It Starts with Food

  • by Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
  • Narrated by Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
  • 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
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.

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I loved it! Now I know what all the hype is about

I just finished listening to it -- the Hartwigs did a great job! I'm a VERY AVID audiobook listener, and I honestly had no knowledge beforehand of the Whole 30 plan or this book. I had seen it mentioned on Facebook a few times with a lot of enthusiasm, and I'm already a fan of pseudo-Paleo eating, so I decided to download this and see what the hype was about. I wasn't able to tell that they didn't use professional narrators. In fact, Melissa sounded better than some paid professional narrators I've listened over the years. (Dallas isn't so bad, either! Every now and then I'd think about which person I liked hearing best, and I never could decide.) The only thing that did get super annoying right from the get go was the little Disney-ish magic wand sound that interrupted each section. It reminded me of Nickelodeon as a kid and took away from the authoritative tone of the book. But it's not so annoying that it would dissuade someone from listening. I downloaded my accompanying PDF just fine, and it was a terrific experience. I pretty much listened straight through.

As for the book and plan itself, it made perfect sense. If any of you have listened to or read Dr. Mark Hyman's "10 Day Detox," it's nearly identical in theory and practice, only the Hartwigs have you going for 30 days vs. 10. I read and did the 10 day detox, but I honestly don't believe it was long enough to really determine or establish any particular allergens or irritants in my diet. It got me to lose a few pounds back in the spring, but then I kinda forgot all about it. I'm hoping/expecting this plan to teach me more about what I want to add into my diet. They kind of gloss over the reintroduction part -- too much IMHO. I think I'm going to take my time and reintroduce at my own pace with smaller portions and longer phases.

All in all, the authors delivered their book in an enjoyable, easy-to-understand way that's even a bit entertaining. I loved the bits where they gave it to the readers straight -- it made me laugh, but I was also nodding my head thinking, "Yeah. They're right!" I'm one of those fortunate people who have no real ailments, aches, pains, diseases or chronic issues. (Very blessed!) But I do have metabolic damage from yo-yo dieting, starvation diets and super-low carb eating. I want to find a sustainable, healthy food lifestyle that totally eliminates anything that might affect my sluggish metabolism while still eating plenty of calories, starches/fats/protein. This is the perfect way jump start the process and figure out what I do (and what I don't) want in my long-term way of eating. I highly recommend!
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- Maria

Wow, this is a life changing book!

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I have had digestion issues for the past 5 yeas, bloating, fatigue, brain fog, stomach pain, joint soreness and overall feeling unwell. After countless medical tests, even biopsied to find out if I was celiac ... doctor concluded I must be gluten sensitive. I went completely gluten, corn, diary free and though my symptoms weren't as severe, they were still there. To say I was frustrated, would be a huge understatement. Nothing seemed to help.

Even before I finished reading this book I started a total grain free diet, dairy, sugar , ect... way of eating ,... and after about 5 days every symptom disappeared! It is mind blowing how simply changing the way I ate had such a dramatic impact. I guess I had been feeling so sick for so long that I had forgotten what it truly felt like to have energy and feel well.

I am about a month and half into this new lifestyle change and I can't imagine every introducing those items back into my diet. I had some rice with a meal and then followed by cake 3 weeks into this new way of eating, and the resulting ill feeling was an eye opener and reminded me of how I'd felt like for years.

Thank you to the authors for putting together such an amazing book, in a very simple to follow way. I have read countless books on nutrition and diet, this by far is the best one! Total life changer for me!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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- Catherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-14-2014
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing