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    Busting Weight Loss Myths

    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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    Acidic v. 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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    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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    How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

    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 to be…

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    The Dangers of Energy Drinks

    Every now and then we all get that 3:00 feeling- it’s nearing the end of the day, and you’re starting to drag and you just need SOMETHING to give you some energy. This is a crucial time and if you are one of many Americans, you may reach for some type of Energy Drink. It definitely will wake you up, but if you knew what happened to your body once you start drinking it, you may never pick one up again! First, let’s talk about the ingredients: 1. Caffeine– If you have two energy drinks per day, you are consuming the amount of caffeine that is in 12 cans of soda.…

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    Say No to Protein Powder

    Let’s talk about protein powders. They are marketed to us constantly. Are they necessary? Unless you are a professional athlete undergoing intense training, a body builder, or someone who needs to gain weight, then the answer is no. Let’s talk about why this is… What’s in protein powder? For most of them nothing good. Advertising tells us that we are being healthy, that we are going to get strong and lean and will lose lots of weight by consuming them but in reality, all you are getting is a laundry list of ingredients including highly processed denatured and damaged proteins, GMOs, preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, vegetable…

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    How to Deal With “That Time of The Month”

    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 off track!…

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    Giving Up Soda

    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 Yellow 5. The amount of sugar is…

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    Everything You Need to Know About Apple Cider Vinegar

    Apple cider vinegar– it’s a hot topic lately. Today, we’re going to talk about the benefits of drinking it, give you some suggestions on ways to drink it and even how to make your own! Apple cider vinegar (or ACV for short) has been used a remedy for a number of ailments since around 5000 BC! It is made from apple cider that has undergone fermentation to form probiotics and enzymes. This combination has benefits that can: • regulate blood sugar levels • enhance weight loss efforts • lower cholesterol • reduce blood pressure • relieve symptoms of acid reflux Other uses for ACV include: 1. Boosting gut health- The…

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    Omega 3-6-9

    Most of us have heard of the importance of Omega 3s, but do you know about Omega 6s & 9s? These are all examples of “fatty acids.” Most of our internal systems require fatty acids to work properly, including your skin, respiratory system, circulatory system, brain and organs. Let’s take a look at each one. Omega 3 fatty acid (Alpha-linolenic acid) is an essential acid that improves brain function and may fight against cardiovascular disease. Omega 3 can also help with asthma, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, skin disorders, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, depression, macular degeneration and digestive problems. You can find it in foods like grains, spirulina, brazil nuts, hempseed…