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

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578 comments to Start Here

  • Laura Lamm

    I am LOVING your site. I just came across it the other day and I can’t stop reading.

  • Brittany Iverson

    Hi Lisa! I am SO excited that I stumbled upon your website! It’s absolutely inspiring and amazing! I am a full time student and mom of twin 5 year old boys and our youngest boy is 2. I am all about cooking and I LOVE your recipes you are going to make my life so much easier with our transition to cut processed food out!I have been really trying hard to do this ever since I watched the movie “Food Matters”. It really inspired me and I basically had a whole new outlook on food. It’s really hard because we don’t have a whole foods or any good grocery store here in Washington so I have to work with walmart and costco :/ and do my best to find real food between the two. There are a few small health food stores around here but we are currently on foodstamps and they don’t accept them. You have helped me so much with so many things and tips on your site and I just wanted to say THANK YOU! :)

  • Robyn

    As a recent convert to whole foods, I love your site and completely relate to it. We live in Australia and will be in the States in Sept for a holiday/US adventure! I’m worried about where to eat and get nourshing whole foods, giving we’ll be staying mostly in hotels and desperate to avoid as many fast food outlets as possible. Any suggestions? We’ll be mostly in LA and Las Vegas, with a brief stint in NYC.

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Robyn. I find that when traveling one of the best things to do is buy food from the grocery store where you can get fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, etc. For mealtime, we always try to go to a restaurant with a chef that way we can ask questions and customize the menu if necessary. Hope that helps. Jill

  • Catie Brow

    I am absolutely devouring every post you have on this site! I found it through a friend and I can’t stop reading. Michael Pollan’s book is on the way too. Can’t wait to read it. I know you’ve heard this before, but THANK YOU! You have made me think!! I grew up with processed stuff too and have really wanted more for my family – especially my 3 girls. You’ve done such great thing – you’ve not only made people rethink what they’re doing, but you’ve given them the tools and tips to implement it. I just haven’t known where to start. And now I can’t wait to get started. Thanks so much!!

  • Beth

    Really excited to have found your blog! I’ve been trying to get my family of 5 including 3 teens to move in the direction of whole foods. Your entry about Chick-fil-a was what brought me to you. I recently went to their website on my own and found their REAL list of ingredients after also thinking that it was a healthy fast food alternative. Oh my! My 20 year old son, a college athlete, uses Chick-fil-a as his go-to meal when he’s hungry and wants something fast and easy. He didn’t want to hear what I had to tell him. And it has been like I was the only one who knew this “dark secret” so I started searching online for someone else who may have come across the same thing. Glad to have found such support!!

  • Kristel Smith

    Hi Lisa! I love your blog, especially the planned out meals! It makes the transition seem a lot more doable. However, my husband is type one diabetic and he isn’t able to eat a lot of the meals. One of the staples seems to be the granola, is there something I can substitute for the honey that’s lower in sugar? Thank you!!!!!

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Kristel. I don’t have an answer to your question, but, perhaps you could just try reducing the honey? Jill

  • Jaci

    Hi Lisa. My son’s first birthday is coming up and all our family and friends have been hounding me about letting him get his face in the birthday cake. If it were up to me I would not be offering him cake but I also don’t want to make a big stink about it and dissappoint everyone. Do you have any suggestions? Any healthy cake recipes or cake alternatives? Thanks for you’re help.

  • I’m so excited I’ve found your website! I’m travelling at the moment so eating real food is not very easy to do, although I do try to eat healthily. I’ll definitely be more conscious of what I’m eating though and when I settle somewhere I’ll be using your blog to help me. Thanks!

  • Kami

    Thanks for creating such an amazing site! I have a sick feeling I’m going to be up all night reading!!!

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