Preconception Nutrition: What to Eat Before Pregnancy

A Whole9 guest post from a mother-daughter duo who are passionate about prenatal nutrition. Emily Rydbom CN, LE and Dr. Leslie Stone are founders of  GrowBaby® and this discussion of Preconception Nutrition is the second article in a series for Whole9. Part 1 discusses the foods and substances that both men and women should avoid before pregnancy.  Part 3 covers Exercise, Sleep, and Stress Management, along with their role in preconception health. Nutrition, stress and toxic exposure … [Read more...]

Babies Gone Wild: Real Food Edition

By Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, whose 16-month-old eats more than your mom. One of the most common questions we’re asked (usually by parents, but sometimes by overachievers hoping to become pregnant) is, “How do you feed your kid?” Now, one of the things we’ve come to realize over the last year-plus is never ever ever give parenting advice unless it comes from your own personal experience. And even then, you should probably not give parenting advice. So, a few things. One, we didn’t want to … [Read more...]

Preconception Health: What to Avoid Before Pregnancy

A Whole9 guest post from a mother-daughter duo who are passionate about prenatal nutrition. Emily Rydbom CN, LE & Dr. Leslie Stone are founders of  GrowBaby® and this is the first article in a series for Whole9 about preconception and prenatal health. Part 2 discusses preconception nutrition. Part 3 focuses on preconception exercise, stress management and sleep. Did you know that many women of indigenous cultures like the Kikuyu tribe, the Bantu people of Southeast Africa—the … [Read more...]

Good Food Kids: A Parent’s Plan for Dealing with Other People’s Food (Part Two)

By Robin Strathdee, who just told the school nurse that rice cereal every day for breakfast is not an acceptable choice for a kindergartner. Last time we chatted, we brainstormed a few strategies for dealing with what your kids eat when they’re away from home. But a strategy is no good if it doesn’t apply in real life, right? So today, let’s talk about some situations you’re likely to encounter, and how to apply your plan in real life. The list of folks who are likely to be feeding our … [Read more...]

Good Food Kids: A Parent’s Plan for Dealing With Other People’s Food (Part One)

By Robin Strathdee, who likes to keep it firmly between the lines...most of the time. It’s bound to happen. Sooner or later, your kids will come face to face with OPF: Other People’s Food. As parents, we do everything we can to keep our kids safe and healthy. We cover them in sunscreen, we make them wear their seat belts, and we teach them how to cross the street safely. When we make the change to a Good Food lifestyle, that desire naturally extends to the food they eat. So now we also make … [Read more...]

The Whole9 Baby Guide

Now that we've been able to road-test some of the resources we've been collecting these last nine months, we thought we'd share some of the books, websites, and products we relied on for parenting advice and support. Many of our friends relied on these as well (with great success), which is why we're confident enough to pass them along to you. But understand that the best piece of parenting advice we ever got was this: don't take parenting advice. Trust your instincts, get to know your child, … [Read more...]

Finding A Healthy Food Balance For Your Kids

We're very fortunate to be sharing this wonderful guest post from Dylan Emrys with you today. Finding a healthy Real Food balance for your children in a SAD Food world can be a difficult and emotional journey. But, as Dylan says, you're already one step ahead by being here.    "I Was Determined To Feed Her 'Right'" When my daughter was two she’d go visit our neighbors who always gave her pretzels. We lived in a close community and she would head out the door while I watched, then she’d cross … [Read more...]

Whole Food. Whole Family. Whole9 Life.

We were overjoyed to read this wonderful quote recently on the blog Once A Month Mom. Frankly, as much as we believe in the physical benefits of eating whole, nutritious foods, we’d like to think that the Whole30® is about more than the healthy and tasty things you put into your belly. It is evident from conversations we've had, stories we've read, and emails we've received that the Whole30 program can be a bridge, a catalyst, a conversation starter, a door, or an olive branch when it comes to … [Read more...]

Raising Good Food Kids: The Whole9 FAQ

So far in our Good Food Kids series, we've given you three strategies for changing the food on your family's plates, and we've told you what you can expect from your kids during that transition. Today, it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty.  Whole9's own Robin Strathdee asked (and then answered) some of the most frequently asked questions about nurturing Good Food Kids. Note: all photos are from our friend Michele Tam at Her site is a treasure trove of family-friendly … [Read more...]

It’s Just A Phase: A Guide To Your Kid’s Good Food Transition

by Robin Strathdee, who much prefers Jeopardy to Let's Make a Deal. When last we chatted about your kiddos, we talked about three different strategies for implementing a Good Food policy in your kitchen.  Today, we’re gonna talk a little bit about what to expect once you begin to make those changes.  While they can’t always articulate how they feel, our kids go through the same anxieties and discomforts as we adults do when we change the food on our family’s plates.  The timing and outcome of … [Read more...]