Take 10-Day Pledge

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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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610 comments to Take 10-Day Pledge

  • Mandy

    I’m taking the 10 day challenge for the 2nd time beginning tomorrow. I did it a few years ago and loved it.
    I just finished a 21 Day Cleanse and loved it as well.
    I’m supporting a friend who is doing this for the first time and am looking forward to some new recipes etc. this go around. :)

    Mandy

  • Jackie

    I’m actually going to try this for Lent. So glad you have 100% whole wheat/whole grain bread listed as something I can eat.

  • TJ

    I really love this site. I have never given up all processed foods and am doing so for Lent this year which started yesterday. SUPER EXCITED!! Who’s gonna join me??? :)

  • Lauri

    My 16 year old daughter is looking for change and I am excited to start this pledge with her. We have decided to make it a 2-week rather than 10-day pledge. She sees a registered dietician who told us our 10,000 taste buds shed and replace every 2 weeks so, for that reason, we chose to make it a 14 day challenge. I have been busy purging the pantry and frig as well as meal planning and food prep. Her biggest challenges are fruits (scratchy mouth and throat with almost all of them) and vegetables – she likes corn and broccoli, that’s all. Hoping, with an open mind and mouth, she will discover a new world of delicious food!

  • Lanea Losson

    We are taking this challenge as a busy family to step away from restaurant and fast food eating. My husband has also been battling Chron’s disease. We are hoping this helps his flair ups and excited to feel better as a family.

  • Leslie

    I started this “program” on Feb. 23, 2015 wanting to lose weight. I have been on every diet around with no success (I even gained weight on the no-carb diet and seriously cannot remove an entire food group). I have read about the dangers of sugar – your plan seems to be a relatively easy one to follow. I have been following the challenge for 6 days now and to date, the swelling in my lower legs (which my cardiologist and primary physician had no real answers for other than diuretics – which gave me nightly intolerable leg cramps) has just about disappeared. I am eating fruits and vegetables which I love and can’t say enough good things about this challenge so far. I am excited to get on the scale in 4 days!

  • Leslie

    I am about to start day 7 of the 10 day pledge and have seen 1 incredible change already …. I’ve had swelling in the lower part of my legs off and on for months – the only solution my doctor had was to take a diuretic – I couldn’t tolerate the leg cramps at night. To make a long story short – the swelling in my legs is just about gone! So far, this “challenge” has not been half as difficult as I thought it would be. Can’t wait to get on the scale in 3 days and see how that looks!

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