-Things To Try Thursdays- It Starts With Food (Book Review)

Anything that has food in the title is bound to grab my attention. Heck if it doesn’t grab yours too, then I’m almost positive you are a pet rock disguised as a human.

While I am vegetarian for the most part right now, I respect others dietary choices. I have lots of meat loving friends (as well as the boyf) so I am no stranger to the heathens carnivore.

I had the pleasure of receiving a book in the mail detailing the lifestyle of “going paleo”. The book is called It Starts With Food. It’s outlined in an easy to understand format for anyone who wants to change their current eating habits and experiment with the world of paleo.

It seems that within the past year the “p” word has been tossed around more than Kim Kardashian’s divorce papers. If you asked me what paleo meant about a year ago, I would’ve told you it was one of those small countries in southeast Asia that I couldn’t pronounce.

Luckily, Dallas & Melissa Hartwig and do a great job of describing what exactly paleo entails in It Starts With Food. Paleo is essentially eating like the caveman did (or at least how we believe they did)

That means…

NO dairy or grains

YES to meats, meats, meats, veggies, veggies, veggies, nuts, seeds (the healthy fats), and fruit

The whole NO to dairy or grains basically makes me feel like I’m melting. I don’t know about you but these are my lifelines. I never thought I could go a meal let alone a day or even 30 days without consuming these dietary staples…but I surprised myself after reading this book. (I didn’t completely eliminate but I was able to cut down to only 2 servings of dairy a week! 🙂 )

In the beginning of the book, each chapter is geared towards a body part or system. The book doesn’t leave you hanging in the beginning. They don’t assume you already know everything about paleo. They also introduce their Whole30 program, which is 30 days of paleo based eating according to their guidelines.

The other appreciation I have for this book is that it wasn’t salesy or trying to persuade me to buy “x”, “y”, and “z” for a better life. It was just plain easy to eat read facts combined with some parts of humor. (which is always welcomed!)

Melissa and Dallas also let you in on their versions of healthy vs. less healthy foods. (and they why’s behind them) They suggest sweeteners, alcohol, legumes, seed oils, grains, and dairy aren’t the best choice for their program, the Whole30.

Here’s a snippet into their Whole30 program:


They warn the results may be worse before they become better, but that’s expected as your body is detoxing itself of all the bad stuff.

(P.S.- Dallas and Melissa are walking testimonials themselves as they both had experienced fatigue and inflammation prior to adopting this lifestyle.)

Still not convinced it’s for you?

Here are just a few ailments completely resolved by those who have completed the Whole30:

  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • obesity
  • acne
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • chronic fatigue
  • asthma
  • sinus infections
  • allergies
  • mirgraines
  • acid reflux
  • crohn’s
  • celiac disease
  • IBS
  • bipolar disorder
  • depression
  • lyme disease
  • endometriosis
  • PCOS
  • autism
  • fibromyalgia
  • ADHD
  • hypothyroidism
  • arthritis
  • multiple sclerosis

If this sounds like a plan you’d be interested in, It Starts With Food is available on amazon or barnes and noble for less than a fraction of what your prescription meds or health care bills cost.

I’d say when it comes to your health, it’s an investment that will have you reaping the benefits for months and months to come.

*Disclaimer: I received the book only for this FitFluential campaign. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. 

Peace, love, and Whole30!


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One Response to -Things To Try Thursdays- It Starts With Food (Book Review)

  1. I’ve been wanting to read this book! I don’t think I’d follow the diet though. I’m filipina and rice is a staple in my life that I just can’t give up!!

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