Ask Whole9 Canada: The Importance Of Defining Health vs. Performance Goals

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 discuss the importance of defining health versus performance goals. Having clearly defined goals is important to achieving the success you desire. When there are multiple goals, you risk having to sacrifice one area to achieve the greatest potential in the other. We can bucket the most common goals into three categories: health, … [Read more...]

Whole30® Success Story: Allison S.

Allison contacted us via email about her Whole30® experience. It's a fantastic story--the kind that some of you will use as your own jumping-off point to make change. A 92-year-old man inspired her, and she will inspire you, and who knows who YOU will inspire? This is how change happens, friends. One fabulous person at a time. Today's person is Allison. Here she is, in all her glory, in her own words... Seize The Day As you can see, something needed to change. By September 2012 I had … [Read more...]

Please Stop Saying “Everything in Moderation”

For those looking to lose weight and get healthier, there is certainly no shortage of dietary advice. Thousands of experts share their tips to “get bikini-ready by summer!” and “lose those last 10 pounds!” in magazines, newspaper articles, television programs, and website advertisements. While much of their advice is totally conflicting ("Eat breakfast to control your appetite!" "Skip breakfast and lose weight!"), there are some pieces of dietary advice that everyone seems to agree on. Today, … [Read more...]

Cheryl’s Whole30® Success Story

Note: We received the following success story from our Whole9 Seminar Team members Nick Kirkes and Rachel Miller who own Inner Strength Indy. Nick and Rachel have been using the Whole30® program to lead their gym members toward a healthier overall lifestyle – case-in-point, Cheryl, who is the mother of one the gym’s long time members (and up and coming coach) Emily Felton. Cheryl’s Story In Her Own Words My name is Cheryl and I am a 56-year-old preschool teacher.  As you can imagine, working … [Read more...]

Whole30® Success Story: Brian M. and CrossFit Eminence

In May 2012, Whole9 held a Foundations of Nutrition seminar at CrossFit Eminence in Thornton, CO. The seminar resonated so deeply with gym owner, Lindsey Marcelli, that she shared her Good Food knowledge with her members. Brian M. is one of those members, and he credits his Eminence coaches and the Whole30® program with helping him take his health and fitness to the next level. Stories like his are the reason we are determined to continue to spread the Good Food word. In Brian's Own … [Read more...]

The Whole30® and Weight Loss

Since the inception of our Whole30® program in April 2009, we’ve made one thing abundantly clear: This is not a weight loss program. It’s not a diet, it’s not a quick fix, and it’s certainly not a “17 Day Get Skinnier Than Your Friends” kind of approach. But that doesn’t mean we don’t recognize or value your weight loss goals. Weight, Body Image, and Health We know you want to lose weight. That’s why 90% of people undertake a new diet or exercise program in the first place, and that’s where … [Read more...]

The 400,000 Hour Body

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...]

Six Reasons Why the Whole30® Didn’t Work For You

We’ve been running our Whole30® program for 3-1/2 years now, and have received thousands of glowing testimonials. (There are even more floating around on the internet, too—Google “Whole30” and you get hundreds of thousands of hits. Literally.) We've proven the program improves people’s health, and many report the Whole30 really did change their life. But the Whole30 isn’t perfect (no diet is, universally), and we will be the first to admit it. The program is as good as we can make it, to have … [Read more...]

Whole30 Success Story: Beth Tracy

We had the pleasure of meeting today's Whole30 Success Story Beth Tracy twice - once at our Foundations of Nutrition workshop in her home state of Texas, and again in June when she flew to Las Vegas with her daughter to attend another workshop. After speaking with Beth, we asked her to share her story with us, and our readers. Here is Beth's success story, in her own words. Beth's Story I just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed the workshop in Las Vegas and how much … [Read more...]

Whole30 Success Story: Alan C.

Today’s Whole30 success story features Alan C. (40), of Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands.  They say a picture is worth 1,000 words – or, in Alan’s case, 15 pounds lost in just 30 days (and a whole person’s worth of weight lost in his three year journey).  We’re not going to smuck up his amazing success with a long intro… read what Alan has to say, in his own words. Alan’s Story "Just wanted to give some feedback on the completion of my first Whole30, but first, … [Read more...]