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.
Plant-Based Whole30 Meal Template Part 1

Plant-Based Whole30 Meal Template, Part 1

I spend a lot of time talking about meal planning on the Whole30, and the underlying message tends to be “keep it simple.” These days, I sometimes cook from recipes, but I mostly cook “ingredient meals.”  Ingredient meals are simpler and more flexible than a recipe, as they’re 100% mix-and-match...In part one of this series, Melissa Urban shares her plant-based whole30 meal template to prepare delicious, easy, and satiating meals.

The Whole30® Timeline, Version 2.0

An update to our original (and wildly popular) Whole30 Timeline article by Whole30’s Robin Strathdee, for those new to the Whole30®, and veterans who simply need a reminder. As with any process that involves personal experience, your results may vary, but it’s my hope that this timeline will give you...An update to our original (and wildly popular) Whole30 Timeline article, for those new to the Whole30®, and veterans who need a reminder.

Dear Melissa & Friends: How to save time in the kitchen while navigating a busy schedule with New York Times bestselling author, Danielle Walker

This week’s Dear Melissa & Friends guest just happens to be one of my besties in the food and wellness space—none other than Danielle Walker. And she’s here to help you save time in the kitchen during your Whole30 and beyond. Danielle is a New York Times bestselling author (Against...New York Times bestselling author Danielle Walker joins Melissa Urban to talk about how to save time in the kitchen when you're busy.
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Dear Melissa: I’m Bored of My Whole30

Dear Melissa, It’s Day 25 of my last Whole30, and I’m OVER IT. No foods sound good, and I can’t imagine what to make for dinner—it’s like pregnancy food aversions, except I’m definitely not pregnant. I want to finish my Whole30 strong, but how can I do that if feel...You're almost done with your Whole30, and feeling great, but ... you're over it. Finish your Whole30 strong with tips from the Whole30 Headmisstress herself.
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Dear Melissa: My food freedom—A day in the life of MU

Every week, I get at least a few questions along the lines of, “But how do YOU eat?” You’re always interested in how I navigate my own food freedom, and my FF plan is always evolving based on my context, goals, and health. So I thought I’d share some updated...What does Food Freedom look like for Melissa Urban? In this “day in the life,” you’ll learn more about how to have a healthy relationship with food and finding Food Freedom that’s uniquely you
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Dear Melissa: How to love your Whole30 coffee without sacrificing the flavor

By Whole30 co-founder Melissa Urban, who only drinks decaf but still knows a thing or two about good coffee. One of the most common realizations when someone does their first Whole30 is, “I drink so much more coffee when I can add sugar.” (Do you really need that second cup,...Melissa Urban shares her best tips to enjoy your Whole30 coffee without sacrificing the flavor. Learn about prepping methods, Whole30 coffee creamers, and more.
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Dear Melissa: Is There Such A Thing as Too Much Fat on Whole30?

Dear Melissa, I’m on Day 15 of my second Whole30, and I’m wondering if there is such a thing as eating too much fat. Can I cook some eggs in avocado oil and top with hollandaise sauce? Or cook a skillet meal in ghee, but also drizzle it with Whole30-compatible...Melissa Urban tackles a question about whether you can eat too much fat on Whole30. Read how you body might have the ultimate answer for you.

Dear Melissa & Friends: Tips to Help Your Picky Eater Without Food Shaming from Jennifer Anderson, RDN

My son is now 10 years old, but he’s been eating a whole foods-based diet since he was born, because that was how we ate as a family. He also wasn’t what I’d call “picky.” (If you served it with a toothpick or with ketchup, he’d try it.) That means...Registered dietitian Jennifer Anderson shares her guidance on how to encourage your picky eater to eat more whole foods without food shaming.

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.
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