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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608 comments to Take 10-Day Pledge

  • Tristine

    I am really looking forward to starting the 10 day challenge, and so is my 14 year old! My husband…well lets just say we are dragging him along for the ride and he will be kicking and screaming the entire way. And sadly my oldest daughter will not be far behind him. As for the youngest two; they are pretty easy going and they are used to me telling them they may have a piece of fruit or some carrot sticks, so I do not think they will find the food challenge to be very difficult. I think the biggest thing for them will be getting adjusted to the whole wheat flour for pancakes, tortillas, and cookies (I already make 100% whole wheat bread) and brown rice instead of white. My goal is to take this beyond the 10 days…at least for the kids and I…

  • Karine

    What about oils? And mayonaise? I’m thinking of tuna salad and other veggie salads from a local co-op for lunch, and I know a lot of them have oils. Thanks!!

  • I just linked this post on my blog. I am hoping to get some of my readers on board. My blog is all about how to eat real, whole foods on a budget.

  • I’m lauching the 10 day challenge to employees where I work. Many don’t even want to attempt it because they will have to give up their ‘healthy’ heat-and-eat microwave lunches. What an eye-opener it is to find out how dependent people are on ‘fast’ foods. Anyway, I’m still going to pose the challenge to them and reward the people that make it through the 10 days. Love your web site and thanks for the inspiration. I’ll share the link to your blog with them so you can help me get them through it :-)

  • Jeanie

    Wondering how everyone handles going over to other people’s homes to eat during the 10 day challenge?

    • 100 Days of Real Food

      Just tell them you are taking an important pledge (just like some train for a marathon) and offer to bring your own food to make it easier for the host!

  • aacorn

    My husband and I are starting the 10 day pledge next week. I want time to prepare, so we don’t fall off the wagon. I hope we can stick to it. I have been reading all the inspirational posts from people with kids, but I don’t see anything from people with babies (I have a 4 month old). I am hoping I can do all the cooking/shopping at various locations (bakery, farmers market, etc.) with a little baby. I wanted to see if there was anyone out there who also has a baby and how well it worked for them.

  • Jenny

    I am excited to try this next week. But being a busy working mother of 3, what are some quick go to foods?? When I look in the cupboard, things have mnore then 5 ingrdients?

  • Paige

    Starting the pledge Monday and so excited. Can’t wait to eat and feel better. Can you recommend easy fart snacks since this is where I always fail??

  • Marie

    We started 9/12/11 and it was my husband’s idea to do this for 30 days. There are certainly times which I have to remind him of that. And I don’t know what he’s complaining about, I do all of the cooking! Except for his camping trip with Boy scouts this past weekend… He made almost everything for that, and it was his idea to take “real” food! Ok well I sent him with your granola, banana bread, muffins and mac n cheese… :) I did feel really bad for him when he came home so proud of his shopping trip for the food, because he bought dried fruit with condensed cane juice. Which to him sounded healthy, but I told him it broke the rules. But since he didn’t know prior, I offered the he take them anyway. He declined, but was not happy! I do love your site and all of the recipes. He LOVES the tortillas!

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