***DISCLAIMER: THIS IS AN UNUSUALLY LONG POST FOR ME (but read it anyway 😉 )
Do you suffer from inflammation, acne, eczema, digestive issues, an autoimmune disease, diabetes, or some bodily ailment typically treated with medication? Then I’ve got the book for you, “It Starts with Food” by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Heard of it? Or maybe you’ve heard of the Whole30 diet. Whether you’ve heard of it or not this is a must read.
It Starts with Food is an eye opening read about the effects certain foods have on our body ranging from acne to autoimmune diseases. The frame work of this scientifically heavy book are the 4 Good Food Standards which say, The food we eat should:
- Promote a healthy psychological response
- Promote a healthy hormonal response
- Support a healthy gut
- Support immune function and minimize inflammation
If any food we eat breaks one of these four standards then they suggest that we not eat it. Chapters 4 – 7 are for all the science buffs that enjoy learning how and why different foods affect our bodies the way they do. A quick overview:
- Chapter 4: Your Brain on Food, discusses the addiction we have certain foods and why it’s so hard to kick these habits (and how you CAN kick the habit).
- Chapter 5: Healthy Hormones, Healthy You, talks about our hormones and how they should work vs how they are working with the foods we eat.
- Chapter 6: The Guts to the Matter, highlights just that…our guts! Touching on digestive health and what it really means to be digestively healthy and why so many of us aren’t without even realizing it.
- Chapter 7: Inflammation: No One is Immune, shines light on all your aches and pains you thought were from something other than your food.
The remainder of the book talks about the Whole30 diet. Thirty days of what most would call super clean eating or even paleo. During these 30 days you are to eat only food proven to be good for your body ((i.e. fresh meats, veggies, fruits, some nuts, eggs) for a complete shopping list look here). By eating these clean sources of food you are detoxing your body of all the foods that may or may not have been causing you health issues. After you’re 30 days are up, foods are slowly reintroduced into your diet. SLOWLY! The whole point of reintroduction slowly and carefully is to see what exactly your system is reacting too. You can’t eat grains and legumes at the same time, have a flare up, and know the exact cause.
So let’s recap, this is not a diet to loss weight and hate what you eat, this is a diet to help you heal and eat the best foods to fuel our bodies.
I have a confession, Danny and I started the Whole30 last Monday and failed miserably by day 3. Seriously, it was terrible. I read the book, got super inspired, and wanted to try the Whole30 RIGHT away. BAD IDEA!
Here are my Whole30 success tips:
- Review your month: Look ahead at the next 30 days. What temptations lie ahead? Are you going to slip up one day because it’s your best friends birthday? Then don’t do the whole30 yet.
- Start Early: Starting slowing eliminating the bad and adding the good so that it’s not such a shock with Day 1 rolls around.
- Have a plan: We went in head first without a real plan. I had a grocery list in hand with zero recipes to try so by day 3 we had very similar things for 3 days straight.. boring!
- Have support: As with anything a support system is great! Whether it’s someone to do it with you or someone to keep you accountable, have someone!
- Think of how much better you’ll feel… seriously. That one’s simple!
Danny and I are definitely going to try again soon but I’m in the process of planning for our success. And when we start not only will he be my support but this blog will be my accountability. Stay tuned for more Whole30 updates.