VZ 235: Counteracting the Effects of Eating Too Much Sugar

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we’ll review what happens to the body after eating too much sugar, and offer some suggestions to mitigate the sugar crash that follows.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in our podcast and listen on […]

VZ 232: Tips for Giving Up Dairy

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  For those new to the veg lingo, vegetarians consume some animal products whereas vegans avoid all foods and products made of or by animals (including honey). When we started out on our plant-based journey, we decided to become lacto-ovo vegetarians rather than vegans because we weren’t quite ready to give up dairy and eggs. As […]

VZ 231: Do I Need to Add a Protein Powder to My Diet?

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  Most of us who are vegetarian or vegan have, at some point, been asked the question, “But where do you get your protein?” In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we talk about protein–how much we really need and some great non-animal protein sources. If you do want to use a supplement, we […]

VZ 186: Simple Meals to Make When You Don’t Want to Cook

  This episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast was inspired by a question posed by one of the members of the Peas & Carrots Society regarding what to eat when you’re not up to cooking. We share some simple meals to make to get you in and out of the kitchen with minimal fuss and […]

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 162: Resources for Living a Plant Based Lifestyle – Health & Nutrition Edition

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we continue our discussion of resources for living a plant based lifestyle. Last week was all about where to find vegetarian and vegan recipes; this time we’re sharing where to look when you have questions about health and nutrition.   Thanks for tuning in to this […]

VZ 160: Re-examining Living with Diabetes

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we revisit a topic we first discussed back in episode 88 – living with diabetes. Larissa has continued her struggle since that episode aired in February of 2015, and we talk about setbacks and how to deal with them.   Thanks for tuning in to this […]

VZ 150: Vitamin B12 – Yes, Plant-Eaters, You May Need a Supplement

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  In last week’s episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast, we talked about the importance of iron to our diets, what happens when we don’t get enough, and some foods that are good sources of iron. We continue the nutrient education trend in this episode, this time for vitamin B12.   Thanks for tuning in […]

VZ 149: The Importance of Iron (and How to Get Enough When You Follow a Plant-Based Diet)

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  In this episode of the Vegetarian Zen podcast we’ll share what we’ve learned about iron as a result of Larissa’s recent diagnosis of severe iron deficiency.   Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Vegetarian Zen Podcast! If you find value in our podcast and listen on iTunes, please consider leaving us […]