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It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways Hardcover – June 12, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; Hardcover with Jacket edition (June 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936608898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936608898
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,458 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It Starts With Food addresses the unhealthy relationship many of us have with food, and shows us how getting back to eating what nature intended can heal us not only physically, but psychologically as well." -Shannon Ford, Mrs. United States 2011

"Here is the nutrition book we've been waiting for. It Starts With Food gives us common sense and counseling to help you break through the barriers and figure out your own optimal diet." -Emily Deans, MD, Harvard Medical School

"This book provides the nutritional foundation to help my athletes achieve their performance goals, while guiding my everyday clients towards radically improved health and quality of life." -Eva Twardokens, two-time U.S. Olympian, six-time National Champion, alpine skiing

"Need some tough love cleaning up a lousy diet? Dallas and Melissa Hartwig ask that you enlist in their 30-day boot camp -- and you'll emerge a brand-new person." -The Los Angeles Times

Named one of the Top 50 Health Books by the Huffington Post, September 2012.

From the Back Cover

Imagine yourself healthier than you ever thought possible.  It starts with food.
 
What if you could increase your energy, sleep better, improve your mood  and lose weight - permanently?
 
What if you could break the unhealthy cycle of food cravings, indulgence and guilt - forever?
 
What if you could naturally change your tastes, so the foods you love to eat are the same foods that make you healthier?
 
And what if you could eliminate the symptoms of your medical condition - just by changing the food you put on your plate?

It Starts With Food will prove all of these things are possible - starting with just 30 days.

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This book is an easy read and very informative.
Deb Stewart
I really love how It Starts With Food explains how to eat clean, why our health will be better, and lots of good ideas and recipes too!
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It is an eye opening book everyone should read.
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523 of 555 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Denham on June 12, 2012
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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.
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343 of 371 people found the following review helpful By L. Bean on October 13, 2012
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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.
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966 of 1,123 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Foss on June 21, 2012
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One quote that keeps popping up is "this is not hard compared to birthing a baby, quitting heroin, or beating cancer." Actually, it is. I haven't got any experience with heroin, but I had 7 unmedicated births, 2 c-sections, and I beat cancer. Those things are hard, too but that doesn't make this easy. This is hard. It's hard to eat this way in a world that doesn't. It's hard to cook for a big family -- either all eating this way, or them eating this way and me not eating what they're eating. It's hard to stick with it day in and day out. It's not too terribly hard for a few weeks, but it is hard as a lifestyle. I feel anti-social. I know my eating habits put a damper on others' enjoyment when our eating out choices are dictated by my "can'ts." I know I've offended more than one gracious hostess with my polite, "No thank you." And I do miss crafting a perfect loaf of artisan bread or making my grandmother's homemade pasta. I miss tomatoes fresh from the garden with olive oil and fresh mozzarella. I miss handing on food traditions of generations to my own children. I couldn't care less about sugar and I'm not lamenting processed foods at all. They were never in my diet. I'm struggling with the limited choices of real food left for me.

Admittedly, because of autoimmune issues, I'm eating the extreme end of this spectrum, eliminating nightshades, eggs, nuts, and coffee in addition to the other foods. This kind of eating got just a passing mention in the book, yet a large population of readers is reading precisely because they're battling autoimmune disease. Note: this book doesn't recommend giving up coffee even in cases of autoimmune disease, but other research (and my personal experience) does bear that out. And giving up coffee wasn't terribly difficult.
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