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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525 comments to Take 10-Day Pledge

  • Terri

    So excited to start the 10 day real food challenge!

  • I just signed up to start the 10-Day pledge on Tuesday. Excited to give it a try!

  • Melanie K.

    Hello, I was reasearching recipies online last night and I came across your website. I’m so glad I did! I’ve been experimenting for a couple of months with whole foods and have eliminated some processed foods already. My trouble with whole foods is that I’m not very creative in the kitchen and I get bored. I started the 10 day challenge today (Wed). I’m hoping this will jump start me into a more healthful lifestyle. I’ll be lurking around on your website later to see what goodies I can take with me in my kitchen.

  • Becky

    I’ve been reading and readying myself on this site for a few weeks now. I’m starting my 10-day pledge tomorrow and am looking forward to experiencing positive results! I’ve been almost all processed-food-free for the last week and tomorrow is when it goes to 100%! Thanks to you Lisa and your blog family for all your hard work on this site!!

  • Jennifer Texter

    Started this last Thursday and I feel really good about it but have to admit I did not follow 100%- I am going to keep trying but some things I could not find the time to make on my own…(mayo) and with all the nut butter recalls the only one i had was no stir..I feel like I am a better consumer and have been following 90% and will continue to make better choices. Thanksso much for this site!!!!

  • B

    I am in preparation mode now….I am preparing my family husband and kids for what’s to come. Today I made granola bars, ww banana bread, ww tortillas, and smoothies. After a week to ease them into it we hope to take the 10 day pledge.
    It’s going to be hard with picky eaters and kids who scream for candy and treats but that’s how I know we need it,
    does anyone have advice on what to do with kids hooked on sugar and are not taking the transition well?
    thanks for all your advice and great recipes

  • Jody Behrensprung

    Am I the only person who finds it ironic and is offended by the fact that this “real foods” pledge is giving away non-biodegradable hunks of silicone bracelets? That is asinine!

    • Lisa

      Jody – Yes I believe you are the only person who has left such a comment. While we certainly care about the earth that is clearly not our main focus here (hence the title of the blog…it’s about real food). The wristbands are not biodegradable, but they are recyclable.

  • Deb Wilder

    I for one am very excited about taking this challenge. I am convinced that processed sugars and foods are not healthy for any of us. I have already decreased the sugars in my grandson’s diet and have seen a huge change in his hyperness and his ability to focus. I will be implementing this diet with the whole family starting on the 12th. Thank You for your blogs and recipes!

  • C McClure

    I have a handful of high school students who are very energized to start the challenge soon (probably first week back from holiday break). We have some big plans to share our successes and our struggles with the larger student body as a way to educate ourselves and others.

  • Felicia

    I am starting today! I am really excited to try this out and I have already planned out meals for the next few days. Thank you for this blog!

  • Stephanie

    So EXCITED I found this website! I is what we have been looking for/needing/wanting. So ready to get back to how we used to be. This will just be an awesome jumpstart!

  • Lisa

    I am on day 88 of what started out as a 10-day real food challenge. Life changing! I’ve lost 11 lbs and have begun a whole new relationship with food. I feel great- energized, sharp, and HAPPY. Phase II for me will be to support my husband and three daughters in eating mostly real food by planning and shopping better for the whole family. Another challenge, but I can’t wait to help them feel the benefits.

  • Felicia

    I wanted to say I am moving right along from 10 days to hopefully 100. I am really enjoying making different recipes and getting creative with cooking. The recipes have all been very good and I look forward to trying more of them.

  • Sue

    So enjoying this real food challenge, I have always tried to eat real food and this challenge is exactly what I have been looking for. I am in for 10 day pledge and will go on to the 100 day pledge and than hopefully this becomes my way of eating.

  • Pavia

    I’m very excited to start this challenge this weekend. Looking forward to seeing the benefits!

  • rebecca

    Not starting 10 day pledge till the new year, but is in the process of quitting smoking, so I feel honest that I am really taking the pledge seriously. But so stoked about it and having my friend who has really bad stomach issues do it with me to see if this helps.

  • Can’t wait to get started even before holidays!!!

  • mo cunningham

    Awesome to see so many take charge of their life and the lives of their Families. Check out my sites to find a really cool way to grow your own. https://epic.towergarden.com live~life!

  • Jeannette

    I have been doing the real food challenge since December 5th, but skipped December 15th (My sisters surprise 40th). I am continuing the pledge but will not officially start until January 1st (I do not want to take my own food to Christmas dinner at my in-laws or to my friend’s house for NYE :))

    I have really enjoyed this challenge. The biggest challenge for me has been cutting out artificial sweetener (Truvia) and dark chocolate. (I have found some Larabars with cocoa but no added sugar. Are these allowed on the pledge? http://www.larabarstore.com/detail/LAR+45318) Other than that not too bad because I love to cook and bake and already ate whole grain everything :). Looking forward to staring in the new year with no interruptions. I’m pretty sure this is just my new way of eating because I feel great!

  • Allyson

    Is it okay to have one Diet Coke a day? I know that it isn’t even close to resembling real food, but I know I’ll have horrific headaches and will be grouchy to my students if I quit cold turkey. I’ve done it before and the constant headache is horrible!

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Allyson. No, diet coke is not ok. I bet by the time you are done with the 10 days the headaches will be subsiding, if not gone all together. Good luck. Jill

    • Claire

      I gave up Diet Coke cold turkey a few years ago (at that point I was down to “only” two or three a day). It was awful for about three or four days. In fact, I had my first migraine from giving it up. But that just made me want to give it up more, seeing how my body reacted to not having it. The first few days are rough, but you won’t miss it and will be better off for giving it up!!

    • Sarah

      Allyson, maybe you could try slowly cutting it out: start with one can the first day, 3/4 of a can the next day or so, then 1/2 a can, and so on. I know what it is like to be addicted to caffeine, and this worked for me with coffee once, though I am back on it now! Just an idea. Or, try replacing it with black tea? They have some really good kinds out there now.

    • Alicia Hamilton

      Allyson, I just gave up Coke Zero five days ago, after “cutting down” to 1-3 a day for the last six months. I’m a teacher too and I go back to work on Monday, so it will be interesting to see how that goes. So far I’m trying to learn to like black coffee and swilling seltzer water like my life depends on it. I find the can and bubbles of the seltzer help with some of my cravings…

      • Robin

        Seagram’s White Peach Seltzer and LaCroix’s Coconut bubbly water are so fantastic! After cutting out Diet Coke last January and now cutting out the Dr. Pepper I replaced it with, the headaches are a sign your body is detoxing from all the chemicals. You can do it if I can do it. (read: zero-willpower) Sometimes I put a little Stevia in my seltzer with some lime and it’s better than sprite any day. Keep the water bottle handy or treat yourself to a new water bottle for when you need the fix.

    • Jessica

      Along with everyone else’s suggestions, it’s mostly the caffeine that gives you the headache – caffiene constricts the blood vessels and when you don’t get it, they open up which is painful. The aspartame is part of the mood-addiction, but switching to tea or coffee will make you not have headaches (in my experience). Still hard though! Did you do it?

  • katie

    may be a silly question. is coffee okay? I drink drip coffee daily like it is going out of business….

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Katie. Yes, coffee is fine. Just no flavored creamers, refined sugar, etc. Jill

      • Emily

        I was grateful for the coffee question, my Keurig is my best friend. And our Costco even sells special coffee pods from a local eco-friendly coffee grower/roaster. But I have one more question, can I use half & half in my coffee with raw sugar or should i just stick to organic milk?

        • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

          Hi Emily. If you use half and half, I would just make sure it’s organic. Keep in mind the raw sugar would not be allowed if you are doing the pledge, but, beyond that you’ll have to decide what works for you. Jill

  • Sarah

    I would like to join Katie in her question about coffee. I include plenty of water in my daily intake, but the coffee is always flowing in this house. I probably have 3-4 large cups a day (equal to a venti at starbucks)

    • Wesley

      I put my replay in wrong, I meant to reply directly to you. I would think it would be natural as long as it isn’t flavored (most done by chemicals) and if it isn’t decaf (again some do this by chemicals)

      A venti at Starbucks is 20oz and most large cups at home tend to be between 10-16oz so you might want to take a look at the cups you use and actually measure them to see how much you really are drinking.

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Sarah. Coffee is not a problem in moderation. I would try and choose an organic one if possible and, if you use cream and sugar, just make sure to use an organic one and maybe consider giving up the sugar or perhaps changing to something like coconut palm sugar or even honey. Jill

    • Linda Gardner

      I can get coffee at the fair trade store in my area. Sometimes is organic.

  • Wesley

    I would think that coffee would be ok. I think it would be the flavored ones(mostly done with chemicals) or decaf (if done chemically instead of by water) that would be an issue.

  • Outstanding blog! I’ll be sharing your 10 day pledge with my readers at The PediaBlog!

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