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...]

Tips for Keeping Exercise Short, Simple & Effective

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Note: Today we're featuring a guest post by Eva T., a two time Olympian in Alpine Skiing and a 12 year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team. Hundreds of people from all walks of life have benefited from her popular, personal and online coaching and health orientated recommendations.  Intention, Missed Workouts & Support With our busy lifestyles and the abundance of incoming stimuli, it often seems that our intention to workout is there, but suddenly the day is over and we are left with regret that … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Can You Be Too Stressed To Work Out?

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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 know whether you are too stressed to work out.  In the case of exercise, more is not always better. As outlined in the Whole9 Health Equation, it's imperative to take care of your health balance and look at the big picture to make sure you have more deposits going into your health bank than withdrawals. In the face … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: How To Deal With Unsupportive People

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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 deal with unsupportive people. Starting a Whole30 or making any big changes in your nutrition or lifestyle to improve your health can be made difficult when you don't have a good support system. We often hear stories from our clients that range from subtle comments from friends such as, "Can't you just have one … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9: Making Weight the Healthy Way


Welcome to the very first installment of Ask Whole9. In this series, we offer our readers expert advice about our 9 Factors, including nutrition, healthy movement, sleep, stress management, socialization, natural environment, fun and play, personal growth, and temperance. Today, we’re talking about how to "make weight" for an athletic competition in a way that won't damage your metabolism or your health. Dear Whole9, I have a question that stems from being part of a sport where I … [Read more...]

You’re Never Too Old To Eat Good Food

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Note: Today we're featuring a guest post by Deane Alban from Deane has focused her life's work on helping to keep folks sharp and healthy into their later years. Here she discusses why those in their 40's, 50's, 60's (and so on) should consider a real food diet. Good Food: It's Not Just For Kids Anymore An informal survey of 6,000 paleo followers found the majority were in their 20's and 30's with a mere 3% over age 60. Well, folks, this has got to change. Bad eating … [Read more...]

Weight Gain 201


In our last article, we talked about dietary factors related to building muscle. Now let’s talk about the myriad of factors that influence muscle growth other than what you eat. While food is undoubtedly a significant influence on one’s ability to build muscle mass, we see at least as many people with non-food roadblocks to muscle growth as those that are simply not eating, digesting and absorbing enough nutritious food. In most cases, these non-food issues all orbit around the concept of … [Read more...]