the meantime, whatever time-saving tips you have, I’m all ears. Changing subjects here, I have a sister who has joined weight watchers. Great, you say, good for her health. I’m not so sure. She’s become sooo focused on her “points” that she won’t eat ANYTHING that can’t be categorically scored/counted out/measured/weighed. What she’s done is downloaded some App on her cell phone that you can point at a BAR CODE and it tells you how many points a particular food has in the weight watchers program, so what has ended happening is she WON’T EAT ANYTHING THAT DOESN’T HAVE A BAR CODE! How’s that for pathetic!

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      Stella – Did you see my free meal plans on facebook? They take into account making a few things over the weekend for busy, working parents. Also, that’s unfortunate to hear about Weight Watchers!

      • Marie

        Stella, weight watchers has a section where you can put in your own recipes and it will calculate the points value for you. There are also other weightloss sites that allow you to enter the recipes and it gives the breakdown of the recipe with calories, fats, sugars, etc that will help your sister.

  • Stella

    While I’m ranting here I’m going to mention one other laughable piece of advice I read from some well-meaning go-all-natural person: They were going on about the evils of plastic and that we should all eat out of and cook with glass. Fine, I thought; I actually agree — BUT …. I could never in a thousand years imagine BRINGING MY LUNCH TO WORK IN GLASS! This person obviously had a lot more control over his/her work environment, to say the least. I carry a lot of heavy equipment, jostle thru heavy crowds, and the last thing I need to happen is to have a glass container full of chicken noodle soup go SPLAT on the ground on the Metro … What I actually do is freeze my meals in Tupperware and take them to work that way. They don’t spill and they don’t crack but, yes, sadly, they are encased in …. PLASTIC.

  • Kim Sealy

    I would love some sweet treat recipes made with whole natural ingredients. My hubby has a sweet tooth and I would like to switch out his brownies, cookies etc. with natural ingredients.

  • Rachelle

    I am so glad to have found your blog. I happened to hear of it from a friend of mine who shared one of your posts or recipes on facebook. I admire what you are doing for your family and for anyone who comes across your blog. I firmly believe eating real foods is the way to go. Thank you for all the information you have provided on here. It’s incredible!

  • Alison

    Wasn’t sure how to contact you….would love to put some of your recipes on my pinterest boards, any idea why I can’t load your images onto pinterest? Thanks! Love your site, I’ve used lots of your recipes and my kids love them,

  • Jessica

    I have decided to switch over to real food. I thought I was eating healthy before but I guess not. I am having a hard time with the whole no non fat stuff. I feel like I am just going to gain a bunch of weight. Also having a hard time with the fact that I can have butter. Do you buy your beef not lean? Also with lunches for my husband. I do think I am getting the hang of it but at the same time I keep questioning my self about gaining weight while changing this way. Any advice?

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      Just try it and see how it goes…I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Also, be sure to have good portion control (i.e. stop eating when you feel full…not when your plate is empty) and you should have good results.

  • Ashlee

    I am moving this summer and can’t take any of my food with me. This is going to give me the fabulous opportunity to start over my pantry items following the more whole food plan. Do you have an entry somewhere that includes staples that you keep in your pantry regularly. I would love to be able to duplicate most of what you use so I will have on hand those cupboard items needed to make all your fabulous recipes. Thanks for the help.

  • Andrea

    I’m really glad you have made meal plans. I am a stay at home mom of 3 young boys, and even though I do not work outside the home I find myself exhausted of trying to come up with truly healthy meals! Also, my mom has been battling cancer for over a year and recently found out she is not responding to treatment, so she’s living quality of life instead of quantity. I am changing her diet plan to give her the best fight we can do and your blog I think will help her get the energy she needs to make it through the day! Thank you for all the work you are doing through this

  • Marie

    I’m excited to have found your site. My husband and I have been on the quest to cook as much real food as possible over the past few years. We generally make at least one huge change a year. The first year we eliminated HFCS. Today is the one year anniversary of us making all of our own bread (and jams, too). However, between work and school we have gotten lazy on a few things and am using the challenge to put us back on track. Thanks for all the great tips you have on your site!

  • Thanks for all the effort and personal sharing that you’ve put into this blog. I was just introduced to it by a friend today when I mentioned on Facebook that I am on a mission to cut all HFCS, partially hydrogenated oils, and food coloring out of our pantry staples. It will probably be a slow change over time, but what a great resource this website is. Thanks again!

  • As much as I hate to admit it- this intimidates me. Seriously. But im on a mission to make my life healthier. Not just loose weight, but for me personally, to at least eat better meals, if not change the way I eat all together. I have never put myself out there before like this with my blog. I coupon, and I have a husband that eats whatever whenever, but for me I need some sort of something to help my body help me loose weight. Ill be checking your website out from top to bottom. Thank you!

  • Melinda

    I have 4 kiddos-3 growing boys that eat like a newborn! My challenge is real food
    snacks that I can make in bulk. The boys play baseball and need snacks to hold them
    Between games, etc. I would love some ideas!

    Thanks!

  • Ashlie

    Hello! I love browsing through your website to find great ideas for different meals and snacks…so helpful!! You really do inspire!!! Anyway, when I started to eat healthier my husband and I were doing Paleo, however we really miss dairy. We are wanting to add some things back into our diet, but are not sure what is “real” when it comes to dairy. SO, one main question I have for you is: how do I know what cheeses, cream cheese, sour cream, yogurt, etc that we can eat? I have been trying to read labels, but am struggling. I would love some help from you. :)

    Thank you much!!!!

  • Melissa

    Hi! I cannot tell you how happy I am that I stumbled upon your blog! I have just recently set out to rid my house of all processed junk and eat whole, natural foods. I am excited to explore your blog and am especially happy to see the meal plans!

    Thank you so much!

  • Sarah

    Oh, thank GOD. I was not looking forward to figuring all of this out by myself. What a relief!

    Sorry, Highly Anticipated Mystery Novel, I’ve got some blog reading to do.

  • Meg

    Hello! I came across your blog randomly a few months ago and added it to my RSS. I just rediscovered it today and spent some time reading around. I love what you are doing and will definitely be joining!

    I started learning about “whole food” eating a few months ago a la Jillian Michaels (who is a huge advocate for Michael Pollan books). I am currently on a weight-loss journey and am trying to eat as few processed foods as possible, not only to help me lose weight but to be healthier all-around. I have been eating this way for about two+ months, and I notice now that if I allow myself to have some “cheats” every now and then, my body does NOT like it!

    I can’t wait to read everything you’ve posted on here!

    Cheers,
    Meg

  • We have been eating “real” food for close to 10 years. I have slipped a little in the past year or so, because I had to eliminate corn, dairy, soy & gluten due to food allergies that were triggered by pregnancy. Your website has not only made me inspired to once again cut out the fake cheese & fake butter, but also to work harder on getting more variety for my incredibly picky eating toddler. Just read one of your posts where you noted your children can’t go to the store & buy the food for themselves. GOOD point. I’m totally an enabler. =) Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jaclyn

    Lisa,

    I need your help. I tried making homemade yogurt this week and it was a complete failure. I started with plain yogurt and then added several spoonfuls of “Berry Sauce” that was cold. I blended this together and then filled the molds. I put them in the freezer overnight. The next day when we tasted them, it tasted like the yogurt went sour. What did I do wrong?

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      Did you try the yogurt/berry mixture before you froze them? I feel like plain yogurt is so gross tasting I always say I’ll never know when it goes sour LOL…so I am thinking you didn’t mix in enough berry sauce.

  • Thanks, Lisa. The population of our wonderful planet has increased to the point where it is now being fed a diet of the worst, artificial “food” imaginable. The reasons for it are numerous but worse than that is the frightening prospect that this “monster” is consuming us while we all “sleep” in our unsuspecting stupor of ignorance. Thanks for trying to “wake us up” but don’t become discouraged at the dismal results. Our human nature is self-destructive and defensive of its relationship with the “Death Star!” I’ve been trying to get folks to wake up to their degenerative SPIRITUAL diet of intoxicating “food” and “drink” for nearly 45 years and there are very few who want to “research” the facts and apply them to their lives and the lives of their family and friends for a healthier relationship with God and man. Same thing applies on the NATURAL level of that which sustains us within the framework of time and space, flesh and blood. In other words our temporal environment. (www.edenrestored.com)
    Thanks again for your fantastic effort, Lisa.
    Xtracting the Wise, One Mind at a Time!
    Stan

  • katy

    I am on day 3 of the 10 day challenge and I have lost 3.5 pounds already..I hope to keep it up, however I did have a couple questions…
    1. Why are there not more vegetables in the meal plans? It does not seem like I am getting enough veggies each day…and…
    2. I was making my egg salad sammy today and noticed there is sugar in my mustard, but mustard is on the meal plan…should I stop using it?
    Thanks!

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