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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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Wishing you the best of luck on your real food journey!

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  • 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!

  • Heather G

    Thank you for this great site. I look forward to changing the way I eat and learning to use the tools you’ve provided. Eating healthy has been a goal of mine for a long time – it’s time to get started.

    thanks again!
    Heather G

  • saradirk

    Hello! I am soo excited to start using your recipes I however am wondering if there is a way to get your meal plans! I am not subscribed to Facebook, I honestly dont really find a reason to want to be on there.. but I do really want to be part of your Real Food challenge! could you please contact me.

  • Andi

    Hi! I don’t do facebook either, but love your website. I have been on a journey over the last 1 1/2 years to lose weight and do it safely and healthly. So far, I have lost almost 90 pounds, and have about another 20 to go. Along this journey, I discovered how much I rely on processed foods, artificially sweetened foods, and stuff out of boxes or bags. So when a friend told me about your strategies, I was thrilled! I just bought a whole chicken and plan to do the crockpot chicken and stock recipies tomorrow. Thank you so much for the information. I look forward to reading more.
    Andi

  • Sarah

    Lisa, I just stumbled onto your site and instantly FELL IN LOVE! I cannot wait to read everything. I try very very hard to not eat or give my family processed food so this is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Lori

    I need some assistance if you have time :) I am interested in making your berry sauce and your whole-wheat banana bread but both call for plain yogurt. What kind do you suggest? I tried to find it on the site but there is so much good info to filter through! I do have a Trader Joes nearby. I’m used to yoplait so I know it will be a big change. Any assistance is appreciated! Thanks for this amazing site! (and yes.. I added you to my facebook :) )

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      Hi there! If you have a Trader Joe’s they sell a whole-milk organic plain yogurt that would be perfect. Stoneyfield also makes something similar that’s available at other stores. Good luck!

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