People who really know me know that I am not a reader. It takes quite a bit for a book to grab my attention and I have the attention and interest level of a junior high student.
I’ve had plenty of books suggested to me. If I get a few pages into the book and I’m not feeling it, the book makes it way to the “maybe someday, yeah right, pile”.
Dallas & Melissa Hartwig’s It Starts With Food came my way a couple of weeks ago and it’s definitely held my attention for the past couple of weeks and hasn’t made it’s way to “that” pile. Now, I haven’t been reading a whole lot lately because I’m just exhausted at night (when I would read) and I’m crashing harder and earlier than normal. But when I do get the chance to read, I am liking what I’m reading.
What really caught my eye was what was written on the inside of the book jacket
“Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, enhanced quality of life, and a healthier relationship with food – accompanied by stunning improvements in sleep, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem. More significant, many people have reported the “magical” elimination of a variety of symptoms, diseases, and conditions in just 30 days.”
What’s also on the book jacket is a list of conditions that people have reportedly noted improvements on or possible elimination of:
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
- chronic fatigue
- sinus infections
- acid reflux
- Celiac disease
- Bipolar disorder
- Lyme disease
- Multiple sclerosis
So far I’m on chapter 5 and I’m definitely intrigued by what Dallas and Melissa have to say.
Some phrases that have caught my eye are:
“Stress makes it even harder for us to resist our cravings.”
Oh yes, most definitely. When I’m stressed, I go straight for that bag of chips.
“…you will never again be controlled by your food.” I love this!
Now, in terms of changing my entire family and the way they eat, I’m not so sure that will work. However, I can definitely make some pretty major changes in what they eat for our family meals and snacks when I’m around. I’m hoping that with the changes I make for them, they will start to see results and begin to crave the whole foods rather than the processed foods they tend to enjoy. Here’s hoping!
What does this mean to my existing diet? Good bye chips. Well, at least for 30 days (after I’ve finished reading the book of course!). Perhaps I will find some better substitutions or not even crave chips. Now that will be a miracle!
I CAN do this and I’m very curious to see how I feel afterwards.
I’ll be posting on my progress and thoughts while reading through this insightful book. Have any of you read it? What are your thoughts?