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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!

Here are some of the resources you’ll find on the blog:

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645 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,

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