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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601 comments to Take 10-Day Pledge

  • Amanda

    Im only 18 and I’m starting the 10 day challenge today! I’m hoping I can succeed and go much further than ten days. My main obstacle is the people I live with eat terribly and there is a lot of temptation. Also, my boyfriends mother is never in support of me trying to eat better and doesn’t understand that food these days are worse than ever. My parents raised me vegetarian and through my parents and 5 siblings there are 3 vegetarians, 2 vegans, and my father has now cut out dairy, sugar and processed foods. I hope I can do this and convince my boyfriend to try it out too!

    • Karrie

      I started as a vegan at eighteen years old. I had little support from my family simply because they didn’t have resources to help me and they were all on the average American’s diet. That was fourteen years ago and today I find it fairly simple to adapt recipes and eat real foods. It takes time, trial and error, and it’s never perfect. However, it is doable. I applaud you in the start of your journey!

  • Janet Tracy

    I have followed your posts on Facebook. I was wondering if it was your website that showed a day by day list of things to slowly remove from your diet. It started out with Day one: get rid of soda, day two: eat fruits and veggies. I can’t find the post anymore or if it was your wonderful website that posted it. TIA, Janet

  • Anni

    It would be awesome to get the wristband first, to serve as a reminder during the 10 days.

  • Whitney

    HI, My husband and I are starting the 100 day pledge for Jan 1, is there a place to sign up for the 100 days?

  • Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

    Hi Whitney. We don’t have a 100 Day sign up. Just the 10 day….but go for it!! :)

  • Hi am trying to join your site,when I try to enter outside U.S it will not let me .I live in Australia.

    Many thanks Trudy

  • Started the 10 day real food challenge yesterday. What I hadn’t anticipated at the time i signed up for the challenge was that i would also be starting a new job with a varied schedule. I have purchased my real food for the 10 days and a bit beyond. Yesterday I had no problem eating the right foods until I made one slip and had a small chocolate pudding after dinner. Today I have been firm in my not breaking my commitment to eat what is good for my body.
    It’s up hill from here and I have no doubt I can succeed.

  • Judy W.

    Thank you!!! I’m going on day 11 of the Real Food challenge and I’ve already lost over 4 pounds. Before this challenge I have tried so many diets and fads with no movement on the scale. The past week and a half I have kept a journal and have really had no problem sticking with the plan. My 3 year old son is having better nights of sleeping in his own bed and fewer behavior problems since we have put him on this plan. In the beginning he was asking for his “usual” snacks but now he is starting to ask for the homemade granola bars and fruit. My husband is also sticking to the plan, at least while he is at home and I’ve started packing “to go” things for him to keep him on track at work. I can not believe how much better I feel and I have even had to dine out a few times in the 10 days but still managed to stick to the plan. I’m getting better about planning ahead when I know we won’t be able to eat at home. I’m not craving sweets or unhealthy snacks and I haven’t felt deprived at all. Thank you! thank you!

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