It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways (Review)

Book cover for "It Starts with Food" by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig.Title: It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

Authors: Melissa and Dallas Hartwig

Publication Year: 2012

Pages: 328

Genre: Non-Fiction

Source: Purchased the e-book from Kobo Books

From the cover:

It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever – and transform your life in unexpected ways. Your success story begins with “The Whole30,” Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s powerful 30-day nutritional reset.

Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, improved quality of life and a healthier relationship with food – accompanied by stunning improvements in sleep, energy levels, mood and self-esteem. More significantly, many people have reported the “magical” elimination of a variety of symptoms, diseases and conditions – in just 30 days.

Now, Dallas and Melissa detail the theories behind the Whole30, summarizing the science in a simple, accessible manner. It Starts With Food shows you how certain foods may be having negative effects on how you look, feel and live – in ways that you’d never associate with your diet. More importantly, they outline their life-long strategy for Eating Good Food in a clear and detailed action plan designed to help you create a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food.

Infused with their signature wit, tough love and common sense, It Starts With Food is based on the latest scientific research and real-life experience, and includes success stories, a shopping guide, a meal planning template, a meal plan with creative, delicious recipes, an extensive list of resources, and much more.

This book may or may not be your cup of tea, to be honest.

It Starts With Food can be seen in some circles as “one of those fad diet books”. It’s associated with an online program of a sort called the Whole30 as well as the Paleo diet. But it’s a bit more of an in-depth look at things than just saying “it’s about a 30 day diet program and eating like cavemen”.

This book explains why so many people choose to eat this way, and how it can benefit you and your body. You may or may not agree with the principles behind it, but if you are looking for an explanation of why people do it, you could do worse than to read It Starts With Food.

Personally, I found the writing engaging and accessible to people with little-to-no scientific background. I was able to follow the descriptions and explanations that the Hartwigs gave in each section, often before even getting to the analogy where they simplified what they had already been saying. Whether or not everything they say can be backed up by pure science is not really the purview of what I do here on this blog, so I won’t go there. But what I will say is that, at the very least, what they said made a certain kind of sense, enough for me to use it as the basis for how I eat going forward.

If you’re interested in any of these things, go ahead and read It Starts With Food. You could do worse than eating more whole, healthy, unprocessed foods … which is basically what the book advocates in a nutshell.


2 thoughts on “It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways (Review)”

  1. Sounds interesting to me. I find that periodically reading things that encourage whole food eating help me to stay on the right track. Their alliance with the Paleo diet sets me off it a bit though, since I am a veggie and doesn’t the paleo diet have a lot of meat in it? Oh well. may read it anyways.

    1. Yeah, neither the paleo diet nor the plan these guys encourage is all that veggie-friendly. The protein sources that most vegetarians I’ve known generally use are pretty much off the list here. But if you can ignore the meat evangelism, the other bits might still be good for encouraging whole-food eating, even if you have to modify their plan around being veggie?

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