Dear Melissa, Can I Intermittent Fast During my Whole30?

Welcome to Dear Melissa, where I answer your questions about transitioning into or completing a Whole30, successfully sticking to your new healthy habits, and figuring out how to make this lifestyle work in the real world. Today, I’m helping you decide whether Intermittent Fasting (IF) is a good protocol to add on top of your Whole30. (Spoiler: no.) Dear Melissa, I …

Dear Melissa: Do I Always Have to Do the Whole30 By-the-Book?

Welcome to Dear Melissa, where I answer your questions about transitioning into or completing a Whole30, successfully sticking to your new healthy habits, and figuring out how to make this lifestyle work in the real world. Today, I’ll explain why you should always do the Whole30 100% by-the-book, even if you’re convinced certain foods or drinks don’t negatively …

Second Time’s the Charm? Maybe Not with the Whole30.

Congratulations—Your first Whole30 is over; you look better, you feel better, your self-confidence is at an all-time high! At some point you’ll likely come back for another Whole30. For those who come back for a second round, however, more than 1 in 4 of you find the second one even harder than the first. How can this be? Melissa Hartwig goes over the most common scenarios and outlines strategies to help you succeed the second time around.

Dear Melissa: My Stressful Job is Killing My Whole30

Welcome to Dear Melissa, where I answer your questions about transitioning into or completing a Whole30, successfully sticking to your new Food Freedom habits, and figuring out how to make this lifestyle work in the real world. Today, I’m answering a question I received during a recent seminar about strategies for completing the Whole30 around a stressful job …

Whole30 101: SWYPO

Since the creation of the Whole30 program in April 2009, we’ve cautioned against the recreation of breads, muffins, pancakes, and cookies with Whole30 compatible ingredients. In fact, this concept has been one of the cornerstones of the program, specifically requiring the elimination of these items for the duration of your Whole30. Here are our thoughts on why you shouldn’t try to recreate junk food with “approved” ingredients during your Whole30. It really comes down to just one thing: sex.

Find a Healthy Whole30 Reward

As you might imagine, the Whole30 team doesn’t like the idea of using food—especially carb-dense, nutrient-poor food with no brakes—as a reward. The food-as-reward cycle is one of the most destructive eating behaviors Whole30 participants struggle to change during their program, and often resurfaces aggressively on Day 31. The rationale usually sounds something like this: Now, we’re not talking about the normal …

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