It Starts With Food
Sitting in my parent’s home trying to recover about a week after my recent crash, I had a pleasant surprise. Melissa and Dallas came to visit and brought a pre-release copy of It Starts With Food. How cool is that? This very busy couple took the time during their week to hand deliver some reading material to keep me busy during recovery. So, I guess I am a biased when I write this review. But how can you not be positively biased when the authors of the book do something that cool? I guess it just means to me that Dallas and Melissa are genuinely great people in addition to having written a fantastic book.
I do promise, however, that I did pre-order ISWF waaaay back in April, and I have the screen capture to prove it.
Over the course of the last few years, I have been searching for materials to give to my patients. I talk about diet and nutrition and the effects of health with just about every single one of my patients. My nursing staff thinks I’m crazy. They all just about have my verbiage memorized. I also like to give my patients a list of resources as they walk out the door. I have never really felt that I had the right thing to give them though. Each book has had its flaws. One is too basic. Another too difficult to read. And a third just a little too pessimistic about the world. So, I have vacillated between several different ones, but never completely satisfied.
I now have the much better book to recommend to my patients. It Starts With Food will be the first resource I recommend to all of my patients for information on health and nutrition.This is primarily because the pages have a fantastic tone. It sounds right. It is upbeat without being like a cheer leader. It has the science, but described in a way that people can understand. It includes the all important focus on mental aspects of making change, which other books conspicuously leave out. I really like the four health questions that they discuss which should be asked about each food. In fact, I have been incorporating this into my own teaching sessions already.
My favorite aspect of the book is how real it sounds. If you have ever met or spoken with the Hartwigs then you will understand what I mean when you read the book. It honestly feels as if Dallas is in front of you drawing on the white board to describe how hormones affect the way you feel. The book even captures the Melissa’s slight tough love attitude.
If you have been to a Whole 9 Seminar then you will love this book. It will be a comprehensive review of all the things they taught throughout the day. Reading this book will be like a mini-review session each time you open it up.
If you have not had a chance to attend a seminar, then you will love this book. It will be like a mini-seminar at your finger tips every day.
Thank you Dallas and Melissa for creating another great resource for us to improve the health of ourselves, patients, and communities.