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Whole9 Foundations of Nutrition Workshop Highlights

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Hmmm…which nutrition talk did I go to today?

Today, hubs, myself, and a gaggle of our fellow CrossFit Palo Alto members (including Trish and XFitMama) attended the Whole9 Foundations of Nutrition Workshop at Mad Dawg Fitness. You might think an eight-hour seminar about nutrition on a sunny Saturday would be painful to sit through, but you’d be wrong. The time flew. And no, it’s not ‘cause I’m a Paleo geek. The eight hours flew by because Dallas and Melissa presented the complex material in a relatable and easy to understand way.

The Hartwigs peppered the talk with funny anecdotes and real world analogies that paint a clear picture of what’s going on in your gut. They’re super charismatic, smart, and passionate about their work, which made it easy for the audience to soak up tons of useful information. Plus, they LOOK the part of nutrition superheroes, don’t they?

Although I’d completed the Whole30 about a month ago, I learned a ton of new and useful information today — all of which reinforced the need to eat healthy. Hubby and I furiously took notes throughout the presentation, and it gave me flashbacks to the two of us nerding out together in Chem 1A class back when we were freshmen in college.

Speaking of college, I really wish I knew then what I know now. As a nutrition and food science major in the early 1990s, I was taught that saturated fat was the antichrist and carbohydrates were a godsend. It’s taken a while to change my thinking but now I’m a full-on Paleo convert. I can’t tell you how many “Aha!” moments I had during the workshop or the numerous times when I wanted to blurt out, “That carb addict was me!”

In a nutshell, after attending the Hartwigs’ workshop, I’m really determined to eat clean and promote optimal eating habits in my loved ones. I mean, how can you disagree with someone who warns against eating “Paleo” pizza and pancakes by drawing comparisons to having sex with your pants on? (You had to be there.)