Melissa Urban

Melissa Urban is a 7x New York Times bestselling author (including the #1 bestselling The Whole30) who specializes in helping people establish healthy boundaries and successfully navigate habit change. She has been featured by the New York Times, People, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, and is a prominent keynote speaker on boundaries, building community, health trends, and entrepreneurship. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT with her husband, son, and a poodle named Henry.

Dear Melissa & Friends: Unpacking Diet and Sleep with Dr. Michael Breus

We’re all trying to sleep better. You now know how important sleep is to just about every marker of health. You’ve bought blackout curtains, keep your bedroom cool, and wear an eye mask to block out the light. If you’re like me, you also go to bed Toddler Early as...Melissa Urban talks about diet and sleep with Dr. Michael Brues. Learn from The Sleep Doctor how to design a diet for better sleep.
Dr.Megan Rossi discusses probiotics and gut health.

Dear Melissa & Friends: Dr. Megan Rossi Answers Your Questions About Probiotics and Gut Health

This issue of Dear Melissa & Friends is all about natural probiotics found in foods and drinks, and features Dr. Megan Rossi (PhD, RD, APD), The Gut Health Doctor. Probiotics and gut health are trending right now. The use of probiotics have been shown to have benefits that go well...Today we’re joined by world-renowned gut health expert Dr. Megan Rossi, as she discusses probiotics and gut health.

Dear Melissa: 6 Common Misconceptions about the Whole30

The Whole30 has changed millions of people’s lives since its inception in 2009. You can read page after page of glowing testimonials from our community, and many medical doctors, mental health practitioners, and other healthcare providers endorse the program and recommend it to their patients and clients. There are now...It’s time to clear up six common Whole30 misconceptions. Discover the truth about Whole30 myths with CEO Melissa Urban.

Dear Melissa: Shop for These 7 Pantry Staples Before You Start Your Whole30

Beginning the Whole30 can feel exciting and intimidating, especially if you’re new to cooking. While there are thousands of Whole30 recipes available online, on our Instagram feed, and in one of our five Whole30 cookbooks, we may use ingredients you aren’t familiar with or don’t have in your pantry. But...Some pantry staples are Whole30 essentials—during your program and beyond. Add these 7 Whole30 essential ingredients to your shopping list.

Dear Melissa: My Food Sensitivities Make it Hard to Socialize

Dear Melissa, I am on a fairly strict autoimmune protocol in my Food Freedom due to serious food sensitivities and allergies. I am so happy to be feeling better and on the healthiest track, and have had no issues bidding adieu to processed junk. But sometimes I miss the everyday...Living with food sensitivities can make socializing harder to manage. MU has advice for deal with the emotional and practical challenges.

Dear Melissa: Nine Books to Support Your Food Freedom

I’ve often said the Whole30 is about food, but it’s about so much more than food. Millions of people who have successfully transformed their lives with the program say their Whole30 and Food Freedom experience has spilled over into every area of their lives—from self-care to relationships, finances to parenting,...The Whole30 and Food Freedom center on food, but are about much more. These 9 Food Freedom book recommendations help you live your best life.

Dear Melissa: Is Your Food Freedom Really Free?

The definition I crafted for Food Freedom in 2015 was “feeling in control* of food, instead of food controlling you.” The kind of control I envisioned wasn’t in an overly restrictive, punishing way, but came from a place of confidence, self-care, and self-awareness. In finding food freedom, you can have...Finding Food Freedom is a journey with two paths. See the difference between a teenage Food Freedom and a more mature one that's truly free.

Dear Melissa: 3 Tips to Keep You Going When You Want to Quit

In this article, I’m helping you navigate the spur-of-the-moment temptation to self-sabotage what you know is a really good thing for you right now—your Whole30 commitment. However, if you began the Whole30 but have realized that it’s adding more stress than it’s relieving, or if you find the Whole30 is...Self-sabotage is real. But Melissa Urban has three tips to keep you going when you want to quit on a new habit you're working on.

Dear Melissa: Cravings and Mindful Eating in Stressful Times

Cravings are often more complex than they seem, especially when they’re invisibly linked to coping mechanisms in times of stress. The Whole30 can better help you understand these cravings and practice more mindful eating. This question from the Whole30 community—and Melissa Urban’s answer—can help you better navigate the emotional cycles...Asking yourself key questions about your cravings and their connections to coping mechanisms can help you practice mindful eating.
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