{Book Review} It Starts with Food

Last Tuesday, I got two amazing packages in the mail.

This is weird, because I don’t usually get any packages, let alone two AMAZING ones.

The first box contained some Paleo Kits and Paleo Jerky from Steve’s Original Paleo Kits.

The second box contained my very own copy of Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s It Starts with Food.

I’ve been looking forward to getting my hands on this book for a while now. Melissa was one of the first people to introduce me to Paleo through her blog, Urban Gets Diesel, and I really believe in the holistic approach that Dallas and Melissa take with their Whole30 program.

Not only does this book go into the science behind the benefits of eating whole, real foods in a way that’s thorough, yet easy to understand, it also puts a lot of emphasis on the psychological responses we have to certain modern foods and really hammers home the fact that diets don’t work.

There is so much more to eating and changing your eating habits than food.

It Starts with Food stresses the importance of recognizing your emotional connection to modern-day “franken-foods” in order to break free from their overly sweetened grasp and start making healthy choices that truly support your body.  I’ve read a lot of books about diet and nutrition, and I rarely find one that devotes an entire chapter to deconstructing cravings and the emotional tricks that sweet and salty processed foods can play on you.

This book breaks down the science behind the impact of modern processed foods in a way that is fun to read and easy to understand. The Hartwigs cover everything: the effect sugar and processed foods have on your hormones (including insulin and leptin), your gastrointestinal tract and your immune system, and what health conditions you can prevent by eating whole, real foods.

It Starts with Food gives an in-depth explanation of the benefits of transitioning to a real food diet, and they continue to cover their bases in the second half of the book with a detailed description of how to transition to a real food diet. Not only are the guidelines extremely practical, they are also proven to be successful.  Their Whole30 program has helped thousands of people overcome a variety of medical issues (from diabetes to arthritis) with its no-nonsense  approach.

This book has given me a new way of looking at the Paleo Framework that’s firmly based in science and experience. It quietly and eloquently debunks Paleo myths by showing us the scientific reasoning behind this way of eating. I can’t believe the amount of information in this book– it’s all so clear and concise that one can breeze through it effortlessly– I would liken it to reading Harry Potter for pleasure.

Whether you’re an athlete looking for better performance, or a regular Joe looking to regulate your blood sugar, there is something in It Starts with Food for you.

Including some delicious looking recipes to get you started on your journey.

I recommend this book to anyone looking to really get to know their body and how it responds to certain foods.  It Starts with Food gives you the tools and criteria you need to evaluate how modern food effects your body. It encourages self-experimentation, which is the best way to figure out how to fuel your body.

This book is for you if you’re tired of being held back by processed foods and want to get healthy and reach your full potential. If you want to eat in a way that promotes healthy hormones, and diminishes systemic inflammation and thereby lessens your risk for illness.

To learn more about It Starts with Food, visit the official website. Or buy it on Amazon.com

2 Responses to {Book Review} It Starts with Food

  1. Salah (Beat Your Best) June 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM #

    I’m so glad you did this review! I just bought the book and am so excited to read it!

    • Allison June 25, 2012 at 10:04 AM #

      Awesome, Salah! I hope you like it as much as I did! Let me know what you think…

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