Melissa Urban

Co-Founder and CEO

Melissa Urban

461 total articles

Melissa Urban is a 7x New York Times best-selling author 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 , 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.

  • Testify

    This post is a call to arms for those of you who have completed a Whole30, attended one of our workshops, worked through our intensive four week consulting program. This is a place for you to sound off and make yourself heard […]

  • Whole30 Recipe Book: Summerland Mango Salsa

    We started our Whole30 the day we left the Keys, but that doesn’t mean we indulged too much while visiting Captain Tom and Susan. We spent most of our days eating fresh fish, caught right off the back of the Urban Renewal. The last night of our visit, we decided to leave the fish to the Captain, but prep the rest of the meal ourselves, using fresh and local ingredients. Enter Dallas’ on-the-spot creation – Summerland Mango Salsa. […]

  • Life after your first Whole30

    We’re about a week out from the completion of our Road Trip Whole30, and it’s time to start thinking (and talking) about what some of you are going to do when your 30 days are up. More on this topic as the big day approaches, but today we’d like to hit on a question reader Diana posted on our site last week. Diana wrote: […]

  • Steal This Meal: Sunshine Chicken and Roasted Roots

    Welcome to the first edition of Whole9’s newest feature – Steal This Meal. The below is a complete meal, and all ingredients are detailed. Most importantly, the entire menu – main course, side dish and salad – are 100% Whole30-approved. The nutty flavor of Sunshine Sauce goes perfectly with chicken and roasted carrots, while the crisp mandarin and avocado salad is a sweet, cool contrast. […]

  • Steal This Meal: Salmon with Creamy Avocado Spread

    Our first Steal This Meal submission comes from Alycia, gym owner and Whole30 participant. Ashley and her husband Justin attended our nutrition workshop at CrossFit King of Prussia earlier this year, and just opened their own affiliate, CrossFit Aspire. Alycia writes: […]

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Dear Melissa: Self-empowerment was the biggest benefit of my first Whole30

I did the very first Whole30 in April 2009, before the program even had a name. It was supposed to be a fun self-experiment where I’d eliminate potentially inflammatory foods for a month and see if anything improved. The idea (put forth by prominent researchers at the time) was that some of the foods we’d …

Melissa Urban holding a copy of her book, The Book of Boundaries.
Set Boundaries Around Food, Alcohol, and Table Talk

Food boundaries aren’t just about food Since 2009 (the earliest days of Whole30), I’ve spent a lot of time helping people say no to breakroom donuts, a slice of cake at the birthday party, and a glass of wine at happy hour as a means of honoring their Whole30 commitment. But those aren’t the only …

Whole30 DEI
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Whole30’s Content Collaboration

I was recently browsing online for an alteration shop. I bought a jumpsuit for my book tour, and while it fit like a dream, the sleeves were decidedly strange—but easily adjusted in the hands of a tailor. I came across a highly-rated shop just a few miles away and clicked through to their website. I …

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Lindsay Rhodes

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Lindsay Rhodes, our Digital Marketing Coordinator, currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI. She attended Butler University where she received her B.S. in Marketing and a minor in Strategic Communication. Previously, Lindsay has worked for management consulting firms as a marketing consultant and as a campus recruiter. A huge sports lover, Lindsay loves playing basketball, volleyball, and beach volleyball in her free time. When she’s not diving for a ball, she enjoys reading, traveling , and spending time with friends.