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New Book Tackles the Importance of Friendship and an Interview!

New Book Tackles the Importance of Friendship and an Interview!

There’s no denying that friendship is crucial part of our health. Whether it’s having someone to vent to, cry with or share a private joke, meaningful friendships can enhance your life and even heal. The new book, Friendship Matters addresses some of these issues as told […]

Upgrade Your Breakfast Options with Teff Porridge

Upgrade Your Breakfast Options with Teff Porridge

While We love breakfast, it is often connected with foods that are typically carb and sugar heavy. While low-suagr granola and oatmeal are go-to staples on most days, we have to admit: we get bored of those options, too! Enter a new way to mix […]

The Next Hottest Finess Craze: Cyclebox

The Next Hottest Finess Craze: Cyclebox

While we are all about exercising and getting our bodies to move and groove as much as possible; there’s no denying that it can be boring to do the same old thing all the time! We are psyched when we learned about new fitness craze called Cyclebox, a new hospitality inspired and music driven, group fitness indoor cycling studio.

Created by Fitbox Method, a Miami-based boutique boxing gym, Cyclebox includes a 45 minute instructor-led group cycling class that’s aimed at burning calories while also providing a full body workout through upper body strength training using aerobic weights and shadow boxing.

cycle box class miami

Open to adults of all fitness levels, the core methodology behind Cyclebox is for members to achieve maximum levels of endurance without noticing how hard they are working, set to the energy of heart-pumping playlists and captivating colors in a supportive and welcoming atmosphere.

This also includes a commitment to camaraderie instead of competition where members are all working towards the same goal rather than competing against each other. Cyclebox drives you ride to the beat using the music to propel your energy taking the emphasis off numbers and putting more on fun. While this all sounds awesome, we wanted to learn more and recently had a chance to do just that from the team at Fitbox Method. Check out our interview below to get the scoop about this awesome new fitness class.

Interview with Fitbox Method About Cyclebox

 Fitbox Method About Cyclebox

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea of Cyclebox come about?

Fitbox Method: We wanted to go back to the basics and focus on team spirit, and fun within in a high-energy night life-inspired setting

Wellness Patterns: How does a class work?

Fitbox Method: Each 45 minute Cyclebox class is led by one of our rock star instructors and we use audio and visual components to engage our riders

Wellness Patterns: What can someone expect who is new to a Cyclebox class?

Fitbox Method: Sweat while having fun doing it, being caught up in the moment and not believing an hour passed by-instead of feeling drained – our riders exit each class feeling like they just danced the night away at a nightclub with friends

Wellness Patterns: What kind of music can we expect to hear in a Cyclebox class?

Fitbox Method: All types from EDm to Pop and Hiphop

Wellness Patterns: How is Cyclebox an effective full-body workout?

Fitbox Method: Indoor cycling works on core and lower half of the body, but by adding an aerobic weight circuit targeting upper body at the end of each Cyclebox class incorporates a total body workout.

Cyclebox will offer non-contract class passes ranging from $14-$25 per class. Monthly membership levels start at $75 per month and go up to $175. Pre-opening specials will be available until June featuring unlimited classes for $99 per month with complimentary Shimano cycling shoes upon joining.

For additional information please visit www.fitboxmethod.com or contact 305-978-3961. Instagram: @FitboxMethod

 

Understanding Iyengar Yoga

Understanding Iyengar Yoga

Did you know that there are more than 20 million people who practice yoga? This includes more than a dozen disciplines such as Iyengar yoga that can be confusing and overwhelming when you’re first starting out or looking for something new. This practice focuses on precision […]

Recipe: Frozen Banana Granola Pops

Recipe: Frozen Banana Granola Pops

We loving enjoying an ice cream cone on a hot summer day but recently discovered a new sweet treat to add to your summer rotation with frozen banana granola pops. Using Viki’s Granola (and specifically the Viki’s Banana Walnut Granola) as a base creates a crunchy, along […]

New goEvo App: Designed to End the Cycle of Dieting

New goEvo App: Designed to End the Cycle of Dieting

Many of us go through our entire lives dieting. The ups and downs are a part of a vicious cycle that can sometimes be hard to break. Since weight loss its a multifaceted issue, it’s important to understand the many components of why you can’t seem to lose weight in order to make real, sustainable changes. And thanks to technology there are new ways to make improvements such as via the new goEvo app, a virtual weight-loss therapist that helps users manage their emotional eating and cravings, boost their motivation and confidence, build up their self-esteem and feel good.

never diet again with goevo app

Founded by Abigail and Amin Mohebbi, the app is designed to help users lose excess weight and keep it off by changing the way they THINK and FEEL about food, mood and their bodies. The founders believe that “the only way to get rid of excess weight and keep it off is by changing the way we think and feel about food and our bodies. That’s how we can end our dieting cycle for good and that’s what goEvo is all about.” Read on to learn more about how the goEvo app works and our interview with the founders to learn more about why they started the company.

Interview with Abigail and Amin Mohebbi, Founders of goEvo

Abigail and Amin Mohebbi, Founders of goEvo

Abigail and Amin Mohebbi, Founders of goEvo

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for the app come about?

Abigail and Amin Mohebbi: We (Abigail and Amin Mohebbi) are a British couple living in France. We met in 2007, and we have 2 children.

I watched a close family member battle with her weight for decades as she tried every mainstream diet out there. I watched her self-esteem suffer for it, the frustrations and high and lows of losing weight then regaining it, and her misery in restricting what she was eating then rebounding. I felt there was something fundamentally wrong with the approach of the diet industry.

A strong desire to help her and other family members, along with an instinctive feeling that negative eating habits stemmed from emotional causes, led me to spend years looking into the diet industry, obesity and the most credible scientific research into weight gain and loss.

The problem was clear: diets don’t work!

The solution? A no diet revolution!

Armed with that information, we started to create goEvo with the intention of helping our family and others facing the same problems. We set out to address the root of the problem: the way we think and feel about food and our bodies.

goevo app

goevo app: how it works

Wellness Patterns: How does goEvo work?

Abigail and Amin Mohebbi: Using goEvo is like having a virtual weight loss therapist in your pocket that you can interact with any time to get support and guidance, but less heavy than the real thing! goEvo is really simple to use, it gives honest advice based on science and supports the users when and where they need it.

To build the app, we have used some the best experts on weight loss psychology and mobile technology.

goEvo works by having therapy based conversations. Users simply tap a button on their phone to log their mood at any time and an area of concern they are experiencing, like overeating, cravings, confidence and motivation. It also offers simple practical advice for dealing with difficult situations. Therapy techniques include mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapies, to help users change the way they think and feel about food and their bodies, to change behavior and easily create new healthy habits.

Users are awarded badged for achieving different milestones and there’s also a supplementary food and movement plan to help users get started.

go evo app how it works

Wellness Patterns: Why do you believe in the no diet revolution?

Abigail and Amin Mohebbi: The ‘no diet revolution’ is very simply just based on the best science and expertise that is out there minus all the hype:  and marketing from the powerful diet industry. As they say, ‘the truth is out there’ but to get to it, we need to ignore all the other distracting information that doesn’t have our best interest at heart.

Here is why we think in time, most people who currently diet will come to believe in the ‘no diet revolution’, experience it first hand and feel better for it.

Losing fat and keeping it off begins with the mind; we need to rewire the habit forming part of our brain and get away from emotionally triggered eating. The good news is anyone can do it with the right tools and encouragement. That is where goEvo comes in.

For the majority of people, diets don’t work in the long term. Dieters lose weight but eventually gain it back again, and sadly the majority of those will gain back extra weight as well.
It seems to us that the diet industry is a big part of this problem. There’s a whole lot of misinformation that says failed diets are the fault of the dieters, that dieters are somehow weak willed and lacking self-control. This idea is perpetuated because it sells. People go back to diets time and time again believing it was their fault that their diet failed.

I have witnessed first hand that this is completely false. Serial dieters are some of the most motivated and dedicated people I’ve met. The problem is that the approach of restricting food or counting calories is not sustainable in the long term. It’s also ineffective. Losing weight long term is not just about calories in versus calories out.

We’d love to see dieters take back control of their own bodies and build confidence. We love the body positivity movements that are happening as the antithesis to how beauty has typically been portrayed in the media.
If you really think about it, the whole situation about diets is very unfair and wrong. But people are not alone in feeling bad about dieting and most people are willing to pass on their positive experiences and what they have learned to others. That’s why we think goEvo will make a serious positive difference to the lives of many people worldwide who suffer from obesity and related diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and depression.

go evo app logo

Wellness Patterns: What are your plans for the future of the app?

Abigail and Amin Mohebbi: The goEvo app will be launching in the next few months. Naturally we are excited to be part of the ‘no diet revolution’ and we are really looking forward to getting feedback on goEvo and using that feedback to make it better at helping users. We think once people see that something new works well and makes a positive difference to how they feel, they will spread the word and join the ‘no diet revolution’.

We will be delighted to hear feedback from users and learn from their experiences. If anyone is interested to join our beta testing team prior to the official launch of the app, we would love to have them and hear their feedback. They can participate by registering their email on our website at www.goevoapp.com

Check out more about goEvo here: http://goevoapp.com/

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How to Wake Up at 5am (and Not Dread it)

How to Wake Up at 5am (and Not Dread it)

Like most people, I’m busy and I hate to use that as an excuse for not being able to get everything done but it is. And while I love the madness that is my life balancing the unbalanceable world of work/kids, I’m also desperately trying […]

“In the Service”: New Podcast About the Service Industry

“In the Service”: New Podcast About the Service Industry

Working in the service industry isn’t easy! As someone who has worked as a waitress, hostess, coat-check gal throughout my 20s, I definitely have my own host of horror stories. But then there’s also the dynamic of the restaurant culture where I meet some of […]

Soul’-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project

Soul’-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project

Soul'-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project

Happy Summer! We are ready to get out eat on, healthfully, of course! To kick-off the season, we are excited to let you know about an awesome charity event where you can enjoy some delicious vegan eats and save puppies!  Held on Thursday, June 29 from 4:00 pm -11:30 pm to benefit the Beagle Freedom Project, the ‘Soul’-stice BBQ will include a 100% vegan-themed night, whipped up by Pamela Elizabeth. Check out how to score tickets, and the delicious menu below:

Soul’-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project

Urban Vegan Kitchen
41 Carmine Street
NYC
Thursday, June 29
4:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Amuse bouche
Watermelon cubelet, ‘feta’ cheese, balsamic drizzle
Starter.
Loaded Corn Salad:
grilled romaine, cornbread croutons, alabama white bbq drizzle

Main
Rack-less BBQ ‘Ribs’:
smoky potato salad, collard greens, grilled artichoke hearts

Sweet
Churros Split Sundae
cinnamon spiced ice cream, chocolate & caramel sauce, whipped cream, bourbon soaked cherry

Co-hosted by @TATTEDVEGAN & @SABRINASITH
Desserts by @COCOAVNYC & libations by @LALAVONRIOT

Tickets ($45) are available on Eventbrite.

 

Zen at Home for National Yoga Day

Zen at Home for National Yoga Day

Happy National Yoga Day! Maybe you found your inner zen at one of the many yoga events around NYC, at a local studio, or in the comfort of your own home. For those in the home category we just discovered Learn To Be Lean: A […]