It Starts With Food Gets a Makeover

We have another big announcement in preparation for our Whole9-sponsored Whole30 program starting August 1st. (Did you miss our first big announcement? In summary, yay, spuds!) Our second announcement is related to the new Whole30 program rules, and features our New York Times bestselling book, It Starts With Food. It Starts With Food has a spiffy new redesign, and one important update. Don't panic—95% of the book is exactly the same. (And red wine, chocolate, and pancakes are still … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: How To Deal With Unsupportive People

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 deal with unsupportive people. Starting a Whole30 or making any big changes in your nutrition or lifestyle to improve your health can be made difficult when you don't have a good support system. We often hear stories from our clients that range from subtle comments from friends such as, "Can't you just have one … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Are Smoothies Healthy?

Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Amy asks, "Are smoothies a healthy choice?" People ask us about smoothies in our workshops and in our everyday consulting all the time. The media will have you believe that starting your day with a big tall glass of liquid food is the epitome of health. However, we tend to disagree. In this episode of S&STV, we discuss the research around … [Read more...]

Ask Whole9 Canada: Strategies to Manage Cravings

Welcome to Ask Whole9 Canada, where Summer Innanen and Sarah Ramsden answer all of your health and nutrition questions. In this week’s episode, Kristina asks, "What strategies would you recommend for dealing with my food cravings?" Cravings or strong desires for certain foods, are something that many people struggle with. We talk a lot about how our desires for food can be the result of our unhealthy psychological response to food, hormonal imbalances and stress in our workshops, and it is … [Read more...]

You Ask, We Answer: “Do You Ever Cheat?”

At a local seminar last week, an attendee asked Melissa, "Do you ever cheat?" There was so much to this question: We don't call it a cheat, because we're doing nothing wrong. We aren't perfect eaters, because no one is, and we don't expect you to be either. Yes, we indulge, when we decide it's worth it. In essence, we practice what we preach.* That brought to mind this post, originally written after a trip to Mexico in 2011. It's a good reminder for those who have been following us a while, … [Read more...]

The All New

Happy New Year, happy Whole30 Day 1, and happy birthday to our newest "baby": the all new For those of you starting the program today (or those thinking about it now that the holidays are officially closed), visit our new site and check out all of the new resources we've created to make your program that much easier. Walk through one of our two "get started" tracks, preview what happens during life after your Whole30, and read today's Whole30 article, Spanking the … [Read more...]

The Great Cocoa Debate

For those of you about to start the January 2014 Whole30, this repost is a fun little insight as to how some of our rules came about.  Last week, Whole9 reader Chris posed what appeared to be a relatively innocuous question about our Whole30 program.  Chris wrote, “Is 100% pure cocoa okay?” This simple yes-or-no request prompted a 17 hour heated debate within the Whole9 household.  We battled, we point-and-counterpointed, we took time outs so we could cool off enough to continue the … [Read more...]

A Whole New Whole9 and Whole30®

You may have noticed it's been a little quieter than usual on our blog, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds. We're not ignoring you, we promise. We've just been hard at work on some pretty big projects—both of which are going to making connecting with us, learning lots of new stuff, and doing our Whole30 program 87.3% easier.* Want a sneak peek, and a preview of what we've got in store for you? Well you're in luck, because we just can't wait any longer to tell you. *Science. Over the last … [Read more...]

Emergency Food For Your January Whole30

We’re pretty famous for our tough love around here. When it comes to the upcoming January Whole30, we’ll tell you that preparation is key, and that if you fail to prepare you may as well prepare to fail. Sure, your Whole30 experience is a great time to get disciplined in the kitchen and to experiment with new ingredients and interesting recipes, but we can almost guarantee that there will be days/nights/meals/moments when you can’t prepare an intricate – or even a simple – meal. You may find … [Read more...]

Sometimes, We Get It Wrong. Sorry, Pure Wraps.

In 2011, we discovered this cool new "sandwich wrap" substitute, made only of coconut. Dubbed "The Pure Wraps," we thought of them as the perfect grain-free meat-and-veggie-holder-togetherer, like using a lettuce leaf or sheet of nori (only less messy). We had some great conversations with the owner of the company, felt good about the product, their quality, and the company, and decided to make them Whole30® Approved. Over the last two years, this has been the most hotly contested Whole30 … [Read more...]