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It Starts With Food outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever-and transform your life in profound and unexpected ways. Your success story begins with the Whole30®, Dallas and Melissa Hartwig's powerful 30-day nutritional reset.

Since 2009, their underground Whole30 program has quietly led tens of thousands of people to weight loss, enhanced quality of life, and a healthier relationship with food-accompanied by stunning improvements in sleep, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem. More significant, many people have reported the "magical" elimination of a variety of symptoms, diseases, and conditions in just 30 days.

Now, Dallas and Melissa detail not just the "how" of the Whole30, but also the "why," summarizing the science in a simple, accessible manner. It Starts With Food reveals how specific foods may be having negative effects on how you look, feel, and live-in ways that you'd never associate with your diet. More important, they outline their lifelong strategy for eating Good Food in one clear and detailed action plan designed to help you create a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation, and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food.

Infused with the Hartwigs' signature wit, tough love, and common sense, It Starts With Food is based on the latest scientific research and real-life experience, and includes testimonials, a detailed shopping guide, a meal-planning template, a Meal Map with creative, delicious recipes, and much more.

(Please note: If you purchase this book on iTunes, the PDF of free, accompanying material may appear in your music library rather than in your book library.)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig (P)2014 Victory Belt Audio

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  • Maria
  • Oscoda, MI, United States
  • 11-24-14

I loved it! Now I know what all the hype is about

I just finished listening to it -- the Hartwigs did a great job! I'm a VERY AVID audiobook listener, and I honestly had no knowledge beforehand of the Whole 30 plan or this book. I had seen it mentioned on Facebook a few times with a lot of enthusiasm, and I'm already a fan of pseudo-Paleo eating, so I decided to download this and see what the hype was about. I wasn't able to tell that they didn't use professional narrators. In fact, Melissa sounded better than some paid professional narrators I've listened over the years. (Dallas isn't so bad, either! Every now and then I'd think about which person I liked hearing best, and I never could decide.) The only thing that did get super annoying right from the get go was the little Disney-ish magic wand sound that interrupted each section. It reminded me of Nickelodeon as a kid and took away from the authoritative tone of the book. But it's not so annoying that it would dissuade someone from listening. I downloaded my accompanying PDF just fine, and it was a terrific experience. I pretty much listened straight through.

As for the book and plan itself, it made perfect sense. If any of you have listened to or read Dr. Mark Hyman's "10 Day Detox," it's nearly identical in theory and practice, only the Hartwigs have you going for 30 days vs. 10. I read and did the 10 day detox, but I honestly don't believe it was long enough to really determine or establish any particular allergens or irritants in my diet. It got me to lose a few pounds back in the spring, but then I kinda forgot all about it. I'm hoping/expecting this plan to teach me more about what I want to add into my diet. They kind of gloss over the reintroduction part -- too much IMHO. I think I'm going to take my time and reintroduce at my own pace with smaller portions and longer phases.

All in all, the authors delivered their book in an enjoyable, easy-to-understand way that's even a bit entertaining. I loved the bits where they gave it to the readers straight -- it made me laugh, but I was also nodding my head thinking, "Yeah. They're right!" I'm one of those fortunate people who have no real ailments, aches, pains, diseases or chronic issues. (Very blessed!) But I do have metabolic damage from yo-yo dieting, starvation diets and super-low carb eating. I want to find a sustainable, healthy food lifestyle that totally eliminates anything that might affect my sluggish metabolism while still eating plenty of calories, starches/fats/protein. This is the perfect way jump start the process and figure out what I do (and what I don't) want in my long-term way of eating. I highly recommend!

39 of 42 people found this review helpful

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Wow, this is a life changing book!

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I have had digestion issues for the past 5 yeas, bloating, fatigue, brain fog, stomach pain, joint soreness and overall feeling unwell. After countless medical tests, even biopsied to find out if I was celiac ... doctor concluded I must be gluten sensitive. I went completely gluten, corn, diary free and though my symptoms weren't as severe, they were still there. To say I was frustrated, would be a huge understatement. Nothing seemed to help. <br/><br/>Even before I finished reading this book I started a total grain free diet, dairy, sugar , ect... way of eating ,... and after about 5 days every symptom disappeared! It is mind blowing how simply changing the way I ate had such a dramatic impact. I guess I had been feeling so sick for so long that I had forgotten what it truly felt like to have energy and feel well. <br/><br/>I am about a month and half into this new lifestyle change and I can't imagine every introducing those items back into my diet. I had some rice with a meal and then followed by cake 3 weeks into this new way of eating, and the resulting ill feeling was an eye opener and reminded me of how I'd felt like for years.<br/><br/>Thank you to the authors for putting together such an amazing book, in a very simple to follow way. I have read countless books on nutrition and diet, this by far is the best one! Total life changer for me!<br/><br/>Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Super informative and easy to digest!

I wasn't sure how well an audio version of this book would work because sometimes I start tuning out during the more science-y bits of health books and have to re-read them. The Hartwigs did such a great job of giving you enough info so you know the why while still keeping you interested with analogies and entertaining bits.

I also love that the book isn't super long and is broken up into smallish chapters. This way I can go back and listen to key parts without having to listen to a bunch of stuff that doesn't pertain to a specific question that I might have.

I am definitely going to be recommending this one to friends and family!!

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  • Jennifer
  • Hampstead, MD, United States
  • 12-30-15

Common sense approach to clean eating

I just listened to It Starts with Food for the second time in six months in preparation for my second Whole 30. In my first go round, I lost 15 lbs, people told me my skin looked brighter and I had more energy. It seems crazy that I let myself backslide, but the book prepared me for such an eventuality. I didn't let myself go too far amuck, and I'm revisiting the program. It really is so simple, but with incredible potential to change your life for the better. I highly recommend getting the hard copy book as a reference in addition to the audiobook. There is a lot of information I like to check as I move through the 30 days, and the actual book is more conducive to that.

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Worth the listen

What made the experience of listening to It Starts with Food the most enjoyable?

I chose to listen to this book, not to lose weight, but to adjust my lifestyle and eating habits. To be as healthy as I can possibly be. The information was intriguing, and there are some good tips. The mantra "Change the food on your plate" will stick with me forever. The Hartwigs make excellent cases for eliminating certain foods.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig ?

Literally anyone else. The narration style was boring and felt like they were reading. The most pleasurable books to listen take a more conversational tone rather than scripted tone.Also, the pronunciation of "legume" rubbed my ears the wrong way. I don't know what it was, but it was grating. You will know it when you hear it. The weird chime sound between sections is also less than pleasant.

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The tone of the book was a little condescending. Using lines like, "What are you, 12?" in references to behaviors with food was irritating. There were several "zingers" like that in the book, which put me off. I do not need an informational book to treat me with kid gloves, but rhetorical insults aren't going to make me an ambassador of your book. The testimonials also SEEMED wildly exaggerated. They may be true, but it the majority just sounded incredibly puffed up.

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Better than hardcopy!

What did you love best about It Starts with Food?

This book has been life changing for me. I spent 2 years going to doctors to figure out what was wrong with me. It doesn't even take a whole 30 to feel and understand your body's reaction to food. I wanted them to be wrong, I wanted to be ok with dairy and wheat but my body says otherwise. Highly recommend getting on their website mailing list for both whole 9, whole 30, recipes and Facebook. When I first ordered it I had to read it in ebook form. Because the are some medical terms that are very important to follow I found that listening was easier to do. I was able to rewind and re-listen. I am very impressed how well Melissa and Dallas narrate. This book was done nicely. Only negative is the little ching between chapters....irritating.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Awesome

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is clear to understand and the breaks in sections are well defined.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No favorite character. It's not that kind of book. Both narrators (the authors) were easy to listen to.

Have you listened to any of Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'm not sure, probably the same as the tag line for the book.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Wish I could share this book with everyone!

I started reading this book after doing two full whole 30's. I had just used the information from the website to do my whole 30's which was enough to do it because they've made their website so comprehensive. It is a easy insightful read. I'm so glad I decided to just get it on audible since I've been having a hard time finding moments to sit down and read. I'd listen each day during my work out and it was quite motivating. I had a baby in November of 2016 and ever since, I had been experiencing horrible inflammation in my joints I would wake up in so much pain some nights I'd stay up late just out of dread for the next morning and going through all that pain again. I started exercising in April and that helped with the pain slightly but it wasn't until I was in the middle of my first whole 30 in July that I finally woke up one morning completely PAIN FREE! This is so life-changing for me! I am only 35 but I had been feeling like living 35 more years was going to be daunting if I had to deal with chronic pain from my joints. Now I finally can go to bed happy, wake up happy and men the mom I want to be!

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  • Amanda
  • Florida, USA
  • 10-23-17

Food and Our Bodies

It is amazing to hear and understand the way foods interact with our bodies. I liked reading this before Whole 30 because it explains the science behind foods and how they interact with our bodies. I answers a lot of questions with regards to the why behind doing things they way you do on the Whole 30. Easy to understand and listen to.

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the best food you will ever eat!

An easy listen. The authors presented there research clearly and concisely, and in a very manor.

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  • Anonimo Nonlodico
  • 12-04-14

Life changing!

If you could sum up It Starts with Food in three words, what would they be?

It works wonders! Just do it! Change your life!

What other book might you compare It Starts with Food to, and why?

The only other book I can compare it to is Harry Browne's "How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World". Both have impressed me a lot and significantly innfluenced my life. I keep recommending both of them to everyone.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! Couldn't stop listening, will listen to it many more times!

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I love this book. It's absolutely brilliant. Absolutely in love with how following its advice changed me.

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  • Bart
  • 06-26-15

Fantastic!

A truly life changing book. Having it read by the authors themselves makes it even better. I've enjoyed it immensely. Check it out!

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  • Carole
  • 08-22-16

Blood pressure down and lost a stone

Would you consider the audio edition of It Starts with Food to be better than the print version?

Yes the first half is a lot of science much easier to listen to

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This is a diet for life but only strict for 30 days, after that try to stick to it for 80% of the time. My cholesterol is down and weight just fell off. A friend has avoided a hysterectomy and has mood swings under control. There are lots of similar stories at the beginning of each chapter which I was sceptical of but now feel they are probably true. Cutting out the junk (well most of it) has made such a difference. <br/><br/>If you don't think you can be good for 30 days just try a week; the benefits are almost immediate. Good luck.

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  • La Petite Francaise
  • 08-13-15

Excellent. Informative. Well researched

Everyone should read or listen to this book. Dallas and Melissa although not professional narrators do an excellent job narrating the audio book - the best I've heard yet in fact. The content of the book is excellent, well researched, well backed up and the scientific parts are relayed in a manner that makes it comprehensible to even the most science phobic. Armed with the knowledge from this book you can make informed food choices and decide which less healthy foods are worth it and leave all the rest behind.

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  • Yvonne I
  • 01-18-17

A must read if you are going to do the whole30

Really informative and easy to listen to. The lifestyle is working too so I am very pleased with this purchase

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-31-17

Simple and Powerful

Simple yet comprehensive overview of how different foods contribute to various health conditions. 9 days into the program, the fatigue side of my fibromyalgia has vanished. My energy and concentration are improving and I am noticing a gradual reduction in symptoms. I even had the energy to hit the gym at the weekend! Here's hoping this book has me on the road to recovery!

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  • susan jahans
  • 10-22-17

Largely overrated

The research and voicing was well done, everything else was nonsense and a waste of a credit

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  • shirley
  • 09-08-16

Could change your life?

This is an interesting take on diet. Being short of time, the audio book was a great way to get an overview of the basic principles. A lot of points I found really interesting and I must admit that I am now around ten days into my 30 day "cleanse" and yes I do feel better, and yes I have lost weight. And yes I did buy their cookery book. So I would would certainly recommend it. For me It's been a gentle push into a much healthier eating regime. Which has to be a good thing, possibly even life changing.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 11-16-16

Life changing!

This book completely changed my life. I have a better relationship with food and would highly recommend it for anyone who has struggled with weight or health conditions.

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  • erin
  • 11-15-16

Fantastic

Such great insight, well read, easy language, very informative, highly recommend. Thankyou for a wonderful book!