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It starts with food

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Created June 29, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Has anyone read this book by Dallas and Melissa hartwig? I'm about 1/2 way through and I have to say it is so far amazing....easy to read, great examples, science backed up by studies, personal experiences and common sense. If you've read it do you feel reinvigorated by it all? Sometimes it all gets me overwhelmed but this presentation has made me feel better about healthy choices and WHY those choices are good for me. Anyone else hear need a little pick me up? Read the book, we.. Worth your while. Any opinions on it?

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on June 29, 2012
at 10:14 PM

Thanks for being nice people, in general :)

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at 08:52 PM

Melissa, I've just read these couple of links and they strike SUCH chord with me. It's so easy when you've suffered from any kind of obsessive disordered eating (in my case teenage anorexia morphing into at least ten years of bulimia) to latch onto any 'strict' eating plan. Thank you for addressing this on your site, it is rare when reading lifestyle sites to see any kind of acknowledgment that the program might not be perfect for everyone. Keep up the good work.

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on June 29, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Thanks, Melissa, I'll take a look, it's good to see you accommodate all health histories!

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:40 PM

<3 that you give a hoot about the community you have offered so much inspiration to!

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Karen (original poster), you might find these articles we've written on how to approach a Whole30 (and general Paleo diet) if you're coming from a history of ED. I hope these help you tailor our programs to your specific needs and goals. Best, Melissa LINKS: (1) http://whole9life.com/2012/04/sometimes-it-is-hard (2) http://whole9life.com/2012/02/whole30-gone-bad (3) http://whole9life.com/2012/02/camilla

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Karen (original poster), you might find these articles we've written on how to approach a Whole30 (and general Paleo diet) if you're coming from a history of ED.

1) http://whole9life.com/2012/04/sometimes-it-is-hard 2) http://whole9life.com/2012/02/whole30-gone-bad 3) http://whole9life.com/2012/02/camilla

I hope these help you tailor our programs to your specific needs and goals. Best, Melissa

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:15 PM

Karen (original poster), you might find these articles we've written on how to approach a Whole30 (and general Paleo diet) if you're coming from a history of ED. http://whole9life.com/2012/04/sometimes-it-is-hard/ http://whole9life.com/2012/02/whole30-gone-bad/ http://whole9life.com/2012/02/camilla/ I hope these help you tailor our programs to your specific needs and goals. Best, Melissa

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Thanks, Karen, I might have a look at their website and decide whether to get the book. It is a struggle, though I'm so much better than I ever imagined possible, having an ED is kind of like having been an addict except you can't just avoid food like drugs etc! Discovering real food/WAPF and now paleo has been really helpful, I think it balances brain chemistry, blood sugar etc and a lot of ED are actually more physiological than people realise. But there is always that perfectionist side that strict diets appeal to and sometimes I think it is better to accept being 'mostly' perfect!

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:32 PM

From my experience, when I did a Whole30, I lost weight even though I was eating a lot of food. I got down to my lowest adult weight ever without trying. So I would be cautious about the protocols. But do check out their website on that eating disorder post. Melissa also discussed her past with drug addiction, and I think that experience gives them a grounded perspective when approaching these sorts of issues. Best of luck to you! I see a lot of ED folks in Paleo and they seem to find some relief.

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on June 29, 2012
at 01:22 PM

"No weird woo or fluff" is indeed a recommendation!

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at 03:52 AM

Very good read. Easy to understand and hits all the major points. No weird woo or fluff, so I'm comfortable recommending it to non-Paleo people.

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:53 AM

I'm half way through the book as well and love it. I struggle with sugar cravings and this has helped me to understand them more.

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:18 PM

Thanks so much for all of the kind words. We're beyond thrilled that the PaleoHacks community is enjoying It Starts With Food.

Best, Melissa & Dallas

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on June 29, 2012
at 07:40 PM

<3 that you give a hoot about the community you have offered so much inspiration to!

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on June 29, 2012
at 10:14 PM

Thanks for being nice people, in general :)

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:46 AM

Read it and almost through it for the second time. I prompted me to get serious about admitting the autoimmune issues and restricting my diet even more. Less pain at least. I LOVE the way they write.

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on June 29, 2012
at 05:30 AM

fantastic book by fantastic people. I highly recommend it.

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on June 29, 2012
at 03:29 AM

Agree. It's a great book and I'm about to read it again. I try to revisit the Primal Blueprint and Paleo Solution every few months. It's good to remind yourself of what's what and nip any slipping habits in the bud. About to start my second Whole30 with this as my guide.

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on June 29, 2012
at 02:53 AM

On my second read as well. Love it.

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on June 29, 2012
at 01:50 PM

I'm halfway through, and also think it's fantastic. They present their information in a way that would be easy for a newbie to understand, yet I (as an RN who reads a LOT about nutrition) have gotten a ton out of it. They make complex issues very clear.

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on June 29, 2012
at 03:04 PM

I'm thinking about ordering this but I'm worried it's too strict, given I have a history of eating disorders, what do others think? I currently eat dairy and things like dark chocolate, red wine, prunes etc in moderation. Would I still find the book valuable if I don't have any major health issues to clear up and more to the point, will it make me too obsessive? I think I read somewhere that they addressed those who had suffered from ED and gave advice.

F92a0a13e601a6d302e44a4d4e0e3b91

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on June 29, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Thanks, Karen, I might have a look at their website and decide whether to get the book. It is a struggle, though I'm so much better than I ever imagined possible, having an ED is kind of like having been an addict except you can't just avoid food like drugs etc! Discovering real food/WAPF and now paleo has been really helpful, I think it balances brain chemistry, blood sugar etc and a lot of ED are actually more physiological than people realise. But there is always that perfectionist side that strict diets appeal to and sometimes I think it is better to accept being 'mostly' perfect!

0ed733c27d74a998a5a5b0cad0ce3682

on June 29, 2012
at 07:15 PM

Karen (original poster), you might find these articles we've written on how to approach a Whole30 (and general Paleo diet) if you're coming from a history of ED. http://whole9life.com/2012/04/sometimes-it-is-hard/ http://whole9life.com/2012/02/whole30-gone-bad/ http://whole9life.com/2012/02/camilla/ I hope these help you tailor our programs to your specific needs and goals. Best, Melissa

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on June 29, 2012
at 04:32 PM

From my experience, when I did a Whole30, I lost weight even though I was eating a lot of food. I got down to my lowest adult weight ever without trying. So I would be cautious about the protocols. But do check out their website on that eating disorder post. Melissa also discussed her past with drug addiction, and I think that experience gives them a grounded perspective when approaching these sorts of issues. Best of luck to you! I see a lot of ED folks in Paleo and they seem to find some relief.

0ed733c27d74a998a5a5b0cad0ce3682

on June 29, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Karen (original poster), you might find these articles we've written on how to approach a Whole30 (and general Paleo diet) if you're coming from a history of ED.

1) http://whole9life.com/2012/04/sometimes-it-is-hard 2) http://whole9life.com/2012/02/whole30-gone-bad 3) http://whole9life.com/2012/02/camilla

I hope these help you tailor our programs to your specific needs and goals. Best, Melissa

F92a0a13e601a6d302e44a4d4e0e3b91

(367)

on June 29, 2012
at 08:52 PM

Melissa, I've just read these couple of links and they strike SUCH chord with me. It's so easy when you've suffered from any kind of obsessive disordered eating (in my case teenage anorexia morphing into at least ten years of bulimia) to latch onto any 'strict' eating plan. Thank you for addressing this on your site, it is rare when reading lifestyle sites to see any kind of acknowledgment that the program might not be perfect for everyone. Keep up the good work.

F92a0a13e601a6d302e44a4d4e0e3b91

(367)

on June 29, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Thanks, Melissa, I'll take a look, it's good to see you accommodate all health histories!

0ed733c27d74a998a5a5b0cad0ce3682

on June 29, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Karen (original poster), you might find these articles we've written on how to approach a Whole30 (and general Paleo diet) if you're coming from a history of ED. I hope these help you tailor our programs to your specific needs and goals. Best, Melissa LINKS: (1) http://whole9life.com/2012/04/sometimes-it-is-hard (2) http://whole9life.com/2012/02/whole30-gone-bad (3) http://whole9life.com/2012/02/camilla

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on June 29, 2012
at 11:29 AM

Love it. Very inspirational. I'm doing a Whole30 now.

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on June 29, 2012
at 11:22 AM

Finished last night! Loved it!

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