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The last five elements have set you up with a clear understanding of where you are currently in terms of your health and identifying your motivation. This week we will explore how improving weight management is a byproduct of a simple approach to creating overall health and wellbeing. First, you will need to assess the current phase of your weight management. There are three different measurements to evaluate your current phase in your weight management: body mass index, waist circumference, and body fat.

  • Body mass index (BMI). BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. When combined with your waist circumference, it determines if you are at a healthy weight.
  • Waist circumference. Waist circumference allows us to evaluate organ fat accumulation and indicates if extra fat poses a health challenge. To measure waist circumference correctly, stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above your hipbone, and measure your waist after exhaling.
  • Body fat. Tracking body fat helps determine if you are in fact losing fat and not muscle. OPTAVIA’s Programs are designed to minimize muscle loss.

The current state of your weight is exactly that—a phase that you will move through as you continue to improve your weight management. Do not get caught up on numbers of your weight, BMI, and body fat percentage. Instead, keep these three key points in mind when working toward a healthy weight:

  1. It is more than weight loss. Your focus should be on building health and wellbeing. These lifestyle changes will motivate you each day.
  2. Use structural tension. Use structural tension to help you transition from your current weight to your desired weight. This will determine the actions you need to take to make this a reality.
  3. Implement the Habits of Health. Your healthy weight will derive from implementing new healthy habits that will make managing your weight much easier. Unlike willpower, habits transform your old actions into new choices that support your long-term health.

Ask me, your OPTAVIA Coach, about other tips to improve your weight management on your journey to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®.

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St. Patrick’s Day is this week and with green being a major theme of the holiday, it is the perfect opportunity to incorporate some healthy green recipes! You don’t even have to rely on food coloring—nature is full of healthy green foods for your St. Paddy’s day snacks.

Here are several easy recipe ideas you can implement while on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan® to celebrate this green holiday the healthy way:

  • Herb and Arugula Baked Eggs. Simply throw some eggs, herbs, and arugula in a skillet and bake until cooked through. Add any other green veggies you’d like to take it up a notch!
  • Kale Chips. This tasty snack is the perfect healthy alternative to potato chips. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F, remove the ribs from the kale, and cut into one and a half inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway though, for about 20 minutes.
  • Crispy Green Beans with Pesto. All you need are fresh green beans, pesto sauce, garlic, and olive oil for this tasty recipe. Simply heat the olive oil, then add the garlic and green beans and sauté for about six minutes, or until the green beans are cooked but still crispy. Then toss the beans with the pesto sauce and serve.
  • Cucumber Cups with Crab. Cucumbers make great edible serving cups when cut into two-inch chunks and then hollowed out. Combine sour cream and cream cheese in a bowl and add crabmeat. Simply fill each of the cucumber cups with the crab dip and refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with scallions and paprika before serving.
  • Pesto Shrimp Cucumber Rolls. This recipe is similar to the cucumber cups, except you’ll roll pesto sauce and sautéed shrimp in thin, vertical slices of cucumber. Use a toothpick to keep the rolls intact and refrigerate until ready to serve, then garnish.

For the appropriate condiment serving recommendations, please refer to the OPTAVIA Condiment List.  Ask me, your OPTAVIA Coach, about other healthy alternatives to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day on your journey to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®.

Yield: 4 servings

Complete Lean & Green Meal: 1 leanest, 2 healthy fats, 3 green, 3 condiments

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 lbs. tilapia

1 tsp lime juice

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp ground ancho pepper*

1 tsp ground cumin

1½ tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds

6 cups cauliflower rice

1 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 450⁰F.
  2. Season tilapia with lime juice and set aside.
  3. Combine salt, ancho pepper, and cumin in a small bowl. Season tilapia with spice mixture.
  4. Arrange tilapia on a baking sheet or casserole dish and bake for 7 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sweat the cauliflower rice in olive oil until tender, about 2 minutes.
  6. Stir the pumpkin seeds and cilantro into the rice. Remove from heat, and serve with tilapia.

Tip: Don’t have ancho pepper? Use one tablespoon of curry powder instead!

Per serving: 350 calories, 13g fat, 10g carbohydrate, 51g protein

Visit our OPTAVIA Pinterest page for an extensive assortment library of Lean & Green meals.

Set Free by YES

“A few years ago, if you would had asked me if life was where I wanted it, I would have told you no. My weight might have been fine, but my habits were far from healthy. My finances were nowhere close. I was stuck.”

But Jen encountered something that changed her mindset. A friend invited her to try OPTAVIA and she said YES.

“That ‘YES’ to a healthy transformation of my physical habits changed my whole relationship with food. It reshaped the way I thought about fueling my body and managing my emotions.”

Jen’s motivation inspired others in her family to take control of their health also. Now, along with Jen, they are OPTAVIA Coaches committed to helping others achieve lifelong transformation.

“My whole family is committed to the value that our lives are made better when we help other people win.”

A few months later, Jen reached a major crossroads. After ten years of staying home to raise her children, she faced the financial pressure of having to return to work. She decided to commit to being a full time OPTAVIA Coach. Since then, she’s been able to create healthy finances and work on her own terms*.

“A few years ago, my husband and I dreamed of building a church in San Diego. With limited resources, we were faced with multiple challenges. But OPTAVIA positioned me to create the financial means to chase a big dream**. I worked hard and that dream has become a reality.”

 “Life was never meant to be handcuffed by NO. Life is longer, healthier, and more hopeful when it's set free by YES. My health, home, and future were all ignited by one simple, yet deeply transformational word: YES.”

*This income testimonial is not representative of the average earnings that Coaches achieve with OPTAVIA; only a very small number of Coaches will achieve income that is within the range of the above testimonial.

**OPTAVIA makes no guarantee of financial success. Success with OPTAVIA results only from successful sales efforts, which require hard work, diligence, skill, persistence, competence and leadership. Please see the OPTAVIA Income Disclosure statement for statistics on actual earnings of Coaches.


Kathy Glazer
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