Thought-Full Thursday- Are You Ready for 30 Days to a Food Revolution and Giveaway

I’m so excited that Monday is the kick-off for our series 30 Days to a Food Revolution.  30 days, 30 tips, 30 recipes, 30 bloggers We have an amazing line up of guest bloggers from many different types of food blogs.  You will find some of your favorites and some new ones too.

In case you may have missed it, the whole country is talking about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.  Just this morning The Washington Post ran an article on Jamie improving Huntington’s eating habits.  It just so happened that it included a picture of an old friend from Huntington, Mary Calhoun Brown.  Mary has written a book, There Are No Words, that shares a story which gives you a glimpse into the world of Autism.  You can find it on the bookshelf in my shop.

You can also find a wonderful story on Shauna and Danny’s blog,  gluten free girl and the chef.  It’s a great article with lots of great food photos of recipes made from Jamie’s cookbook.  I really love that she wrote, “I hope, that one day, we become a culture of cooking again.”  I’m with you girlfriend!

I know there are tons more of  you out there talking about this.   It’s worth talking about.  It’s time we stepped back and took a look at what we are eating and what we are feeding our kids.

So this is our wake up call.  Get your whole family involved.  Have them look into what they are eating.  They could be very surprised.  And while they’re doing that, go sign Jamie’s petition to get better foods in schools and keep cooking skills alive.

Don’t forget to watch the Season Finale tomorrow evening!

Now to help get you interested in following along with our 30 Days to a Food Revolution I’m going to give you an incentive today and one for the end of the program, so pay close attention.

We’re having a GIVEAWAY!  UPDATE:  Added another cookbook!

If you’re not sure you can cook these meals from Jamie’s cookbook or might not like them, well take it from me, Shauna and Danny, they taste great!  Oh, and of course you’ll be able to cook these meals.  They were given to some people who have never cooked before.


I’m giving away a copy Jamie Food Revolution cookbook that I purchased just for you.  Do one or all of these to be entered into the drawing.  The more you do the more entries you get.

  1. Please leave a comment. If you are willing to share, we would love to hear your experiences with cooking real food. Have you always cooked this way or are you just learning?
  2. Jump over to the Facebook group page for 30 Days to a Food Revolution and join, then come back here and let me know with a comment.
  3. Sign up for The W.H.O.L.E. Gang newsletter.  Make sure you reply to the confirmation email.

It’s just that easy.  Then make sure you check each weekday, April 26th to June 4th,  to see what the guest bloggers have to say.


Many of the guest bloggers have also written cookbooks or have services they are willing to share.   In order to be entered to win one of those, here’s what you need to do to gather entries into the drawing.  The more you do, the more chances you have to win!

  1. Leave a comment on this blog on as many of the 30 guest food bloggers as you like.  Each comment is an entry.
  2. Sign up for The W.H.O.L.E. Gang newsletter.
  3. Visit that guest blogger’s site and leave a comment there too.
  4. Tweet about this project using both of these in your tweet so I’ll find you  #30days2 #foodrevolution

When the initial 30 days of guest posts are over on June 4th, we’ll pick the winners.

Here are the prizes:

Carrie (Ginger Lemon Girl) will donate a free 30 minute gluten free baking question/answer coaching session and a fresh loaf of gluten free bread (mailed 2 day priority).

Books such as:

Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story with 100 Tempting Recipes by Shauna  James Ahern and Daniel Ahern (gluten free girl and the chef) NOTE: this book will be released in September and can be pre-ordered now on Amazon.  Link can be found in my Shop.

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Ali Segersten (The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen)

Make it Fast, Cook it Slow by Stephanie O’Dea (A Year of Slowcooking)

The Spunky Coconut by Kelly Brozyna (The Spunky Coconut)

Go Dairy Free by Alisa Flemming (Go Dairy Free, One Frugal Foodie, Dairy-Free Fitness)

Marrakesh Express by Nisrine Merzouki (dinners and dreams)

Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam (Elana’s Pantry)

54 Responses to Thought-Full Thursday- Are You Ready for 30 Days to a Food Revolution and Giveaway

  1. Katie @ Kitchen Stew April 22, 2010 at 2:59 am #

    I've always cooked with many whole foods, but I really started ridding our house of processed stuff a year and a half ago. We're all healthier for it, and although sometimes I yearn for a break in the kitchen (from the time it takes), I couldn't possibly go back. Just saw the first Food Rev on Tivo last night, finally! 🙂 Katie

  2. Katie @ Kitchen Stew April 22, 2010 at 2:59 am #

    Joined the fb group

  3. Sarah - Celiac in th April 22, 2010 at 3:17 am #

    This is a wonderful idea, thank you for putting it together!

    Real food just make sense. We didn't grow up eating a lot of processed food… Mom made things from scratch. (and at the time I always envied friends who got mac n cheese out of the box) Who knew? It was a blessing in disguise.

    *I'm already a fan on FB

  4. Michelle April 22, 2010 at 4:00 am #

    Just joined this newsletter and the FB page. I am just startimg to cook with real foods and trying to learn as much as I can about helping my family to eat healthier!

  5. Beth April 22, 2010 at 4:01 am #

    I have been experimenting making my own gluten free bars. Got a new food processor and I am learning what flavors I like and the right mixture of fruit and nuts to make them bar like.

  6. gfe--gluten free eas April 22, 2010 at 4:56 am #

    What an awesome event this will be, Diane! And, what a great way to kick it off with these giveaways … some fantastic prizes for sure! 🙂 I've been cooking real food for a long time (e.g., I was always the girl who baked from scratch), BUT before I went gluten free, a good amount of processed food was still eaten in our household. It just became a no-brainer to me to start eating real food (and dishes made from it … mostly) to know what I was eating and to be safe. Eating real food does not have to be any harder than eating gluten free has to be hard. Both of those concepts are major misnomers. We have to keep dispelling those myths! I'm loving this enthusiastic focus on real food and can't wait to see Jamie's show tomorrow night. I am a little bit sad it's ending though, as it seems like some folks are just finding out about Jamie and his Food Revolution. So, it's really important that you and everyone else participating is continuing on with this event!


  7. Emily April 22, 2010 at 5:06 am #

    Wow!! What a fun idea!! I can't wait to see the guest posts and your info for the next 30 days, this will be a learning experience!

    So for me cooking with real food came out of the need to feel better. I used to eat alot of junk and processed food until I became really ill. Being diagnosed was a wake up call and after drugs not helping me to feel better I took my health into my own hands and started taking better care of myself, my diet being the main change. At first it was a lot to to learn, especially since my mom didn't teach me much about cooking. But once I got the hang of it, and here I am 4 years later, it is the ONLY way I know HOW to cook and the only way I would have it. I love fresh, real, gluten free deliciousness!!

    If I don't win this book I may just get myself a copy, it sounds fantastic!!

  8. Emily April 22, 2010 at 5:09 am #

    I am now following 30 Days to a Food Revolution on Facebook and happy to support their cause!

  9. Emily April 22, 2010 at 5:12 am #

    I subscribed to your newsletter, now I can't miss all the good posts coming up 🙂

  10. Helen V April 22, 2010 at 6:10 am #

    We started our journey 7 or 8 years ago cutting out bleached white flour, hydrogenated oils, HFCS and MSG. Every time we go shopping my children would read the labels to see what was in their favorite junk foods. They encourage thier friends to avoid aspartame which is in nearly ever piece of gum sold and diet sodas. Since then we have progressed leaps and bounds rarely buying pre-packaged foods. My husband has given up trying to figure out what is soaking or dehydrating on the counters in the kitchen:)

  11. Helen V April 22, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    I subscribe to your blog and love it!

  12. Jamie April 22, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    I joined the facebook group and got other people to join as well!

  13. Jamie April 22, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    I signed up for the newsletter! Thank you all the great info! Looking forward to the challenge 🙂

  14. Jamie April 22, 2010 at 6:16 am #

    Our home is now completely whole foods. We weren't always that way, but after my youngest turned out to have allergies to dairy, gluten, eggs and almonds I took a realy good look at how we had been eating. I think the food system is completely backwards. I am a single mom of three and find it hard to keep up financially since I have made the switch. Time is also an issue with being in the kitchen all the time, but it is worth it to have a happy healthy family 🙂

  15. Jill Lewis April 22, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    joined fb group

  16. Cathy April 22, 2010 at 6:55 am #

    Diane, This is wonderful….I am ridding my kitchen of all processed foods and am learning to cook all over again, with real food.

    With multiple sensitivities I am having a difficult time and trying to Just Keep it Simple. I must rotate foods also. I need all the help I can get. (Gluten,soy,dairy,corn,bananas,garlic,tomatoes) I'm finding this very difficult).

    I love reading about the gluten free girl and the chef and wish them well. Thank you Diane for all you do to help others.

  17. Cathy April 22, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    Diane, I am already signed up for your W.H.O.L.E. Gang newsletter and enjoy it. Thanks.

  18. nina April 22, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    I've always cooked from scratch. When I was young, it was because I was a picky eater and just didn't like the taste of a lot of processed foods. Now I do it for so many more reasons.

  19. Kim April 22, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    I joined the FB group!

  20. Cindy-Wheatless Food April 22, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    What a wonderful blog! I've been enjoying watching Jamie's trials and triumphs, and find the show to be inspiring. I'm using more fresh vegies in my cooking these days, and buying as much locally grown food as possible.


  21. Kim April 22, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    I have lots of food allergies and intolerances, digestive issues, and other medically necessary dietary restirctions, so a whole foods diet is so important for me! I switched to an exclusively whole foods diet 2 years ago. Before that I was always interested in cooking and used mostly whole foods ingredients, but nothing compared to how I do now! A clean, whole foods diet has literally saved my life – I had such severe digestive problems and other symptoms, and learned ways to heal myself through food. I love sharing healthy, whole foods recipes on my blog and with my friends and family, and am excited to sign up to be part of the challenge contributors in the second segment starting in June! – Kim |

  22. Cinde April 22, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    Signed up for The W.H.O.L.E. Gang newsletter (quite a while ago!). 🙂

  23. Ally April 22, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    I loved to cook, but got lazy over the years. Then I realized that gluten was killing me, and my kitchen once again became my friend!

  24. Kim April 22, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    Signed up for the newsletter

  25. Jenny April 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    Would love to have this cookbook. I'm trying to eat more whole naturally foods and a lot less processed foods especially since going gluten free. I'll be moving in late July and can't wait to have a place with a yard so I can plant a garden again!!!

    I also joined the group and signed up for the news letter.

  26. Cinde April 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    Would love to win Jamie Oliver’s Cookbook! My family cooks with whole foods as often as possible, and we grow a lot of our own organic veggies and fruits.

  27. Cinde April 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Joined the Facebook group page for 30 Days to a Food Revolution.

  28. Kristine April 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Hi! I am not a blogger, but super excited about this 30 day Revolution!! I did join the 30 day giveaway event on facebook and will sign up for the W.H.O.L.E. newsletter now. Thank you!!

    A little about me, I am a celiac with many food sensitivities as well as an allergy to soy. Eating whole foods is the way to go to avoid many uncomfortable symptoms!!

    Thanks again!

  29. Cindy April 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    I joined the Facebook group page and signed up for The W.H.O.L.E. Gang newsletter. I'm new to the blogging world and new to healthful cooking. My biggest change over the last 6 months has been cutting out a lot of processed foods. I'm also trying to significantly reduce my gluten, dairy, and sugar intake. I really enjoy cooking from scratch and I'm trying to get into the habit of taking pictures and blogging about what's on my plate. I'm also starting to sign up for some of these cooking/baking challenges, so I'm looking forward to the 30 day revolution. Cheers!

  30. Emily Westfall April 23, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    I subscribed to the Facebook group about a week ago, saw your blog and how amazing and thorough it is, signed up for the newsletter and now am following your blog like a bloodhound along with Ali's Whole Life Nutrition and Karina's Gluten Free Goddess.

    I'm a jr in college just diagnosed with intolerances to gluten, casein and soy. I've been off all three since about last September. Luckily, I have been raised on home-cooked meals by my mom and inherited my love for the stove-top and oven, fresh ingredients and vibrant foods from her. We started getting a CSA box last summer and dove into the world of "slow food." I'm hooked! I go to school out in California near Ventura where produce is grown year-round and joined my school in starting up a Community Garden on campus. I also share a CSA box with some fellow gardeners in my class. Being gluten-free has been quite the science experiment for me in the kitchen and I am severely critical of baked goods as that used to be my gluten-full passion. (My present to friends for holidays and birthdays was always a cheesecake or plate of their favorite cookies.) I still love to bake and cook all my meals (almost) in my tiny, college kitchen. Here's to fresh food, exotic flavors, new tastes and HEALTH!

  31. Randy Shoemaker April 23, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    Why is a ad for KFC on this page? Even if it's for a cure they are a total disaster to eat at? I'm hoping that this ad is not in your control. Thanks for the recipes they are awesome, and keep the word spreading about how important our nutrition is.

    Randy Shoemaker

  32. Jenny April 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    I don't cook well and I am having a really hard time with my new diet restrictions (gluten, dairy, sugar and soy). I cheat all the time bc I feel eating nothing is better than eating something i am allergic to. I need to get on an easy routine that i can make healthy meals for my family and me. help.

  33. Jenny April 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    i signed up for your newsletter

  34. Jenny April 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    i join the fb group 30 days to a food revolution

  35. Rebecca Friedman April 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    It gladdens my heart to see so many people waking up to the power of healthy eating! Jamie Oliver has always been one of my heroes, and I am so happy that his latest show has made such waves here. Dare I say I think the time is finally right for a major change in how we Americans eat? As an organic vegetarian whole foods chef and caterer, I am passionate about using only good, fresh, healthy foods in what I cook. I was blessed to grow up on an organic farm, and my parents were WAY ahead of their time – we always ate meals made from (mostly) scratch, and in summer our food came straight from the garden. Now I try to share this simple, fresh style with my clients. People are amazed to discover how much they like kale! 🙂 My latest venture has been to start working with families as a nutritional "personal trainer" – doing counseling, pantry makeovers, going food shopping together, making healthy recipes with them, and figuring out how to solve some of the challenges they have as a family thru improved nutrition. I was so happy to see Jamie doing something similar in W. Virginia! People do need extra help to make the transition from processed, refined junk to healthy whole foods.

  36. Jennifer April 24, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    I joined the FB group! Last week I was at a gluten free food fair at a local grocery store. One of the demonstrators was claiming that her product was fat-free, or something similar, can't remember exactly what she said. I responded with, "I guess nobody has told you that fat is good for you?" And she said, "No, not as of yet." And I said, "Well, FAT IS GOOD FOR YOU!…. Like animal fat….." It felt so good to be able to tell that to someone who should know better! Thanks for this blog!

  37. Tam April 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    I’m so happy I found this website before the 30 day revolution starts. I’ve recently started trying to eat healthier and to eliminate processed foods from my diet. I can’t wait to read all of the advice the different bloggers have on this subject.

  38. Jennifer April 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    This is so awesome! Thanks for doing this. I have been eating mainly fresh, whole foods only for the last few years – but I am so glad that I am. Finding time, teaching myself to cook, and learning about foods that I had never tried before were just some of the hurdles that I overcame… But, it's completely worth it. I've spent less time in the doctor's office and less on medical bills since transforming the way I eat.

  39. Megan L April 27, 2010 at 5:51 am #

    Looking forward to the next 30 days! Thanks to you and all of the real food bloggers, I'm on my way to healing. Signing up for the newsletter and joining FB now! 🙂

  40. Courtney Lundsett April 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    I'm new to cooking whole foods, but after being diagnosed with a host of food allergies it was my only choice. Now I consider my diagnosis a blessing because it forced me to learn how to cook and eat the things my body really needs! Thanks to all the bloggers out there who have helped me on this journey.

  41. Christa April 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    I learned to cook a little healthier when I got married, and became even more health-conscious when I was pregnant with my son. Then my health took a downward turn and I had to start cooking gluten-free, sugar-free and yeast-free. I have learned so much! Slowly, my health is improving. I really appreciate the bloggers who share their recipes for special diets. What a blessing! I have learned a lot from them!

  42. Christa April 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    I signed up for your newsletter.

  43. Christa April 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    I joined your Facebook group.

  44. Kelli April 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    I always cook with real foods, except when we have company or when we eat out. This year we will be trying to eat well even if we have people over who don’t eat this way, and order better when we go out.

  45. Kelli April 27, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    I signed up for your newsletter.

  46. CDM April 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    When I discovered my gluten allergy I learned how to cook. I've always loved to eat, but until convenience was taken away from me, I never put much thought into what I ate. I eat healthier and more delicious foods now than ever. My husband and I spend less money and feel great with our homecooked meals.

  47. kelly cooper April 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm #

    I joined the food revolution on facebook!

  48. kelly cooper April 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    I signed up for the whole gang newsletter!


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