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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590 comments to Take 10-Day Pledge

  • jamie

    can the challenge be done successfully if someone doesn’t cook?

    • Sarah

      Probably, but you will have to get creative. Most of the food she lists does require at least some preparation. From my experience at least basic cooking is definately required, eg. cook an egg, cook chicken, throw stuff in a crockpot. Not difficult complicated cooking required but it would be really hard to be real food with just microwavable prepared food.

  • I tried to fill the form in but it’s asking for a state, I’m not in the USA I’m in the UK, am I able to sign up for the challenge?


  • I will start 10 day on Nov 1st

  • 2 chains

    I’ll start in like a week … or whenever I feel like it

  • Jenny C

    Our family is starting the pledge today! I spent this weekend making some pancakes and granola to have for breakfast, and stocked up on fruits and veggies, cheese, and some other real food options! My kids are 18 months and almost 4 yrs, so this should be interesting! My husband is on board with it, I am just hoping the grandparents who babysit will be too!!

  • courtney

    My family and I will be starting the pledge on the 20th of November, 2014 !! Our plan will probably last a lot longer as I am making this a permanent lifestyle for us.

  • Nakia

    I really want start, but I am not sure how to prepare meals for one. I have been struggling with this since my son left for the military. Suggestions please?

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Nakia. You can split recipes in half or you can choose freezer friendly meals. I think freezing is the best option because you end up cooking less frequently. :) ~Amy

  • Syd

    I just counted 95 days to my 50th birthday, so I think I’m a-gonna do this for the long stretch..starting today.

  • Heather

    We’ve been eating mostly real foods for a couple of months. As of today, we’re ready for the challenge. 10 days. We can do it! My husband isn’t in, but he’s agreed to support me with the kids. The only things that he won’t agree to is milk (he prefers skim) and rice (he prefers white jasmine).

  • Robin

    We have been eating about 85% real foods for about 2 years now. It’s been a challenge but well worth it. The only problem is my husband. He’s pretty picky but he eats most of it while complaining :( At least my 4 kids don’t complain. I’ve been really lucky that they love fruits and veggies! I was told 2 years ago that I have osteopenia, high cholesterol and high triglycerides. So I really needed to change. My one big problem is DR. PEPPER. I can’t seem to kick the habit. Any suggestions on a replacement? I do drink green tea with some honey but that just doesn’t help. Thanks!

    • Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi Robin. My family gave up soda by drinking sparkling water with a splash of 100% juice. My husband and I were 3 a day Coke Zero drinkers. It takes a little time to adjust but soon becomes habit. :)

    • Heather

      I’m breaking my Diet Pepsi habit the same way Amy suggested. Sparkling water with crushed berries, or a splash of juice, or a lemon. No, it’s not the same, but the fizz cuts the cravings and slowly, I’m finding that I enjoy the sparkling water.

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