3 Programs to Revolutionize the Way Your Family Eats

Alison February 9, 2016

3 Programs to Revolutionize the Way Your Family Eats

By Dr. Alison E. Buehler

Most parents are pretty clear on the fact that we need to clean up our family’s diets. We want to provide healthy food for our families and grow healthy kids. While our intentions are good, how to make healthy food a priority in the middle of busy schedules and tight budgets is another story. 

Thankfully, there are some great programs out there that make transitioning to healthy food easier. Following a program could revolutionize the way your family eats. Here are three of my favorites:

Program 1: 100 Days of Real Food

Lisa Leake is a mom who had never read a label, never shopped at a farmers market, and never bought anything organic…until she had kids and read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food.  Then, she went on a journey to overhaul what she served her family and has inspired hundreds of thousands to join her.

Who is This Program For:

Any family can follow along with this easy program and make changes in the way they prep and plan meals.

What I Like:

Loads of free information on the website. Easy to follow, affordable meal plans. This woman is a real mom. She understands picky eaters, tight budgets, and limited time. Here meals are not fancy, they are relatively quick, healthy, and family friendly. I especially like the school lunch ideas.

What I Would Like to See:

This program follows a “whole food” philosophy, which is nutrient dense, and far surpasses most American Diets. There are currently not many options for families with food allergies.

Program 2: Whole30 Program

The Whole30 Program is for families who are serious about finding out what foods negatively impact their health and wellbeing. Created by a team of healthcare practitioners and nutritionists, Whole30 specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. Currently, the website hosts over one million people each month. According to the website, the program helps you “push the ‘reset’ button with your metabolism, systemic inflammation, and the downstream effects of the food choices you’ve been making.

Who is This Program For:

Whole30 is for families who are interested in getting at the root causes of health issues by eliminating trigger foods and resetting the body.

What I Like:

You can get enough information from the website to complete the program. The time limit is doable, 30 days. There is adequate support offered through free newsletters and online forums.

What I Would Like to See:

The website is overwhelming at first. You have to read through a lot of material to understand how the program works. They have tried to alleviate this with the Whole30 101 page on the website, which is helpful.

Program 3: GAPS Diet

The GAPS Diet (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) was created by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and derived from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)Dr. Sidney Valentine Haas to naturally treat chronic inflammatory conditions in the digestive tract as a result of a damaged gut lining.  SCD gained great popularity after a mother, Elaine Gottschall, healed her own child of Ulcerative Colitis and became an advocate for SCD. Dr. Campbell McBride adapted the program to treat children with learning and behavioral disorders.

Who is This Program For:

The GAPS Diet is for families facing sensory, learning, or behavior disorders.

What I Like:

The GAPS Diet has proven successful where many families found no other hope. It helped me heal my own child of a severe sensory disorder. Campbell-McBride holds degrees in medicine and postgraduate degrees in both neurology and human nutrition.

What I Would Like to See:

More support. This program, while it is successful for many people, requires an extraordinary amount of time and energy. We had to begin over Winter Break when we had the downtime to dedicate to the program. People thought we were a bit nuts, but it worked! It would be nice not to have to do this in isolation.

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All families can find a program that changes the way they eat for the better! My advice from our own journey is to start small. Making even small changes produced such dramatic results for us that we were soon ready to revolutionize the way we ate. For information on how we got started in our family, please visit Alison’s Top 5 Tips for Raising Healthy Kids in a Junk Culture.

What Clean Eating Programs Has Your Family Tried?

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Alison is the author of Rethinking Women's Health, mother of three, and owner of The Homestead Education Center which provides writing, workshops, and retreats on health, wellness, and personal growth. Her writing focuses on stories that hold the power to heal. Visit her on her website at


  1. This is a great post and very relevant to the current climate of poor diets and speedy, but bad meal choices.
    I like the 100 days of real food program. It’s easy to do and really sets the foundations for eating well and understanding important diet changes.


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