“It Starts With Food” giveaway

THE WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN  — and the winner is: Mich. I’ll be sending an email to get the address to which to send the book. :)

I have a gift, It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig,  for one lucky winner…

…because it breaks my heart to see anyone suffering from poor health.

…because I know that a poor diet doesn’t only cause obesity.

…because I’m convinced that many medical conditions can be traced, directly or indirectly, to the foods we eat – sometimes even the foods we have been raised to believe are healthy.

,,,because I believe that reading, believing, and following the guidelines in this book will bring you to a healthier place than you have seen in a long time.

…and because I don’t have enough money to give it away for free to everyone who is ready to change their diet in order to change their health status – I really wish I could afford to give away thousands of copies, that’s how important I think this book is.

Cover of It Starts With Food by Dallas & Melissa HartwigWhether you are dealing with skin conditions (such as acne, eczema, or hives), internal issues (such as diabetes, IBS, colitis, Crohn’s, or acid reflux), circulatory issues (high triglycerides, stroke, heart issues, or high blood pressure), bone and joint problems (tendinitis, arthritis, or osteoporosis), or one of a host of other diseases/conditions including asthma, allergies, and Alzheimer’s, this book should give you hope if you are willing to take 30 days and give the guidelines a try.

Even if you don’t decide to go all out and join me in doing the Whole30, the information in this book will help you to make better, more informed choices of food. Believe me – you need this book or you know someone who needs this book!

So, I’m giving one copy away – either in hardcover form (US lower 48 states only) or Kindle (winner must have a US Amazon Kindle account)- the winner’s choice . I wish I could offer this internationally, but it is just too complicated.

It Starts With Food will open your eyes to the connection between what you eat and your health. You will begin to understand why certain foods have a grip on you that feels impossible to shake – why your cravings just seem to rule you. You will understand how many foods cause the inflammation that results in so many health conditions. Most importantly, It Starts With Food will give you a plan for discovering what foods are causing you problems and a plan for developing super-nutritional eating habits that will help to heal your body.

I could go on and on about the science, the encouragement, and the recipes in this book, but I want to get to the giveaway, so go to the Hartwigs’ website (whole9life.com/itstartswithfood) for more information on the book.

If you would like a chance to win this book just post a comment below that answers the following question(s):

  • Will you commit to joining me in the Whole30 starting  January 1, 2013 (or in the next week or so if you don’t feel ready to start by Wednesday)? If the answer is no or you’re not sure, what are your reservations?  OR tell me what food would be the hardest for you to give up.
  • Also tell me if you would prefer the hardcover or the Kindle version

I am also offering a second (bonus) entry! Post a link on Facebook to this giveaway and tell me you did so in a separate comment and I’ll put in a second entry for you.

Entries close at noon ET on Wednesday, January 1. I will announce (and email) the winner sometime during the evening of the 1st.

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Disclaimer –  The Hartwigs and their publisher do not know me, nor do they know anything about this giveaway. I am giving this book away and extolling its virtues solely because I believe in its message.



  1. Lisa B

    I would love to win this book! I would love to join you. Are you going to be posting information or guidance on your blog for those of us who don’t have (or don’t win) the book?

  2. basnerl

    I shared this on facebook.

  3. How exciting! OK: First – I have to ask, The “Whole30”, is that in the book? I guess for me, the reservations to joining is that I’m not entirely sure what it is, and also, I’d have to make sure that it would fit my “food budget” for my family. Other “30 day” plans I have tried require purchasing things that are just too expensive for me to purchase for daily regular eating. (Ooooh – maybe a blog idea for you? How to eat healthy on a tight budget? LOL! I’d honestly love to hear your thoughts on that one.)
    Secondly, I’d like a hard cover if I happen to win. ^_^

  4. And I def shared on FB for you. :)

  5. David Aubin

    yes I would be willing to join you
    hardest food to give up…..tough question….
    surgary beverages…and/or sugar.
    I gave up mt dew last year for lent…..trust me…hard to do…and while I did that, I also have up caffeine.
    I recently gave up soda….which again, was hard to do to.
    sugar is something I’ve l loved forever…
    David Aubin

    • Hey Dave – I know how hard it is to give up those things. I had a Diet Mt Dew habit for years – it was my “coffee” on the way to work every day. I switched it out with unsweetened iced green tea a year and a half ago and now Mt Dew tastes nasty to me.

  6. I would love to join you Roseanne. With my inflammation, fatigue, and respiratory issues I know I need to get back on track to better eating/better health! Thanks for being such an inspiration and example!

  7. Hi Roseanne. I would be interested in doing the whole 30 with you. My concern is I am vegetarian and am not willing to go back to eating meat. I do eat fish so I would get some animal protein. The reviews of the book on Amazon said there is a section in the back of the book that addresses vegetarians. In your opinion could a vegetarian follow this diet?

    • Hi Roo,
      I read the section on vegetarians and they recommend getting as much protein as you can from fish and then making up any difference with minimally processed, fermented soy like tempeh or natto, or with edamame. They also say you can use extra-firm tofu and legumes which have been well-soaked (>12 hours) and boiled to minimize inflammatory compounds. These guidelines are all very different than for those who will eat animal protein as soy and legumes are seen as being inflammatory, but with these changes it seems as though you can do this. You still should avoid all grains and the rest of the don’ts.

      What do you think?

  8. I will not be doing the Whole30 in January – not because of a specific food but because I’ve already set a different goal for myself during this month. I’m doing a “homemade month” – not eating out at all (including coffee) during January 2013, and I don’t want to take on any additional commitments at the same time. If my homemade month in January goes well, I’ll likely give Whole30 a try in February 2013.

  9. Yes RoseAnne, I’m going to do the Whole 30 with you. I was just talking to a friend about it earlier today. I think the hardest to give up will be sugar. I love sweets. I have a host of medical problems… I’m praying that this will get me on the right track. Also I seem to be loving food a bit too much…. so my prayer is that this will help with the addiction aspect of food for me.

    • Glad to have you aboard, Carrie. It seems to me that this can only help with all of the medical issues.

      The addiction thing is so real! I’m praying you can fight and overcome that (although it will probably never go completely away.) Commit to 30 days of cheat free – you can do this!

  10. deb lipton morin

    I would like it in book form. I checked out the website a few weeks age and mentioned to my husband that we should do this but would like to wait a month so that roseanne would have already gone thru it and could give us some pointers and recipes.

  11. Liz Brown

    I’m doing it! Starting tomorrow and I’m starting my prep right now!

  12. Marita Fairfield

    With all my food allergies, I’m already almost eating this way according to my sister, Liz, but I won’t be joining you yet because I have some great gluten/dairy free bread mix I need to eat first. :) BUT I would like to read the book on Kindle.

  13. Mich is our winner of the book and I’ve sent her an email to get her address. Thanks to all of you for your comments. If you haven’t bought the book yet, I would really suggest you go out and get it.

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