Could you go 10 days without processed foods?

As you may know, our family of four is going 100 days without eating a single ounce of processed food in hopes that we can convince others to do the same for only 10 days. That means no white bread, no sugar, no fast food, no store-bought ketchup and no packaged foods that have more than 5 ingredients listed. Now before you object please remember that we are on day 26 of our 100 Days of Real Food pledge. If my husband, our daughters (3 and 5 years old), and I can do this for 100 days then absolutely anyone can do it for only ten. And in case you need some more convincing check out these 10 Reasons to Cut Out Processed Food.

Here are some excerpts from our 100 Days of Real Food experiences thus far…

Day 9: The Donut Incident

This morning we had to stop at a brickyard with the kids and one of their little friends. As soon as we pulled up, the kids immediately noticed that people seemed to be coming in and out of the little trailer building in the middle of the brickyard with donuts. It was as if they spotted the delectable treat from a mile away. After fielding lots of questions about if they sell donuts there or not and if I have money to buy one I finally distracted all three of them with the little fish pond outside the building. Then the lovely man that works there walked out and said “hey, do you kids want a donut?” Just what I needed!

So my 5-year-old had a little breakdown when I said “no” she couldn’t have one. I started to feel really bad, but let’s just say I only said “no” because we were about to eat, and I didn’t want her to spoil her lunch (it was right before noon). I wouldn’t have given in to her fit by giving her the donut in that situation anyway. I was feeling lots of guilt though. I started second-guessing involving our kids in this whole 100 days thing…read more

Day 10: Birthday Party and Business Travel

I had spoken to the birthday girl’s mom in advance and knew they would be serving pizza, snow cones, and cake. Bringing our own food was going to be

blog post photoway more work for me of course, but I still got up this morning and threw together a homemade whole-wheat pizza and whipped up some sugarless cream to put on top of the honey/chocolate/pecan cookies I had experimented with last week (pictured – I will post a recipe soon). I also had some organic all natural juice boxes and frozen juice concentrate to use as a substitute for the snow cone syrups. All in all, my girls loved everything they ate and either didn’t notice or mind that their versions were slightly different. My 5-year-old even said that some of the kids might wonder what her cookie with whipped cream is and wish they had one too. Whew! more

Day 14: Grocery Shopping and a Disastrous Dinner

I think I just broke a personal record. In a single 24-hour period I managed to buy food from Earthfare, our local Farmer’s Market, Trader Joe’s, Great Harvest Bread Company, Poplar Ridge Farm (where we pick up our CSA box), and Harris Teeter. This was unusual for me to go to so many places in such a short period of time, but it was definitely a reminder of how buying our food used to be so simple. In our old processed food life I used to plan out our dinners for the week, order the necessary groceries online from Harris Teeter, and pick them up every Monday morning. I didn’t even have to get out of the car. There is no question that was convenient…read more

Day 25: Finally, Some Appreciation

As much as I like to complain about how difficult it has been to eat real food out in social situations and restaurants, how much I miss store-bought condiments and my white chocolate mochas, and how I have occasionally wondered if it was the right thing to involve (and restrict) our children’s diets…I have to admit that I am glad we are doing this. I guess it took me a little while, but I am finally starting to see a clear picture of what we have gained from our experience thus far…

Adjusted expectations

I was preparing dinner last night when my 3-year-old started circling the kitchen, hungry for a snack. It seems like no matter how early I start dinner it always gives at least one of my children the idea that it is time for a snack. Since I was busy cooking she was limited to items within her reach. It honestly felt so nice to have my child willingly pull out one very healthy snack after another and ask to eat them. Why in the world would I have to say “no” to anything she selected when it included all natural applesauce, dried apple rings, freeze dried bananas, peanuts, and then cheese? This child of mine could not have been any happier with being able to pick out food herself. And since we literally got rid of (or hid) every last item that doesn’t follow our rulesread more a few weeks ago, she only expects to find those healthy foods in our house. I am so thankful it has become the new and very much accepted normal around here…read more

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