Format: eBook, Hardcover
The Whole 30: The official 30-day guide to total health and food freedom by Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig
Date Read: December 2015
Get on the path to better health, effortless weight loss, and incredible improvements in sleep quality, energy, and mood with THE WHOLE30.
Melissa and Dallas Hartwig are the authors of New York Times bestseller IT STARTS WITH FOOD, which has taken America by storm, and the founders of the Whole9, an online community focused on health, fitness, and sanity serving 1.5 million visitors a month.
Their new book THE WHOLE30 provides all the resources you need to reset your health. Based on Paleo diet principles, this is not a traditional diet book but a way to implement lasting change in your life by eating real food for 30 days. By following the WHOLE30 programme, the authors argue that you can reclaim your health and transform your relationship with food in the long term. The authors' positive empowering message and the health benefits and weight loss this programme can bring make this book potentially life changing.
Motivating and inspiring with just the right amount of Dallas' and Melissa's signature tough love, THE WHOLE30 features real-life success stories, answers to common questions, detailed elimination and reintroduction guidelines, and more than 100 recipes using familiar ingredients, from simple one-pot meals to complete dinner party menus.
Read for Fun (Physical Book/Originally borrowed form the library)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Helpful Rating: 3.50
Recipe Rating: 3.50
First Thought when Finished: I think The Whole 30 would appeal to those with an expanded veggie/meat pallet and would be easy to follow. For me though there just wasn’t enough variety to stick to long term.
Overall Thoughts: I have been looking for a real food guide for a bit and heard about Whole 30 from a friend. While I think this eating plan would work for many (and has)–it is a bit too restrictive for me. I need something that I can stick with and this just isn’t it. I am however putting many of the recipes into my eating plan. Funny thing is my plan is similar to theirs but with a few tweaks (I am all about the perimeter of the store—heavy on the veggie/meat end, light on the milk/cheese end). I am glad that I read it though!
Recipe Thoughts: There are several recipes that I bookmarked to try. I will say that there were a good number and most of them pretty simple. Could you find them online? I think most you could but it was good to have them bundled with reference. As with any “whole” food or unprocessed type of recipe–there are numerous steps, lots of cutting, and it takes more than 15 min. However, many sounded simple enough to prep ahead (or at least parts) and freeze. I would suggest (if you don’t like spending all your time in the kitchen–I don’t) to hit up what veggies and meats you can prep ahead and freeze for quick prep later.
Final Thoughts: I am keeping the book for the recipes. I probably won’t follow the eating plan outright.
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