DESIGNING A HEALTHY DIET FOR THE NEW YEAR

Every year, millions of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. The majority of these resolutions focus on diet in attempts to lose weight and be healthier. A new year is the perfect time to jumpstart a healthy diet to make the changes you want to see for yourself throughout the year. However, research shows 80 percent of resolutions fail by February. Many people strive for unrealistic goals, which ultimately set them up for failure.

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EXERCISE HAS BENEFICIAL EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

While exercise has long been known for its positive effects on physical health and its ability to heighten energy and help manage chronic health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, exercise is now being lauded for its beneficial effects on the brain.   These benefits touch almost every aspect of life. Exercise helps sharpen short-term memory and improve long-term memory. This happens because exercise can reduce insulin resistance and inflammation and stimulate….

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GETTING STARTED AND STICKING WITH IT

As we kick off 2018, you may be thinking about resolutions pertaining to your health and fitness. It’s easy to determine some ways to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being. However, it’s not always as simple to stay motivated and make the new commitments part of your lifestyle. Now is the perfect time to set goals, whether it be for the number of days you intend to work out each week, how many steps you want to take each day or healthy meals you want to prepare for your family.

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the root of the problem is that they are eating because they are happy, sad or lonely. We help them feel those things instead of eating them.”


Addressing any underlying troubles in your life will make your new year go smoother. If you are struggling with an issue, it is impossible to move forward until you admit it.


“We need to put ourselves in a position where our issues rise to the top,” Olliges said. “We need to put ourselves in a reboot type of program with the desire to learn things about ourselves.”


Olliges offers a 21-day transformation program that follows certain rules about eating and exercising. “I give you an opportunity to grow and change so you can lose weight and be excited,” he said. “You have to stay committed for it to be effective.”


Olliges’ program begins with a guidebook and food list. “There are over 100 things you can eat, from chicken to eggs to fruit to vegetables and coffee,” he said. “We do not eat after 7:30 p.m. in this program.”

When it comes to planning for a new and improved you in the New Year, it is important to take one step at a time.


“You need to transform your brain before you transform your body, so we need to get people to think right,” said Joe Olliges, owner/operator at Trainer Joe’s.


Through a 90-minute assessment, Olliges helps people understand where they are and what it will take to get to where they desire. The hardest part is often taking the first step.


“I am helping to make the connection that you need to quit living a simplistic lifestyle and start being honest,” Olliges said. “People have no problem getting up, going to work and working hard, but they have a problem working out. I call them out and tell them they need to begin to live in reality.”


It takes more than just joining a gym to experience weight loss or get in better physical shape. A balanced diet is the key to success. Emotional eating can be an obstacle to this goal.


“The vast majority of people need to have a mindset change of how they relate to eating and food,” Olliges said. “We try to find out if

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Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Health & Wellness Magazine

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Maintaining a healthy weight and building strength are important, Olliges said. Activity is encouraged. “We want you to walk every day for 20 minutes,” he said. “It is about deciding that losing weight is not the most important thing in the world, but it is too important to ignore. You can wait until you need insulin or deal with it before that. You can wait until you contemplate gastric bypass or have a heart attack or you can deal with it.”