It Starts With Food – Book Review

It Starts With Food - Read the review and win a copy!Back in September 2011, my wife and I participated in a Whole30 challenge and had some great results. We both lost some weight, but more than that we realized how different foods made us feel once we integrated them back into our diet.

Cheat days are great, but they don’t give you enough time to really see how the food you eat on cheat day actually affects you.

So after our Whole30, I started following the folks that put it together, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig of the website Whole 9 Life. Their whole philosophy is that nearly every health-related subject begins with one thing: the food on your plate. So when they wrote a book about it, naturally I picked up a copy and read it.

(I talked to Dallas about getting a coupon code for the book for you guys, and he said he didn’t have any, but the cheapest place to buy the book is Amazon.)

One of the best theses on healthy eating

When we read The 4 Hour Body, for the most part Tim Ferriss just tells us what to eat and what the rules are. He provides some examples of people getting results, and there is some science in there, but I never felt like he was telling me *why* this is a better way of eating.

In It Starts With Food, we begin with four standards for good grub:

  • How food affects your brain
  • How food affects your hormones
  • How food affects your digestive health
  • How food affects your immune system

Within these chapters, they do an excellent job of explaining how different foods affect our bodies in positive or negative ways. They only start telling you how you’re affected, but before you finish that section, you’ll already start to make decisions about your food.

You will begin to feel empowered. We all have trigger foods or strong cravings we can’t get over, and we feel like we’ll always suffer from them (which is why a lot of us love our cheat day so much). You’ll find out why those foods seem to pull you so strongly (it’s not totally a lack of willpower or discipline). Better yet, you’ll realize that if you can hold on a little bit, you won’t have to fight with them anymore!

Getting to the food

Once they cover the science, they start talking about food. They do hit a few of the foods we should avoid, but then they spend a lot of time talking about foods we should eat.

The last thing they go over is their Whole 30 program. The idea is if you eat only foods that treat you right for 30 days, you’ll be able to see for yourself how the other foods actually affect you. My wife and I realized during ours that we’re at least slightly gluten intolerant (I used to think I just had reflux issues). We also realized when it was over that after a week or two we didn’t even crave sugar anymore. If only we had kept going! Fortunately we’re back on it now.

How to win a copy

I really think this book will change your outlook on your ability to consistently eat healthy foods, and it may even change your opinion on what is healthy and what isn’t. But it doesn’t do it with rhetoric or rules, it does it with science and facts. You’ll feel empowered to beat your cravings, and you’ll start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Update: The contest is over! Congrats to Krissi for winning my copy!

Next month: I asked, and you all answered! Next month’s book review and giveaway will be Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle by Diane Sanfilippo!

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