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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. Geraldine

    September 4th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Definitely finding the time to plan ahead so everything is on hand when needed, balanced with minimising waste. It’s a constant struggle especially when I’m also balancing work with the needs of a toddler (throw in ‘single mum’ challenges in the wild and wonderful mix). Get me a green smoothie stat! 🙂

  2. Angie

    September 4th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Coming up with ideas to add variety to my meals and at the same time enabling minimal prep time and maximizing meal options.

  3. Victoria

    September 4th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Addiction to sugar

  4. Victoria

    September 4th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Addiction to sugar…

  5. Kimberly

    September 4th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    My biggest challenge is balancing my family’s differing tastes. My two daughters are the main challenge in this regard. When I compare my family’s eating habits with the norm, we’re actually doing great, but I know we could do better. All I can do is keep introducing and having healthy, unprocessed foods to choose from and hope over time the girls will gravitate toward a healthy diet.

  6. KWilliams

    September 4th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    The ease and access of unhealthy foods. Bad foods are everywhere and they are easy to get. Good foods take a bit more time, but they are soooo worth it.

  7. Loralei MacIntosh

    September 4th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    My biggest challenge is working shift work. I hate preparing meals ahead of time, but I do it, so that I can at least eat healthy!! Love my green smoothies!!

  8. Teresa Lancaster

    September 4th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Availability of fresh affordable produce!!! Even though I live in the heartland of agriculture, our small community currently doesn’t provide a lot of options.

  9. Andria

    September 4th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    My biggest challenges are that refined carbs are way better tasting to me than good carbs and no matter how hard I try, I just do not like kale;)

  10. Tracy

    September 4th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Planning and dealing with eating at work.

  11. Holly

    September 4th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Ensuring I have all the ingredients in advance, especially when new recipes are posted and starting the morning making and consuming my green smoothie even though I have 1 eye open, and trying to get 2 kids to the bus stop by 6:32a….Great ideas on changing lifestyle even if I’m the poster child in my family for it….LOL

  12. Katie Siminski

    September 4th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I have a hard time grocery shopping for the week as well as cooking by the time I get home from work, swim practice, etc. I need help!

  13. Jamila

    September 4th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    My biggest challenge is affordability of healthy food. I try to eat healthy but it is hard to budget for the good stuff.

  14. Danielle Crawford

    September 4th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    My biggest challenge is my job. I’m a Head Start teacher and I have to eat breakfast and lunch with the kids. For lunch today we had canned ravioli and corn. Not my favorite. I am trying to make sure I get up in the morning to make a smoothie but it doesn’t always happen.

  15. Monica

    September 4th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    My greatest challenge is too many late night meetings and it can be quiet hard to prepare a proper/clean meal at 10:30pm at night so its tempting to grab something on the way home that isn’t that healthy. However, I try my bet and stick to drinking at least one five ingredients smoothie in the morning. Been doing that since January although I missed almost a month when I went on holidays.

  16. Hannah

    September 4th, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    For years my family always ate traditional Italian recipes made with whole foods and the occasional treat however, with the pressures of school, my brother’s disability, and time constraints, my mother (and I) are always so tired, time poor and making good food and sitting down to enjoy dinner as a family just isn’t as common. It is also extremely difficult because my brother (and to a certain extent my father) are quite close minded to trying new and “weird vegan food” as they refer to healthy meals. This blog has helped me so much in terms of including more fruit and vegetables in my day and I owe you guys so much thanks (:

  17. Christina

    September 4th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I’m pretty good at eating mostly real foods but I do love fake sweetener in my coffee and a diet soda here and there.

  18. Tanya

    September 4th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    My biggest challenge is being able to cook & eat an healthy meal. I work 2nd shifts therefore it is hard to make a healthy dish to take to work. Also the prices for organic produces are not reasonable

  19. Jo

    September 4th, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Convenience. The stores that focus on real food at affordable prices aren’t local to my community, plus I haven’t put in the time to collect “do-able” recipes.

  20. Jeana

    September 4th, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Often eating more real foods, means enjoying those real foods… ON YOUR OWN. While I have many friends who have shaped their lives around a lifestyle that supports healthy living, and a level of health that allows for the relish of real foods and their REAL flavors (instead of heavily processed and artificially “enhanced”)… I also have many people I love who lead distinctly different lives that mean they find real foods bland and unsatisfying. It does take a long term commitment to be able to get your taste buds realigned with nature… and many folks I’ve encountered have this fearful belief that eating real foods means “missing out.” What I wish so much that they could understand is… that with time, the foods that they think they will miss so much will loose their appeal and even become quite repulsive. So the hardest thing for me becomes, how to love the way I live, not make other people wrong for they way they do… but also offer some subtle invitation to a new and unexpected experience… that they are really missin’ out… on the real goodness of real foods!!!

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