Episode 111: Mark Interviews Melissa Hartwig


Description: Mark sits down for a lively chat with Melissa Hartwig, Certified Sports Nutritionist, New York Times Best Selling author of It Starts With Food and The Whole30, and co-creator of the wildly popular Whole30 movement. Melissa is no stranger to major media as she’s been featured by The Today Show, Dr. Oz, The View, Outside, Shape and Self Magazines, and The Wall Street Journal. Melissa has presented over 150 health and nutrition seminars worldwide, and connects with over 1.5 million people each month through the Whole30 website.

Mark and Melissa run through a number of fascinating topics, including how Melissa developed the Whole30 program, nutrition’s role in addiction recovery, whether or not alcohol can have a place in a healthy diet, and why the Whole30 program is meant to be learning tool to get you on the path of having a healthy relationship with food. This is truly an episode you don’t want to miss!

Photo Credit: Taylor Gage

Show Notes:

  • How did Melissa get started in the nutrition and wellness field? [00:02:13]
  • Is this new lifestyle important in rehabilitation? [00:04:53]
  • What is the sugar connection in relation to drugs? [00:06:18]
  • How do the people in the DC rehab adjust to the program of healthy eating habits replacing eliminating caffeine and no smoking? [00:08:40]
  • What about the paleo-approved recipes for substituting sweets?  Do they help people trying to deal with moderating their blood sugar levels and improving their immune response? [00:10:28]
  • What happens about three weeks into the Whole 30-day program? [00:14:06]
  • What is the difference between your two books? [00:15:07]
  • How does she stay Whole 30 compliant when traveling so much? [00:18:04]
  • How does wine fit into her plan? Melissa and Mark discuss how much you can eat and get away with it. [00:20:29]
  • What is the comparison between the UK diet and the Standard American Diet? [00:27:37]
  • What about Whole 30 for kids? [00:31:16]
  • Where does she see Whole 30 in five years? [00:32:18]
  • What is the typical pattern for a Whole 30 person? [00:33:44]
  • Are there upcoming events she has scheduled in her future? [00:36:07]replacing eliminating caffeine and no smoking? [00:08:40]

Selected Links from the Episode:
It Starts with Food
The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food FreedomWhole30.com
Melissa on Instagram
Melissa on Periscope

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One thought on “Episode 111: Mark Interviews Melissa Hartwig

  1. Ann McQuinn

    Hi! Love the podcast! I would love to know about your favorite paleo wines. Any suggestions on which winery to start with? Thank you!


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