melissa fave headshotHi! I’m Melissa, and I am a Real Food Eater! I am passionate about Real Food and I love sharing the benefits of it with others – what is is, where to get it, and how to cook it. Through my own family’s experience, it is evident that when we eat real food we are healthier, have more energy, and rarely get sick!

Now, I don’t believe we can extend the number of our days any further beyond what God has in mind for each of us, but I DO believe we can improve the QUALITY of our lives through eating real food. I also think that part of being good stewards of this earth is to support local and sustainable farms. And being good stewards of our bodies is just as important.

My goal is to help those who are new to eating real food, to help you navigate through all of the information out there. I will share my own experiences, recipes I have either created or found from others, and resources on where to get real food. A common misconception is that eating Real Food is much more expensive than eating the processed, store-bought stuff. I hope to dispel that myth and give you great resources for food that is natural, mostly organic, whole, nourishing, and REAL!

About my family: I am married to my husband Bryan, who is a pastor, and we have 4 kids. We live in West Michigan and dream of having our own mini-farm someday. I welcome any comments, suggestions and questions as we travel this Real Food-eating journey together!



P.S. You should ALSO know that if you ever invite me over for lunch/dinner, I will happily eat whatever you put in front of me (I’m not a COMPLETE food snob!).


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    Caroline Eddy
    April 23, 2014

    Hi Melissa, or anyone with the answer to my question. I saw that your website said that Juice Plus was “Non-GMO” and Organic or ” Pesteside Free”. I am interested in the product but really need to see this in writing to believe it. Can you direct me to where I can read this on the product bottle or on the companies website. I looked and could not find it anywhere. I know in a grocery store, products must read “usda certified organic” if they truly are and” Non-GMO” if they truly are. Organic products ALWAYS say “organic”. Why not Juice Plus? I would thank you for clearing up my confusion on this!

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      April 23, 2014

      Hi Caroline! Thanks for your comment. I can see how you’d be confused. I’m going to email you so I can send you some attachments that I am unable to attach here. Long story short, Juice Plus works with small and medium-sized farms that do not use pesticides and use organic practices. Not all of the farms (especially the small ones) are certified organic b/c of the price. BUT, they guarantee there are no herbicides or pesticides in their products AND that all of the produce used is GMO-free. It’s actually BETTER than organic because they test EACH batch for every herbicide, pesticide and toxin known to man. A great video that tells a bit more is found here: (first video in the list).

      I’ll also email you an audio link which talks more about how they source their farms, etc. Thanks for commenting!

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    November 10, 2013

    Was looking of ways to get my newly purchased FCLO down. And I came across the elderberry syrup recipe. I am excited to it as in have all the ingredients already in my kitchen. Now maybe I can entice my children to take a natural”flu shot”. We live naturally, eat whole foods and try to buy organic as much as possible. I also love essential oils and use them everyday and everyway. Looking forward to some more of your brilliant ideas! Here’s to staying healthy and happy this winter season. Blessing to your family!

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      Melissa @ RealFoodEater
      November 10, 2013

      Awesome! Yes, being creative with the FCLO is a good idea. Although, now that I am used to it I can take it no problem. I just squirt it WAY in the back of my throat which helps.

      Thanks for stopping by!!!

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    July 19, 2013

    Great site! I am currently trying to help my 4 year old with his asthma. I am going to get alergy tests. We already eat a wholefood diet, so it will be interesting what we find out. God willing and guidence he won’t have asthma much longer.

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      July 20, 2013

      Thanks for stopping by Danelle! Good luck with your son’s asthma and allergy testing – hope you can get to the bottom of it. I applaud you for wanting to get to the root of the problem rather than keep treating only the symptoms!!! Blessings!

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    March 15, 2013

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    March 12, 2013

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    March 5, 2013

    Wow! That’s great post! It’s really wonderful. Thanks for sharing this.

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    February 13, 2013

    Hi again! I just made my first comment on your site…and after poking around a bit I realized I was confused…someone had told me you were in Byron Center…turns out we’re even closer than I thought! I love it when the great big world of the internet turns into a small one 🙂 So excited to explore your site more…and I have to say I love that you’ve got real food goals that I can relate to! Sometimes real food sites are intimidating when you’re first starting out, but I don’t feel that way here! So thanks 🙂 And I LOVE that you’re local and so can possibly help me get the local scoop! Eggs for example?! PS I’m dying to know where your husband is a pastor…we’re kind of “in the market” for a church 🙂 I get that you want to keep your privacy…but if you feel like sharing privately my email is milinda.worley at gmail. Blessings!

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    November 22, 2011

    Do you know of any sources for raw milk on the eastern side of MI? I have some friends there that I was encouraging to buy raw milk but didn’t know where they could find it.

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      December 8, 2011

      Hi Katie – Sorry I missed your comment somehow!!! The best place to send your friend to check is at: They have real milk sources listed for each state – this link is the one that goes directly to the Michigan sources!! Hope this helps!

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