Ask Whole9 Canada: What To Do About Constipation

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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 discuss what you can do about constipation. We want to start this post by asking you a personal question: How many times a day do you visit the bathroom for a bowel movement? If you didn’t answer, “1-2 times a day,” then this means you are likely constipated.  Relieving your bowels at least once a day is sign of good digestion. In … [Read more...]

Whole9 Survey and Giveaway

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Do you like Paleo cookbooks, high-quality spices, Whole30 approved sauces and other great on-the-go foods? It's your lucky day. We're doing a survey of the Whole9 community so that we can learn more about you and how we can continue to help you on your journey towards optimal health. And even though this survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete, we still wanted to give you the chance to win some awesome prizes in exchange for your time. We've gathered a long list of quality products … [Read more...]

The Stress-Craving Connection

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You've changed your diet, giving up added sugar and foods-with-no-brakes. Now that you've finished our Whole30 program, your Sugar Dragon is sleeping soundly in his cave. But soon enough, despite your continued efforts to sleep well, exercise, eat healthy, your Dragon wakes up and breathes fire once again. What's going on? Stress, that's what. Learn how stress impacts cravings for sugar and carbs and simple techniques to tame that dragon from Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole9 and the … [Read more...]

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)


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. Part 2 discusses preconception nutrition. Part 3 focuses on preconception exercise, stress management and sleep. Did you know that many women of indigenous cultures like the Kikuyu tribe, the Bantu people of Southeast Africa—the … [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...]