It Starts With Food: Can Good Eating Change Lives?

If ever there were a silver bullet to magically promote well-being for humans and the planet, it might just be food. The right food, of course. And that’s just where It Starts With Food begins.

Written by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, New York Times bestseller It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways is a primer for anyone curious about the science of promoting overall good health, strength, and well-being. Please join us to discuss It Starts With Food on Sunday July 26 from 7-8:30pm at a member’s private residence.

If you could eat to satiation, bolster your immune system, reduce your risk for many life-style related diseases and conditions, sleep better, get stronger, and feel better overall, would your whole life change? That’s the question at the heart of the Hartwigs’ book: If it all starts with food, and we are able to give ourselves the best chance for optimum health, there’s no telling where those changes might lead! Healthy humans are far more capable overall than those of us who are stressed out, not sleeping well, weakened, addicted to sugar and alcohol cravings, and dealing with disease, etc. In this case, the Hartwigs offer a bounty of easy-to-follow science on the emerging links between food and the human physiological state, including the body’s inflammatory response—and, in turn, health.

Not surprisingly, it’s all about whole, simple, clean foods with high quality protein, carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables, substantial or wholesale reduction in dairy and grains, and choosing nutrient-dense food rich in vitamins and minerals. This book advocates what some might call a “paleo” approach, but it is possible to modify the suggestions for vegetarians and vegans, too. As the Hartwigs write in their Preface: "Eating like this allows us to keep a healthy metabolism and keeps our immune system in balance. It’s good for body composition, energy balance, sleep quality, mood, attention span, and quality of life. It helps eliminate sugar cravings and reestablishes a healthy relationship with food. It also works to minimize our risk for most life-style related diseases and conditions, like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and auto-immune diseases."

Please join us to discuss It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (Victory Belt 2012) on Sunday, July 26 from 7:00-8:30pm. Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for the meeting location and directions and/or to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. It Starts With Food is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used book stores or visit Book People of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the MFC website at www.moscowfood.coop.