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    A Kinder Approach to Weight Loss

    ABy: Maria Amado People often think maintaining a healthy weight is simply about looks while ignoring the catastrophic health consequences caused by obesity. Our GOLO customer, Jamey Coggins, put it best: “I had years of struggle, and I was desperate to get back to a healthier weight to take the stress out of my body.” Jamey was a victim to a laundry list of health issues. At 228 pounds, the complications began to scare her. “I was short of breath with no energy and my cholesterol reached a dangerous level of 265 LDL,” she said. Her final warning came when she experienced several TIA strokes. “The underlying cause of a TIA often is a buildup…

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    The Truth About Plant-Based “Meats”

    If you are vegetarian, vegan or are just wanting to eat less meat, you might have heard of Beyond Meat or the Impossible Burger. These plant-based burgers are becoming more popular and even some well-known food chains like Burger King, Red Robin, and White Castle are offering them on the menu. But are these foods as healthy as they are made out to be? Beyond Meat products are made of yellow pea protein isolates. These are made by breaking down the yellow pea itself through numerous processes. Sounds healthy right? But it’s not that simple. It is similar to brown rice- when the outer layer is polished to create white…

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    The Gift of Health

    By: Maria Amado We feel loved and acknowledged when we receive a gift. But what about the precious gift we should be giving to ourselves—the one we take for granted when we are overweight? Our Health. Deanna turned 50 on January 5, 2019. She had a fantastic party with family and friends, and she received all the gifts she wanted and even more—but she was shocked by the photos from her celebration. Behind her smile, she was hiding extra pounds underneath loose-fitting clothes. She suffered from aching arthritis in her knees and arms, too. The photos showed a clear message: “Do something about your health. NOW.” Before she finally decided…

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    The Family Who GOLOs Together, Loses Together (and Stays Together)

    I want to start off by saying that I was asked to write this post because my family and I are in a unique position of doing this all together and are at the beginning stages of our journey to lose weight. The information that is provided is very personal and I was reluctant at first to disclose this aspect of our lives, however after discussing it with my husband, we feel that it is important for the reader to know this information to understand how really unique our situation is. We are a family of 5, myself (the wife and mother), my husband, 19-year-old daughter, 15-year-old daughter and 8…

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    Do It Your Way and Lose Weight

    By: Maria Amado These days, immediate solutions are a must. Need to deposit a check? Use an online banking portal. Looking for love? Swipe on a dating app. Hungry? Drive to a fast food spot. But oftentimes, these quick fixes aren’t smart or healthy. The reality is, there is no magic pill we can take to lose weight immediately –– we have to listen to our bodies and put in hard work. Just ask Melanie Yozwiak. Her courage and determination helped transform her life. “I walked into a doctor’s office to get my knees checked, and the first thing out of his mouth was that I needed to lose weight…

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    GOLO Friendly Restaurant and Quick Service/Fast Food Options

    Yes, you can eat out on GOLO!! This time of year, eating out is not only more common but sometimes unavoidable. Want some tips on where to go and what to eat when you get there? Keep reading… Many times, local (non-chain) restaurants will serve healthier options, so always keep that in mind, but in order to assist our customers, we have scoured the menus of popular restaurants to come up with some decent dining out options. Keep in mind that not all of these meals are going to be perfect and whenever you eat in a restaurant, you are going to consume excess sodium but we have listed below…

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    Guest Blog- My GOLO Journey

    MThis is my GOLO story so far………. So, I was always a big girl. After I had kids it just never came off. I always said oh it is baby fat it will fall off eventually but nope it just kept on coming on. I suffer from anxiety and depression so I don’t really think that helped much with my weight problems. When my oldest son was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy I was thrown into a horrible depression. All I wanted to do was lay around, eat. and feel sorry for myself.  When you hear your only child has a life-threatening disease there is no cure for you kind…

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    Guest Blog- Stairs to Success

    SThere’s no shortcut to success—sometimes you just have to take the stairs. That’s what happened to Karen, an operating room caregiver, after receiving an emergency call two floors above her. When the entire team took off, she was forced to stand by the elevator. As her health declined over the years, she could no longer run up the stairs. “My clothes, my body, my attitude, and my ability to take the stairs—these things told me all I needed to know. After years of scales and weigh-ins and all that, it was more than enough.” She started GOLO in December 2018, not as a New Year’s resolution, but as her last…

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    Yoga Misconceptions

    If you are looking to create more space in your body and mind, lose weight and inches, and build strength and flexibility then yoga might be something worth looking into. It is a low impact workout that has many benefits. Yoga, in Sanskrit, mean “to unite or to join”. Bringing together your body, mind and spirit is the whole purpose of the yoga practice. There are a variety of different styles of yoga a person can practice. One of the most well-known yoga teachers, T. K. V. Desikachar, said “It is not that the person needs to accommodate him or herself to yoga, but rather the yoga practice must be…

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    The Healthiest Bread Choices

    We get a lot of questions about bread here at GOLO. Many people assume that since they are trying to lose weight, that they cannot have it and that is simply not the case. When looking for a good, healthy bread, you really want to focus on the ingredients. It does not take a lot of ingredients to make bread, but most store-bought breads have laundry lists of unnecessary ingredients and added sugar. One of the ingredients you want to avoid is dough conditioners. They are completely unnecessary and are only used to make the process faster for companies to make bread in big machinery. These conditioners contain azodicarbonamide (which…