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Dear Melissa: Help Me With My PMS Cravings

Dear Melissa, It’s Day 15 of my Whole 30. My cravings for something sweet and my snacking habit have been under control until this week. It’s the week leading up to my period. What usually happens during this “pre-period” time is that I experience PMS cravings for a lot of sweet and sugary things during […]

Dear Melissa: Help Me Plan My Whole30 Birthday Party

Dear Melissa, I am 16 years old, turning 17 soon. My birthday is coming up and I need your advice on how I should celebrate my birthday on the Whole30. I did the Whole30 once and I fell in love with it. I am wanting to continue it, but I would like some advice from […]

Dear Melissa: I’m Bored of My Whole30

Dear Melissa, Its Day 25 of my last Whole30 … 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 each Whole30 strong, but how can I do that if feel like I just hit the […]

Dear Melissa: My Friend is Doing a “Whole30 Plus Wine”

Dear Melissa, How do I handle my friends who are “doing the Whole30” but still drinking wine on the weekends? – B., via Instagram Dear B, I’ll open with this: the only person you are responsible for here is you. The only Whole30 you are responsible for here is yours. The only person’s business you […]

Dear Melissa: It’s Day 21 of my Whole30 and I Haven’t Lost Weight

Dear Melissa, I’m on Day 21 of my Whole30 and haven’t lost any weight yet, what gives? –Monica Dear Monica, Before I wrote Food Freedom Forever, I would have tough-loved you pretty aggressively. “It’s not the Whole21—you’re not even done yet! Plus, it’s not about weight loss. You’re not even supposed to step on the […]

Dear Melissa: Do I Need a Probiotic?

Dear Melissa, I have been reading a lot about probiotics and how we need them for our healthy digestion. What do you suggest for probiotics since milk/yogurt are not on the Whole30 plan? – Melissa L., Ft. Worth, TX Dear @melissa_hartwig, will you suggest a #Whole30 compliant source for probiotics? Click To Tweet Dear Melissa, […]

Dear Melissa: Are Chicken Wings SWYPO?

Dear Melissa, I am getting ready to start my first Whole30. I understand that you’re not supposed to replace sugar cravings with fruit or other compliant but sugary foods but what about savory cravings? For example, I often crave Buffalo wings. Is it going against the rules and spirit of the program to make compliant […]

Melissa’s Emergency Food Encyclopedia

Dear Melissa, Quick question: What is your definition of an “emergency,” as it pertains to eating outside of three Whole30 meals a day? – Michelle A, Cuyahoga Falls, OH Michelle, We use the term “emergency food” figuratively, to describe unexpected situations in which you may find yourself needing sustenance without an easy Whole30-compliant meal in […]

Dear Melissa: Can I Influence My Teens to Find Their Food Freedom?

Dear Melissa,  Any advice on how to get semi-adult children to buy into the Whole30 (or at least whole foods over junk)? I didn’t set the best foundation for them, but I’ve learned a lot from doing multiple Whole30s and have tried to model that when they are home (ignoring the eye-rolling). Can I reinvent good nutritional […]