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It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways
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u/Infinite_Health · 130 pointsr/nutrition

This is a great question. The fact that you’re asking suggests you’re really looking at more than just what to eat, which is important. There are lots of factors to consider when eating. The big one most people miss is the psychology of eating. For instance, if we’re stressed or if we skipped a meal due to work or other activities, we’re much more likely to overeat. So while the physiological methods of the body telling us we’re full is beneficial, trying to balance out how you eat can help you manage your intake. Also consider that if you’re making any change to your diet, it will take time for your body to adapt. I’m a big fan and coach of elimination diets because it teaches not only what is affecting your body negatively, but when you take foods/drinks away, it gives a much clearer picture of our habits and cravings. It would be my guess that if you’re on a journey to eat more balanced, the best thing you could do is check out It Starts With Food. I’m not saying you should do the program suggested by the author, but there is a lot of really amazing information about how food affects our decision-making process. When you start to understand what your food habits are, what your cravings are, and what is driving you to eat more, then you can begin to build a better path. I always like to say that education is empowerment. It helps you have a why to your health and wellness journey, which can be difficult in our world. I hope this ya been beneficial! Good luck and remember, progress, not perfection.

By take foods away, I mean during the elimination cycle. This doesn’t necessarily mean long term. The point of the elimination is to find out if the food is affecting you positively or negatively. If there are no issues found with a specific food group, then following the elimination diet, you would add that group back in. Again, elimination diets are like science experiments to see what is affecting you. So YOU can make your diet for your body work. It is a temporary process for a much bigger, long term project called your health and wellness journey.

u/At_the_Roundhouse · 22 pointsr/xxfitness

Ha - no problem! I think there's a lot of misconceptions about the W30... understandable with any "craze," I guess.

I suggest reading the book It Starts With Food written by the W30 creators. It's a ton of really interesting (easy to follow) scientific info about nutrition and how everything affects body functions, and then goes into the details of the program. Better to read the details straight from the horse's mouth than from my quick summary. Good luck!!

u/arrsquared · 5 pointsr/Paleo

I am certainly biased, but I think It Starts With Food (whole9life/whole30) is pretty much the smart/rational approach. The book addresses the basics, lays out the science of why they approach things the way they do, explains that at low and high detail level, then presents "the plan" to set up an elimination that starts out as strict paleo and ends with you figuring out what you personally tolerate well/poorly.

u/nodson · 4 pointsr/nutrition

It Starts with Food is a great start. It is written so you can scan the individual sections or read more in depth if you would like. I highly recommend it.

u/StringBoi · 3 pointsr/nutrition

I highly recommend the book "It starts with food". It really give some great insight as to why we shouldnt eat certain foods and it changed the way I view food forever. It will definitely get you going in the right direction and from there I'm sure others will give you other resources.

u/Infinity_Health_DC · 3 pointsr/diet

First of all, congratulations on taking the first step towards better health! This is a difficult decision and it is no small feat what you are trying to accomplish, so seriously great job! Let’s dive into a few things I see here though that might help you out.

  1. Do you have any experience in the kitchen? If not, I’d recommend finding some easy online recipes that utilize fresh foods to cook with. A simple google search of “quick easy fresh recipes” will give you more than enough options. IMPORTANT Do not get overwhelmed, do not try to do too much. If you have minimum experience in the kitchen, that’s okay! Start easy and work your way up. Some people watch Food Network (I’m a sucker for Chopped!) and think there is no way I can cook, but it’s truly not hard to cook clean, whole foods!

  2. Cooking is important. Based on what you’ve listed for food for the day, you must be extremely hungry. While it’s important to cut back on the not so good foods you listed, it’s also important to make sure the body is getting proper nutrition. For instance, it looks like you’re increasing your activity by walking more, but your protein intake looks to be non-existent. This is not going to help your aches and pains as your body needs the protein, and in some cases, carbs, to help rebuild muscle/tissues.

  3. So let’s talk protein, carbohydrates, and fats for a second, which are called macronutrients. I am sure you’ve seen all sorts of advice with these online. Don’t eat too much. Make sure you get enough. ETC ETC ETC If we use the keep it simple method, this is the best advice I can give you: eat clean, whole foods. Bam. That’s seriously it. Now when you reach your health and fitness goals and then you want to zoom in and really get technical, you can start to break down whether you need to count macronutrients or calories or what and when you should eat.

  4. I know this sounds counter intuitive because of the diet culture we live in, but seriously, listen to your body. Eat when you’re hungry. Eat slow enough that your body can recognize when it’s had enough nutrition. Hormones will be released while you’re eating to tell your brain, hey! I’m full!!! Then stop eating. If you’re following step 3 of clean, whole foods, you can’t eat too much anyway. Yes. I’m serious. Your body will thank you for the fresh food and it will let you know when you’ve had enough.

  5. What is the difference between listening to my body and cravings? Cravings are more than likely psychological. So keep in mind, when I say, listen to your body, that doesn’t mean listen to your cravings. I hope that isn’t too confusing. Cravings can occur due to habits (see #6), due to stress (which you will at some point, if not already, be going through), due to numerous other physiological conditions too. When I heard someone say, listen to your body, I used to think to myself, what the hell does that even mean? It sounded like a cop out. But we don’t pay attention to that so much these days. We live in a world of eating out constantly, eating what we want, and not considering repercussions. We don’t listen to our bodies because we’re too consumed with other things. Food is an after thought. Congrats my friend, your eyes are beginning to open to the idea that food is important.

  6. Find a way to balance cravings. As an example, one of my toughest battles is after lunch and dinner, I ALWAYS want sweets, because for the longest time, I always ate something sweet after lunch and dinner. I love ice cream, I love chocolate, I love sweets! So, to hit that sweet tooth, I will eat strawberries, bananas, or apples. You can also google lots of recipes for ‘healthy’ desserts. That doesn’t mean it has to be absent of sugar or taste, but it can be controlled and if it’s cooked at home, it will be healthier than something store bought without question.

  7. What is clean, whole foods? Another easy tip: When you go to the grocery store, avoid the center of the building. That’s where all the processed foods are. Yes, that even means your campbells soups. BUT, don’t stop reading yet!! There’s better news!! You can make fresh, AMAZING soups easily! As an example, I cook a couple different meals on Sundays for the beginning of the week and pack those up in Tupperware. So that morning of work, all I do is grab the Tupperware, throw it in the lunch bag with a few healthy snacks, and I’m ready to go. Clean foods are mostly in your produce section, if they are not in produce, they do not have ingredients in them you can’t pronounce. When I go grocery shopping now, about 80% of my cart is produce. I pick up a variety of proteins, fish, chicken, pork, and beef for example. Variety in foods is important to get all the necessary nutrients!

  8. Organic, not organic, pastured, cage free, ect ect ect…. Look, you can delve into the world as food as much as you like. The further you go, the more you realize Americans have their eyes covered to the realities of the food we consume. For almost all Americans, the majority of foods we eat is shit. It is NOT healthy. Even foods that LOOK healthy aren’t always. This is where label reading comes into play. This seems complicated and sometimes, it is. You’re just getting started. At this point, focus on trying to eat cleaner foods. Try to get away from the processed stuff. The store bought soups have so many extras in them, including sodium and preservatives, which is something you will want to cut back on too. However, it’s not worth getting stressed about all of it. Do organic if you can afford it. If you can’t buy all organic, things you eat often, get organic. Also, foods that don’t have a peeling on them are more susceptible to pesticides than foods that do, i.e., strawberries absorb everything, get organic, however, oranges, we don’t typically eat the peeling, so if you had to choose, you can forgo the organic there. If you eat a lot of chicken, try to get the higher quality. But if you’re check book can’t stretch that far, don’t panic, it’s not the end of the world. Your body will thank you for buying anything that is freshly cook as opposed to something like Tysons Chicken Nuggets that are highly processed.

  9. Lastly, to save money on clean, whole foods, look for local farmer’s markets, CSA’s (, or talk to a local butcher/farm for buying whole animals, i.e., a whole chicken costs $15-25, and you can typically visit the farm to see where it is raised, it’s conditions, and it’s quality.

    Most important, keep it simple! It can be easy to get overwhelmed, but take small, measured steps that will lead to little successes. Over time, this will build up to huge successes. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience”. Remember too, you’ll have setbacks. Everyone does. Don’t get discouraged. You’re on the journey of a lifetime. You’re trying to fundamentally change your life. This is no small feat. It took you a long time to get to the point you’re at now, it’s not going to be fixed overnight. Patience and humility are great allies in this journey! And if you start having doubts, look back at all the little victories (a journal works great for this...write down successes each day to help on those tough days!). Believe you can do this and you can. Motivation is born from a decision. You’ve made the decision. You’ve got this!!

    Check out the book It Starts With Food . I love this book. It is a great intro to food and its effects on the body. Also, a great resource for minimizing sugar is: This Aussie can give you some fantastic information on what sugar does to the body and how to minimize or quit sugar altogether.

    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. Good luck!!!
u/wwdan · 3 pointsr/Atlanta

So, there's a book that goes along with it that i'd say is worth a read or two before getting into it. It's not so much a "diet" as it is a lifestyle moving forward.

Results: Acne has calmed down, I was like a 1 small pimple kinda guy, now its pretty much zero ever. I've lost around 20# of body fat, total lost is 35, but i account 15 to water/whatever. My energy "feels" more stable. No longer have the downtime in mid-day or after meals. I feel hungry less often. I don't crave sugar, or stress eat.

I sleep way better. I wake up with way more energy and focus.

My fiance's results; Keep in mind, her goal was only to be supportive and try and clean up her sugar intake. She went from 120 to 110lb, but only lost a bit of bloating/fat. She was tiny, she didnt need to lose anything, but she did. She feels better, but still has major chocolate cravings. I think she's maintaining 110-113 now, which for 5' is adequate I believe.

The best part about this eating style is that it's not about portion control or counting things. It's about just making a good decision and evaluating your decision on "is it good or bad for me body". There's no neutral in that argument. I think the thing I miss the most is probably my 1-2 beers a week. Once I hit my goal weight, right around 225#, I think I'll reintroduce occasional beers and maybe some cheese / rice.

Also, It appears, for me, that eating well is my "key" habit. When I eat well, I tend to work better ( minus reddit) and when I work better, I go home happier, when I am home, i feel more positive and am cheerful about washing dishes, laundry, cleaning litter boxes.

u/3sides2everyStory · 2 pointsr/StackAdvice

Yes. there is a book (link below) called "It's starts with food." It's basically a hardcore Paleo diet. You don't necessarily need to read the book. But it does a pretty good job explaining how and why it works. And how your body (and mind) respond to what you put in it. I found that informative, helpful and motivating. YMMV

The biggest challenge is having the right foods available all the time. I just dedicated my Sunday afternoons to shopping, prepping and cooking food to have for the week.

u/KettlebelleNYC · 2 pointsr/loseit

You'll find that this sub is extremely supportive - no berating or humiliating here at all, just encouragement and sometimes tough love.

Others have said this, but it can't be stressed enough that food should be your #1 priority. What you're doing in MFP is absolutely the right thing - if you keep eating at a deficit, you will 100% lose weight. (And the fact that you already have a MFP account and have been logging what you're eating shows that you are past the point of "literally no concept of health or weight loss!" You know what to do, the trick is making yourself do it, which is why we're all here, haha.)

Once you get the ball rolling, you can start to add in exercise, but that's not the priority upfront. By all means start walking a little more, but really focus on your calories and don't try to jump immediately into intense workouts - it's not necessary right now.

Ultimately, as everyone will tell you, this needs to be about a complete lifestyle change - you can't think of it as dieting. What helps me is reminding myself what's literally happening in my body when I eat certain foods. I really recommend the book It Starts With Food - regardless of whether you actually want to do a Whole 30 (30 days of eliminating a bunch of foods that tend to give people issues), the book is an excellent overview of how what you eat effects all of the organs in your body, both positively and negatively. Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food is another great choice.

You can do it! Good luck!

u/Jacoby6000 · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Being tired in the afternoon is typically a symptom of hormonal imbalance due to sleep habits + diet habits. Check out the book It Starts With Food. It does an excellent job describing the science of how diet/exercise/sleep all interact with your hormones. It provides scientific facts, and then also analogies for the people who don't like the sciencey stuff as much.

u/bbqbot · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Try reading this book before you go buying another appliance.

u/tofapornottofap4 · 2 pointsr/GetOutOfBed

I would suggest taking a look at this book or the web page associated to it. Your routine sounds like a textbook case that I read in the book - how a diet with too much coffee coupled with large meals of sugar/carbohydrates results in a person feeling tired and cranky no matter how much sleep you get. Maybe it's something to do with diet?

u/Tumek · 2 pointsr/Paleo

I would REALLY recommend reading the book It Starts With Food as it not only explains, in simple terms, what Paleo is all about but also goes in to our psychological relationship with food.

It might also be worth checking out the free resources on their website;

  1. This depends on your goals but, honestly, if you're completely revising the way you eat then I would focus on that and try to avoid anything else at the moment. Once you have the hang of the food then I would start introducing more exercise.
  2. I haven't found any apps that are that good. My strategy is to sit down on a Saturday to make a meal plan for the whole week. I browse through my favourite Paleo sites and choose recipes, then write the entire shopping list. I spend Sunday shopping and prepping food for the week. I've found that preparation is the key to not falling off the wagon.
  3. If your diet has included a lot of sugars and you're going pretty strictly Paleo then you'll notice headaches in the first few days. If you're a coffee drinker then keep drinking coffee, just have it black, you don't need to add caffeine withdrawals to sugar withdrawals. Give it a week and you'll be fine. After two weeks you'll be feeling better and after three you'll feel like a new person.
  4. Like /u/skullydazed said, drink beer or cider if you want to but don't try to pretend it's Paleo. If you're really looking to lose weight and you NEED to drink alcohol then drink something like Vodka + Soda Water + Fresh Lime. I would recommend skipping the alcohol at least for a few weeks to see the difference it makes. Beer is full of crap your body doesn't need and it really can be hard to lose weight without removing beer from your diet.

    Most importantly; figure out what works for you. 80-90% healthy but maintainable is better than 100% healthy but unrealistic.
u/pkpzp228 · 1 pointr/Fitness

On the nutritional side Master You Metabolism and It Starts With Food are both excellent books on the effects of various foods and chemicals on hormone regulation. Both are a little content dense though when it comes the science involved in metabolism and hormone regulation, neither is an easy read.

Also a fan of Becoming a Supple Leopard, though I expect this one is probably a little more widely known and nothing new to most.

u/Deyterkerjerbzz · 1 pointr/progresspics

Sure! When you look at the ingredients, the first few should be fairly recognizable but as you go on, there may be words you're unfamiliar with. Just because your don't recognize a word doesn't mean it's necessarily bad- that not scientific at all. But if you see any of these 56 names for sugar now you'll be able to spot the hidden sugars. Other ways that sugars are often hidden in processed foods is by researching HOW some of the foods we are used to are made. Bacon, for example, is often cured in sugar. So it may seem like a sugar free option but usually, there's some hidden sugar in there. Same with deli meat. And hot dogs. There's a documentary called The Sugar Film (I think?) and they said that roughly 80% of grocery store items have added sugars. If you take the list I linked to and start looking through the stuff on the shelves, it's truly appalling at how many items have sugar by another name.

The World Health Organization says that healthy adults should get no more than 10% of their daily calories from sugar. That's less than 200 calories from sugar for most people. When you factor in all the hidden sugars in processed foods, that doesn't leave much at all for dessert. Linky The WHO also emphatically states that cutting that in half is even better.

The fittest people I know don't eat processed foods. It requires a good deal of planning ahead, food prep, etc. But it is possible to have a truly sugar free diet with careful shopping.

[It Starts With Food](It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways is my go to for an introduction to basic nutrition. I can't recommend it enough.