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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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552 comments to Take 10-Day Pledge

  • Lisa

    I have been clean eating for about 2 months now. I did the Daniel detox with a group at church and cleaned up my pantry. I was discouraged because I didn’t see a significant weight change like I was hoping although I did feel much better and had more energy. I went on vacation and slipped up for a few days. Now I feel like I need to re-commit.
    This may be just the thing I needed! Wish me luck :-)

  • Really excited to do this for 10 days. We have eaten mostly non-processed food for a couple years now. I participated in a 30 day body re-boot called Whole30. This will be easy compared to that for me! Mostly I want this summer to be the summer my children learn to enjoy all varieties of foods- they struggle in the vegetable department! My husband will be on board because he knows how good he feels when he eats whole, real food. Thanks for the 10 day challenge. We love challenges in our family!

  • Selah Jordan

    We have been working at cutting processed foods out of our lives for about a year now but there are some things that have still been hazard to completely give up. This will be the challenge for me personally to eat completely real for 10 straight days. Lol. But I can do it. This 10 day challenge will mostly be for myself just to prove to myself that I can do it. :)

    • Denae

      I completely agree with you. There are some things that have been hard to give up. And I want to challenge myself for these 10 days to prove to myself that I can! Good luck!

  • janette

    I have a question do refried beans count as a processed food

  • Denae

    I’ve also been moving towards real foods the past couple of years, and am doing the 10 Day Challenge to really push myself. I DON’T need to keep any cookies or chips in the cupboard! And I’m hoping eating healthier will help give me more energy!

  • Kim G

    What about organic grocery stores? I buy my eggs, bread, milk, cheese, yogurt, and grains (and all condiments) from a local organic grocery store, but lately i’v become obsessed with the thought of sugar and it’s link to heart disease. is the fact that i buy my groceries from an organic grocery store a reason to feel safe or do i also need to worry about the amount of sugar in all of these items as well……i guess too much of anything is bad for you

  • Ursula C

    I was wondering if anyone that has tried the challenge has celiacs disease? I want my family to try this, but my 4 year old daughter has celiacs disease and it can be tricky for her anyways, besides going down this road. Just curious if anyone has done it and how it worked out.

  • Sandra

    Hi Lisa,

    I want to thank you for this website. It has really motivated me to start eating real, natural, wholesome foods. About 3 months ago I was suffering from some pretty nasty stomach pains and just overall not feeling the greatest. I suspected it had to do with years of eating overly processed foods, and just not taking care of myself. Like so many others, I have struggled with weight my entire life, and have tried every kind of diet, eating plan, workout regimen, you name it. I used to count calories, measure portions, I tried carb-cycling, joined weight watchers, went to see a dietician. I did it all.

    The only thing my efforts accomplished was to make me more unhealthy, and more unhappy, while watching my weight continue to climb.

    I finally decided to stop listening to all the mixed messages we get from the media and start listening to my body. I also decided to start choosing foods that would actually nourish my body and start to heal it (rather than continue to punish it).

    Your website really came in handy and I also read the book you recommended by Michael Pollan (In Defense of Food).

    I’ve been at it for about 2 and a half months and the results have been amazing!! I’ve lost over 15 lbs already, and it doesn’t even feel like I was trying! In truth, the overall positive changes in my health far outweigh any number on the scale, and I don’t even care about weight anymore. Still, it’s a nice bonus to see the scale 15 lbs lower and have my clothes fit looser.

    I’ve decided to take a cue from you and have been documenting my journey, and blogging my efforts. It’s still in the very early stages, but feel free to check out my website: http://theartofcare.weebly.com/

    You might find I refer to your site a lot, for recipes and motivation. I hope you don’t mind.

    Once again, thanks for your efforts and for this wonderful resource!

  • Erika

    Well, I did not make it to the full 10 days. I gave in on the 7th day of the pledge. However, I did snap out of one of my food addiction episodes by taking the pledge, it did wake me up to all of the processed junk around me, the 7 days that I did make it taught me how to eat better, and I lost 9 pounds. So even though I did not complete the 10 days, I am so glad that I tried to. Thanks for the inspiration!

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