Melissa Hartwig Comes to Cincinnati
Today was so fun! I went with my bestie, Sarah, to see Melissa Hartwig, the co-creator of the Whole30 speak at the Main library.
As I mentioned in my first post, 'It All Started With Food', the Whole30 helped find my footing after a Celiac diagnosis and put me on the path to personal wellness. When I heard Melissa would be here in Cincy, I knew I had to go.
I text Sarah last night and asked if she wanted to join me. We completed a couple of Whole30s together, so it seemed fitting. Funny enough, she had the event marked on her calendar.
We arrived at the library a little before noon. Much to my surprise, the place was PACKED. There were rows and rows of chairs filled with Cincinnatias, anxiously awaiting Melissa's arrival.
The crowd went wild when Melissa enetered the stage. In true Melissa fashion, she cracked a joke about her dress before sitting down with Iris Simpson-Bush, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Flying Pig, who moderated the event.
Though the Whole30 is not something new to me, I enjoyed hearing Melissa talk through the benefits of the Whole30.
She said, 'there is no one size fits all approach. You have to figure out what works for you. How do you do that? The Whole30. It's a 30-day self experiment, from there you learn food freedom.'
I think this is really important. Another question came up about dieting on the Whole30, which tied it all together for me.
Melissa said, 'if you approach anything from a diet mentatlity, you will fail. Even the Whole30. It's meant as a reset; for you to have a chat with your body to understand what works for you and then move forward with that information to find food freedom.'
AND that is exactly what we are all searching for, FREEDOM from food. Freedom from fear. Freedom from self doubt.
The key, listening to our bodies and understanding what they need, not attacking them with diets and restrictions. The Whole30 can be a great tool to help you find freedom, as long as it's use it wisely.
After the talk, Sarah picked up Whole30 Fast&Easy and we got in line to get the book signed. We ran into a couple of my friends from Give Back Cincinnati and chatted with them for about an hour before I decided it was time to take off. I started to feel a little under the weather, so poor Sarah didn't get her book signed. But we did get a picture with Melissa.
Such a great way to spend the day! I am so proud of my city for showing up for something like this. You suprise me Cincy, and I like it.