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