It Starts With Food Review and Giveaway Winner

by Brittany on December 18, 2012

A few weeks ago, I was sent a book to review, It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig.

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Of course, I got it right in the middle of winding down school, so I had to put off reading it.  That was until I got sick over the weekend.  I all of a sudden had plenty of time to read.. especially at 3:30am.  :/

You all might be familiar with Dallas and Melissa Hartwig from their Whole30 diet challenge, which is a paleo lifestyle.  I’m by no means paleo.  Far from it, but I love to read new things with an open mind.

At first, I thought this was going to be a bunch of fluff, but I found myself making notes!!  


See?  This is rare for me!

Things I loved about the book:

1. The science!  I love how Dallas and Melissa break it down into our hormones and why they believe that the paleo lifestyle is the best for your body.  I am a science person so it made so much more sense to me to understand digestion and how my food directly effects all the systems in my body… especially your hormones!

2. Doesn’t promote a “diet”.  But paleo is a “diet” right?  Yes, but what I mean here is that they do not promote restricting food.  In fact, they say that restricting food increases our cortisol levels and causes us to preserve body fat.  Maybe that is why all those diets haven’t worked in the past???

3. There is no weighing, measuring, or calorie counting here.  This is really great for people who tend to become obsessive with numbers.

4. They break down meal planning for you to make it super easy.

5. The also speak to vegans and vegetarians without isolating or berating them. I appreciate this.  I think sometimes those of us who have differing opinions can be a bit harsh to those on the other side of the issue.

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After going through all the science and breaking down everything for you in terms you can understand.  Dallas and Melissa leave you thinking, what am I supposed to do with this information??

They break down their 30 day challenge for you and explain how to put this into practice in your every day life.  After 30 days is up, you can decide if it is right for you.  

I’m not saying that I’m going paleo here, but I really enjoyed this book.  I loved that they didn’t try to throw flaming arrows at anyone.  They backed everything up with science.  I enjoy reading with an open mind and hearing what other people have to say.  Heaven knows I don’t have all the answers!

Oh, before I forget.. the winner of the Hoo Rag is: #16 Maria!!!

I’ll e-mail you later Maria!

What do you think of the paleo diet?

Would you be willing to do a 30 day challenge?

Are you doing any other challenges right now?

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

Definitely sounds interesting! I always love to read books that if nothing else make me think and look at things a bit differently.


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I love reading books like this too!


Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness December 18, 2012 at 8:54 am

I agree with you 100% on this book! I loved how they really explained their viewpoint and it wasn’t laid out like a typical “diet” book where the diet being discussed is the end all be all of diets!


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm

This book really made me think!!


Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie December 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

I’m not paleo either, but I love books about food, so this sounds really interesting!


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

You would like reading this then!


Lisa December 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

I find this book intriguing. While I would never go paleo, I don’t see the need to eliminate grains from a diet. I do like looking into different lifestyles and taking notes on the benefits and how other people find success. However, to each book that promotes paleo with scientific results there will be another book that shows the other side of the spectrum with those same scientific results. It just depends on the person I think! xo


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Research will always show what WE want it to… ya know? There is claims for both sides. I really enjoyed reading this, but I’m with you.. I love my grains!


Devon @ Health in Equilibrium December 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I’m conflicted about Paleo. I think it has some great merits to it, but I am also at a stage where I am focusing on being balanced and healing my relationship with food, so I think if I were going to try a 30-day challenge, it wouldn’t be for a while.


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I def think that is the right thing Devon. We need to honor our bodies first and foremost!


Samantha December 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I am very happy being vegan so I don’t think much about the paleo diet and I am also not dropping grain since I have no allergy reason to do so. I do think any movement towards more whole foods and less processed is a good thing regardless of the basis.

I think if we have learned anything it is the science of nutrition will continue to evolve.


Samantha December 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Oh! And don’t they drop peanut butter? I would wilt up and die. LOL – yes, totally melodramatic I know. :)


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I know!!! I couldn’t be completely paleo!!


Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen December 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Being a vegan (with benefits ;)), I also appreciate when people are open-minded to different diet choices or preferences. Therefore, I cannot judge anyone who follows the paleo eating plan. I know I don’t think it is right for me, not for any particular health reason, but because it doesn’t include most of the foods I enjoy! [And that I believe to be good and healthy for me.] I guess it just all goes back to needing to eat the way that works for you, right?


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Totally agree. I couldn’t be paleo either because I love my rice and beans!!


Heather @ Better With Veggies December 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I’m trying hard to stay open minded here, but I do struggle with the science behind paleo. I’m be open to reading more about it though!


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Yeah. I enjoyed reading the book, but I couldn’t go paleo either. I love my veggies, grains, and beans way too much!


Maria December 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

YES! I’m so excited! Merry Christmas to me :)

simmering down…

I have been on and off the Paleo/Whole 30 diet a few times and I don’t know much about the science behind it, but I felt fantastic on it. My skin and hair were glowing, I felt well rested and absolutely zero bloating. It was refreshing. But that being said, I LOVE bread and pizza and will not ever give them up…so I choose to eat Whole 30 whenever I need to get back on the healthy bandwagon.


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I’m so glad you won!! I’m glad to hear that the Whole 30 worked for you! I don’t think I could make it 30 days! lol


Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Love your review, Brittany! I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about this book and I’m kind of interested in picking it up myself, so it’s nice to hear that it’s not the typical calorie-counting-promiting diet book. I’m not really big on labelling diets and going on challenges, so the whole paleo and 30-day challenge thing doesn’t really appeal to me, but it still sounds like this book has a lot of interesting and useful info.


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I’m not big on challenges either, but I loved all the info in the book! You would enjoy reading it!


Matt @ The Athlete's Plate December 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I think the paleo diet sucks. LOL.


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm



GiGi Eats Celebrities December 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

It totally does start with food and I know first hand… I cannot eat/process wheat, dairy, gluten, sugar, soy & nuts… And if I ever did, it’s as is I am poisoning my body and I literally in such severe pain that I can hardly move of breath. It stinks when the food I am eating is contaminated with those ingredients too because I will find up fetal position moaning and groaning from the pain :( Veggies, Meats, Fish, Poultry and Fats – that’s my life :)


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Oh man girl!! I’m totally with you on food allergies and intolerances. I’m glad you found what works for you!


Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets December 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I think I’m going to have to read this book so I can learn more about it, although I do agree with cutting processed stuff and not tracking calories or it being a diet. I do those things now, and it really works for me. I’ll be curious to see how it works for you, if you give it a go.


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm

You will enjoy the book. I don’t think I could make it 30 days! lol


angela @ anotherbiteplease December 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I don’t know much about that diet…but I am totally sensing you have your Masters with your notes…lol…still in school mode :-) and I like 30 day challenges


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm

lol.. I’m the queen of note making! You would enjoy the book.


Jessie December 19, 2012 at 5:25 am

I’ve been hearing more & more about this book. It sounds awesome!


Brittany December 22, 2012 at 3:37 pm

It is very thought provoking!


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