“We eat real food—fresh, natural food, like meat, vegetables, and fruit. We choose foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And food quality is important—we are careful about where our meat, seafood, and eggs come from, and we buy organic, local produce as often as possible.
This is not a ‘diet’—we eat as much as we need to maintain strength, energy and a healthy body weight. We aim for well-balanced nutrition, so we eat both plants and animals. We get all the carbohydrates we need from vegetables and fruits, while healthy fats like avocado, coconut, and olive oil provide us with another excellent source of energy.
Eating like this allows us to maintain a healthy metabolism and keeps our immune system in balance. It’s good for body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, mood, attention span, and quality of life. It helps eliminate sugar cravings and reestablishes a healthy relationship with food. It also works to minimize our risk for most lifestyle-related diseases and conditions, like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and autoimmune conditions.”
~ Dallas Hartwig & Melissa Hartwig from It Starts With Food
This is a *super* popular book in the Paleo movement that, as the sub-title suggests, introduces us to the Whole30 and can change your life in unexpected ways.
Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig created the Whole30 that has inspired tens of thousands of people to follow their plan and change their life.
I’m one of those people. As a vegan for nearly a decade, I was *extremely* hesitant to even explore any other path let alone read a book all about Paleo principles.
But, alas, shortly before Emerson was born four years ago, Alexandra read the book and inspired me to do so as well. I’ll talk more about how my life changed as a result in the Note.
The book walks us through the vision behind the Whole30 plan and combines fun, witty, tough love with common sense, science, and their invitation to make YOURSELF an experiment of one. It’s a super practical guide to rebooting your health that comes with an uber-passionate and supportive community.
If you’re feeling it, I think you’ll dig it. (Get a copy of the book here and learn more about Whole30 here.)
As you’d expect, the book is packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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