Melissa Hartwig Urban is an author, and co-founder & CEO of the Whole30 program.
Melissa Hartwig Urban created the WHOLE30. What you may not know is the story behind it. At a young age Melissa experienced trauma that later fueled an addiction to drugs. Later she found sobriety but replaced her addiction with a craving for fitness. When challenged by a friend to experiment with a 30-day clean diet, she realized she had a complicated relationship with food. Soon after, the WHOLE30 was created. Her journey is one of self-reflection and she shares her story with a refreshing frankness. Her observations on food dispels myths around dieting and utilizes the concepts of elimination to truly become whole and find the best version of yourself. LESSONS Adopt a growth mindset Be in healthy relationship with your food Observe how food groups affect your body Shame grows in the dark- speak your trauma Individualize your own treatment plan Recognize the emotional relationship with eating Find what works for you LINKS This episode was brought to you by TrueForm Runner. Visit and use the code SPARTAN10 to save 10% TIME STAMPS 0:00 Sefra, Dr. L, Dr. Johnny & Col. Nye introduce this week’s guest 1:00 TRUEFORMRUNNER.COM/SPARTAN intro 1:30 Interview begins with Melissa & Joe 2:40 Dealing with sexual abuse at an early age 4:00 Turning to drugs as a way to deal with trauma 6:00 Deciding to choose a different path 8:00 Changing everything in her life 9:00 Adopting a growth mindset 10:10 TRUEFORMRUNNER.COM/SPARTAN break 11:30 Interview continues with getting fit 12:45 Starting the first 30 day diet 14:00 How she was using food the same way as drugs 16:00 Eliminating food then reintroducing it back to your diet 17:40 First group Whole30 and writing her first book 19:00 Processing trauma effectively 21:33 Johnny, Dr. L, Col. Nye & Sefra Alexandra discuss their takeaways 29:00 TRUEFORMRUNNER.COM/SPARTAN close   SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: YouTube: Google Play: FOLLOW SPARTAN UP: Spartan Up on Instagram Spartan Up on Twitter CREDITS: Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc. Host: Joe De Sena, Dr. Johnny Waite, Col. Nye, Sefra Alexandra and guest host Dr. Lara Pence Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty © 2020 Spartan
Melissa Hartwig (@melissa_hartwig) is a four-time New York Times bestselling author and co-creator of the original Whole30 program. She's a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. Melissa enjoys kettlebell training, yoga, hiking, solo traveling, and riding her motorcycle. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT. In this episode, we discuss: Escaping from her life with drugs The gym kinda saved Melissa's life Blogging... the early years Whole30's origin story Using food like a drug Do you have an emotional relationship with food? What makes Whole30 different from other dietary approaches? Not combining Whole30 approved ingredients to make hyperpalatable foods The organic growth of the Whole30 community The most important part of Melissa's job Having a vision from the very beginning Foods to avoid on Whole30 Whole30 teaches you what foods work for you... on an individual basis The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) vs. Whole30 Melissa hikes more than anybody she knows Are you "paying yourself" first? Don't get stuck on the saddest ferris wheel, of all time Teaming up to do Whole30 with family or other groups Are you hanging out with the right people? How to make new connections as a grown up Show sponsors: Thrive Market <== Get your membership for as low as $5 a month & receive $20 in shopping credit with a 1 year membership (US only) Raw Elements <== 10% off all Raw Elements products - Apply the code TUHP at checkout (free shipping over $100) Perfect Keto <== 20% off all Perfect Keto products and they ship worldwide (free shipping in the US) Sunwarrior <== 20% off all Sunwarrior products & free shipping over $50 (US only) Related links: Melissa Hartwig & Dallas Hartwig - The Whole30 (book) Melissa Hartwig & Dallas Hartwig - It Starts With Food (book) Melissa Hartwig - Food Freedom Forever (book) Melissa Hartwig - The Whole30 Cookbook Melissa Hartwig - The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook Melissa Hartwig - The Whole30 Day by Day (book) Whole30 website Follow Melissa on Instagram The 44-year-old co-founder of cult diet Whole30 was once a drug addict — here's how she found huge success (CNBC blog post) Listen to Gretchen Rubin previously on TUHP (episode #207 & #37) CrossFit Listen to Robb Wolf previously on TUHP (episode #145) Related episodes: 319: Eric Zimmer – Overcoming Addiction, Maintaining Community, Broadening Your Perspective 317: Dr. Will Cole – The Inflammation Spectrum, Managing Anxiety, Homeschooling 285: Dr. Izabella Wentz – Hashimoto’s Food Pharmacology • Thyroid Testing • Stress, Trauma & Autoimmune Conditions 259: Dr. Gabor Maté – Trauma, Addiction, & The Use Of Psychedelics 178: Mark Sisson – Ketosis Curbs Hunger • The Healthiest Oil • Reboot Your Metabolism Note: Some of the links above are affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links won't cost you anything but we will receive a small commission. This is an easy, free way of supporting the podcast. Thank you! How can you support our podcast? 1. Apple users, please subscribe and review our show on Apple Podcasts, we make sure to read them all. Android users, be sure to subscribe to our show on Google Podcasts. Subscribers never miss any of the action ;) 2. Tell a friend about The Ultimate Health Podcast. They will surely thank you later. You can use the envelope button below to email a friend or tell them about TUHP in person. 3. Join TUHP Facebook community (FREE). This is where we all stay in touch and ask questions in between episodes. Join our community. 4. Follow our adventures on our favourite social media platform, Instagram. 5. Download The Ultimate Health Podcast app (FREE). This way you'll have our whole library of episodes right at your fingertips. Download our iOS/Apple app or our Android app. 6. Share using the buttons below. Thank you!
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Mar 4th, 1974
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