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...]

The Daily Grind

One of the most challenging things for most first-time Whole30 participants isn't ditching the Diet Cokes or the mid-morning bagels... it's the thought of drinking your coffee black.  No sweetener, no creamer... just the hard-core flavor of straight black coffee.  Admittedly, that was the hardest part for me (Melissa) during this last Whole30 go-around.  I had become quite used to drinking my coffee with a generous splash of heavy cream... and for a while, the So Delicious vanilla-flavored soy … [Read more...]

Thanks, Toronto!

We're wrapping up here in Toronto, spending a few extra days kicking around the city.  We jammed three workshops into our first international visit, and had a great time with each and every group.  Our basic Nutrition Workshop at CrossFit Colosseum was a blast, and set the stage for our first ever "Trainer's Workshop" later that afternoon.  We debuted our new material to a diverse group of twelve Toronto-area gym owners, coaches and aspiring trainers, and spent three full hours explaining our … [Read more...]

Steal This Meal: A Wok-Tastic Stir Fry

Today's Steal This Meal comes from Whole9 reader and CrossFit North Fulton member Tom Denham. Tom learned about the Whole30 diet after members of CrossFit North Fulton (Roswell, Georgia) attended a Whole9 Nutrition Worskhop at CrossFit East Decatur on May 1st. He began his first Whole30 on May 14th, and has successfully continued the Whole30 principles ever since.  Tom says: “I’m 52 years old. I’ve been CrossFitting for the past 18 months.  (When starting the Whole30,) I was miserable for about … [Read more...]