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Our mindset impacts how we do things and how we can achieve our goals. Having a growth mindset influences our desire to work hard, overcome obstacles, and learn new things.  It’s all about living up to our potential. Here are some tips for developing a growth mindset:

  • Create an action plan. Start by focusing on one goal and list the steps you need to take to accomplish that goal. Then identify the actions you need to take for each step. Set an attainable deadline and post your OPTAVIA Plan somewhere you will see it daily, like a large calendar or dry erase board. Review your goals at the end of the month to determine if you are still tracking or if any adjustments should be made.
  • Positive self-talk. Positive affirmations can relax you and control stress. Instead of saying, “I can’t do this”, try “I can’t do this YET” or “I can handle this by taking one step at a time.” This can help break down a seemingly overwhelming task into manageable steps.
  • Utilize your support circle. Reach out to your OPTAVIA Coach or OPTAVIA's supportive Community to talk through any challenges you are having on your health journey. Make use of your social network or get in touch with a friend to seek advice.
  • Embrace the journey. Major change usually does not happen overnight, so it’s important to be realistic about the timeline for reaching our goals. Implementing new, healthy habits in the learning process will make them more likely to stick over time.
  • Reflect on your learning. Journaling is a great way to reflect on lessons you’ve learned, keep track of healthy tips, and document your physical and emotional reactions on your health journey. This can help identify what is working well or if there are any changes that you can make. 

For more information about motivation for change and the importance of a positive mindset, please refer to Chapter 3 in Dr. A’s Habits of Health.

Ask me, your OPTAVIA Coach, for other tips to develop a growth mindset on your journey to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®.

Join this week’s Habits of Health® Webinar, Declaring Our Independence, on Wednesday, July 3rd at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. PT, hosted by Independent Certified OPTAVIA Coach Jan Paxman.

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Cooking healthy Lean & Green meals and choosing nutritious snacks at home is much easier if your kitchen is stocked with healthy options. A healthy diet starts with making smart choices at the grocery store. However, with thousands of options and dozens of aisles, a trip to the store can quickly become overwhelming. Here are some tips for making healthy decisions in the supermarket:

  • Have a plan. Think about all of the meals you need to prepare during the next week and the ingredients you’ll need to purchase prior to going to the store. You can even save time while you’re in the store by grouping your ingredients that are in the same aisle or department. Having a plan will keep you on track and prevents you from buying items that are unhealthy or that you do not need.
  • Have a Fueling first. It’s important to avoid going to the grocery store while hungry. Eat a Fueling or healthy snack to avoid making unhealthy decisions.
  • Shop the perimeter. The outer aisles of the grocery store are where you’ll find the freshest and least processed foods, like leafy green vegetables and lean meats.
  • Shop seasonal. When vegetables are in season, they are often more abundant and less expensive.  Zucchini, butter lettuce, and cucumbers are a few options that are especially in season during the summertime. 
  • Avoid buying bulk. It may seem like a good deal, but having larger quantities of food can make it easier to overeat. If you choose to buy bulk, try repackaging your food into single-serving containers when you get home.

Ask me, your OPTAVIA Coach, for other healthy grocery shopping tips on your journey to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®.

1 Leanest | 3 Green | 3 Condiments | 2 Healthy Fats

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided

1¾ lbs. 99% lean ground turkey

2 scallions, trimmed and minced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 tsp Hungarian paprika

1 tsp salt, divided

1¼ cups diced tomatoes

¼ cup chicken stock

½ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

½ cup basil, chopped

1¼ lbs. zucchini, cut or spiralized into “noodles”

2 tbsp reduced-fat Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a non-stick skillet, and cook ground turkey, stirring occasionally to break it up into smaller pieces.
  2. Once the turkey has turned opaque, add the scallions, garlic, crushed red pepper, paprika and ¾ teaspoon of salt.
  3. Add the tomatoes and chicken stock; cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Stir in the yogurt and basil.
  4. In a separate skillet, quickly sauté the zucchini “noodles” until tender, about 2 minutes. Season with remaining salt.
  5. Arrange the zucchini “noodles” on a plate and top with meat sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve warm.

Per Serving: 360 calories | 55g protein | 15g carbohydrate | 11g fat

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Endless Possibilities

 “My story began two years ago when I gave birth to my last child. I was an older mom at 44 years old and my body was not in the best shape. I was so exhausted and eating healthy was not on my mind.”

Carrie noticed that she was putting her needs last and was investing all of her energy into her family. As she continued to gain weight, her self-esteem took a nosedive.

“I found myself changing my clothes in the dark, avoiding mirrors, and deleting photos as soon as I saw myself. I was not living the life I wanted for my new daughter.”

After starting the OPTAVIA Program, Carrie began feeling better within her first week. She was hopeful and more determined than ever to make the changes needed.

“I became a Coach in my first month because, as a nurse, my passion is helping others and I knew I would benefit more if I was helping others while helping myself.”

Six months later, Carrie had lost 80 pounds*. However, her biggest transformation was not losing the weight, it was regaining her self-esteem.

“Now I look forward to weekly trips to the park with my daughter and taking photos with her. My relationship has improved with my husband and, best of all, the relationship I have with myself is healthy and positive again.”

Carrie has redefined her purpose in life and is open to the endless possibilities her future holds.

“My purpose has gone beyond having kids and a successful marriage. I am paying it forward and helping others find their confidence again. I feel joy beyond measure to have found this life-giving Program.”


Kathy Glazer
3 Washington Circle N. W. #303, Washington,D.C. 20037, Also Falls Church,VA

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