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I can’t quite remember how the Gods of the Internet directed me to this website 100 Days of Real Food, but it is incredibly intriguing and has hit some sort of fabulous nerve!  I’m quite inspired now.  The magic behind the Michael Pollen’s taking a life changing step to eating 100 days of ZERO processed foods began with Oprah (apparently midday TV watching can be a good thing) and Michael Pollen’s book, “In Defense of Food”.

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They watched Michael on Orpah and were inspired to read his book.  The Leake family thought they were eating healthy when the reality came home: maybe not.  My father and son listened to “In Defense of Food” on tape during a road trip while I drove.  It was fascinating listening to their commentary.  My dad had his “they’re trying to kill us and rip us off” grumpy old man thing going on while my son was positive that the corporate America was orchestrating a conspiracy of greed and capitalism as they harmed our food.  They were a crack up in the car on this trip.  Nothing like watching  a 70 year age difference play into a discussion of our food system unfold on Highway 80.

In Defense of Food

Photo courtesy of Michaelpollan.com

Anyway, the Leake family created a 100 Day Pledge and have motivated many to either take a 100 Day Pledge or a simple 10 Day Pledge of no processed foods, which is great for folks needing smaller bites (pun intended)!  They even upped their pledge to a 100 Day Pledge on a Budget while spending only $125 per week for a family of 4 (2 adults with two young children).  I’m intrigued that they were able to live 100 days without processed foods while on a budget!  It’s the budget part that really caught my attention.  Not stopping here, they also offer meal plans on their website to help support others take the pledge.

Meal plan from 100 days of Real Food

 photo courtesy of 100daysofrealfood.com

I’m on a huge kick these days about how can I create a healthy lifestyle for my family while budgeting and not wasting money.  I’ve come to realize that buying anything in excess is not healthy for my wallet, the planet and simply everyone.  My husband and I have made a recent pact to try to see if we can create what we need first before buying it.  For example, our gazebo canopy tore, so he ordered a new one and then tried to cancel the order when he realized that he needed to try to sew the canvas back together–which he was able to do!  The new canopy arrived and we now need to return it to the local retail outlet in hopes of them accepting our reason: we fixed it ourselves.

sewing canvasphoto courtesy of navyadministration.tpub.com

Pondering a 100 day Pledge while on budget and managing food allergies; my inner skeptic kept thinking that this is not possible.  Alas, the Gods of the internet came down again and presented me with a 100 Days of Real Food blog about Gluten Free living–also including food allergy recipes as I scoured 100 Days of Real Food’s website, plus a blog about Michael Pollan!

homemade Lara-Bars from 100 days of real foodphoto courtesy of 100daysofrealfood.com

I love this family!  They no longer eat processed foods, read Sunbutter, admit to watching daytime TV, live on a decent food budget and have included our food allergy ways into their blog!

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I’m now inspired to begin my official reduction of processed foods in my pantry.  I acknowledge that I will never achieve 100%  zero processed foods  nirvana since I keep a supply of Sunbutter and crackers in my pantry in case of emergency evacuations, but I am now very interested in seeing low can I go in reducing the amount of processed foods in our lives.  I especially like the challenge of seeing how I can replace recipes with safe foods and less processed ingredients too.  I’ve let my organic ways slip some!

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Thank you 100 Days of Real Food for reminding me that safe food allergy eating also includes healthy safe food allergy eating!

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