Between answers on Google, support on the Whole30 Forum, and fun found on our social media pages, you’re probably in pretty good shape at this point in your Whole30. But what if you’ve still got a problem, question, or issue—something personal, sensitive, or complicated? Something you don’t want to share with the world, but a problem you’d still like help with nonetheless? It’s time to ask Melissa.
The Dear Melissa Column
One of our favorite parts of this job is getting to interact with you, and we think one of our unique strengths is understanding not just the technicalities of a healthy diet and lifestyle, but the psychology behind making this kind of significant lifestyle shift. The kinds of questions we like answering best aren’t about omega 3’s or grains—they’re about how to make these changes in a healthy, sustainable manner, given all sorts of real-life obstacles.
Stressful jobs. Financial constraints. Unsupportive families. Histories of eating disorders and addictions. Social isolation. Unhealthy relationships with food. Negative self-talk. Anxiety. Self-doubt. These are just a few of the difficult situations we all face in today’s busy, modern world. And figuring out how to navigate these situations around a Whole30 program is some of what we do best.
Remember “Dear Abby,” that trusted and tart-tongued adviser to millions, answering all kinds of questions about sticky situations? Welcome to “Dear Melissa”—just as trusted, just as sassy, but without the pearls.
In this column, Whole30 creator Melissa Hartwig answers reader-submitted questions (submitted anonymously) on the Whole30 blog. My husband won’t do the Whole30 with me—how do I resist when he’s eating junk food right in front of me? Every time I visit my Mom, I end up face-first in a pile of cookies—what do I do during my next visit? I keep starting and stopping an exercise routine—how do I make it stick this time? None of my friends support my new, healthy lifestyle—do I need to get new friends?
For these kinds of questions and more, we’ll offer you practical advice, hold your hand, and kick your butt all at the same time. (We’re known for our tough love around here, but we promise to wield it carefully.) So flex those fingers and submit your question using our handy Dear Melissa form.