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

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


It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever—and transform your life in profound and 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, enhanced quality of life, a


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


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  1. 604 of 642 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The concepts in this book are life-saving (and tasty too)!, June 12, 2012
    Thomas E. Denham (Alpharetta, GA USA) –

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    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 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.


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  2. 452 of 481 people found the following review helpful
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    Life Changing, October 13, 2012
    L. Bean

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    I cannot begin to tell you have life changing this has been for me.

    I have struggled with dieting for the last 15 years. I tried Weight Watchers and lost 11 entire pounds in 6 months– and had to deal with the constant “You must be doing something wrong…” “Clearly, you aren’t tracking your points…” Yes, I was .

    I had lost weight in my mid-30′s through diet and exercise, but I never got to my goal. I had another kid…. turned 40… and nothing that I did seemed to help.

    I did Crossfit over the summer which introduced me to Paleo. I had a few friends that had switched to a more Paleo type diet. Although they hadn’t lost a lot of weight, they spoke of their energy, better sleep habits, clear skin, etc. I thought they were crazy- why would I do this if not to lose weight?

    Well, here I am 7 weeks later and I am sold.

    I am 42. I am on the line between obsese and overweight. I exercise. I ate a “healthy” diet- never more than 1500 calories a day.

    Even though they said not to track calories- I did. For three weeks. Then it became apparent- I was eating more, exercising less and the weight was falling off. More importantly, the inches were coming off. It looked and felt like someone had put a pin in me and the air is slowly coming out. No joke.

    I am in sizes now that I wore at 20 lbs less than where I am now.

    I was NEVER hungry.

    I ate until I was full. I relearned what full was.

    My skin is incredibly soft. My acne, which I never had until my 30′s, is clearing up and nearly gone. I sleep 7-8 hours a night- straight through. I have a ton of energy. My mental acuity has improved.

    Oh- and I lost 13 pounds in a month and am continuing to lose about 2-3 pounds a week. But like my friends who talked to me about this, that’s the smallest part of this.

    I used to say I didn’t feel fat, I felt bloated. I don’t feel bloated any more.

    The first few days- almost the whole first week- were MISERABLE. I was mean. I felt sick. I fell asleep at 9 pm. Then on Day 6, my skin was glowing. I had energy. I was sold.

    You do have to prepare for this and put in some effort. Use the master recipes in the back (trust me- I love to cook and I ran out of ideas).

    The other thing that I found incredibly fascinating was that my taste completely changed. After my 30 days, I tried to eat an Oreo and almost threw up- it tasted like licking the fat off a cold roast. No joke. Today is my husband’s birthday and I couldn’t eat the cake from the supermarket. And ice cream tastes like scoops of sugar. It’s amazing. It’s like suddenly I can taste every preservative in everything- it’s bizarre.

    I don’t see going “off” this any time soon. I did the 10 day test after, to see what I reacted to– pretty much everything except rice. Some things (like wine) are worth it, most of it isn’t.

    What kept me going through the first week was the comment in the book that if you do have a serious reaction, keep at it because it means this is your issue. It was definitely mine.

    If nothing has worked for you- try this. It’s 30 days. I’ve had 5 friends do this since they saw the success I had– they’ve all had great success. Insulin resistance may not be your issue, but if it is– my blood sugar levels kept creeping up every year– this is fantastic.

    On a technical note- the Kindle Edition cuts off the recipes in the back. I just purchased the hard copy for this reason.

    And on a final note- read the ENTIRE book first. This is a “try it” lifestyle. The more you know, the more it makes sense and the more you will stick with it.



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