Better Health Starts with Food

7 Aug

According to Dallas & Melissa Hartwig, authors of It Starts with Food and the Whole30 program:

The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy.

That sounds simple, and it does make sense. We all want to be more healthy, energetic and focused, so how should we eat? Low fat? Low carb? Low calorie? Mediterranean? Vegetarian? Vegan? Paleo? Primal? (Until this year, I‘d never even heard of those last two!)

The truth is there is no one undisputed answer. And for every scientific study supporting one way of eating, there’s a scientific study supporting another.

I like the Hartwigs’ approach, though. It just feels right to me. They tell us how to eat, and they tell us why…with fun, quirky comments about the science behind it all. They have had tens of thousands of average people, just like you and me, follow their program and report their results. Below is a link to testimonies of life-changing results from people who were able to improve or eliminate some really serious symptoms. Whether you’re someone who just wants to have a long, healthy life or someone who struggles with a chronic health issue, you’ll definitely want to take a look:

Whole30 Testimonies

The Whole30 program involves eating real food – meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruit and good fats. That sounds reasonable…but it becomes a little more unique with what you don’t eat – grains, dairy, beans, added sugars/sweeteners and alcohol. If this sounds like something you can do for 30 days, then take a closer look at the details:

Whole30 Program

I have been reading It Starts with Food and reviewing the online information. As a result, I’m convinced to try this. I’ll be following the Whole30 program beginning September 1st.  Waiting to start gives me time to re-consider (and if I’m honest, enjoy!!) one of my long-time habits…a daily smoothie which includes an eliminated food group. It also gives me time to plan meals and snacks, so I won’t be tempted to slip when I’m too busy to think about the details.

Testimonies from others are helpful, but in the end, it’s how our own body responds that is most important. Therefore, I’m going to be my own experiment. During those 30 days, I’ll let you know how it’s going and give you my observations. You can wait and see what you think from my personal experience…or you can join me and be your own experiment.

Better health really does start with food! Let’s make good choices!

5 Responses to “Better Health Starts with Food”

  1. Lauren August 7, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I am doing the Whole 30, and just about to put a week under my belt. I am struggling with either a) eating too much fruit b) not eating enough and being crazy moody. Those are NOT what the authors had intended, but they do warn that you are going to have some mood-swings as you become less sugar adapted, so I was expecting this!

    • Healthy A-Z August 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

      As I read through ISWF, I wondered if eating too much fruit and not eating enough food in general would be challenges for me. We shall see. Thanks for the heads up.

      • Lauren August 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

        I have found that eating protein early in the day (even if you have to force yourself) really combats the late afternoon hunger. Still trying to figure out what I can do to fight the sluggishness of 3pm aside from drinking a diet coke, which was my go to pre-w30

  2. cbhack504 August 13, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Good luck with the challenge! I’m curious to see how it turns out for you.


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