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

Melissa Hartwig , Dallas Hartwig
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"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, and a healthier relationship with food--accompanied by stunning improvements in sleep, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem. More significant, 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 • chronic fatigue • asthma • sinus infections • allergies • migraines • acid reflux • Crohn’s • celiac disease • IBS • bipolar disorder • depression • Lyme disease • endometriosis • PCOS • autism • fibromyalgia • ADHD • hypothyroidism • arthritis • multiple sclerosis

Now, Dallas and Melissa detail not just the "how" of the Whole30, but also the "why," summarizing the science in a simple, accessible manner. "It Starts With Food" reveals how specific foods may be having negative effects on how you look, feel, and live--in ways that you’d never associate with your diet. More important, they outline their lifelong strategy for eating Good Food in one 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 the Hartwigs' signature wit, tough love, and common sense, "It Starts With Food" is based on the latest scientific research and real-life experience, and includes testimonials, a detailed shopping guide, a meal-planning template, a Meal Map with creative, delicious recipes, and much more.

Editorial Reviews


"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

About the Author

DALLAS HARTWIG, MS, PT, CISSN Dallas Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist, licensed physical therapist, and functional medicine practitioner who specializes in addressing the underlying causes of disease using a systems-oriented approach. He co-owned and operated a strength and conditioning facility until founding the online community Whole9 ( with his wife, Melissa, in November 2009. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah, and travel worldwide to present health and nutrition seminars.
MELISSA HARTWIG, CISSN, RKC Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and RKC-certified kettlebell instructor who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create lifelong, healthy habits. She shares resources, writes articles, and provides support to more than one million people a month through the Whole30 website (

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  • File Size: 1881 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (July 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008C20TDG
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197 of 205 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing - In More Ways Than One June 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a runner so my eating has been centered around carbs. As a result, I love carbs. I have run several 1/2 marathons but wanted to do at least one full marathon - so at 43, I trained and completed my first full marathon in April. I did not do nearly as well as I had hoped and I noticed towards the end of my training I was experiencing what I would consider an extra amount of fatigue - I also lost no weight whatsoever during my training, something I always do. I chalked it up to too much training and figured after my marathon I would rest and get back to normal. A week after my marathon, I decided to hit the gym and start weight training but had no drive and just felt tired. This feeling just got worse - to the point I thought I needed to see the Dr.
Then my wife started talking about this book. My first reaction - "THERE IS NO WAY I AM GIVING UP GRAINS AND SUGAR! - A PERSON CAN'T LIVE LIKE THAT!"
Another week or so went by AND i WAS NO BETTER. I decided to purchase the book (Kindle version) and started reading. What the authors were saying made sense - as much as my mind could make sense of it. So I thought - I can try it - its only 30 days.

Today I am on Day 20 and here is what I have noticed:
1. THe 1st 2-4 days were rough - I think I was actually detoxing / going through sugar Withdrawals. Not kidding - I honestly felt horrible. Not just hungry but fidgety, hungry, restless, irritable...
2. Days 5-7 the sugar / carb cravings were fading and my desire to snack every two hours was hardly noticeable. Still somewhat tired and not sleeping too well. My morning runs felt horrible - thought I was dying - OK - kidding. But I felt no MOJO. My times were getting worse. I figured this was probably normal SO I kept focused on my 30 day goal.
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158 of 169 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Time Have Stuck with a Diet! January 6, 2015
By Paulina
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So basically this is the Paleo diet in a simplified, easy to follow format. I read it and thought this is easy, as I've tried a Paleo lifestyle in the past and cutting out food groups such as grains, sugar and dairy is not all that hard if you are a meat eater and like vegetables which I do. But then I came to two rules I did not think I could or would follow. Somehow I talked myself into it and for the first time in my life (after dozens and dozens of dieting attempts) I have followed a diet which does not feel like a diet at all. You feel like you are just taking really good care of yourself and treating yourself to high quality, high nutrient, delicious food. The first rule I thought would be hard to follow is no alcohol. I stuck with it but one night had a glass of wine. Guess what? I ate everything in sight. No more wine. Second rule which I thought would be impossible to follow is no weighing yourself. This terrified me. What if it wasn't working... how would I know? In the past I would weigh myself every day on a diet and if I happened to be up a few ounces because of water weight or my monthly cycle, I would get very frustrated and angry and think why bother? Then I would proceed to eat everything in site. This has gone on for YEARS!! So for the first time i have forced myself to stay off the scale. It was not easy, but for the first time I have stuck to a diet with no stress, no obsessing, no frustration, no binging... I lost 7 lbs in about 10 days before a trip (just had to take a peak at my weight!) and looked my best in a bikini. LOVE this diet!!! Follow all the rules... these people know what they are talking about. Also a tip: One day I ate fruit earlier in the day (I usually naturally crave fruit after dinner for something sweet before bed) and by night time I was having cravings. Read more ›
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157 of 189 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent with a few flaws May 1, 2013
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I finished the whole30 diet as prescribed in this book yesterday, and waited until now to review the book so that I could reflect on the process of implementing the eating plan in it. I had good results from my 30 grain-free, dairy-free, sugar- and sugar-substitute-free, bean-free days. I lost 11 pounds, don't feel as achy as I did before, have clearer skin, greater mental clarity throughout the day, and to some extent more energy (though not the boundless energy that others report). I also don't crave sweets as much and don't tend to get hungry between meals. I'd struggled to lose weight on other diets without much success, so I'm very pleased with how well whole30 worked for me.

But the process of getting through the plan is a challenge. It requires a willingness to cook most (if not all) of your own meals, change countless habits, say NO to yourself quite often, and work through a stretch of days when you're probably going to feel pretty crappy. The book makes it clear that the benefits of the diet aren't realized until at least mid-way through the 30 days for most people. I also would imagine that the failure rate for those who attempt to do a whole30 is high (my husband tried to do it with it and didn't make it three days). Any "slips" or "cheats" require you to start over at day 1. Eating out is a real challenge, since soybean oil isn't allowed and most restaurants use it in food preparation and condiments and hidden sugars also are frequently found in prepared foods. There are few options available from quick-service restaurants and none from fast food places.

My main critique of the book is that the science on some of the eating rules is more solid than on others.
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