• Healthy Living

    Make Your Own Pickles

    We get a lot of questions about pickles- what’s the verdict? The answer really depends on what the ingredients are. If they contain artificial ingredients such as dyes, then you would want to pass on those. But there are some with relatively clean ingredients. If you are an extreme pickle lover, there is also the option to make your own, so that you know exactly what is going into them! Ingredients: 6-7 fresh pickling cucumbers 2 garlic cloves, peeled 6 chili peppers, fresh or dried 3-4 sprigs fresh dill 2 Tbsp. dill seeds 1 Tbsp. pickling spice 3 cups bottled or boiled water, at room temperature 1 ½ Tbsp. Himalayan…

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    10 Ways To Use Chia Seeds

    Chia seeds are tiny wonders! They contain protein, calcium, Omega-3s, and antioxidants and give you energy, support digestions and even aid in weight loss! Here are some interesting and creative ways to use them: Grind your chia seeds into a powder and use them as a thickener If you are vegan or just want to try an egg substitute, use 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds + 3 tablespoons of water per egg in a recipe that requires baking Use ground chia seeds instead of breadcrumbs to bind meatballs Add it to your Overnight Oats recipe – add 1-2 Tbsp to thicken Make homemade energy gel- add a couple of…

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    Artificial Sweeteners: Not So Sweet

    Artificial sweeteners are chemically derived and highly processed. Are you aware of what they do to the body? There are 6 FDA-approved artificial sweeteners- saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, neotame, and advantame. These sweeteners can be up to 20,000 times sweeter than sugar. Studies have linked artificial sweeteners to overeating and weight gain. When you eat things that are sweet and have no calories, the brain gets tricked into thinking it should keep eating. There is also evidence suggesting a correlation between artificial sweeteners and the amygdala (the part of the brain involved in deciphering caloric value from taste), causing brain changes that affect eating behavior. It is also possible…

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    Say No to Microwavable Popcorn

    Who doesn’t love popcorn? Popcorn is an acceptable snack on GOLO with one condition – stay away from the microwave kind. You may be asking, “Why? That’s the easiest way to make it!” Maybe…but when you hear about the health consequences that may stem from it, you may change your mind. The first problem is the bag it comes in – it is lined with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). It can stay in the environment and in the human body for long periods of time. The Environmental Protection Agency lists PFOA as a carcinogen. The next problem is the contents. Popular brands have ingredients such as partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural…

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    Dates as a Sugar Substitute

    People are always on the hunt for a “healthy” sweetener. No such thing, right? Well, what if we told you that you could make a sweetener out of fruit? We’re talking about Raw Date Syrup! It’s also super easy to make! Ingredients • ½ cup water • ½ cup pitted dates (any kind) Directions • Pour the water into a bowl and add the dates • Cover and leave in refrigerator for at least 24 hours, stirring it throughout the process • The dates will dissolve into the water and turn into a syrup that can replace any type of syrup or liquid sweetener! You can even add a tsp.…

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    Carbs Are Not The Enemy

    Many people mention fear when it comes to consuming carbohydrates. These people cannot be blamed due to the hoards of information misinforming us about how bad carbs are and how they make us gain weight. GOLO’s President, a HNWP holistic nutrition wellness practitioner disagrees and says, “Carbohydrates are the only type of energy the brain uses. And, our body does not store carbohydrates. They are SO important! Now, are there good and bad carbs? Or carbs that are better for you than others? Absolutely. Have you ever gone on a ‘carb-free’ diet and lost weight? Probably, right? However, how quickly did you gain it back when you took the first…

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    How Tea-lightful!

    There are a lot of things that we can do in order to feel refreshed and renewed. Drinking tea is one of them! There are many types of tea available with many different benefits. Let’s look at a few: 1. Cleanse and detox – Teas are made with herbs, and many of them are full of antioxidant properties. Herbs like milk thistle and dandelion have been used for hundreds of years to help nourish the body. Ginger, mint and turmeric are herbs that your digestive system with thank you for. 2. Reducing Sugar and Weight Loss – We all know that excessive amounts of sugar can be a danger to…

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    The Protein Obsession

    Everywhere you turn, you see ads and hear about protein shakes and protein bars and how they are being or can be used for weight loss. But do we really need all of these artificial sources of protein? If you are not a body builder, serious athlete, or someone who needs to gain weight, then the answer is no. It is a well-known fact that protein is an essential nutrient for overall health. However, we don’t necessarily need as much as we might think we do. Protein deficiency is very rare, according to the CDC. It is possible to get all of the protein your body needs through a balanced…

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    Ask the President

    Are those “healthy” “lean” frozen meals really healthy for you? No, unfortunately even when they say ‘heathy’ or ‘no preservatives’ it’s very unlikely that is true. When food is highly processed like a frozen ‘meal’, several things happen. Processing takes out the fiber and most of the taste from the food in its natural state. Therefore, ‘flavorings’ have to be added. Flavoring, both ‘natural and artificial’ are usually man-made in a lab. And, these flavorings are usually proprietary, you will never know what’s in them. Other ingredients usually hidden sugars and sodium are added often with unrecognizable names. Processed oils are another favorite in these meals, as well as soy…