The Stress-Craving Connection

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You've changed your diet, giving up added sugar and foods-with-no-brakes. Now that you've finished our Whole30 program, your Sugar Dragon is sleeping soundly in his cave. But soon enough, despite your continued efforts to sleep well, exercise, eat healthy, your Dragon wakes up and breathes fire once again. What's going on? Stress, that's what. Learn how stress impacts cravings for sugar and carbs and simple techniques to tame that dragon from Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole9 and the … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: How Can You Increase Your Libido?

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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, Summer and Sarah talk about how to increase your libido naturally. Having a strong libido and healthy sex drive is an important part of our well-being. It signifies healthy neurotransmitter and hormonal function and is a great way to relieve stress, feel connected (to others or yourself) and stimulate endorphins. Unfortunately, so many women (and … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Why You Might Need A Break From That “Food You Can’t Live Without”

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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, Summer and Sarah talk about why you might need a break from that 'food you cannot live without'. Is there one food that you cannot imagine living without? There are both psychological and physical reasons why we have an intense desire for certain foods. However, often the foods that we cannot imagine giving up, are the ones that we need to take a … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Can You Be Too Stressed To Work Out?

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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, Summer and Sarah talk about how to know whether you are too stressed to work out.  In the case of exercise, more is not always better. As outlined in the Whole9 Health Equation, it's imperative to take care of your health balance and look at the big picture to make sure you have more deposits going into your health bank than withdrawals. In the face … [Read more...]

The Great Social Experiment


By Melissa Hartwig, who reminds you she is an introvert AND  from the East Coast Let’s start out by saying I’m from New Hampshire, where people as a rule do not talk to each other much. Oh, us East Coast folks are polite and nice, but we generally keep to ourselves when dealing with strangers. It’s not in our makeup to ask our grocery store clerk how their day is going, or our waitress whether she has any kids.  In fact, I'll tell you a story. Three years ago, we were visiting Dallas' family … [Read more...]

Whole9’s Holiday Simplicity Guide


As we checked out at the grocery store at 2 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving, a cacophony of holiday-themed magazines screamed out at us in ALL CAPS: Drop 33 Pounds by Christmas! Sneaky Causes of Fall Tiredness! Create This Unique Crudite Plate! 77 Brilliant Holiday Entertaining Ideas! Holiday Heels That Dazzle! 20 Crafty Gifts Under $20! Wow Everyone: Holiday Hair! So, let me get this straight…between now and Christmas, I’m supposed to lose more than a pound a day, produce a gorgeous updo, … [Read more...]

Lies We Tell Ourselves


People typically don’t brag about their dedication to cocaine, or their disciplined daily alcohol consumption. These behaviors (excessive drug use or drinking) can bring upon bona fide addictions, and literally destroy health, happiness, and quality of life. But what about other addictions—unhealthy obsessions that masquerade as conscientiousness, dedication, devotion to something "healthy?" How often do you hear people proudly telling others about their obsession with the gym, their … [Read more...]

Stress Addicts Anonymous (Part 2)


In Part 1 of our Stress Addicts Anonymous series (, we introduced the very real, very dangerous condition of stress addiction. Now, in part 2, let's take a look at the physiological effects of living in a chronic state of stress, and more importantly, some steps you can take to rehabilitate your own inner stress junkie. Stress Gone Bad In moderate amounts and for brief periods of time, stress can be beneficial - and most people are well-equipped … [Read more...]

Stress Addicts Anonymous (Part 1)


This series of posts was inspired by Dallas and Melissa's very personal experience with stress addiction. From Melissa: "See, at my very core, I am a typical Type-A.  In fact, there were times I considered bumping herself up to a Type AA, because I believed Type A’s were actually kind of lazy. No offense. I'm a perfectionist, but also a procrastinator, and I do my best work when there's a crisis. No crisis? No problem. I'll just create one." (Dallas has far fewer of these tendencies - thank … [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...]