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

reasons to go outside

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

It Starts With Food

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?

recovery stress work out

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

whole30 support

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

paleo for older adults

Note: Today we're featuring a guest post by Deane Alban from BeBrainFit.com. 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...]

Weight Gain 101

weight gain 101

or, Why You’re Still Skinny Skinny. Scrawny. Underweight. Lanky. Hard-gainer. Ectomorph. These are all different (and not typically complimentary) terms for people who are naturally predisposed to a leaner body type with less muscle mass compared to people who gain (and maintain) both  muscle and fat more easily. I’m sure you know someone who fits each of these types: the friend who can eat anything she wants (pizza! brownies! ice cream!) and still keep her stomach just as ripped as ever, and … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Are Smoothies Healthy?

are smoothies healthy

Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Amy asks, "Are smoothies a healthy choice?" People ask us about smoothies in our workshops and in our everyday consulting all the time. The media will have you believe that starting your day with a big tall glass of liquid food is the epitome of health. However, we tend to disagree. In this episode of S&STV, we discuss the research around … [Read more...]