"It Starts With Food" Review & Giveaway!

A few weeks ago, I was sent the book It Starts With Food by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig to read and review. I’d heard about this book and how great it was from tons of people and I was looking forward to reading it since I am generally a fan of Whole9Life articles. The description online of the book says that it "…outlines a clear, balanced, sustainable plan to change the way you eat forever – and transform your life in unexpected ways. Your success story begins with “The Whole30,” Dallas and Melissa Hartwig’s powerful 30-day nutritional reset” (source). Now, from reading that small description, I admit that I probably wouldn’t pick it up off the shelf and take it home but this book really offers SO MUCH more than a sustainable eating plan. I knew I was going to love it when I read this:

"We are far more concerned with health than we are with history”.

My feelings on exactly.



I tore through the book and read it in a few days - I literally couldn't put it down! My favorite portion of the book, hands down, was all of the "science-y” stuff about nutrition, physiology, and biology. I’m a giant nerd (I read scientific journals on my down time, seriously) and could have read an entire 400pg book about any of the topics they discussed. I really liked how in-depth they examined each topic and their delivery was clear and easy to understand. There are very few books that talk about the "why” of changing your diet (let alone with clear scientific and clinical evidence to back it up) and I think this book does a great job of explaining the "why". I plan on re-reading some of those chapters and making a list of studies/articles to read from the references (I just took nerdy to a whole new level – no shame).


My only criticism would be that I don’t think such a restrictive approach works for everyone. Just like anything else, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. I see the value in a strict 30-day challenge but I can see where it could do more harm than good in certain situations. I do think they do a good job discussing what to do after the challenge and was glad that they included that section of the book since many "challenge" programs forget about life after the challenge is over. With that said, I do think I will be doing a Whole 30 challenge in the near future - maybe after the holidays? Who knows.

The company that sent me the book was nice enough to offer to send one reader a copy of the book so that you can do a Whole30 challenge with me and we can mourn the loss of chocolate together ;-)

To enter the giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment telling me what food you think would be the most difficult to give up.
  2. Follow me on Twitter & tweet "I want to win It Starts With Food from @gabbysgfree!". Leave a comment telling me you did so. (limit ONE)
  3. Follow me on Instagram & tag me (@gabbysgfree) in a picture of your favorite indulgence. (limit ONE). Leave a comment telling me that you did so.

Giveaway closes on SUNDAY, Dec. 23th at 9pm. I will announce the winner the following Monday – good luck! *edit - thank you Elle for pointing out that I had the date wrong! I will announce the winner on MONDAY DEC. 24th*

*DISCLAIMER: I was provided product free of charge in exchange for review. All opinions expressed are my own, as always*

**EDITED TO PICK NEW WINNER: Winner is ELLE!! Please email me your shipping info at gabbysgfree at gmail dot com!**