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Meal Plans from “100 Days of Real Food”
Posted By Lisa On June 24, 2011 @ 3:00 am In Baby Steps,Frugality,Living healthy,Real, whole food,Recipes | 53 Comments
Written by Lisa Leake, Guest Writer
At the beginning of last year our eating habits were just like those of any other average family. We thought we were making fairly healthy food choices, although we certainly didn’t mind the occasional fast food meal or bag of chips. Then came a series of events, including an Oprah show, a book by Michael Pollan, and the documentary Food Inc., which forever changed the way we looked at food.
As it turned out, a lot of what we thought were “healthy” food choices were actually highly processed and not the best choices at all. I felt compelled to make some immediate and drastic changes to our diet, but I honestly didn’t know where to begin. I lost a lot of sleep over what I would feed my family if I could no longer rely on Goldfish, Suckers, Whitewheat Bread, and Fruit Snacks.
So, after some extensive research and a lot of label reading, my “all or nothing” personality decided to take my entire family , including my husband and our three- and five-year-old daughters, on the journey of our lives.
Beginning in May 2010, our family started a blog called “100 Days of Real Food ” where we promised to go 100 long days without eating a single ounce of highly processed food or refined ingredients. We devised some basic rules  to live by including no white flour, no sugar, and nothing out of a package with more than 5 ingredients. I started blogging about the highs and lows of our journey online in the hopes that we could inspire others to follow along.
The response from both readers and the media  was amazing, but there was one piece of feedback we could not ignore. While everyone thought real, local, organic food sounded great they also thought it sounded too expensive. So once we completed our initial real food pledge we decided to take another 100-day pledge except this time we did it on a “food stamp ” budget. For $125 a week  our family of four survived on real food and real food only.
While our experience was of course difficult at times I just had to prove this could be done. What I did not expect were the amazing changes to our health  or the profound and surprisingly permanent impact on our eating habits. After focusing on foods that are more the product of nature rather than, as Pollan says, “the product of industry” this new way of life  has finally become our new normal.
I know there are many other families out there that want to transition from highly processed to real, wholesome, local, organic, fresh food as well, which is why I created three extremely detailed meal plans to help them get started.
Here’s the scoop on how to download these three FREE meal plans:
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