Join Our Spring Real Food Challenge!

The 7 Day Real Food Challenge is back! Many of you participated in our first challenge in January 2013 which was super successful. We had an amazing group who made some huge changes in their diet and lifestyle. Some I would like to share with you…

Some of our participants such a great experiences that they want to share it with others. One member actually landed a new blogging gig just telling others about what she learned! Others who were already in the blogging scene also shared on their blogs like this one Mama Making Changes. The community we built during the week in January was so inspiring and really helped everyone stay motivated. If you were thinking about joining us last time but missed out I encourage you to join us this time! Spring is a great time to make diet changes and detox from processed foods.

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. In the end of last year, 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. Sometimes life gets hectic and our diets seem to suffer. It’s never too late to get back into the healthy food routine!

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 April 21st – 27th. Already there are 28 bloggers who have committed to this challenge and are here as a support team for everyone who joins us. Here is your support team:

Todd Dosenberry from Primal Toad
Amanda from Natural Living Mama
Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker
Janey McKeever from Consistantly Sporadic
Jaime Reid from Jaime Reids Kitchen
Anne Simpson from Authentic Simplicity
Laura Broach from Mama Making Changes
Mike Lamitola from
Alix from Blessed in Homemaking
Stacy Karen from A Delightful Home
Nina Nelson from Shalom Mama
Melissa Joulwan from Well Fed
Kimball Young from Heavy on Wholesome
Laura Prevost from Head over heels in Health
Victoria Moore from Yogi Mami
Carol Lovett from Ditch the Wheat
Katie Stanley from Nourishing Simplicity
Jami Leigh from Young Wifes Guide
Andrea from Homemade for Elle
Sarah Warren from Unorthadox Momma
Amanda Anderson from Chef Amanda
Sara Roylance from Sara
Sara Shay from Your Thriving family
Jennifer from Hybrid Rasta Mama
Marillyn Beard from Just Making Noise
Nichi from My Healthy Beginning
Michelle Elnycky from The Crooked House Blog

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 April 21 – April 27, 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 Paleo meal plan for 7 days – three meals a day and snacks
  • Recipes for all of the items in the meal plan (37 Delicious recipes!!)
  • 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 – worth over $600+

PLUS these fabulous Bonuses (worth over $237+) for everyone who buys this package…

The meal plan for this challenge is a Paleo menu! This means that all the recipes are grain-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. If you have ever thought about trying the Paleo / Primal diet and thought it was too hard this is the perfect chance to try it out. 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 plan and recipes require basic kitchen tools. A good set of knives is the best thing you can splurge on in my opinion – even better you may win some in the giveaways that go along with this challenge!

Speaking of giveaways…Don’t forget about all of the fabulous prizes from our amazing sponsors!! We are giving away $600 worth of products! The Giveaways (over $600+ value)…

Ergo Chef Knife Company, makers of ergonomically-designed professional chef knives, is giving one participant of our challenge their Pro-Series 7” Santoku knife, Come Apart Kitchen Shears and a 9” & 12” Duo Tongs (Retail value $132) Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube


Taza Chocolate company, makers of traditional stone ground Mexican Chocolate, is giving one of our participants a package of their salted almond discs, their chipotle chili discs, a jar of chocolate covered hazelnuts and their 87% chocolate bar. Taza chocolate has a direct trade cacao program that cultivates face-to-face relationships with farmers. (Retail value $ 30.47) Follow them on Facebook and Twitter

Alive & Radiant, superfoods for delicious living, is giving one participant 5 bags of their delicious Kale and Veggie Chips, great for healthy snacking and a few $1.00 coupons (Retail value $ 10) Follow them on Facebook



Yogi Tea, products inspired by Ayurveda  is giving one participant of our challenge 4 boxes of a variety of our top selling teas and a Yogi tea mug. (Retail value $40)Yogi tea is committed to providing healthy, natural teas that are accessible to as many people as possible. Follow them on Facebook.



Applegate, Organic & Natural Meats, is giving away a gift pack of products. (Retail value $ 25) Applegate meats are free of anti-biotics, growth hormones, nitrates, artificial ingredients and fillers which makes them far surpass the quality of conventional sliced sandwich meats. When buying Applegate products you can be confident you are eating a high quality product. Follow them on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter


Trilight Health, makers of fast-acting, great tasting liquid herbal supplements, is giving one participant a $50 gift certificate to order products on their website! For over 20 years now, TriLight Health have supplied their customers nationwide with their high quality line of liquid herbal products. They specialize in great tasting, alcohol and sugar free, liquid herbal formulas for pregnancy, children, and the family. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter


Eco Lunch Gear, eco friendly reusable lunch gear, is giving one participant a a reusable sandwich wrap (Retail value $10.50). Eco Lunch Gear was started by a Mom who saw a need for an alternative to plastic and aluminum foil, her products can be washed and reused over and over to save money and our environment. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


Erin Odom from The Humbled Homemaker and creator of Real Food, Real Easy the eBook is giving one participant a copy of her eBook to help you continue with your Real Food journey (Retail value $$9.95) Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest


 Health Coach, Mike Lamitola, is giving one participant free entry to his Tele-seminar on Cravings. Do you have a sugar habit you’ve been trying to beat? In this tele-seminar, Mike will explain how. (Retail value $25.00) Follow Mike on Facebook and Twitter



Alix from Blessed In Homemaking offers organic and all natural body care products, gentle baby care products, herbal products, crocheted items, and more, for your healthy lifestyle in her Etsy Shop. She is giving two participants a one ounce bag of loose chamomile tea (Retail value $8.00) Follow her on Facebook


Stacy Karen from A Delightful Home is giving one participant of this challenge a copy of her eBook, Simple Scrubs to Make and Give. Start making your own scrubs at home for yourself and others (Retail value $3.99) Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest


Nina Nelson of Shalom Mama, is giving one participant of the challenge a healing balm and lavender mint lip balm from her etsy shop (Retail value $19.50) Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest


Melissa Joulwan from The Clothes Make the Girl, is giving one participant a copy of her Paleo eBook called Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Like to Eat (Retail value $14.95). This is a great resource for anyone interested in Paleo diet, whether you are just getting started or you are just looking for some new recipes to try. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter

Health Coach, Laura Prevost is giving 10 lucky participants one of her Dynamite Coaching sessions. If you are looking for some support around breaking a bad habit, or getting yourself motivated, Laura will work through it with you in this session (Retail value $20.00/session) Follow Laura on Facebook or Twitter

Jami from Young Wife’s Guide, is giving one participant a copy of her eBook, Apartment Gardening, which is a great resource for getting started growing food in small spaces (Retail value $2.99) Follow Jami on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest


Jennifer from Hybrid Rasta Mama has also offered to give away two copies of her eBook, Cooking with Coconut Oil (Retail value $19.95). 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. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

You will have the chance to win all of these prizes by joining is the challenge with either Option # 1 or Option # 2 detailed above!

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May 2013 UPDATE: The original dates of this program are over but you can still join us! We have a strong community built and we are helping each other to eat REAL FOOD.  You will still receive the meal plan, recipes and the support community. The giveaways and bonuses are now expired so the cost has dropped to $19 (from $29)

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


  1. says

    I am a long haul trucker and I am enrolled in IIN to get my health coach certification. Do you think this challenge can be successfully done on a truck? I don’t have a kitchen to set up, but I do all of our cooking. I have a induction portable cook top, a steamer/slow cooker and a microwave. I also have a small fridge.

    • says

      Hi June – I give you a lot of credit!! I am impressed by your motivation and creativity. I will say that being that this is a spring challenge there are a lot of salads on the menu that don’t even need cooking so that is doable in your situation. There are a few recipes that need an oven and the rest can be done on a stove top. There are also some smoothies so I don’t know if you have a blender…I would love to have you try it and let us all know how you do. If you look over the book and you think it won’t work for you we can definitely give you a refund. Thanks for asking!! Love to hear that you are in IIN (changed my life!!)

  2. Jennifer Holovack says

    The biggest challenge for me is my toddler. I have an 18 month old that is going through his picky stage! Trying to find food that is not processed and healthy that he will actually eat has been a nightmare.

  3. Lesa W. says

    My biggest challenge is just getting the planning done. It’s so easy to fall back on old habits when things are not already lined up for success.

  4. Martha J. Sturm says

    My biggest challenge to eating is that I am exhaused all the time from health problems. It is difficult to cook. I need to work harder at having easy things on hand to fix.

  5. Beth U. says

    I’m so excited to do this! My husband is going to join me as well. We both can’t wait to get back on track to health!

  6. Lisa says

    This is going to be great. I changed my habits to this about 60 days ago and have lost 24lbs and have so much more energy than I ever have. I keep thinking what I am going to have to cut out for this challenge..but there isn’t much. I don’t buy foods with labels on them very often. I found an excellent Shrimp Salsa Recipe that I will have to modify to get the small can of Tomato Sauce out of it, but that should be easy, just make my own. It definitely takes a lot of discipline to do this but I have conquered and will continue. Trust me, if I can do it, I know that all of you can too!

    I kept my nieces, Ages 6 and 1 last week. The 6 year old was use to stopping for sodas and junk food and I had explained to her that they weren’t good for you and that I would make her a fresh fruit smoothie..she loved it! As far as baby food for the 1 year old, I made my own out of steamed veggies and my blender…she loved it better than her baby food.

    This is a great challenge and I am excited for it!

  7. Alicia B. says

    I am super excited for this. I am on a real food diet right now, but I need to go through an elimination diet with dairy. I am g-free, but I need to see if taking out the dairy will help with my allergies. I am TTC, so I do not want to take any allergy pills. I thought this would be a good way to introduce that. But, I will miss ice cream. I guess I will have to make it myself with almond milk!!

  8. Steph D. says

    I’m so excited about this challenge, however I have not been able to get the recipes and meal planner. When I clicked on the link you provided in the e-mail it said it had expired. Please help!

  9. jodee says

    I have recently done the food challenge for my immediate health. I was diagnosed with a low thyroid and didn’t want to have to take a pill for the control. I changed my eating and started taking a special formula suppliment. I felt the difference immediately. More proof was my husband suffered from a head and chest cold at the time and I did not catch it. I went for the extreme. No glutin, no sugar, no white flour. Only the foods as God created them. Funny….if we do it His way, it always works:)

  10. miranda says

    Ive been wanting to try this for awhile. hope to get my whole onboard but my husband will be quite a challenge! Also I am not quite sure how I am going to give up my sweets

  11. paula says

    I am so excited about this just start to my health challenge. My husband and I have watched Forks over Knives and also Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, two great documentaries. Both of them have been an eye opener to how bad our health is and that we need to so something about it. Looking forward to this challenge and how it will help me Reboot.

  12. Kristin says

    My biggest challenge is probably my husband. He’s actually really easy going with food, and very supportive. But there are a few things he’s not quite ready to give up. :)

  13. says

    Too many activities outside of and in the home (kids, business, homeschooling, etc). I’ve been using my crock pot a fair bit though and trying to feed the freezer.

  14. Diane F. says

    My biggest challenges are replacing some of my husband’s (and my!)favorite foods/drinks, Gatorade for example, with real food equivalents, and planning appropriately. I work two nights a week and can’t cook those days, so I either need leftovers available or I need a 1 pot crock pot meal.

  15. says

    I’m looking forward to this. I’ve been eating more “cheap and easy” carbs than I care to admit to lately. I need a re-set.

    My biggest challenge will be getting my husband on board.

  16. Michelle says

    Thanks for starting this challenge! I’ve just started a whole30 (again), and I’ve fully committed to finishing it. The recipe book and challenge here will be a good motivation booster!

  17. Brittan says

    My biggest challenge to eating “real” food is that I am not much of a cook… I eat whatever is fastest. But I want to get healthier, and have more energy… I think food can help with that. Real food, and not staying up late at night looking at this site! :)

  18. Theresa Jones says

    <3 the idea of a group clean week! I try to do this all the time…but to have a "virtual" group of buddies will be awesome!

  19. Laura J says

    I am so excited to try this real food challenge! I think my biggest obstacle to overcome will be getting my hubby on board!

  20. Lela Ford says

    I’m so excited to be doing this again. I did the last 7 day real food challenge it was the catalyst for my family really being mindful of what we eat. Thank you for doing this again.

    My biggest challenge is just spending so much time in the kitchen to do all the food prep and cooking. I also am trying to find a planning system that works for me. :)

  21. Mary says

    My husband and I were just discussing the challenges for today. We are visiting friends after church at their house and having family for dunner at our house all on Day 1. My husband suggested waiting until tomorrow to start, but there is no point in throwing in the towel before I even finished my morning coffee. There will always be another reason to wait. Lord strengthen us all today.

  22. says

    Beginning of day 2- I was craving cheese-its before I went to bed last night, and while it just wasn’t the same I resisted and had some cucumber chips instead. But so far, so good!!

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