I’ve put together a list of resources that will help you as you begin (or continue) your ‘real food’ journey of eliminating processed foods from your home. I’ve read all of these books, watched all of these documentaries, use these cookbooks on a regular basis, and follow these blogs. They are all great resources and I hope you will find them helpful and enjoyable, as well!


Healthy Living Blogs:

100 Days of Real Food

Happy Healthy Mama

Live Simply

My Real Food Family

My Whole Food Life

Muscles & Munchkins

Real Food Real Deals

Real Mom Nutrition

School Bites

Super Healthy Kids

That’s What I Eat



The Food Babe Way, by Vani Hari (Also includes recipes. I wrote a review here.)

Food Rules, by Michael Pollan

Practical Paleo, by Diane Sanfilippo (This book also contains 120 paleo recipes…but I liked the book more for the “customized” practical advice regarding different health conditions like thyroid disorders, athletic performance, autoimmune conditions, blood-sugar regulation, etc.)

The Real Food Revolution, by Tim Ryan

Skinny Chicks Eat Real Food, by Christine Avanti

The Unhealthy Truth, by Robyn O’Brien



100 Days of Real Food, by Lisa Leake (I wrote a full review here)

100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous, by Lisa Leake (full review here)

Against All Grain, by Danielle Walker (Over 150 gluten-free, grain-free, & dairy-free recipes)

The Fresh 20, by Melissa Lanz

The Homemade Pantry, by Alana Chernila

The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook, by Dara Demoelt

Plant-Powered Families, by Dreena Burton

Weelicious, by Catherine McCord



Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Fed Up

Food, Inc.


Forks Over Knives

Hungry for Change

Ted Talks: Robyn O’Brien

The Beautiful Truth: The World’s Simplest Cure for Cancer



Helpful Blog Posts:

Complete List of What’s Inside a Real Food Kitchen

Real Food Pantry Staples

Real Food Lunch Ideas for Kids

Real Food School Lunchbox Ideas

Overcoming the Obstacles of a Real Food Lifestyle

Continuing My Research

7 thoughts on “Resources

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  2. Hi Leann,
    I am an American living in Thailand since 2005. I created a website for mainly western dishes along with a friend of mine, also American. We got tired of hearing other western expats complaining about how much it costs to make western dishes, I then created the site to prove people wrong 🙂 Word is getting out 🙂

    Not quite the real foods concept you have going but close. I also have lots of shortcuts to make condensed soups, salad dressings, dry and liquid, etc. Your Cheddar Cheese Soup is listed here:

    The website is:

    I just looked through your recipes, I would like to add some to my site if I have your permission.

    🙂 Lee

    1. Hi Lee! Thanks for checking with me first. I’m fine if you want to add some of my recipes to your site, but I would ask that you share a link back to my recipe. For example, “Recipe adapted from Real Fit Real Food Mom.” (with my blog name linking to the original recipe blog post) Thanks so much! ~LeAnn

  3. Hello.. thank you so much for the recipes and all your help . Unless Tom’s made a new toothpaste , The one I grabbed a vacation had sodium laurel sulfate. I think you know about that – very toxic. I’m on the search for a new toothpaste. Myself and my husband each have a tube of Vivionex, and I just heard about the blue dye in it. Can’t believe I didn’t think of it before – I was so excited to find a good toothpaste )). Im looking again. If I find something, I’ll let you all know..✌🏽 Laurs

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