A Taste of Thai

I (Melissa) am bored with the gym.  Bored with deadlifts and pull-ups, back squats and presses, rowing and running.  I re-discovered the bench press and the Prowler this summer, which peaked my interest for a few weeks, but all in all, I’m bored.  Not with exercise itself, but with all of my exercise coming from gym-related CrossFit-esque training protocols. So I decided to look up a Muay Thai place in Salt Lake City.  Back in NH, I took a half-cardio, half-kickboxing class based on Muay Thai.  … [Read more...]

Finding our voice

Author’s note:  Dallas and I usually collaborate on posts, but this one is just from my (Melissa’s) personal perspective.  Dallas, however, is more than on board here – in fact, he’s been encouraging us to head in  this direction for quite some time. We finally received our advance copy of Robb Wolf’s new book, The Paleo Solution.  Dallas and I have been taking turns reading it as fast as we can, making notes for our review (coming next week).  Last night, while re-reading the section on … [Read more...]

Steal This Meal: Cedar Plank Salmon with a Squash Shred Medley

Today's STM is a hot commodity, as both wild caught salmon season and summer grilling season is just about over. Today's submission comes from Kim Averett, of CrossFit Cache Valley in Logan, UT. We had the pleasure of meeting Kim at our recent Salt Lake City workshop, where Kim shared a bit of her own Whole30 experience. Kim says, "I made a choice to change my relationship with food in August 2009, when a trusted friend and affiliate owner referred me to Whole9's 30 day program. I read. I … [Read more...]

Supplements, Part II: What’s in our cabinet

Right out of the gate, we want to state something clearly. This post is not about what supplements we think you should take. We don’t sell any supplements, and are hard-pressed to endorse any company’s entire product line and ingredient list. Nonetheless, we’ve had a lot of inquiries about what we personally take as a “bonus” on top of our pretty-darn-close-to-Whole30-quality diet. So, we’re going to share what supplements have made our cut once we ran them through our Supplement Evaluation … [Read more...]

Our visit to Sharp Rehabilitation Center

While in San Diego last week, Dallas and I the opportunity to speak with both patients and staff at Sharp Rehabilitation Center.  Sharp has been a leading provider of rehabilitation and physical therapy services for 45 years, addressing catastrophic injury with a team approach to wellness.  We were connected with the center through my brother-in-law, Ryan Baker.  The day after he graduated from high school, Ryan was in a motor vehicle accident, which resulted in a spinal cord injury. Ryan … [Read more...]

Steal This Meal: Stewed Tilapia

Today's gorgeous Steal This Meal submission comes from Tom Denham, of CrossFit North Fulton in Roswell, GA.  Tom writes, "I started the Whole 30 four months ago, and have had such good results that I’ve just kept it up. The best result is that I am sleeping soundly nearly every night.  I’m also lifting heavier weight for more reps in the gym and have dropped to 200 pounds from 213 while eating an enormous amount of food. I used to eat most meals in restaurants, but have been relearning to … [Read more...]

The Great Cocoa Debate

Last week, Whole9 reader Chris posed what appeared to be a relatively innocuous question about our Whole30 program.  Chris wrote, “Is 100% pure cocoa okay?” This simple yes-or-no request prompted a 17 hour heated debate within the Whole9 household.  We battled, we point-and-counterpointed, we took time outs so we could cool off enough to continue the discussion.  And while this actually isn’t a big deal issue for us – certainly not one worthy of an entire blog post – Dallas hates to lose, and … [Read more...]

CrossFit Invictus

Today, Whole9 hit an Event PR, with 70 people in attendance at our Foundations Workshop at CrossFit Invictus.  (We just couldn't say no to adding "just one more".)  We rolled out almost two hours of brand new material, including our new MealSimple™ meal planning template, designed to take the guesswork out of preparing meals, snacks, pre- and post-workout nutrition.  (We'll link to some reviews of the event on our Facebook page as they become available.)  We had a fantastic time, and especially … [Read more...]

Steal This Meal: Eggs with Mango Gazpacho

Today's STM came from Dallas, as an attempt to squeeze more vegetables into our early AM breakfasts.  Many of you have the same issue - cramming plenty of veggies at lunch and dinner is easy, but who wants to roll out of bed to a giant, steaming bowl full of broccoli and spinach?  Fruit is far more appealing first thing in the morning, but a plate full of berries can also start your day off  on the wrong sugar-foot.  A chilled bowl of mango gazpacho is a nice compromise - sweet enough to get the … [Read more...]

Whole9 + Dutch Lowy = General Awesomeness*

*The phrase "General Awesomeness" must be credited to our friends at CrossFit Academy of Lions, in Toronto, ON. A few months ago, Dallas and I had the opportunity to do some nutrition work with Dutch Lowy – competitive athlete, CrossFit trainer and host of his own Performance Development Seminar series.  We’ve long admired Dutch’s work within the community, and were stoked to be able to offer him some support on the nutritional front.  So when we booked a series of Whole9 workshops at … [Read more...]