DB 058: Sports Nutritionist Melissa Hartwig On How To Create Lifelong, Healthy Habits

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In this week’s episode, Eva and Olga welcome Melissa Hartwig, a certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create lifelong, healthy habits. Melissa is the creator of The Whole30 Program, a 30-day life-changing dietary experiment that is taking over the internet by storm.  Millions of people have already transformed their health, habits, and relationship with food through the Whole30 program. She is also a four-time New York Times bestselling author (It Starts With Food,  The Whole30, Food Freedom Forever, and The Whole30 Cookbook).

We are so honored to have Melissa on the show and we think this episode will be particularly helpful for parents who have difficulty convincing their kids to eat healthy. In other words, we will be re-listening to this episode with Eva 🙂 Haha. Enjoy the episode!


  • Melissa shares how her parents made an impact on her relationship and love for food.
  • At what point Melissa realized that she needed to take care of her body and live a healthy lifestyle.
  • The benefits of having a good healthy breakfast to everyone especially kids in school.
  • Melissa shares why it is important to start involving your kids in preparing healthy meals early on in life.
  • Melissa shares why she no longer has a garden, and where she goes to buy fresh produce instead.
  • Melissa names some activities that the whole family can do instead of eating desserts after a meal.
  • Melissa shares how she came up with the Whole30 program and how the program works.
  • Melissa shares a new study about how long it takes for a habit to stick.
  • Melissa’s BIG DREAM for the future.
  • Melissa’s advice to her 10-year old self.
  • And so much more!



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