Ask Whole9 Canada: Help For Cold Sores

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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, Emily asks, "Cold sores are ruining my love life. Help!" Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HV-1). Once you have the virus, it remains in your body permanently and can pop up every now and again. Cold sores are very contagious, so if you don't currently get them, you should be protective of your lips … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Strategies to Manage Cravings

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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, Kristina asks, "What strategies would you recommend for dealing with my food cravings?" Cravings or strong desires for certain foods, are something that many people struggle with. We talk a lot about how our desires for food can be the result of our unhealthy psychological response to food, hormonal imbalances and stress in our workshops, and it is … [Read more...]

This Article Sucks (Can You Go Just One Day Without Complaining?)

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At the beginning of the year, Melissa Hartwig got wind of a “no complaining” challenge circulating on her social media feed. The rules were simple enough—no complaining of any sort for a full thirty days. No “traffic was brutal today,” or “My boss is a jerk,” or “I look fat in these pants.” Just a month full of sunshine, ponies, and rainbows coming out of her mouth. (Well, not likely—but she hoped she’d at least learn to create a new way to process and deal with stress and trying … [Read more...]

Gym Best Practices

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Group Fitness Classes: Best Practices from the Experts As a new gym owner or head trainer, you assume the responsibility of helping your clients meet their health and fitness goals. The hard work is up to them, of course, but unless you are making smart decisions about the way you run your gym, create your workouts, and manage your group classes, your clients’ hard work isn’t going to get them the results it should. Managing group classes is no easy feat, however. You’ve got multiple … [Read more...]

The Dangers of Image Crafting

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If you’re on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other form of social media, you’re already all too familiar with “image crafting,” the act of carefully and deliberately constructing one’s social media content to control the way others view their life. Perhaps you’ve even fallen prey to the pressure yourself, un-tagging unflattering photos of yourself on Facebook, publicly praising every nice thing your spouse does, or adding #lovemylife to every. Single. Post. As a result, our social media … [Read more...]

Is It Time for Your System Restore?

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From Whole9 South Pacific's Jamie Scott and Dr. Anastasia Boulais. For more of their articles, visit the Whole9 South Pacific blog. Blue Screen of Death, Anyone? Just like your computer, phone, and nearly every other gadget in your life, you come with a factory setting: the way you are programmed to operate and all the software this requires.  Let’s say that your basic factory-set operation requires you to eat only certain foods; move relatively frequently—at times fast, and at other times, … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Top Uses for Coconut Oil

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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, Michaela asks, "What are your thoughts on coconut oil, and its uses both internally and externally?" Coconut oil is one of our pantry staples and is something we recommend everyone use in their cooking due to its stable saturated fat properties. If you search the internet, you will literally find hundreds of uses and benefits of coconut oil, both … [Read more...]

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...]