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.
The Science Behind Whole30's Success

The Science Behind Whole30’s Success

Wondering how the Whole30 program has led to millions of success stories? It starts with an elimination protocol.Why do so many people rave about the Whole30 Program? Is it an elimination diet? Here’s the science behind Whole30’s success.
The Pancake Rule

Whole30 101: The Pancake Rule

The History, Philosophy, and Revisions of the Whole30 Rule Inspired by Our Most-Asked-About Food Since the creation of the Whole30 in April 2009, we’ve always had a rule that eliminates baked goods, chips, and other specific comfort foods even if they’re made with Whole30 compatible ingredients. We call it the...Learn more about the Whole30 Pancake Rule—including it's origin, the logic behind it, and how it can help you maximize your Whole30 success.
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Dear Melissa: Is this Whole30 Compatible?

Dear Melissa, Is this Whole30 compatible? <attached photo of ingredient list>  Love, Everyone Dear Everyone, We have compiled 1,734 resources to help you determine whether a food or beverage is Whole30 compatible. This is not an exaggeration*. Now, you CAN send me a DM from the middle of the grocery...
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We quit publishing before and after photos. Here’s why.

In the early days of Whole30, the first Whole30 testimonials I shared on both my CrossFit training blog (where the Whole30 was born) and our website included full-body before-and-after photos. My audience was mostly fit, athletic CrossFit devotees who chose to submit new workout PRs, weight and fat lost, and...
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Dear Melissa: How do I continue my Food Freedom Post COVID-19 Pandemic?

Dear Melissa, I did a Whole30 program during the pandemic, and since then, have had a lot of opportunities to hone in on my Food Freedom at home, since I wasn’t dining out or socializing. Now I’m getting ready for my first post-pandemic vacation/party/ business trip and need help knowing...
Whole30 Grilled Steak and Peach Salad

Whole30 Grilled Steak Salad with Peaches

This entree-style Whole30 Grilled Steak Salad serves 8, so we’re thinking: small dinner party, your favorite people in the backyard, tasty smells coming from the grill, twinkle lights in the background as the sun goes down. This Whole30 Grilled Steak Salad is especially good in the summertime when peaches are...This Whole30 Grilled Steak Salad is perfect for summer evenings. Grill the steak and peaches to perfection, then serve over fresh greens.
Whole30 Chicken Chopped Salad

Whole30 Chicken Chopped Salad

Pomegranate arils, or seeds, give this Whole30 Chicken Chopped Salad a juicy burst of flavor and crunchy texture, while orange segments add sweetness. Don’t want to seed a pomegranate? Look for small containers of the arils in the refrigerated case in the produce section of your grocery store. We’ve provided...Pomegranate seeds and citrus give this fresh and flavorful Whole30 Chicken Chopped Salad a juicy burst of sweetness and crunchy texture.
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Dear Melissa: I Need Ideas for Whole30 Constipation Relief

Dear Melissa, I have been looking for remedies for Whole30 constipation relief. Could you help here? – Thanks, Julie Hi Julie, I’ve collaborated with Whole30’s in-house Registered Dietitian Stephanie Greunke to provide you with some general constipation relief recommendations based on Whole30-compatible foods and supplements. Whole30 Constipation Relief: Fiber Fiber...Looking for Whole30 constipation relief? Melissa Urban and Whole30 in-house RD Stephanie Greunke have practical advice to get things moving.
Whole30 Salt Lake City Dining Guide Hero

The Whole30 Salt Lake City Dining Guide

By Melissa Urban I’m asked for dining recommendations in Salt Lake City ALL THE TIME, so it’s fitting that we’re finally making my guide to Whole30 dining in Salt Lake City available to you via our Whole30 Dining Guide series. [Tweet “Heading to SLC? Eat like the #Whole30 CEO with...Visiting Salt Lake City soon? Whole30 Headmistress Melissa Urban shares her favorite local spots to get a delicious, Whole30 compatible meal.
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