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

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28 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

Co-workers would ask me if I had had lunch if I was critical or

Co-workers would ask me if I had had lunch if I was critical or demanding. They noticed that I was meaner when I was hungry and, unfortunately, I was hungry a lot. Eventually I was eating 6 times per day, but still got hungry. And as I got older, I got heavier. My body ...
Co-workers would ask me if I had had lunch if I was critical or demanding. They noticed that I was meaner when I was hungry and, unfortunately, I was hungry a lot. Eventually I was eating 6 times per day, but still got hungry. And as I got older, I got heavier. My body fat ballooned up to 37 percent. If you had known me in 1994 when I was competing in a marathon (26.2 mile) race every month, you might not believe it possible, but I gained 55 pounds.

I decided to do something about it in 2008 and joined a CrossFit gym - lifting weights, performing gymnastic moves, and literally standing on my head doing high intensity exercise three times per week. I ran 5 to 10 miles every weekend. I ate better - lots of salmon and veggies from the frozen food case - but after two years of effort, my body fat was still 27 percent. I had lost 20 pounds, but remained pudgy. Then I heard about Dallas and Melissa Hartwig's Whole30 program.

I did my first Whole30 in May of 2010. About two weeks into the program, I noticed that I was sleeping better. Then I started to set new personal records lifting heavy weights in the gym. I felt great and my energy levels stayed even across the day. I quit being so grumpy! I decided to keep following the Whole30 way of eating. After a few months, my annual blood work showed big improvements: good cholesterol - UP, bad cholesterol - DOWN. And I was losing weight. Nothing dramatic, but typically two pounds per month. The two pounds per month continued 15 months and I lost 30 pounds! I finally stopped losing weight when I was just 10 pounds above my marathon running weight from the 90's. And that 10 pounds was all new muscle!

I first met Dallas and Melissa Hartwig in 2011 when I attended one of their in-person nutrition workshops. They were just as smart, friendly, and good looking in person as they were online. They are truly inspiring people. And their book - It Starts With Food - is just like them - smart, practical, informative, kind, tough, motivating, inspiring, hopeful...

As someone who has read most of the information on their website and attended their workshops, I expected to be familiar with everything in It Starts With Food, but I was wrong. The discussions of food cravings, the psychology of eating, and much of the science was new to me. And the Hartwigs made the science interesting. I wish my high school and college biology teachers had been as clear and practical as them! The Whole30 program is discussed in the book and the Hartwigs explain how you can do your own Whole30 and start getting the same kind of results I got in mine.

It Starts With Food is an incredible resource for anyone who wants to develop a healthier relationship with food or who just plain needs to because what they are doing now is killing them.

posted by TomDenham on June 12, 2012

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23 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

Interesting book, not great e-reader formatting

I like that the book was straightforward, easy to read, and an interesting take on the whole paleo/primal/eat real food thing. Maybe a little on the nose at times, but tough love sometimes is what it takes. What I did not like was the formatting for the e-reader. Tables...
I like that the book was straightforward, easy to read, and an interesting take on the whole paleo/primal/eat real food thing. Maybe a little on the nose at times, but tough love sometimes is what it takes. What I did not like was the formatting for the e-reader. Tables were awful to read, and my Nook kept skipping pages at the end with all of the tables. Not easy to read at all.

posted by 11450706 on November 20, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    FINALLY!!! I have long awaited this book and it's HERE! I disc

    FINALLY!!! I have long awaited this book and it's HERE! I discovered the Hartwig's awesome website/blog long ago and the best of the basics are condensed in these 320 perfect little pages. What I loved about this book was the utter honesty and love that shine through as you read it - it's funny, serious, scientific, real. These two actually care about what they are talking about and they speak at a level that is easy for anyone to understand. Even if you like the more scientific approach they give you that - seriously, they have 20 pages of references! Being a vegetarian I am turned off by a lot of these "paleo" books but this is more about FOOD, all food, and what it does in our bodies after we put it in our mouth. I appreciate that they speak to their entire audience - vegetarians, vegans, athletes, pregnant/breastfeeding moms, kids. This book will raise your body awareness and make you look at food in a whole new way. Then, your life will be changed for the better.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    Only Nutrition Book You Need!

    Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, creators of Whole 9 and friends of CrossFit Albuquerque, have written and just released a new gem of a book. It Starts With Food, is a witty, informational, instructional, fun, and pointed book. IT WILL ALSO CHANGE YOUR LIFE. If you haven't stepped up to trying the Whole 30, this is the book that will make you take the plunge. They do an excellent job of explaining why you should change your eating habits...and change them now. The science and explanations are credible, yet easily digestible for everyone. They don't beat around the bush, yet acknowledge what we all know and think: this is HARD, but doable. Yet, the book is written such that you put it down wanting to change your food and your life immediately. The change part is in the book, in plain English for your taking. It Starts With Food includes the Whole 30 program which is your road map for the first 30 days of the rest of your life. Then and most importantly it leads past those first 30 days to life long healthy eating habits. This is NOT a diet book. This is a fun, tasty, yet healthy way to live all packaged into a book that is hard to put down. Of all the "Paleo" books on my shelf, this is the book that I would recommend first.

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  • Posted February 6, 2015

    The book is much easier than the e-reader. I'm constantly marki

    The book is much easier than the e-reader. I'm constantly marking pages and re-reading parts of the book. It actually helps me stay on track. This is a very easy lifestyle change in order to get you to a healthier being. Just not for weight loss but just feeling great. This book has replaced my cookbook because I'm still getting more ideas to cook and spices to use.

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