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100 Days of Real Food – could your family do it?

I recently came across an amazing blog – 100daysofrealfood.com – written by a woman who pledged to feed her family of four (her husband and two young kids) only “real food” for 100 days. “Real” food is basically non-processed foods, local and/or organic foods, and if you do get packaged foods, pass on any that have more than 5 ingredients listed on the package. After the first 100 days, she recognized it was pricey and did another round but this time 100 days of real food on a budget of $125 each week. Could your family do it? I think mine could, with the exception of no white sugar or flour – my baking would suffer, I am afraid. Here are some guidelines for the 100 days of real food from 100daysofrealfood.com:

What you CAN eat:

  1. Whole foods that are more a product of nature than a product of industry
  2. Lots of fruits and vegetables (we recommend that you shop for these at your local farmers’ market)
  3. Dairy products like milk, unsweetened yogurt, eggs, and cheese
  4. 100% whole-wheat and whole-grains (find a local bakery for approved sandwich bread)
  5. Seafood (wild caught is the optimal choice over farm-raised)
  6. Only locally raised meats such as pork, beef, and chicken (preferably in moderation)
  7. Beverages limited to water, milk, all natural juices, naturally sweetened coffee & tea, and, to help the adults keep their sanity, wine and beer!
  8. Snacks like dried fruit, seeds, nuts and popcorn
  9. All natural sweeteners including honey, 100% maple syrup, and fruit juice concentrates are acceptable in moderation

What you CANNOT eat:

  1. No refined grains such as white flour or white rice (items containing wheat must say WHOLE wheat…not just “wheat”)
  2. No refined sweeteners such as sugar, any form of corn syrup, cane juice, or the artificial stuff like Splenda
  3. Nothing out of a box, can, bag, bottle or package that has more than 5 ingredients listed on the label
  4. No deep fried foods
  5. No “fast foods”

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