The Whole30 program was created in 2009 by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig. Since then, the Whole30 community has grown by leaps and bounds. The Whole30 websites currently serve more than 1.5 million visitors a month, with readers checking in from more than 100 different countries.
Melissa Hartwig, CISSN
Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. She is the co-creator of the original Whole30 program, the New York Times bestselling author of The Whole30 and It Starts With Food, and has been featured by Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, the Wall Street Journal, Details, Shape, Outside, and SELF. Melissa has presented more than 150 health and nutrition seminars worldwide, and provides support to more than 1.5 million people a month through the Whole30 website.
Melissa enjoys kettlebell training, traveling, hiking, winter sports, yoga, and riding her motorcycle, and is on the advisory board for Paleo Magazine. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT.
Shanna, our Marketing and Content Manager, hails from Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband Alan and a poorly-behaved terrier named Olly. She has spent her career telling stories of life transformation on social, web, e-mail and print media platforms. In addition to celebrating Whole30 successes and stories online, Shanna loves to cook, read and practice lots of yoga.
From Shanna: “My experience with the Whole30 program—and the experiences of countless others—has convinced me that truly, It Starts With Food. I love that I have the opportunity to spread this message to such a diverse range of people, and to watch as they develop a healthier relationship with food and with themselves.”
Jen, our Operations Assistant, is a born and raised Floridian who now lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Quinn and their highly energetic Australian Shepherd, Aspen. She graduated the University of Florida in 2010 from the College of Journalism and Communications and has a strong interest in nutrition, health and exercise. Jen has an insatiable appetite for travel and adventure and also loves books, spending time in the kitchen cooking and experimenting with recipes, Crossfit, and enjoying as many days as possible in the outdoors year-round.
From Jen: “Through many years of lifestyle diet trial and error and ultimately my own exciting success with the Whole30, I couldn’t be more excited to work with such a genuinely awesome company. Witnessing the success of others taking charge of their health is not only extremely fulfilling, it is inspiring. Hard work truly does pay off with the Whole30.”
Kristen, our Administrative Coordinator, has a B.A. in American History and Art from Southern Utah University. Over the past few years, she has used her education and experience as a Researcher for an American History Civil War book, an Art Curator for a fine art gallery, and her most important role as mother of two kids. She also plays competitive volleyball, something that she is passionate about as well as healthy living. Kristen also enjoys participating with her husband as a “casual Cross-Fitter”, hiking, skiing, and spending time outdoors with her family.
From Kristen: “I’ve seen how nutrition and exercise can improve peoples lives. It all starts with an individual and a choice. I believe that one choice to choose healthy food can change lives. I believe the Whole30 program is helping people make that personal change and better choices possible. I am grateful and excited to be part of the Whole30 team.”
Sarah, our Recipe Developer, has a B.A. in Business Administration, Public Relations from The Master’s College in Southern California. After years of experimenting with nutrition and recipes in her own kitchen, she now works as a Personal Chef in Los Angeles, cooking meals that support her client’s intention to physically and mentally thrive. She has catered several independent film sets, making it her goal to optimize the energy and well-being of each creative crew. When Sarah is not cooking Whole30 and Autoimmune Protocol meals, she is likely exploring mid-century sites in L.A., taking photographs, listening to an audio book or hiking at Griffith Park.
From Sarah: “The best advice I have received in life is to live consciously and deliberately, recognizing this is always optional. The Whole30 program helps us go back to the beginning of listening to our bodies and empowers us to consciously and deliberately align our eating habits with our highest needs for nutrition and self-care. I’m inspired by this program and use it as a source of clarity and direction when feeding myself and all those around me.”