The Whole9 Holiday Prep Guide

For faithful readers and Whole30® veterans, the upcoming holiday season may be just another few weeks during which they’ll get to practice the skills they’ve learned during past Whole30’s—what we call “riding their own bike.” To this first group, the Whole9 veterans, we say, “Go on with your bike-riding holiday self.” Whatever you decide to do this holiday season, make it deliberate, make it worth it, and most of all, savor the time with family, friends, and the food you choose. But for … [Read more...]

The When, Why, and How of Multiple Whole30’s

What’s the most logical thing to do after you've finished your first Whole30®? Plan for your second, of course! Okay, so that’s not necessarily true... but sometimes it is. In today’s post, we’ll discuss the finer points of participating in multiple Whole30’s - the when, they why, and the how. We’re leading off with stories from the trenches, with real Whole30-ers discussing their second, third, or fifth run at the program. Then we’ll discuss the details of revisiting the Whole30 yourself, … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Vacation

by Melissa Hartwig, who almost always works while on vacation, but didn't this time On Thursday, I met my sister Kelly in Napa, CA for a girls-only long weekend. We planned to eat some good food (some of the best restaurants in the country are in wine country), relax in the sunshine, and, of course, drink some wine. As I was preparing for this vacation, I thought of the number of times people have asked us, “How do you handle a vacation without (a) feeling like junk the whole time you’re … [Read more...]

Change Your Habits, Part 2: Willpower

 “I can resist everything except temptation.” –Oscar Wilde Willpower (or “self-control”) is what people use to restrain their desires and impulses. More precisely, Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney, authors of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, define willpower as “the capacity to override one response (and substitute another).” You may think of willpower as an extraordinary force to be summoned to deal with emergencies, but studies show that desires – specifically, … [Read more...]