Dallas and Melissa Hartwig of Whole9 have truly outdone themselves with this book. If you are looking for a book that covers all the basics of a healthy diet, do yourself a favor and read it. It Starts With Food also makes a perfect gift for someone in your life who wants to get their health back on track.
It Starts With Food details the science and reasoning behind the Whole30 program, and Melissa and Dallas have mastered the science. Filled with great analogies to make these complicated processes relatable, you’ll walk away knowing exactly how your body works and what foods will and will not make you healthier. As the Hartwigs say, “The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options.” Choosing your food wisely is critical, and the Hartwigs show you exactly how to do it.
Dallas and Melissa have developed a set of standards for which all food on the Whole30 must fit into. They call these the Good Food Standards, which state:
The foods we eat should:
- Promote a healthy psychological response.
- Promote a healthy hormonal response.
- Support a healthy gut.
- Support immune function and minimize inflammation.
The Hartwigs nailed it on this one – good food should indeed do all these things, and by eating good food we can achieve good health. Dallas and Melissa go over each of these standards in detail and teach you exactly what foods do – and do not – fit in.
It Starts With Food also covers meal planning (and makes it incredibly easy), teaches you how to reintroduce foods, and a includes a whole chapter devoted to achieving long-term success with their program (which offers a few much-needed pages on getting support from your friends and family, or dealing with those who don’t support you). They also provide a chapter about making the program work for you if you have a condition which warrants further dietary concerns, like IBS/IBD, autoimmune conditions, and food allergies. Lastly, you’ll find the Meal Map – a fantastic resource for making easy and delicious meals throughout your Whole30 program.
It Starts With Food is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to fine-tune their health. The Hartwigs will challenge you, teach you, make you laugh, and most importantly, change your life.