Welcome to our 2020 Reader Advice & Tips series where we invited our readers to submit guest posts with their best advice on how to cut out out processed food. Those who were chosen to be featured are receiving a signed copy of one of my cookbooks (their choice)! A big thank you to everyone who turned in a submission. We loved getting to know you!
I made the decision in 2014 to make significant changes to our eating habits after our pediatrician said my daughter’s chronic constipation (she was 6 at the time) could only be solved with over-the-counter laxatives. This did not sit well with me, especially when the doctor seemed unapologetic about us having to do this for several months to achieve and maintain stool regularity.
It seemed wrong to me—there had to be a more natural way to avoid constipation. I began by switching to organic foods and eventually stumbled on the 100 Days of Real Food blog. I joined the Real Food Mini-Pledge Program in 2015 and never looked back. Our family’s health is dramatically improved with fewer illnesses and more energy. My daughter no longer battles constipation, and I feel more informed about proper nutrition.
Find what works best for your family. You don’t have to be entirely on the real food plan if only 80% works for you. Some changes are better than none!
As a working mom, I sacrifice the extra time spent primping myself in the morning and instead spend more time now preparing our breakfast, lunch, and sometimes dinner for the day. I can make it through the day with mascara and a ponytail as long as my family is healthy.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to change; it’s not. —The Lorax
I live by this motto and feel the more we arm ourselves with knowledge and further the movement towards improving the dietary lifestyle of our families, our country can overcome this epidemic of obesity and illness. Our children’s generation is the first in history to have a shorter life expectancy than that of their parents. This is unacceptable and alone should be the reason for change.
I want to personally thank Lisa for the movement she started with 100 Days of Real Food. Without your guidance, information, and experience, I may not have pin-pointed processed foods as the culprit for my family’s health problems. You are a role model for many and a resource for all.
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