I mentioned awhile ago that I was reading and loving It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig in this post and got a couple requests to do a more in depth review. Since I loved this book so much, I read through it in two nights (total nerd!), I wanted to share some more information with you!
The authors of It Starts with Food are also the founder of Whole9 Nutrition whose site I have been reading for years! I love their simple, clear cut explanations, and how their explanations are based in plain scientific fact and personal experience. Such a great combination of information.
The basis behind this book is that food should be making us healthy and instead it is making our population sicker as a whole. One of my favorite quotes of the book is this: “the problem is that these foods are supernormally stimulating in the absence of nutrition and satiety”. Bottom line: Foods like twinkies, oreos, doughnuts, etc…are all designed to make us hungry! They’re designed to make us want more, not get enough, crave them again and again. The food industry is not dumb. They are purposely creating these “frankenfoods” to be addicting and their plan is working. Why does all this happen? These foods are stimulating to make us crave them but once we eat them we never actually get much nutritional value from them. Even the mere thought of thinking about these “superhuman foods” makes us crave them and once we have them, dopamine is released making us happy. Over time we relate this dopamine release (that rush that makes us happy) with the supernormally stimulating foods and we want them over and over again.
Best page of the book was page 53. Yes I’m breaking it down to pages. The Hartwigs write: “elevated cortisol messes with normal thyroid function, leading to a metabolic slowdown that makes it much easier to pack on the pounds. So if you have an intimate relationship with food-with-no-brakes, and you’re leptin resistant, and you’re insulin resistant, and you’re chronically stressed…Is it any wonder you can’t lose weight, even on your low-fat, calorie restricted diet?…It’s all about hormones.” The nutrition nerd in me loves this. I think this statement probably defines about 50% of American women and maybe 75% of American women who are always on a diet.
So what’s the solution to all of this damage?? Cut out all those foods that are causing such havoc to our bodies, including grains, dairy, and legumes. They illustrate the reasoning why we should be ridding our diets of these foods wonderfully and one of my favorite sections is their build your plate images where there is no weighing, measuring, or counting. It’s as easy as holding eggs in your hand and having as many as will fit, literally. There is even a simple recipe guide in the back that I love and will be getting a lot of recipe ideas from.
Overall if you’re interested or even curious about a Paleo diet I would definitely recommend picking up this book. As I always say I’m not a fan of product reviews unless I love the product and this I love!
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. (I genuinely loved this book and had wanted to buy it on my own before I was given a copy!)
Anyone else read It Starts with Food yet?? What are your thoughts on preventing our hormones from getting out of whack???