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