VZ 171: Bar Wars – The Ins and Outs of Energy Bars and Nutrition Bars

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we take a look at energy bars and nutrition bars. We discuss the difference between these two types of convenience foods, what you should look for when reading labels on store-bought bars, and how you can make your own.   Thanks for tuning in to this […]

VZ 170: The Mighty Jalapeno!

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’re getting spicy! Spicy with jalapenos, that is! We’ll learn all about these popular peppers, including some possible health benefits and some delicious ways to use them.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in our […]

Unprocessed and Unrefined: 100 Days of Real Food

100 Days of Real Food
September 14, 2016

How One Woman Turned 100 Days of Clean Eating into an Amazing Way to Help Others Do the Same

In 2010 Lisa Leake, along with her husband and their two young daughters, embarked upon a quest…to eat “real food”–unprocessed and unrefined healthy, whole foods–for 100 days.

In today’s world of busy days, daily school lunch decisions, and food-centric social situations, this can pose a real challenge. The Leake family met that challenge and at the end of the 100 days, just kept right on going.

Lisa chose to document their real food journey on her website, 100 Days of Real Food. Since then, the website has become a major inspirational hub for others looking to lessen their consumption of processed foods and live healthier real food lives.

What You’ll Find at 100 Days of Real Food

The site contains a massive amount of incredibly useful information in the form of:

  • blog posts
  • recipes (over 100!)
  • week-long family meal plans
  • a comprehensive and well-planned “10 Days of Real Food” pledge, which includes the “rules” that Lisa and her family followed during their 100-day pledge, plus guidelines for planning and success

Topics addressed throughout the site include:

  • switching to a real food lifestyle
  • stocking your pantry, fridge, and freezer with healthy whole foods
  • understanding food labels
  • …and much more!

Lisa’s first book, 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love, was a New York Times #1 bestseller.

Her second book, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food, is due out on October 25, 2016.

VZ 169: How to Gain Weight on a Plant Based Diet

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we’ll be discussing something that, while it may not apply to many, is still an important issue to consider: how to gain weight on a plant-based diet.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in our […]

VZ 168: The Taco Cleanse – Most Delicious “Detox” EVER!

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we’ll take a look at a witty and original cookbook, The Taco Cleanse, which pokes fun at “cleanse” diets while at the same time giving the reader some truly inspiring and yummy recipes for all things taco.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode of […]

VZ 167: Restrictive Eating and a Vegetarian Lifestyle

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  In today’s episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’re going to talk about something that is very close to us…the problems associated with restrictive eating. While not technically classified as an eating disorder, restrictive eating can be very damaging and very hard to address and overcome.  Vickie will share some personal experiences, as well […]

VZ 166: Planning for Healthy Back to School Lunches

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  Parents and kids are gearing up for back to school, so in this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’ll be talking about some ways to make school lunch planning and prep easier. We’ll also share some lunch suggestions from members of our Facebook group, the Peas and Carrots Society (What Up, Peas & […]

Product Review: Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Cookware

Earlier this year we used gift cards from our wedding (thank you, friends and family!) to purchase some beautiful Le Creuset Signature enameled cast iron skillets to replace some cheap-o Teflon pans we’d had FOREVER! After we researched and recorded podcast episode 107 – “Is Danger Lurking in Your Kitchen Cabinets?” and learned that using non-stick cookware […]

VZ 165: The Importance of Having a Strong Social Support System

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we discuss the importance of having a strong support system, whether it is for your lifestyle choices, a chronic illness, emotional issues, or any other issue that might be important to you. In this day and age, it is very easy to find support online, and […]

VZ 164: Questions to Ask at the Farmers Market

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’ll help you get ready to head out to the farmers market by sharing some good questions to ask the farmers and other vendors.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in our podcast and listen […]