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Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig

The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

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The Whole30 by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig is a 30-day program that aims to reset your body by eliminating processed foods, sugar, dairy, and grains. It encourages healthy eating habits and teaches how food affects our body.

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    The Whole30 will reset your health and well-being.

    Do you find that you’re already tired by eleven? Do you frequently experience odd aches or pains? Well, this could all be due to the detrimental effect of certain foods on your body – and quality of life. The Whole30 program may be exactly what you need.

    The Whole30 will help you completely reset your health. It’s an innovative way of helping you figure out what’s good for you and what’s not.

    The aim is to rid your diet for 30 days of all products that have been scientifically shown to provoke either hormonal imbalances or inflammations in a large number of people.

    After 30 days, your body should be set back to neutral. Then, you’ll be able to start slowly reintroducing potentially harmful ingredients such as alcohol. In doing so, you’ll be able to monitor the impact that each ingredient has on your body – whether it affects your moods, energy levels or your sleep patterns.

    Eventually, you’ll be able to categorize each ingredient into foods that have a positive impact on your health and foods that don’t. In time, you’ll be able to develop your nutrition plan as a step toward greater well-being.

    The technique has been in use for many years, and it has received largely positive feedback from those who have tried it. In fact, 96 percent of people who have taken part in the program have experienced both weight loss and an improvement in their energy levels.

    In addition to this, some people enjoy better sleep, feel that they have a greater ability to concentrate and experience better moods. For people who have lifestyle diseases, such as high blood pressure, or allergies, infections, arthritis and ADHD, the program has had a positive effect as well.

    However, you don’t need to have a chronic illness to reap the benefits of Whole30. If greater energy and a healthier body are what you seek, then the program is a great fit. So let’s get started.

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    What is The Whole30 about?

    The Whole30 (2015) is a dietary program aimed at improving your health and general well-being. It’s based on the idea that, by cutting out certain harmful food groups and reintroducing others, you can find a diet that works for you.

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    The Whole30 (2015) presents a 30-day program that helps reset your body and relationship with food. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers a comprehensive plan that guides readers through the process of eliminating certain foods to improve overall health and well-being.
    • With simple recipes and meal plans, the book provides practical tools and resources to make this dietary change achievable and sustainable.
    • By focusing on the benefits of whole, unprocessed foods, The Whole30 inspires readers to reconsider their eating habits and discover a new, healthier way of living.

    Best quote from The Whole30

    If you feel helpless and out of control with your food and cravings, the Whole30 is for you.

    —Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig
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    Who should read The Whole30?

    • Nutritional therapists and health enthusiasts
    • Anyone suffering from lifestyle diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure
    • Cooks eager to experiment with healthier recipes

    About the Author

    Melissa Hartwig is a nutritional therapist who specializes in helping people adjust their dietary habits. She is a co-creator of the Whole30 program, as well as a successful author and speaker.

    Dallas Hartwig is a physical and nutritional therapist. His area of focus is the treatment of hormonal and digestive imbalances. He is a co-creator of the Whole30 program, a successful author and a practiced seminar leader.

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    What is the main message of The Whole30?

    The main message of The Whole30 is to improve overall health and well-being through a 30-day reset of your eating habits.

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    Is The Whole30 a good book? Is it worth reading?

    The Whole30 is worth reading as it provides valuable insights and practical guidance for achieving a healthier lifestyle.

    Who is the author of The Whole30?

    The authors of The Whole30 are Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig.

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    If you're wondering what to read next after The Whole30, here are some recommendations we suggest:
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