Sleep: An Undervalued Ergogenic Aid

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Note: The following is a repost from the Whole9 Archives. Enjoy! In February 2011, Dallas wrote an article for Performance Menu, the “journal of nutrition and athletic excellence” published each month by Greg Everett of Catalyst Athletics.  The article focused on the impact of sleep (or lack thereof) on your health and athletic performance. Thanks to the generosity of Catalyst Athletics, today we are offering Dallas' article for free - available to those without a subscription to … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: What can you do about nighttime leg cramps?

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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, Susan from Toronto asks, “I get leg cramps every night when I am sleeping. What can I do about it?” Nighttime leg cramps are typically characterized by a seizing pain around your calves when you are sleeping.  They can be dreadfully painful and in some cases, can disrupt your sleep.  Fortunately, they are pretty easy to resolve and usually the result … [Read more...]

The 400,000 Hour Body

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A nice little reminder from the Whole9 archives. Also, we've not read the 4 Hour Body, so can't speak to its contents - we just thought this title played nicely. We get a lot of questions about products, services and protocols that promise miraculous results - improved body composition, fitness, energy or health - with minimal effort. This slant is not new – the lure of a shortcut (or “free lunch”, as Gym Jones calls it) has been the carrot dangling from our health-and-fitness stick since … [Read more...]

Are You Recovering, Or Are You Just Resting?

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We’ve been working on this post for a while, but Life got in the way. (Alternate story: Dallas is better at starting projects than finishing them.)  Nonetheless, we’d like to talk about recovery. No, not economic recovery—though that would be lovely—but physiological recovery from the stressors placed upon us by our modern physical world. Rest vs. Recovery These two words, "rest" and "recovery," have distinctly different meanings when applied to health, fitness or athletic contexts. Recovery … [Read more...]

Sleep: An Undervalued Ergogenic Aid

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In February 2011, Dallas wrote an article for Performance Menu, the “journal of nutrition and athletic excellence” published each month by Greg Everett of Catalyst Athletics.  The article focused on the impact of sleep (or lack thereof) on your health and athletic performance. Today, thanks to the generosity of Catalyst Athletics, today we are offering Dallas' article for free - available to those without a subscription to PMenu. (Although if you don't yet have a subscription, we can't help … [Read more...]

Context Matters: Additional Factors

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If you read our 9 Blog articles, participate on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, you’ve probably heard us say, “Context matters” on more than one occasion.  Just last week, we published our Whole9 Health Equation, laying out our big-picture view on health and underscoring that very same point.  But aside from the obvious factors, what else is involved in the discussion of context? CON·TEXT noun /ˈkänˌtekst/ The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, … [Read more...]

The Whole9 Health Equation

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Since founding the Whole9 in 2009, we've used “our 9” to address the multi-faceted nature of a healthy lifestyle with our consulting clients.  But after developing a great working relationship with Robb Wolf and attending several extraordinary nutrition seminars (including Robb’s), we decided to concentrate our public health focus on nutrition.  Since then, we’ve written extensively about nutrition’s role in a healthy lifestyle over the past several years, and conducted more than 70 Foundations … [Read more...]

The 400,000 Hour Body

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We get a lot of questions about products, services and protocols that promise miraculous results - improved body composition, fitness, energy or health - with minimal effort.   This slant is not new – the lure of a shortcut (or “free lunch”, as Gym Jones calls it) has been the carrot dangling from our health-and-fitness stick since we first started paying attention to what we ate and how we moved.  And wouldn’t it be great if it were true?  If you could achieve all of your health and fitness … [Read more...]

174,203 Things You Can Do Instead of Watching TV

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This is the first post in our Kill Your TV series, designed to help you navigate your television-less existence for the next 30 days. (You didn't think we'd spring it on you and then leave you hanging, did you?) Today's post is all about helping you through the first week without your beloved plug-in drug - and filling those hours with something meaningful. While it may seem obvious to those of you who have been without cable for a few years now, we're here to present the rest of you Kill … [Read more...]

Caffeine Clean: Four months without coffee

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By Melissa Urban, who doesn’t do “moderation” very well at all Just over four months ago, I gave up caffeine for good.  It wasn’t the first time I’d done without – periodically through the last two years, usually when our coffee habits had quietly and sneakily grown past the point of healthy, we’d do a week or two of no caffeine, and then reset our consumption to a more reasonable level.  I’d get to the 14 day mark, figure I was as good as cleansed and then happily make my first cup of … [Read more...]