100 Days of No Processed Food—BEGINS

JennV August 4, 2012 3

       I do not believe in diets.  Yes, temporary results are possible with any diet but rarely (dare I say never?) have I seen sustained success from anyone who uses them.  Besides, who wants to live the rest of their life never to eat a delicious pastry or piece of pizza again?  Not this woman!  However, my husband and I do believe in eating healthy foods, enjoying in moderation, and moderate exercise a few times a week.  Since having our beautiful baby, convenience has been king in our roost.  To be brief, we are just tired of all the crap that we eat, so we want to attempt to eat no processed food for at least 100 days. We want to change our diet, not “go on” a diet.  We are hoping to increase our energy levels, improve our mental health, set healthy eating habits for our little girl, and if we lose a few lbs, bonus!

We are using the website http://www.100daysofrealfood.com as a resource of information and for our basic guidelines.

Food Rules:

What to Eat:

  • Eat foods that occur naturally and that have minimal ingredient lists of which you can identify all of them.
  • Lots of fruits and veggies.  We buy mostly organic but primarily focus on “The New Dirty Dozen” which are the worst offenders with highest levels of pesticide residue.  Number one is the worst offender on the list.  Also refer to “The Clean 15” which have the least amount of pesticide residue and are safe in the nonorganic form.  See the lists below:

New Dirty Dozen



3.Sweet Bell Peppers



6.Nectarines (imported)





11.Blueberries (domestic)


13.Green Beans


 Clean 15


2.Sweet Corn




6.Sweet Peas






12.Sweet Potatoes




  • Milk, eggs, unsweetened yogurt, and cheese are all great options.
  • Only eating grains that are 100% whole wheat and that do not have sugar in the ingredients.  We get our whole wheat bread at Great Harvest Bread Company now.
  • Seafood and locally raised meats are great.  I also try to make sure there are no additives like salt and water.  I like Choice Cuts in Meridian which happens to be next door to Great Harvest!
  • Dried fruits, seeds, nuts, and popcorn with no added sugar of course.
  • Beverages are limited to water, milk, all natural juices, and naturally sweetened coffee and teas.
  • All natural sweeteners include honey, maple syrup, fruit juice concentrate, and Sucanat which is whole natural sugar cane.

What NOT to eat:

  • No refined grains such as white rice or white bread.  First ingredient must say whole wheat.  Enriched whole wheat is NOT acceptable.
  • No refined sugars or sugar substitutes.  This includes table sugar, corn syrup, cane juice, Splenda, etc.
  • Nothing that comes from a box or bag that has more than 5 ingredients or that you cannot easily identify all ingredients.  Remember, the more ingredients the more likely it is processed.
  • No fast food and no deep fried food.

After the 100 day mark, we will add back some things like making sweets using whole grains and Sucanat.  Of course we will indulge in restaurants later and an occasional cupcake/cookie but we sorely need a shock to the system and this definitely delivers!

Day 1—08/01/12

Sucked.  I had decided that we would just finish off any processed food that we had left in the house even though I felt guilty about it. I didn’t want to eat anything we had though and didn’t have anything available so…I didn’t eat until almost 7pm that night.  Not good obviously.  That day I went to various stores picking up bread, pear butter, farm fresh eggs, and local chicken.

Day 2—08/02/12

First, I had to get rid of all that processed food so I gave it away to my sister.  Then, I had to work, was trying to get ready, and while entertaining a baby, I managed to sneak out an egg sandwich with Tillamook cheddar.  Luckily I had fruit, and veggies, and plain yogurt to take to work.  What I did find interesting, was that I really didn’t have to count calories because everything I ate was pretty low in calories.  That was awesome.  It’s easy to forget that most of our calories come from processed foods and convenience foods.  I counted at the end of the day and I was WAY under but not hungry!

Day 3—08/03/12

            Planning finally kicked in.  I made sure to defrost various meat items so that by the time I was ready for work, it would take no time to prepare with a more-than-likely screaming baby.  I had an entire bag of food for work!  After talking with my husband, we decided to have a pow-wow this weekend for meal planning.  I’m excited for taco salads with parmesan crisps, roasted chicken, potatoes,  homemade chicken noodle soup… I’m thinking, we can do this 🙂

More to come!                                                -Jenn VanCour


  1. Mom August 4, 2012 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Remember, you WILL have tough days.. that is the hardest part.. it’s easy to give up if you have a tough day.. just start over if you have too.. So proud of you and your conviction!

  2. JennV August 4, 2012 at 6:33 am - Reply

    I don’t like giving up 🙂

  3. CraftasaurusRex August 4, 2012 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    It is so awesome that you guys are doing this! I try to keep our diet as healthy as possible, and have cut out a lot of processed foods (I figure with all of the medications that Angela is on, the last thing she needs to put into her body is more weird chemicals), but we haven’t taken it to this level yet. I have some recipes you might be interested in 🙂 if you happen to decide you want to start MAKING your yogurt, let me know! Good luck!

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