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    No Pain, No Gain- What You Need To Know About Muscle Soreness

    We’ve all been there. You have a really good workout and within the next 12 to 72 hours, you are plagued with sore muscles. You may experience stiffness, weakness and sensitivity to touch. You are more likely to experience soreness if you are new to working out, or are starting a new type of exercise. The good news is, sore muscles after exercising are a completely normal side effect of rebuilding muscle. It means that your muscles are responding to activity and getting stronger. This is progress and not an excuse to stop exercising. Soreness usually lasts around three to five days. Even though it is a common occurrence, there…

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    Air Purifying Plants

    Did you know that indoor house plants can help us by purifying the air indoors? Modern buildings don’t have a lot of airflow and synthetic materials from your furniture, carpets and even household cleaners can lead to indoor air pollution. Ready to go buy some new plants? Check out this list of the best air purifying plants: Spider plants- easy to care for (water 2-3 times per week), safe for children and pets. Dracaenas- easy to care for (keep soil damp, but not soggy), keep out of reach of pets. Golden pothos- also known as devil’s ivy, water when soil is dry, keep out of reach of pets. Chrysanthemums- ranked…

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    Giving Up Soda

    Welcome to another edition of GOLO’s #WellnessWednesday! Of all of the unhealthy food and drinks we have available to us on a daily basis, soda has got to be one of the worst. It is also one of the hardest habits to break. Today, we are going to look at what makes it so unhealthy, what happens to your body when you stop drinking it, and some tips on how to quit for good! The ingredients in soda are truly terrifying. High fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, citric acid, sodium citrate, brominated vegetable oil, and sodium benzoate to name a few. Some even have artificial colorings, such as…

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    How to Deal with “That Time of the Month”

    Happy #WellnessWednesday! If you are a woman you know the feeling- when it’s that time of the month and there’s cramping, bloating and intense cravings. It’s not good – especially when you are on a weight loss journey and what you crave is bad for you. This happens because during menstruation, the body is under stress. Stress fuels cortisol production, which stimulates our appetite. Also, PMS can drop our serotonin levels, which makes us seek out processed, salt and sugar filled foods. Unbeknownst to a lot of women, there are a lot of things that you can do to try to beat the cravings and prevent yourself from getting way…

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    How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

    Happy #WellnessWednesday! It’s summertime and some of us are planning on going away on vacation. You might be wondering, “How am I going to stick to the GOLO plan while away?” Here are some helpful tips! 1. Plan, plan, plan- If you plan your meals and go shopping before-hand, you will not find yourself “stuck,” and therefore more likely to grab something convenient and unhealthy. Figure out what types of food that you want to bring with you and how much you will need. If you are flying to your destination, make a list of what you will need to buy once you get there. Also, dry foods are allowed…

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    What Are Natural Flavors?

    If you saw ‘Natural Flavors’ listed on an ingredient label what would you think? Doesn’t sound so bad, right? How could anything labeled ‘natural’ be bad for you? According to the FDA, “The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.” Wait, what? That definition…

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    Acidic vs. Alkaline

    It’s likely that you have heard of pH balances before. pH stands for “potential hydrogen” and it measures the acidity of substances. If there is a pH over 7, that substance is alkaline. If it is below 7, that substance is acidic.A substance with a pH of 7 is neutral. But did you know that bodies can also be alkaline or acidic? The healthier body is an alkaline body. Acidic bodies are prone to illness, bacteria and yeast. Signs that your body is too acidic- • Yeast fungal overgrowth • Sciatica • Chronic fatigue • Heart problems • Weight gain • Bladder/kidney infections • Premature aging • Osteoporosis • Headaches…

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    Busting Weight Loss Myths

    Happy #WellnessWednesday! There is a lot of information out there about weight loss. It can be hard to recognize myth from fact. So today, we are going to bust a few weight loss myths for you! 1. Healthy food always costs more– This is just not true. If you go to the grocery store, you will see that the junk food costs a lot more. 2. The less fat I eat, the better– There are good fats and bad fats. The good ones, like omega-3 fatty acids, which the body cannot produce on its own, help with brain function and development and research even shows that they can help fight other ailments.…

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    The Top 5 Easiest Vegetable To Grow Yourself

    Do you want to grow your own vegetables this summer? Are you new to gardening? Here are the easiest ones to grow! • Carrots– Plant your carrots in rows that are 1 to 2 feet apart is the best way how to grow carrots. Seeds should be planted about a ½ inch deep and 1 to 2 inches apart. • Green Beans– Plant the seeds 1 – 2 inches deep and be sure to water the soil immediately after planting and then regularly, until they sprout. • Radishes– Directly sow seeds ½ inch to an inch deep and one inch apart in rows 12 inches apart. After they have sprouted, thin to about…

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    Say No To Fad Diets

    “If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?” How many times have we heard that from our parents when we wanted to do something our friends were doing? The same logic can be applied to fad diets. We hear about them all the time. It seems like a new fad diet comes out each week! What exactly is a fad diet? A fad diet is an eating plan that quickly gains popularity, and promises dramatic, quick, and unrealistic weight loss results. These diets often want you to cut an entire food group out, eat way too little, or even not at all for long periods of time.…

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