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It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways [Kindle Edition]

Melissa Hartwig , Dallas Hartwig
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,342 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Now a New York Times bestseller!

Food can change your life in unexpected ways.

"It Starts With Food" will show you how.

"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.

diabetes · high cholesterol · high blood pressure · obesity · acne · eczema · psoriasis · hives asthma · allergies · sinus infections · migraines · acid reflux · celiac disease · Crohn's · IBS bipolar disorder · depression · seasonal affective disorder · eating disorders · ADHD endometriosis · PCOS · infertility · arthritis · Lyme disease · hypothyroidism · fibromyalgia

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.


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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

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5200 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936608898
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (July 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C20TDG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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491 of 521 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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292 of 318 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing October 13, 2012
By L. Bean
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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902 of 1,051 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually, it is hard June 21, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent book
Published 2 hours ago by Allison Swan
5.0 out of 5 stars BUT, I AM A FOODIE!!
I just HAVE to write a review. This is actually my first book review ever. My name is Tracy Turner (JT is my hubby). I have never done a diet in my life and I loathe fad diets. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best Book I have read in a long time!! Would love an audio version!
Published 6 hours ago by John Rezabek
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
Can't wait to get started. This book is very detailed and clear, hoping that this will help with weight loss and several ailments
Published 20 hours ago by Lindsay K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book within explanations into Whole30 and the science behind ...
Great book within explanations into Whole30 and the science behind it. It has changed they way I eat. I continue to read it every now and then to make sure I stay informed. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ryan Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book about ACTUAL Food
Love, love, love this book. I'm learning so much about food and how it impacts my day to day functionality. Thank you! Heading into my second Whole 30.
Published 1 day ago by Ashley Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. I just finished my Whole30 and I ...
Great book. I just finished my Whole30 and I feel great. I am planning to continue eating whole30 with a few occasional exceptions moving forward.
Published 1 day ago by Sarah Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A lot of terrific information that was easy to understand and process.
The writing style was down to earth and made it enjoyable to learn.
Published 1 day ago by Andrew Lampe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!!!
Published 2 days ago by Katie Blue Eyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent guide for diabetics.
Published 2 days ago by Barbara A. Clark
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