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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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Soul’-stice BBQ to Benefit The Beagle Freedom Project
41 Carmine Street
Watermelon cubelet, ‘feta’ cheese, balsamic drizzleStarter.
Loaded Corn Salad:
grilled romaine, cornbread croutons, alabama white bbq drizzle
Rack-less BBQ ‘Ribs’:
smoky potato salad, collard greens, grilled artichoke hearts
Churros Split Sundae
cinnamon spiced ice cream, chocolate & caramel sauce, whipped cream, bourbon soaked cherry
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The beauty of so many modern companies is that many support and educate the public about important causes, allowing the consumer to connect to bigger issues while supporting a brand that gives back. One such company is One Tribe Apparel, a Bohemian fashion brand that began when two travellers fell in love with Thailand’s Bohemian styles, and decided to bring them back to to the west in a socially conscious way. This includes a product line that’s sourced and made in Thailand by local artisans who are paid fair wages. This includes gorgeous Bohemian finds such as the fun “Summer Dreams” bucket bag, Elephant Harem Pants, colorful Kimonos and much more.
In addition to offering stunning pieces, your purchase also supports a company that gives back in quite a special way. For every purchase made, One Tribe Apparel donates to the Elephant Nature Park in Chang Mai, Thailand, which rescues and cares for endangered animals so they can roam freely in a safe environment. Amazing, right!? We were certainly inspired and know you will be, too! To learn more about this socially conscious company, we spoke with Suzette Williams, partner at One Tribe Apparel to learn more about how One Tribe Apparel is breaking geographical barriers and uniting women around the globe with a shared passion for travel, culture, and conscious fashion!
Interview with One Tribe Apparel
Wellness Patterns: How did the idea of One Tribe Apparel come about?
Suzette Williams: One of the amazing things about traveling to Thailand is that you’ll meet people from all over the world. I’m from Australia but in addition to great Thai friends I’ve created bonds with people from Africa, Europe, South America and almost everywhere else in the world. It’s this incredible melting pot for travelers and that was the initial inspiration for One Tribe Apparel to bring together a global community through art and fashion.
Wellness Patterns: Tell us about your connection to Thailand.
Suzette Williams: We’re based in Northern Thailand now but I first lived down south on the islands. It’s beautiful, it’s old fashion in some ways where the wifi isn’t that strong so people hang out on the beach and drink a coconut or a beer while taking in this breathtaking nature. It has some of the best food in the world and the people are amazing. There’s just something about Thailand that’s hard to put your finger on, many people come back again and again or they come once and decide they want to move there.
Wellness Patterns: Tell us about your partnership with Elephant Nature Park.
Suzette Williams: One thing many travelers & tourists to Thailand may not know is that many of the commercial elephant rides and attractions are very dangerous for the animals. They are abused & chained & whipped from the time they are babies to make them compliant and obedient. It’s really sad to see and most people don’t know what their contributing to and just want to interact with the elephants. We strongly advise people to never ride an elephant especially if they are strapped in to any kind of basket. This article does a good job explaining the work of the elephant nature park and the plight of the other elephants in the country – https://expertvagabond.com/elephants-in-thailand/
What elephant nature park does is provide a safe sanctuary and rescues and buys elephants that have been poorly treated. At the park you can feed the elephants and interact with them in a fun and safe way that doesn’t hurt them.
We love the mission of the park and since many of our products have the traditional Thai elephant on them we felt it was a great way to give back. Right now we make a donation for every sale of every product we sell but we’re working on exclusive products in the future where 100% of profits will go to the park.
Wellness Patterns: Why do you think fashion should have a conscious connection?
Suzette Williams: With fashion we’re inspired by culture by nature by animals and by our communities. I think it’s only right to give back as a thanks for that. In addition to our work with the park we hire local designers & artists and we make sure all manufacturers we work with have good working conditions and fair wages. It’s possible to do all of these things and still make a profit and we think it’s great that many fashion companies and companies in general are doing this as well.
Wellness Patterns: What are some plans for the future of One Tribe Apparel?
Suzette Williams: The original concept for One Tribe Apparel was that every year we would pick a new destination like Nepal or Bali and do a clothing line featuring the artisans of that location. Unfortunately, that’s incredibly expensive and logistically difficult but we still love the vision. We plan on keeping our roots in Thailand but would love to add styles from Nepal next. As for our product line we’re going to be greatly expanding our collection of bohemian handbags and our yoga accessories like straps and bags.
For more information, please visit: https://www.onetribeapparel.com