It Starts with Food by Dallas Hartwig

It Starts with Food

Imagine yourself healthier than you ever thought possible.It starts with food.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.Over the last three years, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight los...

Details It Starts with Food

TitleIt Starts with Food
Release DateJun 12th, 2012
PublisherVictory Belt Publishing
GenreNonfiction, Health, Food and Drink, Food, Cookbooks, Nutrition, Cooking, Self Help

Reviews It Starts with Food

  • Melissa
    As this is the book I wrote, I think it's pretty awesome. But, of course, I'm slightly biased.
  • Michelle
    I was fascinated in the beginning with the scientific-like discussion of things like hormones' role in digestion. However, when it got past the discussion of how sugar isn't good for you, the logic became a little fuzzy. They discredited the studies that have touted the health of whole grains and dairy by saying they were funded by those who have a financial stake in the profitability of grains and dairy. Ok, that makes sense, but then all of the...
  • Cynthia
    I started doing a Whole30 (30 day elimination diet with no grains, dairy, legumes, sugar, alcohol, sulfites, or prepared foods with other chemical additives) before I ever saw this book. I give the program itself a five. I can breathe through my nose again, reliably, for the first time in years. My energy has increased and my sense of fatigue has lifted. My digestive system feels right for the first time since I was a teenager. Every day (I'm on ...
  • Colette
    It Starts With Food: a good message written by zealous messengers, paid for by the Coconut Oil Marketing BoardIf a piece of toast with peanut butter, washed down with a glass of milk sounds like an excellent snack to you, this will be a difficult read and and even more difficult Whole30. I've got nothing against the concept of a nutritional reset. The Whole30 program was beneficial for me and my husband and it made us rethink our eating habits. C...
  • Dan Wool
    I devoured "It Starts with Food" in about a day! For the Hartwigs it comes down to one thing -- is what you are putting in your mouth healthy or unhealthy? They are logical -- not preachy, which I liked. You can do A and this will happen or B and this will happen. They very simply explain what happens with the hormones in your body when you eat a standard American diet -- dairy, grains, sugar, etc. -- and that alone should be required reading for...
  • Jeremy Preacher
    I mostly bought this book to express support for the Hartwigs - the core of their plan, the Whole 30, is available totally for free on the website and has been very useful to me in the past. But I was pleasantly surprised - this is a good book. Readable, clear, persuasive, and it has the best cooking-for-dummies section in the back that I've seen yet. It Starts With Food avoids some of the problems other, similarly-themed books have - Cordain's d...
  • Amy | Foxy Blogs
    I listened to this audio with my husband while we were on a road trip. His chiropractor wanted him to give this diet a try. I figured I'd join him and do it too. Eating nothing but whole foods for 30 days sounds easy enough and it was once you get past the first week. The first few days were like a mental game with myself. What kept me motivated was knowing if I slipped up my 30 days started over and I didn't want to have to do that. I gained lot...
  • Cory
    I'm disappointed, though in retrospect I don't know why I had high expectations of this to start with. I've been doing the program for 28 days now and I expect to see it through -- no issues with the program, but the book, my god. My major problems with it: 1) The tone. Good grief, the tone. Cutesy "tough love" and "sugar dragons" everywhere. Condescending rhetorical questions. It seems to be written with an assumption that the reader is a stupid...
  • Heidi
    So I was feeling crummy and decided to try the Whole30, a "paleo" cleansing diet that lasts 30 days. You eat only high-quality meats, eggs, and produce; no grains, beans, soy, dairy, alcohol (even for cooking), or sugar. I made it to day 21. I forgot my lunch one day and the office ordered in from Costa Vida. I caved an ate the innards of a barbacoa pork burrito, including rice and beans, and loved every bite.What I like about the program:- Empha...
  • Laura
    This book and this way of eating has and will change people's lives. It has changed mine. If you ever wish you felt better than you currently do, please read this book. Give its principles a trial run, and see if you see improvement. I'm a lifelong junk food and sugar lover. If a doctor had not suggested I go gluten free, I'd have never done it. However, having done it, and having learned how the fuel we put in our bodies impacts how we feel - an...
  • heather
    okay, fine. it's a hormone-sciencey less carb-phobic Atkins plan. i get it. i am not fooled by the tantalizing inclusion of fruit and sweet potatoes.that doesn't mean i didn't totally buy into the authors' hookum, though. i did. and i'm currently whittling away all the sugar/grain/legume/dairy products in my pantry so i can start my own Whole30 plan (hopefully in time to be finished it before xmas).i appreciate their "hormone reset" and "foods wi...
  • Kelly
    I must have found this book at the perfect point in my life because, had I seen it even a day earlier, I might have thought cutting all dairy, grains, soy, sugar, legumes, and alcohol from my diet - even for only 30 days - was absolutely nuts. And, trust me, I love food so I can perfectly understand how anyone would think this is crazy.Instead I am living proof of the power of radical diet change as medicine! Gone are so many "complaints" I had j...
  • Bree
    Notes:*paleo/clean-eating/anti-inflammatory diet (no processed food, sugar, dairy, grains, legumes)*not a 30-day cleanse program if you read the whole book -- authors say it could take 60 days or more *unless you are very wealthy this diet is going to cost a fortune!!*focus is entirely on hormone balancing through nutrition (only a minor mention in the supplements section about importance of enzymes)*authors completely write off raw milk and soak...
  • Katina
    Well, Jeff and I made it through 15 days of the W30 before he had a CAT scan that sparked the lymphoma diagnosis and cancer treatment odyssey of the past several months. I'd still like to try a full W30 sometime, but for now, here are my takes.This book distills a lot of information about nutrition and I think it does so in a scientifically sound way. I think it has permanently convinced me of the evils of processed sugars and processed grains. I...
  • Stephanie LGW
    I tried, I really did. I got through the chapters about why you should eat this way and even got about 1/2 way into the how, but I just couldn't do it. This book is definitely not the worst one I've ever read, and I'm sure they had some good points, but I have a serious issue with any diet (and I'm using the term diet in the "all the food you eat is a diet" not "calorie-count to lose weight" sort of way) that recommends cutting out food groups. T...
  • Jen
    This book is well written, accessible, and not heavy-handed with the advice. I like advice with a "but try it for yourself and see what works best" approach; it feels like the authors are more vested in your success than in being right about minute details, and that is refreshing.This book was the logical next step to my nutritional education after Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma and Nestle's What to Eat. Early chapters explain the psychology behind ...
  • Robyn
    This was an interesting and informative read on a paleo-type diet. It's an extreme version lasting 30 days meant to break you of cravings, reset your hormones and reduce inflammation. I've read a lot of nutrition related books, some vegan, some anti-grain and others. All make good arguments for why they urge you to drop certain food groups. I'm really not sure I'm convinced about the paleo lifestyle. I'm not entirely discounting it, but vegan boo...
  • Becky
    This wasn't consciously a new year's resolution type read, though I did read it during the Dec/Jan week. I read Gary Taubes' massive (and excellent) Good Calories, Bad Calories a few years back, which pulls the curtain back on decades upon decades of poor public policy choices about nutrition education and the negative impact of carbs and processed foods on society. I don't eat many grains anyway, and generally resisted the idea of cutting out ag...
  • Andrea
    In all of the commotion about what to eat, what not to eat and why, this book stood out to me. It was recommended to me by a friend and I know of several others who have gone through it. I greatly appreciated the straightforward nature (and language) of this book. The book is written so that you can read as much or as little information as it takes to convince you about why they advocate the food choices that they do. Four principles are given an...
  • Khaye
    I love this book. I couldn't have picked it up at a better time in my life. Last year I went through several health issues. First off, I was having problems with my GI system - I had IBS among several other issues and I could literally feel the inflammation in my stomach. I then became sick over the summer, had bronchitis like symptoms, and was diagnosed with asthma. I had trouble breathing often, could not exercise as much, and also had my anxie...
  • Tim Kubiak
    The book was well written, easy to read, the concepts and science behind their ideas were explained in plain English and used a variety of examples. The one thing I'm not certain of is that a person were to pick up the book who wasn't familiar with the Paleo Diet or hadn't read about the dangers and risks of industrial farming (Omnivores Dilemma, Food Inc, etc) if it would have resonated quite the same way. That said;The Good1) They put the respo...
  • Courtney
    I love this book and the Whole30 premise. I'm on day 20 of Whole30, and this program has changed the way I view food and eating. When I first heard that the program prohibited all grains, dairy, sugar, and alcohol, I thought it would be impossible. But the program has made me not want those foods, as opposed to usual diets that make me crave those foods even more. Whole30 has made me love vegetables, healthy fats, and rich proteins. I have starte...
  • Ryan Hawkins
    There are two negative things that could've made this book a 3 star book very easily, but there's one thing that made it worth 4 stars.I will begin with the positive. Melissa and Dallas Hartwig in this book provide a positive, clear, practical guide to eating and nutrition. Their 'diet' is called the Whole 30, and it consists of eliminating any and everything that might cause you bodily troubles, especially inflammation. That means dairy, legumes...
  • Joseph Scaduto
    As many of you know, my wife is a Whole30 evangelist who regularly participates in the program, which she seems to love - mostly because it makes her feel so healthy, with better sleep and more energy, among a host of other benefits. So, after watching her this month on the Whole30 program (for the 4th or 5th time), again with such positive results, I finally read the book that started it all. I must say, as a biologist by education and training,...
  • Leah Hortin
    Absolutely the best Whole30 book for me. I would recommend this to EVERYONE, even if you aren't interested in doing the program. It's especially good for questioners, science-driven, "why" people. The science is there, in an easily digestible, and even fun at times, format. Food is SO important. Fueling yourself is important. The things that proper nutrition can do for autoimmune diseases, diabetes, allergies, digestion, the list goes on and on, ...
  • Vanessa
    It was a tough read for me. It really got into the science which was above my head. I recommend the whole30 website to get started and get going.
  • Petrucha
    Protože vědeckých studií jsem na téma už řádku četla a tu část mám radši, nešlo pro mě o nic nového. I tak mě to bavilo poslouchat, protože tady nejde o vědu, jako spíš o tu populárně naučnou verzi vědy. Dovedu si představit spoustu lidí ve svém okolí, které by tahle kniha bavila. Představuje fungování těla a vliv, jaký na něj mají potraviny tak, že by to bavilo i teenagera (a možná je to na ně i zaměřen...
  • Crystal
    Really I would rate this at 3.5 but considering some of the reviews that are 1 or 2 stars for this book are inane, I'll be a bit generous and round up to 4.The book is well cited (they have all their references, by chapter, at the end of the book, if you want to see where they got their information) and easy to read. The tone can get a bit annoying, but their use of easy-to-understand examples (and going back to reference those examples later on ...
  • Petra Sýkorová
    Tuhle knihu jsem si rozhodla přečíst z toho důvodu, že jsem se už dlouho cítila v životě vyšťavená, bez energie, špatně se mi spalo, nic se mi pořádně po práci ani dělat nechtělo, byla jsem celkově nějak utlumená i co se koníčků týče... a to mi vadilo. Jsem energický člověk a ráda něco dělám, navíc jsem se i po zdravotní stránce cítila špatně, proto jsem se rozhodla zkusit něco nového.Manželský pár Da...
  • Jenny Baker
    This book is packed full of information and honestly, it was too much information for me to fact check. I didn't take it as gospel because it's obvious that it's a biased opinion, but it did get me to rethink what I'm eating and how it affects me in mind and body. That's the real point of the book anyway. The book gets scientific, which I like and it's organized well with diagrams, charts and recipes thrown into the mix. There are even some color...