Thursday, June 20, 2013

It Starts with Food - Book Review



This has to be one of the most amazing and life changing books that I have read recently. It is a well written, easy read as well as being informative. I compels you into action to make changes in what you are eating.

Much of what is mentioned in the book I had heard before, but this is the first time I have come across all of this info in one place in a way that it makes sense altogether. They have organised it very simply, starting with the premise that food should make you healthy, they have come up with 4 Good Food Standards. These state the food we eat should.
  1. Promote a healthy psychological response
  2. Promote a healthy hormonal response
  3. Support a healthy gut
  4. Support immune function and minimise inflammation

They then look at different foods and rate them against these criteria, grouping them as foods that make you less healthy and foods that make you more healthy. The Whole30 challenge is then to eat only the foods that make you healthy, for 30 days. This means no grains or legumes, no sugars, artificial sweeteners or alcohol, no dairy, and no seed oils. 

That can sound a bit challenging at first, but actually the book walks you though it quite easily. It gives you what it calls a 'meal map' which enables you to create countless different meals, each made up a protein, a fat and at least two vegetables. I have to say the food I ate on my first Whole30 was some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten.

Having done the program once and reintroduced the some of the foods that make you less healthy, it is with great interest that I am re reading the book. I feel so much healthier on the Whole30 than I do if I even eat a little of a food that I avoided in that time. 

I had been looking for a resource like this for a while. One that takes you on a journey discovering what works for you and this is it. I am recommending it to everyone!












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