Dallas and Melissa Hartwig from Whole9 are two of my favorite people in the real-food community. In addition to being knowledgeable, kind, and crazy attractive, they absolutely love helping people improve their lives by changing their relationship with food. Besides Robb Wolf and Loren Cordain, Whole9 was one of the first resources I used on my own health improvement journey. I did my first Whole30 in January of 2010, which really opened my eyes to what foods were truly optimal for me and what wasn’t.
For years, Whole9 has had a strong blog following and has taught workshops all around the country, individually touching the lives of readers and attendees. But It Starts With Food is a new beast entirely; it is the most effective tool for conveying the science of nutrition in an easy-to-understand, digestible manner.
I had a chance to read a pre-release version of the book, and thought the information was all fantastic. But when I received my copy of the book, I was simply blown away by the quality of the layout and ease of navigation. It really is laid out to make sure your absorb the maximum amount of information in a single pass (kind of analogous to optimal digestion, right?)
Some of my favorite highlights:
- A beautifully written chapter tying together the hormones insulin, cortisol, glucagon, and leptin
- A deep look at the psychology of food reward, and how people get unhealthy in the first place.
- Strategies for convincing others to clean up their dirty food.
- How to transition from a Whole30 to a Whole Life in a safe, scientific manner.
- Mocha Steak
- An epic list of references and tools for learning more (hint, they’re at the end).
It Starts With Food is an outstanding read for anyone, no matter what their background, their stage in life, or what they’re eating right now.
Congrats to Dallas and Melissa for creating an amazing tool for spreading the Good Food Word.