The Whole30 by Melissa and Dallas HartwigThe Whole30 by Dallas Hartwig, Melissa Hartwig
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on April 1, 2015
Source: Purchased
Genres: Cookbook, Food and Wine
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
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Melissa and Dallas Hartwig’s critically-acclaimed Whole30 program has helped hundreds of thousands of people transform how they think about their food, bodies, and lives. Their approach leads to effortless weight loss and better health—along with stunning improvements in sleep quality, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem. Their first book, the New York Times best-selling It Starts With Food, explained the science behind their life-changing program. Now they bring you The Whole30, a stand-alone, step-by-step plan to break unhealthy habits, reduce cravings, improve digestion, and strengthen your immune system. The Whole30 features more than 100 chef-developed recipes, like Chimichurri Beef Kabobs and Halibut with Citrus Ginger Glaze, designed to build your confidence in the kitchen and inspire your taste buds. The book also includes real-life success stories, community resources, and an extensive FAQ to give you the support you need on your journey to “food freedom.”

I can’t tell you if The Whole30 is a healthy choice, although the Hartwigs give plenty of reasons why it is. What I can tell you is that I’m glad I did the 30 days and will hopefully eat better having done them. David and I did it together which was definitely helpful, although I let Amber eat pretty much what she wanted.

The Whole30 rules in the most basic form are easy to understand. YES: Eat meat, seafood, eggs, vegetable, fruit and natural fats. DO: Do not consume sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes or dairy. Do not consume baked goods or “treats.” Do not weight or measure yourself. I know it seems pretty restrictive, but like they say, “keep in mind that the Whole30 was intended to be a short-term reset and learning experience, not a permanent plan.”

I will admit that I “cheated a couple of times” and made a delicious apple breakfast cake that fit the rules. I also weighed myself.

The theory is that as you slowly add the foods back in, you will see how your body reacts. Like I know dairy is not my friend and this reminded me of that fact. I felt good when I was eating the Whole30 foods, like I was doing something positive for my health. Losing 8 pounds didn’t hurt either. And my husband lost almost 20. Even the dog lost 2.

It does take a lot more planning and work to eat real food. I needed to have breakfasts that David could easily grab in the morning, because he was not going to cook himself anything. I also had to plan enough left-overs from dinner to pack for lunches or have another back-up. It takes more time in the kitchen, chopping, cooking. I’ll grant you it’s easier and cheaper to open a box or can or throw (processed) lunch meat between two slices of bread, but real food makes me feel better, makes me a little proud of my choices.

The Whole30 has a great guide on how to approach the month and an extensive FAQ section. It also has some really yummy compliant recipes, that use ingredients I can actually find.

pork carnitas
Pork carnitas on a baked sweet potato. The pork was done in a slow cooker, which is a definite plus.u
Shepherd's Pie
Shepherd’s Pie
Romesco garlic shrimp with zucchini noodles.

Overall, I have to say this was a great book for me. I am glad I picked it up, and I’m sure it’s once I’ll be referring to again and again. And it’s a plan that’s easy to follow, or at least easy to know if something fits or not.


About Dallas Hartwig

Dallas grew up in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. His interest in making the world a better place converged with his interest in science in college, when he received a BS in Anatomy & Physiology from Andrews University in 2000, and an MS in Physical Therapy in 2001. He became a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist in 2003, and has since accumulated many health and exercise-related certifications, and is on the Advisory Board for Paleo f(x) and the Athletic Advisory Board for Fitwall. Dallas is also on the Board of Editors and Reviewers for the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.

He co-owned a strength and conditioning facility until co-founding Whole9 in 2009. The team has since turned Whole9 into one of the world’s premier Paleo-focused communities, and their site and original Whole30® program has grown to serve a million visitors a month.

In 2012, he co-authored the New York Times bestselling book It Starts With Food and founded his functional medicine practice. In his free time, Dallas rides his motorcycles, snowboards and mountain bikes, and travels both for personal enrichment and for Whole9 health & lifestyle seminars.

About Melissa Hartwig

Melissa Hartwig was born in Nashua, NH, and was a typical East Coast girl (active, Type-A, and never talked to strangers) until moving to Salt Lake City, UT in 2010. She quit the highest paying corporate job she’ll ever have in April of that year to found Whole9, a community focused on health, fitness, balance and sanity. Since then, the Whole9 (and their original Whole30® program) have grown to serve nearly a million visitors a month, and Melissa once again has health insurance.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of It Starts With Food, and a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition. She is an Ambassador for Lolë, a lifestyle brand that encourages women to Live Out Loud Everyday by getting active and getting involved in their communities, and is on the advisory board for Paleo Magazine. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Details, Woman’s World, and Redbook, and travels the world speaking about the Whole30 and changing our emotional relationships with food.


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