Four Ways Yoga Will Make You Happier

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A Whole9 guest post from Mary Beth LaRue,  yoga teacher, life coach, and the co-founder of Rock Your Bliss. The first yoga class I ever attended was in my college town in Iowa. Somehow I happened on something called "classical yoga" where most donned a long white robe and spent the class singing in a language I did not recognize. There were no downward facing dogs for this eager eighteen year old. Needless to say I didn't find "my yoga" that day. I eventually happened upon a studio in … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: How Can You Increase Your Libido?

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Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Summer and Sarah talk about how to increase your libido naturally. Having a strong libido and healthy sex drive is an important part of our well-being. It signifies healthy neurotransmitter and hormonal function and is a great way to relieve stress, feel connected (to others or yourself) and stimulate endorphins. Unfortunately, so many women (and … [Read more...]

At-home fermentation (no science degree required)

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Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha are trendy right now, but unlike the oh-so-popular cronut, they're trendy for their extensive health-promoting properties. You've probably heard of probiotics—they are healthy bacteria that help our digestive tracts and keep us healthy. But what you may not know is that fermented foods sitting on a grocery store shelf may not contain many (if any) of those good little critters. Want to be sure your fermented foods are fresh, delicious, and … [Read more...]

Babies Gone Wild: Real Food Edition

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By Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, whose 16-month-old eats more than your mom. One of the most common questions we’re asked (usually by parents, but sometimes by overachievers hoping to become pregnant) is, “How do you feed your kid?” Now, one of the things we’ve come to realize over the last year-plus is never ever ever give parenting advice unless it comes from your own personal experience. And even then, you should probably not give parenting advice. So, a few things. One, we didn’t want to … [Read more...]

Preconception Health: What to Avoid Before Pregnancy

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A Whole9 guest post from a mother-daughter duo who are passionate about prenatal nutrition. Emily Rydbom CN, LE & Dr. Leslie Stone are founders of  GrowBaby® and this is the first article in a series for Whole9 about preconception and prenatal health. Did you know that many women of indigenous cultures like the Kikuyu tribe, the Bantu people of Southeast Africa—the largest ethnic group in Kenya—traditionally begin a special diet six months prior to marriage to prepare for pregnancy? … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Pre-workout Supplements

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Do you need a pre-workout supplement? Not surprisingly, the real answer is, “It depends.” Let’s talk about why you do—or do not—need a pre-workout supplement. Pre-Workout Fueling: The Basics We’ve discussed our pre-workout food recommendations in detail in It Starts With Food, but those recommendations come with a caveat. While these recommendations apply to the majority of our readers, there are contexts in which our generalized pre-workout (pre-WO) recommendations are not ideal, or simply … [Read more...]

Detox: why it matters and what to do about it

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Note from Dallas Hartwig, co-founder of Whole9: You probably know we don't promote these kinds of online "summits" very often. However, we feel this area is really under-addressed in our community, and based on my own functional medicine practice and the Institute for Functional Medicine's advanced practice training that I'm participating in, I feel the information included in this free summit will be invaluable for those pursuing a Whole9 Life. A lot of people write off "detox" as woo-woo … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Why You Might Need A Break From That “Food You Can’t Live Without”

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Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Summer and Sarah talk about why you might need a break from that 'food you cannot live without'. Is there one food that you cannot imagine living without? There are both psychological and physical reasons why we have an intense desire for certain foods. However, often the foods that we cannot imagine giving up, are the ones that we need to take a … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Go Outside (if you care about your health)

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A Whole9 guest post by James Murphy, a self-described nature-loving-hippie who loves to play outside. When was the last time you went outside? No, not just to walk to the mailbox… really went outside, on purpose, for the pure enjoyment of it? Many people probably couldn’t answer that question with any recent date. In this day and age, many of us think of the “great outdoors” as something that’s nice to think about or view from afar, but to actually participate in getting outside? Some … [Read more...]

It Starts With Food Gets a Makeover

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We have another big announcement in preparation for our Whole9-sponsored Whole30 program starting August 1st. (Did you miss our first big announcement? In summary, yay, spuds!) Our second announcement is related to the new Whole30 program rules, and features our New York Times bestselling book, It Starts With Food. It Starts With Food has a spiffy new redesign, and one important update. Don't panic—95% of the book is exactly the same. (And red wine, chocolate, and pancakes are still … [Read more...]