Take 10-Day Pledge

Cut processed food out of your life by signing up for our free 10 Days of Real Food pledge! For a week and a half you’ll follow the same real food rules we followed during our 100-day pledge in 2010. If our family of four did it for 100 days, I am convinced anyone can do it for only 10 days! And what harm is there in trying?

Thousands of people all the way from Austin to Australia have signed up – to see how much the 10-day pledge has impacted their lives you can read some of their feedback here.

So get ready for a true wake up call on just how pervasive processed foods are in everyday life! We promise 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.
  • 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. Take note of the important resources on our Start Here page.
  3. 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!
  4. We also recommend that you spend a few moments reviewing our concise list of real food meal ideas on the Recipes and Resources page to help you plan what you’ll eat during your pledge.
  5. 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!
  6. 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 and keep track of how many people have come this far.

586 thoughts on “Take 10-Day Pledge”

  1. I’ve adhered to your real food criteria unofficially starting January 1. I was just going to do 6 days with no added sugars, and quickly found out that meant giving up most processed foods and having to hunt for others like bread, sauce, and dressing that didn’t have any added sugars. So after day six I felt so amazing I couldn’t imagine going back to my old eating habits and have been eating real food ever since. I’ve experienced the expected weight loss and more energy etc. I now find a the satisfaction in eating whole foods that sugary, processed foods had always offered their empty promises. I could list dozens of benefits the new way of eating has provided. But the best reason is I have more patience and creativity with my children and a general feeling of contentment and better focus. after a month of real food, I don’t really have to think about any restrictions because I know what I can and can’t eat and I can actually trust my own hunger. There is no longer guilt involved in eating as when I used to binge on junk food. I’m excited to have found this website for ideas and inspiration. And excited that others have joined the real food way of life. Good luck…or should I say good health!

  2. Thank you!!! I’m going on day 11 of the Real Food challenge and I’ve already lost over 4 pounds. Before this challenge I have tried so many diets and fads with no movement on the scale. The past week and a half I have kept a journal and have really had no problem sticking with the plan. My 3 year old son is having better nights of sleeping in his own bed and fewer behavior problems since we have put him on this plan. In the beginning he was asking for his “usual” snacks but now he is starting to ask for the homemade granola bars and fruit. My husband is also sticking to the plan, at least while he is at home and I’ve started packing “to go” things for him to keep him on track at work. I can not believe how much better I feel and I have even had to dine out a few times in the 10 days but still managed to stick to the plan. I’m getting better about planning ahead when I know we won’t be able to eat at home. I’m not craving sweets or unhealthy snacks and I haven’t felt deprived at all. Thank you! thank you!

  3. Started the 10 day real food challenge yesterday. What I hadn’t anticipated at the time i signed up for the challenge was that i would also be starting a new job with a varied schedule. I have purchased my real food for the 10 days and a bit beyond. Yesterday I had no problem eating the right foods until I made one slip and had a small chocolate pudding after dinner. Today I have been firm in my not breaking my commitment to eat what is good for my body.
    It’s up hill from here and I have no doubt I can succeed.

  4. I have followed your posts on Facebook. I was wondering if it was your website that showed a day by day list of things to slowly remove from your diet. It started out with Day one: get rid of soda, day two: eat fruits and veggies. I can’t find the post anymore or if it was your wonderful website that posted it. TIA, Janet

  5. Im only 18 and I’m starting the 10 day challenge today! I’m hoping I can succeed and go much further than ten days. My main obstacle is the people I live with eat terribly and there is a lot of temptation. Also, my boyfriends mother is never in support of me trying to eat better and doesn’t understand that food these days are worse than ever. My parents raised me vegetarian and through my parents and 5 siblings there are 3 vegetarians, 2 vegans, and my father has now cut out dairy, sugar and processed foods. I hope I can do this and convince my boyfriend to try it out too!

    1. I started as a vegan at eighteen years old. I had little support from my family simply because they didn’t have resources to help me and they were all on the average American’s diet. That was fourteen years ago and today I find it fairly simple to adapt recipes and eat real foods. It takes time, trial and error, and it’s never perfect. However, it is doable. I applaud you in the start of your journey!

  6. 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!

    1. 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. :)

    2. 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.

  7. 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).

  8. 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?

    1. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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!!

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. Sure, just scroll completely down and it gives you “outside of US” as a choice. :)

    1. 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.

  11. Super excited. I just have a question what do you do to all the stuff you have already but it’s not part of the real food.

  12. I will begin the 10 day challenge in a couple weeks after I’ve cleaned out everything I already have in my kitchen. I am a single mother of 4 young boys all under the age of 8 and I am so excited to see how much better this will be for us. Yayyyy!!

  13. We will start the challenge on Monday, that way I have time to go to the grocery store and farmers market this weekend! I am hoping to show my kids we can eat good food and still enjoy it! They will not be pleased about missing out on happy meals!

  14. My family starts tomorrow. I’ve meal planned, grocery shopped and “warned” my family. I’m excited to see who this will affect us!

  15. I am very excited to really put in some effort to eating healthy!
    I will then do the one hundred day challenge, after adjusting to the ten day challenge. (Though this year alone, I’ve made amazing and significant progress in eating better for myself and my unborn baby). I plan on continuing this with my daughter as we both grow!

  16. I started yesterday. Spent the whole day cooking. Highlights: homemade almond milk – what a difference! Cinnamon-vanilla-maple almond butter from Oh She Glows. Took two tries, but then I got it. So amazingly good! Planning to make the brocoli-cheese-rice thing tonight.

    Having fun! : )

    Diane

  17. I am officially starting my ten days TODAY! I have revamped the kitchen and cabinets and I am making one more stop at my health food store this afternoon. I’m excited!:)

  18. Hi

    I started this style of eating last Thanksgiving and all I can say it it will make you feel better! It becomes a life style, not a diet. I count nutrition, not calories, and try and watch the fat :-)

    I picked up the book yesterday and took the pledge today, but will officially start on Monday to insure I truly am not using any processed foods. It’s a good check point for me to take a look at my fridge and pantry after following what I believe is similar for >6 months!

    Keep up the great work!

  19. Greetings,
    I am excited to begin the Real Food Pledge. A co-worker of mine C0tt is giving the push. I have to look it over some more but am excited about getting started.

  20. Hello,
    I am a teacher, and am presenting a healthy food choices talk next week, and plan to do the 10-day challenge with any of my students who accept. Is there a way I could order a quantity of the bands for those who succeed, or would they each need to fill out the form? I checked the store, but could not see them for sale (it could be as many as 75 bands).
    Thanks.

  21. Starting the pledge Sunday! Using the free meal plans from FB to get started. I work 2 jobs, my husband is a full time student, our son is starting school this year, and we have a baby on the way. I want us to prove to ourselves that we can be healthy, that it can be affordable, and that the time it takes to prepare our own food is manageable between all our schedules. I feel like we can make good food convenient if we try.

  22. We have been on low carb for two years because Billy had blood sugar issues which have now cleared up and I want to move us to a more normal diet. We use very little processed food and no rice, flour or pasta. We do use artifical sweetner though. It will be tough for my husband to use honey but I love it. A question of adding things like potatoes, corn, beans and fruit back into our diet. Right now we don’t eat them. We use real dairy without sweetner, real butter, mayo, salad dressing…I usually make. I’m sure we need to get rid of processed hot dogs, bologna, etc. do you use processed cheese and if not, what cheese do you use? We eat all types of cheese but I’m thinking Velveeta is not exactly a whole food! LOL

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Eve. I am going to give you several posts to read that will address your questions: https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/06/18/cheese-and-other-dairy-products-are-they-processed/, https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/10/17/nutrients-in-refined-vs-whole-grains/, https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2014/08/15/lunchmeat-serve-family/, https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/04/15/mini-pledge-week-6-no-low-fat-lite-or-nonfat-food-products/, and https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2013/01/04/healthy-eating-defined/. It may also be that you are able to eat some things (like honey) that will not work for your husband’s sensitive blood sugar. Be sure to follow his physician’s advice. From a health coach’s perspective, when it comes to higher carb foods such as potatoes, rice, etc. choose the version that is most nutrient and fiber rich such as brown rice and sweet potatoes, and pair them with protein and healthy fats which will slow their absorption into the blood stream. Hope that helps. ~Amy

  23. I am starting on 9/15. I want to do this to help myself and family jumpstart our ability to kick the white sugar, fast food habit, and, of course, my hubby and I to lose weight.

  24. Day six…

    It was easy at first, but I almost stumbled yesterday. I was feeling deprived, I guess, and really wanted to be “bad.” But by the time I got to the grocery store I thought better and wound up buying “clean” stuff after all. :)

    I am disappointed in just how many foods have hidden ickiness in them. I am reading labels much more closely and it’s shameful how many foods tout themselves as healthy when they are actually loaded with sugar, preservatives and who knows what else.

    I’ll be finishing the challenge on Sunday, but I’m considering extending it. I started on August 1, so I’m thinking I might make it a 1 month challenge instead of just 10 days.

  25. I’m on day 4 of the 10 day challenge. My biggest surprise is that it’s been so easy! I really thought it’d be more of a challenge. I’ve had to think more about what I eat and have had to be a little creative in meal planning, but that hasn’t been a hardship. I do feel better inside and I have even lost a couple of pounds! So far, so good!

  26. Okay, the countdown is on…I’m starting the 10 day challenge with a couple of work friends on August 1st. I’ve bought most of my healthy, natural, organic supplies so here’s hoping it won’t be too difficult to stick with.

  27. I am doing this because I know once I start, I will look and feel better. Real food is something humans have become lazy about…Too hard to cook, or not enough time…but yet we want to look like fitness models! Ha! Here is to a happy healthy life. 10 days is a breeze ;)
    THANKS!!

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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!

  33. 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. :)

    1. 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!

  34. 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!

  35. 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 :-)

  36. I am about to embark on this challenge (sort of unofficially) and I was wondering about cooking oils. Would I be able to use vegetable oil or pure olive oil? Thanks!

  37. I want to do this challenge but nervous about doing it officially. I am going to follow the meal plans, but the only thing i am concerned about is the homemade granola cereal. Is there a substitute or a granola cereal that you could purchase at the super market that follows the rules of the 10 day pledge. Very excited about making the wheat flour tortillas!!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Jessica. You can find one ingredient 100% whole grain puffed rice or shredded wheat at Whole Foods, Earth Fare or other health food stores. ~Amy

  38. Hi – just tried to sign up for the 10-day pledge but i am not sure it is working. I hit the submit button but nothing seemed to happen. Can you let me know?

    Looking forward to this challenge!

  39. Hi. My name is Deby… iam from Puerto Rico, and i want to participate, but the option on the states, are just the 50 states of USA.
    Can add Puerto Rico. P.R.

  40. After getting her 4 year shots yesterday my daughter got to choose what was for dinner. She chose McDonalds. Red flags went up, we need this!

  41. My friend and I started the 10-day challenge today. My family eats pretty well already, but I know we can do better (especially with bread products). I’m excited to try new recipes the next 10 days that are completely “real.” I’ve done the Daniel Fast with my church a few times, so I hope this will be a cake-walk compared to that!

  42. Starting tomorrow (May 8, 2014). Had a grasp on eating real food for a few months, the beginning of the year, but got sidetracked and haven’t been able to find that motivation and committment. Looking forward to this challenge as a tool to help me get back on track. The 100 day challenge seems overwhelming right now, so am starting small with the 10 day challenge. My goal is to then go the 100 days and beyond, not only changing my life, but that of my family.

  43. Courtney Braxton

    I had recently watched a documentary called Food Inc. It has revolutionized my thinking. I decided to look up some information and came across your site. Thanks for all the valued information, especially for beginners!

  44. I’m going to try this beginning tomorrow! So that would put me at beginning May 6 and ending May 15.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Hope your days are going well…I’m looking forward to starting tomorrow. What an opportunity to take charge of our health!!

  45. Have a serious health upset on my fathers side that I am determined to beat! Want to be around to enjoy my husband my babies and my family life is too short!!!!
    Been looking for support! And yes u can do it if your a busy working mom you just need motivation!!!! That would be my children.

  46. I am very excited to get started. I was informed awhile back from a dear friend to go “green”. I am happy to find an actual challenge and accept it. I look forward to posting my results. My goal is to go green for 100 days!! Wish us luck!! :)

  47. Greetings! I’ve been reading your site for a long time
    now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Texas!

    Just wanted to tell you keep up the great job!

  48. I’m trying to follow the 10 days of Real Food Challenge and part of it is to log into FaceBook and mention you are doing. I joined a group called “10 Days of Real Food” and from the looks of it, it has NOTHING to do with this. Can anyone tell me if there is something on FB that is associated with this?

  49. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi Michelle. We understand that it is necessary to adapt the rules somewhat for allergies and sensitivities. Look for plain organic soy milk with one or two ingredients. ~Amy

  50. michelle oerter

    Hi Ladies!

    Today is Day 6 for me Yay! I finally made it to a computer to offically sign up for the pledge, but I have been going strong and honestly I have never felt better. I absolutley love the green smoothie recipe and the hummus, I added homemade pico de gallo and made fresh whole wheat tortilla chips so yummy!!! I have pledged to go the 40 days of Lent without any processed foods although the way things are going I may just stay the course and complete 100. one question..the rules said wine and beer are ok in moderation..what about whiskey? my favorite is American Honey haha sorry but I had to ask I dont want to ruin things with a silly shot :-)

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Michelle. Technically, liquor is off limits during the pledge. Stick with wine and beer for the 10 days. ~Amy

  51. Michelle Oerter

    Today marks Day 1..Although I am not Catholic (my husband is) I have decided to give up processed foods for Lent..40 days..I started a day late so day 40 for me is April 14th. Eating healthy was ridiculously easy to do when I was pregnant with my daughter because I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia so I hope to realize that I am just as worthy. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ #40heartsfor40Daysleft #40daysofnoprocesdedfoods #tryingmybest #nongmo

  52. Hi, I have tried a few different browsers and such, and cannot find a way to see the 10 day pledge. I started yesterday, and really want to make the “official” pledge. I’m not sure why I can’t get it to work, and I am not on my phone or table. please help :)

  53. Hi,

    We are a couple (not yet with children) and love this and want to start right away by following the meal plans to the T, however they are calculated for a family of 4, and are above our budget. We would like to spend around $100 a week….is there any way to tweek these meal plans for us? or do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks for making this site!!!

    Kim and Chris

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Kim. You could always try cutting the recipes in half and shop accordingly. But, the advise I usually give is to not be afraid of making whole recipes and freezing for a later day or allow leftovers to feed you for a few meals. These practices go a long way to stretch a budget. ~AMY

  54. Hi Amy,
    My name is Rochelle and I’m on Day 8 of the 10 Day Real Food challenge. I can definately tell the difference in the way I’m feeling during the day; I have much more energy. Is this a common response from people that have taken the 10 day challenge?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi there. I think it effects people differently but yours is certainly not an uncommon experience. It is a gentle way of beginning a permanent (hopefully) detox of your body. Glad you are feeling so well. :) ~Amy

  55. Hi, I am two days away from finishing my challenge and a friend told me you will receive an email to confirm you signed up. I haven’t received one, should I resubmit my dates (started 2/2/2014)?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Madeline. It is part of the above post. It may not work with a mobile device. If you are still having trouble, use another browser. ~Amy

  56. Thank you! I found your website looking for a recipe for whole wheat banana pancakes. 5 years ago I was about 85% organic and whole grain. Then my husband and I got together and he was 100% processed and fast foods I fought the battle for a couple of years and then gave up. I started the 10 day challenge on Sunday, but started cleaning up my act a few days before. I feels so much better. Started reading labels again. Thank you.

  57. We will be starting the 10 day challenge soon!!! But next week we are heading out of town for a few days, any tips on real food on the road with no kitchen options for 3+ days.

  58. I signed up for the 10 day challenge on Monday February 2 and I noticed my energy level has increase…love it! My weakness is potatoes (streamed red potatoes w/ veggies….yummm) but I’m concerned I’m might get burned out with just streamed. Any suggestions on making potatoes more exciting?

  59. Hi! I am gearing my family up to start the 10 day challenge, and I was wondering I you had any advice on how I make chicken salad with substituting miracle whip?? Or is there a clean miracle whip out there?? I make chicken salad by using organic shredded chicken, celery, shredded cheese and Miricale whip if that helps! Thanks!!

    1. I would substitute plain yogurt, instead of miracle whip..Add Garlic, onion powder, lemon, dill, pepper..and spruce it up with almonds cranberries, celery..Whatever you like..

  60. I am preparing my kitchen for the challenge and was wondering about cooking oils. Currently, I use Grapeseed Oil a lot but know that there are far more than 5 ingredients to that. What do you recommend using or is that something that is simply no longer used at all.
    Thanks! ~Lindsay

  61. Hi, When you count the 5 ingredient on the back of a package do you include water and spices in the 5 ingredients or less?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Aarin. Technically, any ingredient listed counts. It simply is a rule of thumb for how processed or pre-prepared a product is. Outside of the pledge, I look the other way on spices, H20, and if it is a longer list of whole food ingredients. ;) ~Amy

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi K-Lee. The pledge form should follow at the end of this post. It does not work from a mobile device. ~Amy

  62. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi. Lisa has several picky eater posts but they are not geared toward ASD. You can take a look at them and see if there is anything that might be helpful. Here are a couple: https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/09/09/real-food-tips-12-ways-to-deal-with-a-picky-eater/ and https://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/12/07/picky-eater-vs-problem-feeder/. You should consult with your doctor or OT to help you with his sensory issues: http://www.iidc.indiana.edu/?pageId=476. In the meantime, make the adjustments that work for your family in order to stick to the pledge. Best of luck. ~Amy

  63. Hi… I have a question/concern about eating real foods. I know that sounds crazy but my son Autism Spectrum Disorder and he doesn’t like much food that hasn’t been processed. He will raw veggies: carrots, tomatoes, sweet peas, strawberries, blueberries, grapes, recently celery with peanut butter and raisins but after that our choices slip down to about nothing. Chicken nuggets, burgers, fish sticks, grilled cheese sandwiches, and PBJ, quesadillas, man n cheese but ONLY THE KRAFT kind oh and Paneras is ok too. My daughter, his twin, will try at least most things and enjoy many of the things she tries. They are both six years old. We have been living a life of frozen, processed convenience food for too long. I need to change this but I’m worried with my son’s sensory issues and having been coddled for 6 years there will be war in this house. Right now Mom and Dad are on a15 day juice fast to detox our bodies. Once we are done with that, we are going to use your 100 Day meal plan to have something we can stick to that already prepared for us. Any tips on how to handle my son and his sensory issues with food? Thanks so much for your time!!!

  64. Have you heard about the 10-Day Celebrity Transformation?
    It uses nutrient-dense superfoods, slow-burning carbs and highly digestible protein. All vegan. All Natural.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Daniel. The Leakes do not do supplements and weight loss is not the 100 Days focus, whole/real food is. :) ~Amy

  65. What is your take on Shakeology? I am currently using it. I’m certain it has more than 5 ingredients in it, but it is supposed to be good for you — and do you allow Shakeology during the 10 days challenge?

  66. This is my fourth day of the 10 day challenge and I am loving it. Basically I have been cooking like my mom and grandma used to. I have been really having fun with the recipes and following the meal plans. I have been off of work with snow days, which has made it easy to prepare my meals in advance. I plan to continue with this as a lifestyle change.

  67. So excited to join the challenge! My family of four have started eating organic about 4 months ago. We, however , have not completely cut everything and hope to. I think this challenge will help immensely.I love your site and Facebook page. It helps tremendously with meal planning for my babes. (2.5 and 1.5 boys) For some reason I camt see the form to complete to start the challenge. Is their an email copy I can get?

  68. Hi Lisa,
    I seen on one of your posts that you are ok with sugar free gum for you and your children. And I also read your “artificial sweetner” and “toxic sugar” articles. I have pretty much cut out all aspartame for the last year – 1 1/2 yrs and I can only find a couple flavors of chewing gum that do not have it in them. Since reading your article I am now re-thinking that the suculose is just as bad and the only gum that I have found without aspartame has the suculose. I cannot seem to find any gum that does not have any artificial sweetners, I did finally find one Dentine Classic that has High Fructose Corn Syrup and Sugar but does not last long :( I really like chewing gum and I am probably being way too picky but I have cut it out of everything else and feel like I do not want to have it in that either. Doesanyone have any sugessions?

  69. On New Years Day I opened my fridge and saw a full fridge if nothingness! I saw restaurant leftovers, take-out and expired items. Sad….I’m a busy Mom of two teenage girls and a NURSE!! Since that day, I have been trying to eat “clean”….it has actually just been cleaner than I had been. I am starting the 10 day pledge starting today!!

  70. Hi Lisa, my girlfriend and I are very interested in taking this pledge. We did a test run-through at the super market and found many ingredients that we are not sure are healthy or not.

    I looked them all up online and made some guesses. I’m sorry for the very scientific question, but do you happen to know if any of these are healthy or not? (I left my guesses below.)

    Beans
    Antioxidant: ascorbic acid – ok

    Nuts
    Cottonseed oil – ok
    Modified food starch – bad

    Olives
    Lactic acid – ?
    Sodium alginate – ?

    Beef stock
    Hydrolyzed protein – okay?
    Caramel color – ?
    Xanthan gum – bad?

    Veg stock
    Evaporated cane juice – okay?
    Organic flavoring – ?

    Baked Beans
    Modified corn starch – bad?

    Pickles
    Calcium chloride – bad?

    Jerky
    Sodium nitrate – ok?

    Frozen Fruit Smoothie
    Corn Starch – ok?
    Xanthan – bad?
    Pectin – ok?
    Carrageenan – ok?
    Sucralose – bad?
    Fructose – ok (but we get too much?)
    Phosphate – ?

    Sorbet
    Dextrose – ok
    Carob gum – conflicting data?

    Misc
    Sunflower oil – ok
    Malic acid – ok
    Cane juice – ok
    Citric acid – ok
    Natural Flavor – bad

    And if a package doesn’t list ingredients what does that mean?

    Thanks for an help you can provide. Looking forward to starting my pledge soon.

    -LT

  71. Is the 100 day pledge no longer available? We signed up for the 10 day pledge but wanted to formally commit to the 100 day pledge :) Happy New Year!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello Meredith. The 100 Day Pledge is always available. :) We just don’t have a formal sign up for it. Go for it and keep us up to date on your progress! ~Amy

  72. Excited to give this a try, I even borrowed my mom’s bread machine to try the bread recipe since my hubs can’t survive without a sandwich. Depending on how we do, we extend our time frame. I’m hoping that this will have an impact on my step daughter when she is with us. While she is a great eater who is always up to trying new things I think her diet is very very heavily processed when she is at her mothers.

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