You Ask, We Answer: “Do You Ever Cheat?”

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At a local seminar last week, an attendee asked Melissa, "Do you ever cheat?" There was so much to this question: We don't call it a cheat, because we're doing nothing wrong. We aren't perfect eaters, because no one is, and we don't expect you to be either. Yes, we indulge, when we decide it's worth it. In essence, we practice what we preach.* That brought to mind this post, originally written after a trip to Mexico in 2011. It's a good reminder for those who have been following us a while, … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: What to do about skin breakouts

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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, Corinna in Nuremburg, Germany asks, “What are the common reasons for skin breakouts in adults?” Unfortunately, many adults (especially females) suffer from acne, and the root cause is generally the result of things going awry inside the body. Acne that you find around your jaw line is often the result of hormonal imbalances, specifically low estrogen, … [Read more...]

Take Back the Fun! What Really Makes You Happy?

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A guest post from Kate Galliet, founder of Fit For Real Life and owner of ProKine Performance in St. Charles, IL Thanks to my first article (When Work Takes Over Your Free Time) you’ve recognized the value of separating work into work time and fun into fun time, you’ve improved your organization, you’ve stopped multi-tasking—all in the name of feeling less stress and finding more free time for fun. Now what? Bring in the Fun Here’s a classic question: “What would you do with your day if … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Can you get rid of a food sensitivity?

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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, Lisa on the East Coasts who asks, “I have been paleo for over three years but continue to have food sensitivities. Is there a way to get rid of them?” We always encourage you to do your own self-experimentation after you have completed your Whole30 in order to determine what foods you may be sensitive to. However, if you find that you are sensitive to … [Read more...]

Are You Recovering or Just Resting?

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Today, we’d like to talk about recovery. No, not economic recovery—though that would be lovely—but physiological recovery from the stressors placed upon us by our modern physical world. Rest vs. Recovery These two words, "rest" and "recovery," have distinctly different meanings when applied to health, fitness or athletic contexts. Recovery can encompass many different behaviors and strategies, but it is fundamentally different than just resting. Rest is simply the absence of effort or … [Read more...]

The Real Food Champion

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A Whole9 South Pacific feature.  Performance does not equal health. Many of you will be well familiar with this adage, or (if you've attended one of our seminars) the health versus performance curve. This curve shows two paths (performance and health), rising gradually together and very closely following each other for a good amount of time—until at some point, the paths diverge. Performance continues to increase, while health decrease. In simple words, as you strive for peak performance in … [Read more...]

Take Back the Fun! When Work Takes Over Your Free Time

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A guest post from Kate Galliet, founder of Fit For Real Life and owner of ProKine Performance in St. Charles, IL I was talking with my newly-retired mom when she mentioned she was tired and feeling like she wasn’t getting a break. My ears perked up immediately because I’d heard her say those same things when she was working full-time—but I didn’t expect to hear them again once she retired. What was keeping her time from being her own? So I asked her. She explained her daily schedule to me … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: What are the health benefits of gelatin?

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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, Renee from Calgary asks, “I have been reading so much about gelatin, and I was wondering if you could weigh in on the benefits of it?” Gelatin seems to be the new ‘it’ food amongst Paleo experts with good reason. In this episode of S&STV, we talk about the role gelatin plays in maintaining a healthy digestive system, managing homocysteine levels … [Read more...]

Introducing The Paleo Athlete

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Today, we are thrilled to introduce our healthy-eating, performance-driven readers a brilliant new resource--one that dovetails beautifully with our new Whole Athlete seminar series. And it's brought to you by one half of the Whole Athlete team: Stephanie Gaudreau, of Stupid Easy Paleo. Even better? The other half of the Whole Athlete team, Dallas Hartwig of Whole9, wrote the foreword for this brand new e-book for athletes. Wow, you'd almost think this was coordinated or … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: What can you do about nighttime leg cramps?

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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, Susan from Toronto asks, “I get leg cramps every night when I am sleeping. What can I do about it?” Nighttime leg cramps are typically characterized by a seizing pain around your calves when you are sleeping.  They can be dreadfully painful and in some cases, can disrupt your sleep.  Fortunately, they are pretty easy to resolve and usually the result … [Read more...]