A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across a link to www.100daysofrealfood.com, about a family of 4 that cut out all processed foods for (originally) 100 days. As soon as I read their story, I knew that this was a challenge that my husband and I had to take.

As a new mother (to my 2 month old daughter Leila,) making sure she is healthy and happy is my most important priority. And right now, what Momma eats, baby girl “eats” (or rather, drinks, I guess I should say!) It amazes me how much having a child changed my life, even before she was born. As soon as I learned that I was pregnant, what I put into my body changed. An avid Diet Mountain Dew fan, caffeine was the first thing to go. It was definitely a struggle the first few weeks, but it was important to me that I not have caffeine while pregnant. I avoided things that were even considered mostly safe while pregnant (Tylenol, cold cuts, artificial sweeteners, that one glass of wine everyone says you’re allowed to have…) And now that she is here (in all her gorgeous smiling glory,) I want her to grow up knowing what real, healthy food is.

My husband and I had watched Food Inc. several months ago, and this is really where we knew that we had to make a lifestyle change regarding our food. But until I found 100 Days of Real Food, I didn’t know what change it would be, and how to make it. So, this is where our lifestyle change begins. Starting Monday, July 30th 2012, we will begin our 10 Day Real Food Challenge. This initial 10 Day Challenge is a good way to start for us, so we can learn the ins and outs of Real Food before I go back to work (ahhh, my maternity leave is almost over?! I was even lucky enough to have 12 weeks off, I can’t imagine only taking 6!! Ok.. pity party over 🙂 )  On Friday, I cleared out our cupboards and boxed up all of our “bad food.” Anything processed was out! I made our meal plans for the next 10 days, and today I went to the grocery store. I ventured this trip without the baby this time, because I knew that reading all of the food labels would make for a loooooonger trip and my baby girl tends to be a little diva sometimes!  So, our house is now stocked with 100% REAL FOOD – nothing is processed.. and I would say about 80% of it is organic (our goal is to be 100% organic as well, but we’re new to this – and since we don’t live near a Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s, etc., organic is hard to find.)  I was also pleasantly surprised that, for 10 days of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks (for myself and my husband,) our grocery bill was only $150 (so about $450/month.) To me, this is extremely doable – especially considering we will not be eating out as much, and we will be eating SUCH healthy and nutritious food.

After I got home from shopping today, I prepped a few things that we will need over the 10 Day Challenge. First was our granola cereal. Oh.My.God. is this good. It made our entire house smell like a Honey Bunches of Oats factory (but BETTER!) I also made whole wheat tortillas, which we will need for quesadillas and wraps. Finally, our whole wheat bread – which is WAY more delicious than any store bought bread, I can already attest to that.

I will be posting our meal plans daily (with, hopefully – some yummy looking pics!) and writing about any challenges/triumphs that we encounter on our new quest for a healthier lifestyle, so I hope you enjoy reading about our journey! Thanks for visiting my very first ever blog post! =)

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