“The food you eat either makes your more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options.”
That’s the theory behind It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. And I admit, since I started reading this book a few weeks ago I’m totally drinking the Kool-aid. Figuratively speaking that is, because literally the nasty chemical powder that is Kool-aid is definitely not one of those things that makes you more healthy.
I should also disclose that this book is very science-y and a thousand times less sexy than 50 Shades of Grey. Sorry ladies. That being said, this stuff is also important seeing as we only get one body and one chance to make the most of it.
Ok, so what is “It Starts With Food” all about?
I’ve been struggling with this post because the book is about so much, but at its core it’s about encouraging you to eat real food — fresh, natural food like meat, vegetable and fruit. It’s about learning how to choose foods that are nutrient-dense with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals rather than foods that have more calories, less nutrition, and tons of ingredients you can’t pronounce.
Why eat like this? As I mentioned, the book is very science-y and if you want to learn about brain signals, insulin, leptin, glucagon, cortisol and your gut barrier, you’ll have to read, but to sum it up, I’ll pull directly from the authors’ website:
Eating this way is ideal for maintaining a healthy metabolism and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s good for body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, mental attitude and quality of life. It helps eliminate sugar cravings and reestablishes a healthy relationship with food. It also works to minimize your risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and autoimmune.
Interested in more? Hang tight for Part II soon on the “good food standards”, and Part III on what they call the Whole 30. Like I said, I’m drinking the Kool-aid people!