what is well rounded wellness?

Most of us know that working out 2-3 times a week is ideal, but what does it mean to have a well-rounded wellness routine?  A wellness routine goes beyond just working out.  You are present in every aspect of your life, and your health should be a focus in each area, too.  A wellness lifestyle is a sustainable lifestyle of wellness. Going to the gym and working out only to go out and gorge yourself later on un-necessary calories doesn’t result in a sustainable lifestyle.  Jumping from one diet to the next doesn’t either.  Your body doesn’t want a yo-yo diet, in fact, it doesn’t want a diet at all.  Getting past the diet mentality is a huge feat.  While weight loss can be a part of your wellness lifestyle, wellness does not equal weight loss.  Understanding that wellness extends into every part of your life moves you in the direction of a well-rounded wellness lifestyle.

In getting past the dieting mentality, most Americans find that sustainable results come from working with a consultant or wellness coach. “The National Weight Control Registry found that of the people who lose weight and keep it off long term, 50% are using structured programs for weight loss,” explains Julie Kokinakes-Anderson, Director of Nutrition for the new well,  “The accountability factor afforded by a wellness consultant goes a long way in establishing and sustaining healthy wellness habits.    Clients come in looking for weight loss, and in the end, find wellness.”

Long term weight loss is really achieved when people achieve wellness.  Finding a healthy lifestyle and maintaining it goes beyond a healthy weight level-it reaches into every realm of your life.  While accountability is one aspect of a healthy wellness routine, it is only one part of the puzzle.  Your wellness routine should involve your entire body.  Not just your core muscles, but your mind.  Not just your abs, but your diet.  As such, there are four elements that need to be included in your wellness lifestyle before it will be sustainable:  Healthy eating, exercise, accountability and relaxation.

The need for accountability is easy to understand in a well-rounded wellness routine.  But relaxation?  “Relaxation affords the mind a chance to rest and recharge, creating a time when your body recovers and revitalizes itself and allows you to continue living your life in a healthy manner,” explains Center Manager for the Grants Pass the new well, Danielle Wirkkala.  “It is easy to think that you will find the time to relax at home, but the reality is that this generally isn’t the case.  Family, work and home life create distractions from time for relaxation.  Finding a wellness routine that includes relaxation time is vital.  At the new well we have a tranquility room that our clients use every time they visit the center.  In combination with the other pillars of our program, relaxation helps our clients to obtain guaranteed weight loss and develop a healthy wellness routine.”

As you begin developing a well-rounded wellness lifestyle, try thinking of the changes you’re making as permanent, rather than a diet or short-term fix.  You aren’t just getting healthy to lose the weight for now.  You aren’t just looking to get in shape for a reunion.  You are looking to extend your life.  And you’re looking to feel better inside and out-all the time!  When wellness is a lifestyle, it becomes a well-rounded routine.

Interested in finding out about a well-rounded wellness lifestyle?  Go to www.thenewwell.com or contact the new well at 888.471.9355.  The 4 pillars of wellness are offered in one location at the new well, affording women the opportunity to create sustainable, guaranteed weight loss every day.  Each client of the new well continuously receives personalized one-on-one consulting with a Certified Wellness Consultant, healthy eating consulting tailored to your specific needs using whole foods for a sustainable lifestyle (rather than pre-packaged meals), use of our 26 minute exercise circuit in a friendly, non-intimidating environment, and tranquility therapy.

eating local

Local foods are grown or produced locally, within a certain radius such as 50, 100, or 150 miles away…or for that matter, within your own back yard. Local foods can be found at farmer’s markets, community gardens, food co-ops, and through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

During the 20th century, we have seen a huge shift in how food is grown and distributed in the US. Family farms have given way to corporate farms where producers and consumers are separated through a chain of processors, shippers and retailers. With an increase in industrial food systems, the quality control is decided increasingly by middlemen and less by farmer and consumer. If you’ve ever had a large, shiny, yet totally tasteless apple, you know what I mean. It may have looked great on the shelf, but taste and nutrition have suffered.

The local foods movement has been steadily growing, bringing awareness to consumers about where and how their food is grown and distributed. This awareness has brought about a collaborative effort to increase locally based, self-reliant food systems. Food grown and produced locally creates a positive effect on the local economy (dollars start and stay in the community), the environment (soil, watershed, sustainable farming practices) and ultimately the health of those who consume it.

Quality and taste are far superior in local foods because the food is fresh, picked at the peak of ripeness (not weeks before to allow for travel) and eaten within hours or days of harvest. The need for chemical preservatives and irradiation to artificially extend shelf life is reduced or eliminated. The true effects of processing, preservatives and irradiation on nutrient and enzyme content are much debated. However, common sense tells us that food closest to the way it’s been consumed by humans for centuries is truly the healthiest and most beneficial.

Help Yourself and Your Community

There are many ways to connect with your community’s local food networks. Websites such as www.localharvest.org and www.foodroutes.org are a great place to start. Or, try out your own green thumb! It’s easier than you think to have a small garden. In fact, the National Gardening

Association states that 7 million U.S. households will plant a garden this year (up almost 20% from last year). In addition to the health benefits of having your own garden, the financial benefits are a great added perk. For example, a packet of fifty tomato seeds is costs about $3, and it takes about six seeds to grow 100 pounds of tomatoes. If you’re buying tomatoes anywhere else for $2.50 per pound, that’s $3 compared to $250!

Another great way to participate in your community’s local food production is to support a local farmer through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). CSAs allow you to buy a share of a farmer’s crops (many times a group of families will split a share) and receive a fresh basket of produce each week.

No matter how you slice it, fresh, local foods make sense for health, nutrition and the economy. Shop a farmer’s market, start your own garden, or join a community garden or CSA today!

By: Julie Kokinakes Anderson, RD, LD

the new well Corporate Dietitian

For a local food option in the Rogue Valley, check out www.roguevalleylocalfoods.com

fresh green bean salad

• 1 c green beans
• ½ T olive oil
• 1 T balsamic vinegar
• 1 clove garlic, chopped
• 1 c cherry or grape tomatoes
• Pinch of sea salt
• Freshly ground black pepper

• Steam beans until al dente and place
in a bowl
• Mix oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper
• Add tomatoes to bowl with beans and
pour vinaigrette over. Refrigerate for at
least 30 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

Counts as: 1 vegetable and ½ fat

authentic greek salad


2 cups tomatoes, chopped

1 to 1 ½ cups cucumber, chopped

1 T olive oil

1 oz reduced fat feta cheese

1/8 t sea or kosher salt

1/8 t freshly ground pepper


Prep all ingredients.

Combine tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta and drizzle olive oil over mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Serve and enjoy.

Counts as 1 veggie, 1 free veggie, 1 fat and 1 dairy