cover image The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom

Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30 (432p) ISBN 9

The Hartwigs (It Starts with Food) are certified sports nutritionists and the creators of the Whole30 program, a regimen designed to transform how readers think about food, their bodies, and their lives. Their new book offers step-by-step guidance to help readers implement the Whole30 plan. The key to the success of their plan, the Hartwigs state, is the complete elimination of foods and beverages such as peanuts, soy, milk, and grains. The benefits, they claim, are significant, including restoring hormonal balance, regulating blood sugar, and eliminating the symptoms of inflammation. They offer a timeline that describes each stage of the Whole30 right through to the reintroduction of some off-plan foods. They also offer an informative FAQ section and help readers through the pitfalls of dining out and traveling. The second half of the book is devoted to recipes, including stuffed peppers and seared salmon benedict, that utilize fresh ingredients and easy cooking techniques. Their offerings for satisfying meals include braised beef brisket and grilled coconut curry chicken. Butternut squash with kale and Swiss chard, cauliflower rice, and roasted spaghetti squash highlight a robust side dish chapter. Sauces, one-pot meals, and holiday meals round out an appetizing collection that can be used on and off the plan. For those interested in trying the Whole30, this book is an invaluable guide that shouldn't be overlooked. (Apr.)