For the Paleo, Primal, and CrossFit community, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig of Whole9 are household names. Their one month introductory program for the Paleo diet, Whole30, has literally helped thousands of people by educating them on how to make smarter food choices. They have changed people’s lives, and in many cases, helped them to overcome long term, chronic health problems.
Given my own success over the past 2 years with the Paleo diet, I was thrilled to receive an advance copy of It Starts with Food – it is near the top of Amazon’s “Hot New Releases in Nutrition” and will be available on June 12th.
In addition to a revamped version of the Whole30, Melissa and Dallas bracket the program with a framework for understanding the science behind Paleo as well prescription for making good food choices.
Honestly eating real food shouldn’t be such a challenge, but our modern lives are filled with temptations created in a factory, temptations designed to short-circuit out natural programming. That programing is based on how our hormones or “chemical messengers” work in conjunction with the food we consume to keep our bodies in balance – at least that is the idea.
In chapter 5, “Healthy Hormones, Healthy You,” Whole9 explains how four primary messengers, insulin, leptin, glucagon, and cortisol work in tandem to form a “web of feedback loops that influence all body systems.” In a few short pages, I was up to speed and capable of explaining the concepts to others, a good test of how well you understand a topic.
In addition to the science and the plan, It Starts with Food also contains a fantastic recipe section created by Melissa Joulwan. Melissa is the author of Well Fed, and just like with her own cookbook, she creates recipes that beg to be prepared (and eaten).
If you need to see more, Dallas and Melissa have provided some sample information from the book at their website. But honestly, why not just take the plunge. Try the book as well as Paleo for 30 days and see how you feel.
You will not be disappointed!