Supplements, Part I: The Whole9 Supplement Evaluation Checklist

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This month, we’ve taken a hard line on some popular, well-marketed supplements. The unsupported claims, inflated price points and aggressive sales tactics of products ranging from recovery beverages to meal replacement drinks can make the vast nutrition marketplace more than a little confusing.  And it becomes even more challenging when those hawking the products are well-known fitness brands imploring you to put your health in their hands. Understand, the Whole9 doesn't sell any … [Read more...]

Steal This Meal: Crock Pot Carnitas

Today's STM submission comes from Lydia Ash, of Lawrence, KS.  Lydia is almost through her first Whole30, and shared a bit of her experience with us via email.  Lydia writes: "I'm a life-long sweet addict - carb cravings were part of my daily life. The sugar addiction, coupled with a general dislike of exercise, resulted in a battle with obesity since childhood. I began my first Whole30 on August 1st, after eating "primal" since April.  That made the transition to Whole30 a lot easier... but it … [Read more...]

Upcoming workshops

Just a quick announcement today, as we're busy preparing our Supplement Checklist,  practicing our new workshop material and getting ready for our next round of nutrition workshops. We're coming to the Phoenix, AZ area this Saturday, for our first Arizona event.  We'll be holding Foundations Workshop at Cactus CrossFit (formerly North Scottsdale CrossFit) from 9 AM - 1 PM. Registration details are on the Cactus CrossFit site, so if you're in the Phoenix area and eager for four hours of … [Read more...]

Supplements, take two

Today’s post-slash-rant was also inspired by a question from a Whole9 reader, and also involves a popular supplement company marketed heavily to CrossFitters.  Honestly, our intention wasn’t to join the Rant Parade down Supplement Street this month, but when something this good (translation: so ridiculous, it makes us think we’ve been huffing paint) comes rolling on by, we just have to jump on it. Today's post started with an email from April, an avid Whole9 reader and recent workshop … [Read more...]

Steal This Meal: Sandwich Makeovers

Today's STM is a little bit different, born from a burst of inspiration while looking for a quick lunch last week.  We were trolling the streets of the seacoast area of NH, and all we could find open during that time of day were sandwich shops - not exactly the first thing that comes to mind for a healthy Paleo lunch.  Hungry beyond belief (and far from our own kitchen), we stepped into one such sandwich shop to scope the menu.  At first, we were encouraged by the made-fresh-daily offerings and … [Read more...]

A House Divided

Today, we've got a fantastic guest post from Whole30 participant Christie Tracy, from Texas.  Christie recently started the Whole30 program with a few girlfriends from her gym  (CrossFit XLR8, in Portland, TX).  She's been blogging about her experience, and yesterday's write-up really caught our attention. We hear from many Whole30 participants who are going it alone at home - their spouses, significant others, roommates or other household members simply aren't on board with their dietary … [Read more...]

Steal This Meal: Chicken, Simple.

Today's STM submission comes from CrossFit Quantum's own Paleo Dinner Hostess, Summer Innanen.  Summer attended both our Foundations of Nutrition Workshop and Trainer's Workshop in Toronto, and recently lead (and completed) the Whole30 program with her fellow members at Crossfit Quantum.  Today, Summer is passing her nutrition know-how and experience in the kitchen to Whole9 readers.  Because so many of you loved the simplicity of last week's STM, we're continuing our "keep it simple" theme … [Read more...]

Whole9 is on the move…

New protocol for the site - we're setting up "announcement" style posts (either PR pitches for upcoming events, or notices about the site or our whereabouts) in an abbreviated format, to differentiate them from our juicier blog posts.  So today, no photos, no flash -  just a quick announcement. We'll be on the road again from now through sometime next week, completing our cross-country move from NH to Salt Lake City, UT.  Our on-line time will be limited, so while we'll respond to comments and … [Read more...]

Is it in you? (Maltodextrin, stevia and artificial colors, that is.)

We get a lot of questions from readers, gym owners and trainers about the validity of “performance” claims on various products – energy bars, protein shakes and electrolyte replacement drinks.   If you’ve been reading our articles or have attended our workshops, you’ll know our stance on this – you will always look, feel and perform better with real food.  And despite the good sales pitch that some of these products make, understand that it is always a sales pitch, designed to do one thing and … [Read more...]

Steal This Meal: The “Ingredients” Edition

We're taking a break from reader-submitted Steal This Meal submissions to bring you a Whole9 reminder.  While there are plenty of fancypants Paleo recipes out there, calling for carmelized this or braised that, we'd like to point out one simple fact.  Your Whole30 meals don't have to be complicated to be delicious. They don't have to be gourmet-inspired, they don't have to take hours to prepare, they don't even have to be real honest to goodness 'meals'.  Sometimes, you can skip the … [Read more...]