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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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608 comments to Start Here

  • Amy E Coker

    I am looking into dehydrating fruits and beef (jerky type) for my kids snacks, but don’t have a dehydrator. Any suggestions? I heard that you can use your oven, but not too sure how good that would turn out. Also, my kids love strawberries, oranges, apples, ect…..does the dehydrating change the health benefits of the foods?

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      To be honest I am not sure how the nutrients in dried fruit compare to frozen vs. canned vs. fresh. I have wondered though so at some point I am sure I’ll look into it. Also, lots of people dehydrate in their oven…I think it should work!

  • Debi

    Stumbled on your page and let me just say…PLEASE DONT EVER TAKE IT DOWN!!!!! I suffer from “Cant cook well disease” and love whole foods but lack the knowledge and skills to cook well and keep it interesting. I have switch my bread to your recipe, the kids are loving the whole wheat waffles. LOVE your recipes!!! Thanks for making my food world more interesting. :)

  • Marjorie

    Any ballpark idea’s about what the food cost for just me and my hubby should/would be weekly for groceries??

  • Kerry

    Really enjoying reading your blog! Do you have any recipes, resources or suggestions for toddlers? My daughter can’t have dairy and I make all her baby food from scratch. We’re in a rut and need some inspiration. Thanks!

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Kerry. You may want to take a look at the “Children Adapting” section of the blog. http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/category/children-adapting/. In terms of the dairy, my husband is actually dairy free and I use almond milk and rice milk as substitutions in most of my recipes. Just be sure to use the unsweetened variety of each and that the rice milk you select is made from brown rice. Good luck!

  • Kathy

    Hi! Just stumbled on your Blog and I LOVE it already!! I’ve been eating clean about 6 months now and following Eat Clean Diet and Tosca Reno. I’m going to learn more here I know it and I can’t wait to explore your site!! Thanks for being a great resource!!

  • Rachel B.

    Lisa: Your site is awesome and quite frankly, you’ve done all the legwork that the rest of us seem to not have time for (or the desire). Thank you, thank you.

    I made the pancakes with banana this morning and my goodness they were awesome–and I purchased the 100% pure maple syrup and what a difference. Looked at my bottle of Aunt Jemima (light!) and corn syrup was the first ingredient. I nearly died…

    Made the muffins this morning as well, with pumpkin but the only issue is they seemed to stick to the paper a bit. Any suggestions?

    Again, thank you, for taking the time to not just create the recipes, but post as well.

    Rachel

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      Thank you for that! We’ve recently started using silicone muffin liners, which are reusable…and nothing seems to stick to those. I would recommend trying those. Good luck!

  • Jan Foselli

    Hi, what do you suggest for people with gluten intolerance &/or celiac? I can’t eat wheat at all, so there goes whole wheat foods. My bread is made with rice flour. Any ideas? Thanks – love the site!

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Jan. This is Lisa’s assistant, Jill. My husband actually suffers from gluten intolerance. In terms of pasta, we like the brown rice pasta (Trader Joe’s has a good one) and the quinoa pasta. In addition to the rice flour (which I try and use brown rice flour), I also use a lot of oats (but be sure to get ones that are certified gluten free as they can become cross contaminated) and buckwheat flour. Hope that helps some…best of luck to you!

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  • meghan

    I am so excited to have found your website. We have a family of almost 6 and we have a weekly food budget of $100 plus WIC which is very close to your $125 budget. I just found you so I haven’t even started to read but I am really excited for the experiment. Thanks!

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