Join My 7 Day Real Food Challenge

Today I am very excited to announce a project I have been working on for months!

One of the biggest challenges I have heard from you as my readers is the transition from eating packaged foods to only eating real food. A few months ago I sent out a survey to my subscribers and the responses I got all showed very similar concerns. One of the most common challenges that was expressed was the ability to provide a healthy real food diet for your family that doesn’t take up too much time or too much money. In my experience, the key to making this work is planning and practice. This 7 day Real Food Challenge is designed to jump start the process in making a lifestyle change because we’ve done the planning for you.

Do you think you can eat only real food for 7 days straight?

To some of you this might sound nearly impossible and some of you may be thinking – I already do.  This challenge is designed to help those of you who really want to live the real food lifestyle but might need a little guidance to get started. This challenge is also for all of you who have already figured it out, but you have fallen off the bandwagon. Let’s face it – it’s not easy to stay on a healthy real food diet this time of year. The holidays bring a lot of stress and added to-do list items which can take time away from your healthy routine.  Not to mention, the holiday gatherings that are full of unhealthy food temptations.

So, What is the 7 Day Real Food Challenge?

There is a big group of us following this challenge. Everyone who joins this challenge is making a pact to eat only real food for 7 days – specifically on January 6, 2103 through January 12, 2013 (perfect way to start the new year!). Already there are 11 bloggers who have committed to this challenge and are here as a support team for everyone who joins us. Here is your support team:

Sara from Your Thriving Family

Mandi from Life Your Way

Erin from The Humbled Homemaker

Todd from Primal Toad

Katie from Riddle Love

Danielle from More then Four Walls

Amanda from Natural Living Mamma

Jessica from Delicious Obessions

Jennifer from Hybrid Rasta Mama

Melanie from Pickle Me Too

and… Roxanne from The Holistic Mama

So for those of you who think this might be way too hard to do – you have all these experts here to back you up and help you meet the challenge. It’s not only these bloggers that will be doing the challenge but many of our readers will be following along. We will have a special facebook group for discussions about the challenge and a place to reach out to everyone for help and support.

There are two ways you can participate in the challenge:

Option # 1 (Free)

Join us and make the commitment to eat only real food for 7 days starting on January 6 – January 12, 2013.  You will receive:

  • An e-guidebook on “What is Real Food?”
  • A chance to win one of our fabulous real food prizes

To enter this challenge for free click here

Option # 2 ($29)

If you want to get really serious about this challenge and take full advantage of the support you can get from this group – this is for you. Making a big lifestyle change can be difficult on your own but with a huge group of people doing it along with you it is a lot easier – and a lot more fun!  As a member of this challenge you will receive:

  • An e-guidebook on “What is Real Food?”
  • A full real food meal plan for 7 days – three meals a day and snacks
  • Recipes for all of the items in the meal plan
  • A shopping list to help you prepare for the challenge
  • Tips on how to prepare your kitchen for this event
  • Membership to our private Facebook group which is a place to reach out for help and ask questions
  • A chance to win one of our fabulous real food prizes
  • A 30 minute one-on-one phone strategy session with me to get clear on how to make real food a part of your life beyond the challenge ($60 value)

All of these done for you planning items and the built in support are designed to make this challenge much less of a challenge to complete. What do you think – are you ready to take the 7 Day Real Food Challenge?

Click here to join us and get the plan, recipes, and support now!

The recipes and meal plan included in this package are all real food recipes including animal protein, vegetables, and small amounts of grain. It is also specifically designed for Winter season which includes warming foods that are seasonally appropriate. With that being said, this doesn’t mean that if you live in a warm climate it won’t work, the foods are still healthy real food recipes that are comforting and nutritious.

The plan and recipes require basic kitchen tools. I strongly recommend having a crock pot for this challenge, many of the recipes in the challenge are made for the crock pot – and it makes the whole plan work very well. If you don’t have one already, it’s the perfect time to ask for one from Santa.

Don’t forget about all of the fabulous prizes that you can win by participating (no purchase necessary to enter)…

The Giveaways:

Cultures for Health is giving away a set of three of their culture starters to one participant! Get started making sourdough bread, water kefir, yogurt and more at home for much less money. ($38.97 value)

Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), the largest nutrition school in the world, is offering $500 off the cost enrollment in their Health Coach Training Program  to one of the participants! Valid for 30 days. IIN’s mission is to play a crucial role in improving health and happiness, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world.

Great Eastern Sun, manufacturer of the world’s most respected artisan-crafted organic miso, MISO MASTER® Organic Miso, and also offer EMERALD COVE® Organic Sea Vegetables is giving away a prize package to one lucky participant which includes a 16 oz MISO MASTER® Organic Traditional Red miso, one 1.76 oz EMERALD COVE® Kombu and one 10 oz MISO MASTER® Miso Tamari (Over $21.00 value)

Erin Odom, of The Humbled Homemaker is generously giving away a copy of her eBook, Real Food, Real Easy which is a collaborative eCookbook with more than 70 real food recipes from 7 Real Food Bloggers – an awesome resource for anyone making the switch to Real Food lifestyle. ($9.95 value)

Jennifer from Hybrid Rasta Mama has also offered to give away two copies of her eBook, Cooking with Coconut Oil. The 68 recipes in this eBook are all simple to make and the ingredients in the recipes are all readily available. This eBook is a great way to start getting more coconut oil in your diet to get all the amazing health benefits.

Entry to win the prizes will open up the week of the challenge. Once you sign up (for either option) you will be notified when the entry form is live so you can make sure you are entered to win!

Do you have questions about this event? Please feel free to comment on this post with any questions or concerns.


  1. Renae Douglas via Facebook says

    I think it depends on where you live…And we have food allergies that make eating difficult. My husband is deathly allergic to all poultry products…

  2. says

    Renae Douglas, location and food allergies are challenges. We are gluten-free and mostly dairy-free so I can understand your situation. Real food is still a better deal, it just might take a little more planning and preparation. I can certainly understand your concerns though.

  3. says

    I would love to take this challenge, I wish I could pay for the recipes cause it would make it a lot easier, but maybe I’ll be able to find some recipe’s in a book that my mom gave me. Also, how do I convince my husband to eat real food with me?

  4. Karen Bocchino Callahan via Facebook says

    I would love for our family to go g/f…..I don’t really know where to start. We are all mostly dairy free and I can REALLY feel the difference when I consume dairy….it was quite eye-opening.

  5. Mari Cleveland via Facebook says

    I prefer to eat real foods/home cooked meals, but my fiance and I both work full time and I’m also in college. So timing is crucial. But also I have a bad habit of going back to junk food binging – it’s like I’m a recovering addict !! For instance if I stop my regular workouts my body wants tons of sugar and crap to make up for the work out high, and that starts the cycle all over.. until I feel like crap and begin healthy living again! Any tips to overcome the urge to retreat to junk food? My pantry already has healthy oils (just pitched the veg oil), healthy spices and herbs, whole wheat unbleached flour, etc.. and I def try to stock fresh fruits and veggies.

  6. says

    Mari Cleveland, I think meal planning might help you stay on track. This is exactly the type of thing I help my one on one clients deal with. If you decide to do the membership version of the challenge with the plan and recipes you also would get a free phone session with me…we could discuss ways to get out of this cycle!

  7. says

    We do eat a lot of real food at my house. My husband eats really well and I cook most of our dinners. But I love junk food! I know I couldn’t do this right now because I’d having to give up diet soda and I’m not willing to do that. I could possibly try a modified version where I did everything but that. I know – I’m pathetic!

    • says

      It’s not easy Patty, you’re not pathetic! It will come in time, it’s a matter of re-training your tastes and finding other things to love to eat and drink!

  8. Meghan Orona via Facebook says

    In the last year I have, for health reasons, had to become low sodium, low fat GF and vegan. This while pregnant and breastfeeding on top of living in a rural area that requires things like carrying 10-20 five gal buckets of water daily. It has been a learning process!

  9. says

    Excited to be participating. We have been actively moving toward a 100% real food diet, but we aren’t there yet. It will be great to try it for one week. That’s very doable!

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