Take 10-Day Pledge


We would like to ask you to join our mission by taking the 10 Days of Real Food pledge. Taking the 10-day pledge means following our same real food rules (that we followed during our 100-day pledge) just for a shorter amount of time. Thousands of people all the way from Austin to Australia have signed up so far! Check out the blog post with their feedback to see how much the 10-day pledge has impacted their lives. As you’ve probably noticed, this website is about our family taking the 100 Days of Real Food pledge. If all four of us did it for 100 days, I am convinced that absolutely anyone can do it for only 10 days. And what harm is there in trying?

On the other hand, if you feel the need to ease into things then check out our weekly “real food” mini-pledge series or our list of suggested pledge alternatives on the rules page. These may help you get ready for the 10-day pledge or simply help you make some general changes for the better.  However, if you want a true wake up call to just how pervasive processed foods are in everyday life, we believe there is no substitute for the 10-day pledge!  We promise that your new-found perspective will be worth the effort.

Benefits of Taking the 10-Day Pledge

Upon completing your goal we predict you will gain the following:

  • A first-hand, eye opening experience of how to identify the real food in our processed food world.
  • At least one improved health benefit such as having more energy, losing weight, improving regularity, or just feeling healthier overall.
  • The realization that some of those pre-packaged processed “food-like substances” don’t even taste that good compared to real food.
  • The opportunity to teach your children (if you have them), by example, the healthiest way to eat and enjoy the food mother nature has given us.
  • A congratulatory letter and complimentary gifta silicone wristband debossed with “10 Days of Real Food” which you can wear to make sure all of your friends know what you accomplished!
  • The ability to continue on with your life however you chose, but with the new knowledge of how and why to avoid processed foods. Hopefully your 10-day experience will convince you to consider making at least a few changes for life.

How to Take the 10-Day Pledge

  1. Review the rules that you must follow for the full 10 days. In case you need some more convincing you may also want to review 10 reasons to cut out processed food.
  2. Complete the form below including your start date. We recommend that you take at least a few days or longer to plan and prepare your kitchen with whole foods so you have enough to eat once your mission starts. Also, consider boxing away the stuff that might tempt you to break the rules – we want you to succeed!
  3. We also recommend that you spend a few moments reviewing our concise list of real food meal ideas (that link directly to recipes) on the Recipes and Resources page of this site.
  4. Don’t forget to update your facebook or twitter status to let your friends know that you are starting the 10 Days of Real Food pledge so they can provide you with support and accountability!
  5. Once you have completed your 10-day pledge visit the Real Food Graduates page to tell us about your experience.  We want to know how it went, keep track of how many people have come this far, and be able to send you your free gift.

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Comments

  1. Rachael |

    I just wanted to say that my Husband and I recently took the 10 day pledge as a way to see if we could incorporate more healthy foods in our diet. It was one of the best things we have ever done. First and most importantly was our health. Neither of us are unhealthy, we are in a good BMI range, we work out regularly and eat limited fat and sugars. Despite our good eating we were amazed by the difference eating real food. My husband took accutane as a teen and since then has suffered from occasional gastric upset and stomach aches. Not only did he not have a single gastric issue but he has also struggled with constipation issues as well in the past and eating whole foods he didn’t have a single issues at all. In fact he was amazed by the #2 that would occur went from maximum of once a day to 3 times a day regularly. He also lost 6 pounds in the 10 days which was just a nice little bonus not that he needed to lose it but it definitely made him feel better. As for myself I lost two pounds and on a weird coincidence we were also trying to get pregnant around the same time and after trying for a few months we got pregnant while on the challenge. When I found out I was pregnant it was just a great motivation to continue the challenge. We now work on eating 80-90% real food all the time to maintain our health. It also taught me a lot about what real food is and how to read labels better, I had only read the fat, sugar, sodium content in the past and now I am more focused on the actual ingredients.

  2. |

    Am I able to take part in this from the UK?

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

      Yes!! :)

  3. Felicia |

    Going to take the plunge toward healthy lifestyle

  4. Amanda |

    I hope someone can relate or at least understand what we need to do.

    I am excited and absolutely terrified to take this jump, but I am even MORE terrified NOT to do it. Our youngest daughter (just turned 10) was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in 2010; she is currently in remission (I am scared to say that out loud). My husband (41Years old) was diagnosed with CLL (Chronic Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in 2013. His parents were both in Vietnam and his cancer is directly linked to Agent Orange. We recently found out that our oldest daughter (12.5 years old) is homozygous she has 2 copies of C677T a MTHFR mutation, which from my limited knowledge (I don’t read everything online) she can’t convert folic acid, and that means she is seriously vitamin B deficient. I am waiting on a referral to Hematology/Genetics so we can truly understand what this means and how do we set her up for a healthy future.
    We are going to start the 100-day pledge in about a week. I need time to eat throw away all of the naughty food in our pantry. Can anyone please give me insight on foods that will help her be able to absorb the vitamins (specifically B’s) that she desperately needs. Money is tight and I am waiting on the 100-Day Book from the library, but I am trying to get as much stuff prepared so we can hit the ground running. Our girls are going on (2) one-week long sleep away camps this summer. One just before we start this and the other will be about 45 days into it, how do I handle that?
    http://healingthewholechild.com/2012/03/01/mthfr-mutations/
    Thanks!

  5. Robin |

    I just committed to taking the challenge for a second time. I did it in March and loved it, but have found myself slipping into old, bad eating habits recently. Time to get back on track and the challenge should be just what I need to get there!

  6. Lindsee |

    I have kind of been doing a 90% real food diet all summer. And i say that because all my meals are real food with no added sugar but i have a major sweet tooth so occasionally I pull out some reese’s peanut butter cups or ice cream or noodles… :) but i have decided that on monday I’m going to start the 100 day challenge. I feel up to really challenging myself and seeing the benefits of 100 days instead of iust 10. Could I still fill out this pledge?

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