Flexibility for Strength, Posture and Injury Prevention

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This is a Whole9 guest post by Peter Hirsh, a nationally certified personal trainer and kettlebell instructor who has been teaching and training with kettlebells for over ten years. When I was twelve years old I took up the sport TaeKwonDo. I was highly active as a child before this but had done little in the way of learning how to use my body. TaeKwonDo taught me focus and discipline and created unity by connecting my mind and body. What I didn't realize then was I was developing one of the … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: How Many Meals Per Day?

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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 many meals per day you should be eating. There are so many conflicting recommendations on the number of meals you should eat in a day. Some people recommend grazing, others suggest multiple small meals a day, whereas other recommendations will tell you that fewer larger meals are best. How do you know what’s right for … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Improve Your Posture

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A Whole9 guest post by Kate Galliett, creator of Fit for Real Life and The Unbreakable Body, an online strength and mobility program. What is postural strength? At its simplest, ‘postural strength’ can be defined as having strength in the muscles that hold you upright. So does this mean that to have postural strength you have to stand like you’ve got a book on your head and a clothes hanger stuffed in the back of your shirt? ‘Book-on-head’ type posture implies a rigidity that misses the point … [Read more...]

Detox 101: How to Do it Right

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A Whole9 guest post by Dr Sult, medical doctor, medical educator, inspirational speaker & the author of Just Be Well: A Book For Seekers of Vibrant Health. This article is the second in a series on detox. Read part 1 here and part 3 here. Conceptually, a detox diet makes sense. In a world filled with toxins that we can’t help but ingest or absorb, periodically helping our bodies clean those out through a structured plan is smart. The hard part is knowing how to do it effectively and … [Read more...]

The Savvy Health-Seeker’s Introduction to Detox

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A Whole9 guest post by Dr Sult, medical doctor, medical educator, inspirational speaker & the author of Just Be Well: A Book For Seekers of Vibrant Health. It’s not easy being savvy about your health. As a functional medicine doctor, I encourage my patients to be partners in creating the path to good health. This means being educated on what treatment, techniques and exercises are effective and why. But that’s not always easy to do, especially when so much misinformation exists. Even … [Read more...]

Top Whole9 Articles of 2014 + Audiobook Give Away

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We started 2014 by launching Whole30.com so that the Whole30 program could have it's own space to create a community and support network. This year we've worked to make Whole9 more clearly focused on creating dialog around all of our 9 factors and hope that it's been meaningful and helpful to you on your journey. Also this year, we launched the Whole9 Newsletter and updated the Whole9 Nutrition Guide so it's not limited to use in gyms - there's now a version for small businesses and other … [Read more...]

The Seven Primal Movements

The Seven Primal Movements

This is a Whole9 guest post by Peter Hirsh, a nationally certified personal trainer and kettlebell instructor who has been teaching and training with kettlebells for over ten years. The Paleo diet follows the premise that doing what is most in sync with your unique biology will keep you the healthiest. It isn't difficult to see that the standard western diet is completely alien to anyone's biology and health is sacrificed greatly as a result. This philosophy can also be applied to exercise. … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Caring for an Injury

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A Whole9 guest post by Kate Galliett, creator of Fit for Real Life and The Unbreakable Body, an online strength and mobility program. You’re being active. You’re slowly ramping up your intensity, duration, or volume. You’re warming up properly and doing mobility drills to improve your overall movement-quality. You’re taking note of things like sleep and stress and adjusting your activity accordingly. But something happened and you got hurt. Ugh. What you do in the days and weeks that … [Read more...]

The Whole9 Holiday Gift Guide

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It is important to introduce this post by reiterating that we are not fans of over-consumption – whether it be food or stuff. This gift guide is not meant to be a way of advocating a lot of the crazy that happens in December (at least in the U.S). However, because gifts are bought during this season and many people find genuine pleasure in the traditions of holiday gift giving, we wanted to offer some ideas and suggestions for gifts that can support and encourage a Whole9 life. Experiences … [Read more...]

The Truth About Cholesterol, Part 2: Lowering Your LDL

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A Whole9 guest post by Dr Sult, medical doctor, medical educator, inspirational speaker & the author of Just Be Well: A Book For Seekers of Vibrant Health. In a recent post we discussed how many of us have mistakenly believed that lowering cholesterol levels is the key to reducing the risk of heart attack. In fact, tracking cholesterol levels does not get to the real culprit: LDL, or low-density lipoprotein. A high level of LDL increases the risk, while a high level of HDL, or … [Read more...]