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Whole 9 Life and Dr. Emily Deans are coming to Arlington!

Whole 9 Life

You’ve heard me talk about Whole 30 and maybe you’ve read the New York Times Best Seller It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Now you get to hear the straight talk from Whole 9 Life and Dr. Emily Deans!

Prana Physical Therapy is proud to co-sponsor a Whole 9 Life seminar on June 22, 2013 at Crossfit South Arlington! Come hear all about how the 9 factors affect your health!

Register early, as this workshop is sure to fill up quickly! Register here now.

Please call me at 571-527-9192 with any questions.

Review of It Starts With Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig


Review of It Starts With Food

It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways

You know how you look forward to Christmas morning? Even as an adult, you wake up a bit early, filled with expectation? That’s the way I felt waiting for It Starts With Food to arrive in the mail. I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy to review, and as luck would have it, my copy arrived just before Memorial Day weekend. I spent three days sitting in the sun (soaking up Vitamin D!) while reading this book with a highlighter in one hand and a pen in the other.

I recommend that you buy a few highlighters before your copy arrives! You will most definitely want to take notes in the book and mark things to refer to later. This book is filled with good information throughout. Whether you are brand new to the idea of eating real food, or a seasoned veteran, you will open this book again and again over the years to refresh your thinking on important topics such as hormonal factors which influence our brain and body (insulin, leptin, glucagon, and cortisol), the mechanism behind leaky gut syndrome (bouncers defending Club Body), inflammation and autoimmune illnesses, balancing Omega 3 and 6 consumption, and emotional factors that drive our nutrition choices.

Along with the good science-y stuff, It Starts With Food teaches you how to plan meals, what a portion looks like, and how to create a meal focusing on delicious, healthy ingredients rather than complicated recipes. They discuss nutrition for special populations (pregnant women, kids, folks with autoimmune illnesses, active individuals and vegetarians/vegans) to help fine tune the plan for your individual needs. I have referred to this section several times in the past few weeks while consulting with my clients, as I tend to see folks who have a number of issues that they are trying to address through nutrition.

I love Dallas and Melissa’s ability to say really brilliant things in short, easy to understand one-liners. I don’t want to spoil the fun for you; but, here are a few of my favorites:

  • With regards to the myths about Paleo: “We are far more concerned with health than we are with history.”
  • With regards to research, clinical experience, and observation: “Scientific research + Clinical Experience + Self-experimentation” = win-win-win.
  • Persistent biological signals lead us to overeat sweet, fatty, salty foods while keeping us malnourished.
  • It’s all about hormones.
  • You cannot “out-exercise” poor food choices and the resulting hormonal disruption.
  • Sugar = sugar = sugar.
  • Gluten-free is not a get-out-of-jail-free card.
  • This does require effort on your part.
  • Start thinking of eating as a nourishing experience.
  • You are not that busy, you just choose to spend your time elsewhere (in regards to sitting down to eat well prepared, nutritious, delicious foods).
  • This. Is. Not. Hard. (when compared to birthing a baby, quitting heroin, or beating cancer).
  • At some point, you need to start making positive, sustainable changes in other areas of your life too, so…
  • Don’t (only) look for a nutritional solution to a lifestyle problem.


The best news is that It Starts With Food will begin shipping on June 12th, so the wait is almost over! I highly suggest that you buy this book (I recommend the hardcover so you can use your highlighter, but I tend to be old school!). You will refer to this book over and over as you continue your journey to health. I am so impressed by Whole 9’s first book, and happy to call Dallas and Melissa friends. These guys are going to change your life.


Catching Up

Sorry for the lack of posts on the blog in the past month! Here is a quick update of the fun things I have been up to:

I have joined the Consulting Team for Whole 9 Life. I am so thrilled and honored to join such a talented, bright group! Here is a link to the services I now offer (just scroll down the page):

and here’s a link to my guest post for the blog:

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On a day when I thought things couldn’t get any better, my guest post for Robb Wolf’s blog went live on the same day as my post for Whole 9 Life!

I am still pinching myself to make sure I am awake!

Core Wellness Treatment RoomIn the midst of all that excitement in the virtual world, we had some exciting happenings in the physical world! We moved to a new office space on May 1st, right across the street from our old space. Prana Physical Therapy at Core Wellness and Physical Therapy is now at 2212 Mount Vernon Ave. in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. We are ecstatic about our new, freestanding office, with storefront space in the heart of a neighborhood with a great deal of walk-by traffic. We had a great opportunity to meet with local residents during May’s First Thursday Health and Wellness Celebration. Stop by and see our beautiful new space, complete with a large, open gym area, Pilates Reformer, plenty of fun rehab equipment (Kettlebells, Pilates mat tools, bands and the dreaded foam rollers), and 2 private treatment rooms. Look for more health and wellness related classes and workshops to come soon!

My monthly post for WebPT recently went up as well – the topic was new Tweet Chats for Physical Therapists and Healthcare Providers:

I am happy to say that I have joined the WebPT team as a blogger!

And, just today, I had a quote on Dr. David Geier’s blog:

David is an Orthopedic Surgeon in Charleston, SC. We co-host the #socialortho Tweet Chat on the first Wednesday of every month at 9pm EST. Anyone is welcome to join and we encourage patients to join us as we discuss issues that matter in the intersection of orthopedics and social media.

I hope everyone is doing well! Enjoy your Memorial Day Holiday and, as always, feel free to post comments/questions and/or contact me through the contact submission form on the website!

Be well,


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