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100 Days of Real Food Giveaway {CLOSED}

Hooray and happy (almost) fall!

It’s probably my favorite time of year. There’s something to say about warm and fuzzy socks, busting out my slow cooker, and curling up with a book.

And what better way to enjoy the start of this cozy season by diving into a new cookbook from a free giveaway?


Lisa Leake is a friend, and also the star behind the new cookbook: 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love. We already dove into her recipes, and they’re amazing! So amazing, that we want to give one away to someone else…

Want to win a copy of your own?

All you have to do is answer this question in the comments section below: “What’s the #1 struggle you have with eating more real foods?” That’s it.

We’ll be picking one winner randomly and that lucky person will be announced in our newsletter on September 11 (if you don’t receive our newsletters, then sign up here).

Good luck!


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  1. Jessica

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Time! When you are working full time, trying to find time to working out, time to maintain relationships with friends and family, along with just basic life stuff….It can be hard to find additional time to just take care of yourself with the most basic of needs (Showering, not always putting your hair up in a pony tail) let alone cooking things that are good for you or finding time to go to the store/market for fresh ingredients. Please don’t mistake this for me thinking that it isn’t important; I am just noting the reasons it’s my number one struggle.

  2. Colleen

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I think the biggest struggle is convenience – in particular, it’s so easy to default to pasta and bread-based meals that it’s hard to think out of the box and find quick meals that don’t rely so heavily on flour!

  3. Kathy

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    My #1 struggle with eating more real foods is definitely time.

  4. Angela

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    My challenge is finding ingredients at the store for healthy meals. I also need quick preparation. With my 4 year old and 7 month old daughters needing my full attention my time is tight. Also trying to get my husband and 4 year on board with eating more healthy. I need meals that they will eat. Thanks.

  5. Jen

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Money, honestly. I’m a college student, and so the struggle to find time obviously exists too, but so does the funding for good, real food. My roommate and I are both vegan, so we bounce off of each other for food preparation and ideas, but a lot of times we turn to quick vegan foods that are less real than if we bought and prepared all of our own foods.

  6. B BB

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    My student budget. It’s very hard to find places with healthy food that are cheap. It’s way cheaper to buy a burger and fries than to eat at a veggie rest. Plus, the places to eat salads are all fast foods which are not healthy at all. Where I live, the diet is very high in carbs and fried food. So most of the time I find myself eating the same salads and smoothies with ingredients that I can afford and that I can prepare.

  7. Dorine

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Dear Jadah, Jen, Dan and Shauna,
    I am a little bit ashamed to confess that the #1 struggle I have with eating more real foods, is that I just do not know how and where to start, how to do it. I need your assistence to boost my courage and strength to change my lifestyle into a more healthy one, to take my responsibility for preparing real and honest food my family and I will love. Your easy and wholesome recipes will surely help me to step over the treshold which keeps me from doing. I would be very gratefull to you.

  8. Tiffany Dacko

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:23 am

    The number one struggle I have is time for meal prep.

  9. Melissa Bledsoe

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:25 am

    If I end up not eating enough during the day when I’m at work, I’m starving on the way home. Since the commute can be 2 hours it’s easier to just pull into a fast food joint to pick up something to eat while I try to get home.

  10. Nicole

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:26 am

    My biggest struggle is getting my family on board….especially my husband. DAILY STRUGGLE!!!

  11. Kathy H.

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    My struggle would be just understanding what it all means and where to start. Healthy and tasty recipes are what I’m after.

  12. Bianca Hernandez

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    My #1 struggle is family and time, and even more struggle when you don’t even know what to cook.

  13. Dana

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I have to say the number one struggle for me is time. I have made a lot of changes over the last few years and we do pretty well. But when it comes to snacks (sure we have fruit and nuts but you don’t always want that) and quick dinners it seems that the prep time is the hardest. I am sure if I would organize my time better I could do so much better but sometimes you really are SO TIRED and just want to grab something to heat and eat. Then you feel guilty because you know you are eating substandard food. Not a great feeling. 🙁

  14. Maria

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    The times I am out and about and in a rush to find something.

  15. Pamala

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    My biggest challenge is taking the time to fix it. I live alone but still want quick easy meals. I’m doing better and have been drinking green smoothies for about a year now. But like most people I want everything yesterday…lol

  16. Karla

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Staying true to my commitment to myself when faced with little support from my husband (not an easy truth to admit) or when I prepare meals for my family that I really enjoyed. I’m learning how to adapt those meals and introduce new ones but everyone isn’t open to eating them. Soooooo…I just keep on swimming and welcome them along when/if they are ready.

  17. Angela

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    My biggest challenge is meal planning and budgeting for healthy, whole foods. It takes a lot of time to prepare and cook meals. As a single parent, single income household, it’s challenging to fit it all in so sometimes the easy, less expensive, more convenient, non-healthy options just work…even though they aren’t satisfying.

  18. Zwitsa Kachinski

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    My biggest problem is making sure I eat enough of the right foods so I get enough protein.

  19. Melodie Bobko

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Integrating real foods into my family’s lifestyle. I have 3 boys with varied sports and school activities, I am in the middle of an amicable separation, and work full-time. It is a struggle to keep real foods on hand that the boys will eat and won’t go bad before we get to eat through them. And harder to keep meals consistent from household to household. We may have real food meals at my house, but my husband’s home is not as concerned with real food meals.

  20. Danielle

    September 4th, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Initially I would have said lack of time was my number factor in the way. But, honestly, after really thinking about it……My biggest struggle is that I just don’t like to cook! My husband does most of our cooking, as he is better at cooking than me. And he actually enjoys it. I just don’t. And I also don’t like doing dishes. Lazy excuses, I know. Lack of time is just an excuse that I use, because I could make the time to prepare food more often….it all boils down to the fact that I just don’t enjoy doing it!

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