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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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524 comments to Take 10-Day Pledge

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  • Crystal

    I’m starting tomorrow. I think the hardest part for me is going to be cutting out my french vanilla creamer in my coffee every morning.

  • Vesta

    I started making real organic baby food for our son when he began eating solids at 4 months. Then yesterday we cleaned out the pantry and fridge and went to Sprouts. My husband was happily walking through the store and reading labels looking for “approved” foods. We’re ecstatic to be getting the junk out of our diets. Our goal is to continue eating real food so we can teach our baby (now 8 months old) good eating habits to carry him through life.

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  • Meg

    Thanks for being such a great resource for those of us who are trying to walk a similar route! There’s definitely strength in numbers!

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  • gayle

    Starting the 10-Day pledge today! I ‘warmed up’ by taking a few mini-pledges (and failing several times). But that experience helped me detox my kitchen and pantry and observe a few ingrained behaviors that needed to change.

    So, here we go————

  • We are starting the 10-day pledge today! It should be pretty easy as this is already how we eat. Of course there is the occasional mis-step, but not often. I figure this will keep us more accountable if I actually pledge to someone besides myself to not not slip up! :)

    Every Wed. I will be posting a progress report on our blog :)

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  • Kodie

    I am very afraid… But I (and the rest of my family, and maybe some friends!) Are going to give this a real shot! Wish us luck!

  • Jordan Carroll

    I’m thrilled and terrified all at once! LOL! For years, I thought I was eating “healthy” and feeding my family well. None of us struggle with weight, we exercise and have no major health issues. I have made several small changes in what we eat…more fruits and veggies, organic whenever possible, but I hadn’t completely cut out the chemicals that I know are killing us. Recently, I started having a lot of stomach and back pain along with vomiting. Turns out it was my gallbladder. I’m having it removed on the 1st of September. I’m 31 years old, which to me, seemed young to be having these health problems. When I expressed my concern to my dr. he said that he was removing them in people younger and younger. He has removed the gallbladders of several 10 year olds! I was stunned! When I asked him why, he said, “The additives in our food.”. That was a wake-up call for me. I just kept thinking, “If what I’m eating has ruined my gallbladder, what else is my diet killing? What else in my body and the bodies of my family is going to waste?” I had heard of clean eating, and had been toying with the idea of giving it a try for months now, but I felt a bit overwhelmed by it. I asked some online friends for some direction, and one of them gave me the link to your blog! I’ll be forever grateful! As soon as I recover from my surgery, and I’m on my feet and able to shop and cook, I’m starting the 10 day pledge. I truly believe that we’ll continue with the lifestyle change, but to keep us all from feeling too overwhelmed, I’m going to start small. Thank you for the challenge, encouragement, wonderful recipes, and the example that it CAN be done!!

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  • Lori

    Hi – I am excited to take the pledge for my family (2 adults & 2 kids). It is going be tough, though! Is Sugar in the Raw allowed? That’s what I put in my coffee along with organic skim milk. Also, are there any pasta products that we could use instead of making our own? We do not have a pasta maker. Or a bread maker. Or one of those Harvest Baking Companies. We do have a Trader Joe’s and a Whole Foods about 20 minutes away.

  • Jennifer

    I am so excited to have found your blog!!! My dad was such a health nut when I was growing up and I hated it to be honest. When I got older and could buy my own food, of course I was buying JUNK!! I now have a 3 year old and 4 year old and I want to incorporate my dads’s style with my own family. I am so thankful I came across your blog, because this has beeno on the back of my mind for years. I just needed a plan of action to get my family started as well as myself. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your knowledge with all of us.

    We are excited to begin this challenge!!
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  • piku


    I am planning to take the 10-day pledge!! I am excited about it! But I just cannot resist chocolate :( Could you suggest some sweet snack that would not add many calories and good for health?

    Thank You!

  • Becky

    We are organic veggie farmers up here in AK. You would think that we would have the ‘real food’ thing down, but we get so busy that it’s easy to cheat by ordering pizza because we are too tired to cook. I hope this motivates me to stick to what’s real!

  • Marsha Stovall

    I am excited about the 10 day challenge. I am praying that this will lead my family to a healthier lifestyle change in our eating habits. :)

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